For Immediate Release: July 24, 2013

Hon. Sondra Pardes Elected New Dean of Nassau Academy of Law

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(Mineola, NY) Hon. Sondra K. Pardes, Justice, Supreme Court Nassau County, has been elected the new Dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, it was announced today by NCBA President Peter J. Mancuso. The Nassau Academy of Law is an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for attorneys by the New York State CLE Board and is the largest provider of CLE classes on Long Island.

PardesHon. Sondra K. Pardes, Justice, Supreme Court Nassau County

Each year, the Academy organizes and presents more than 100 substantive legal seminars in dozens of practice areas to educate attorneys on the newest developments in the law and to provide the practical skills to enable attorneys to most effectively represent their clients. The Academy also oversees computer training session at NCBA’s Computer Tech Center. Through its Domus Scholar Circle program, the Academy provides the unique opportunity for NCBA members to take unlimited CLE courses for one low fee of $219.

In addition, the following were elected to Academy leadership positions:  Associate Dean Chandra Mary Ortiz, Baldwin; Assistant Dean Robert S. Barnett of Capell, Barnett, Matalon & Schoenfeld, Jericho; and Mary Ann Aiello, Garden City; Secretary Thomas J. Foley of Foley Griffin LLP, Garden City, Treasurer Daniel W. Russo of Collins McDonald and Gann, Mineola; and Counsel Jaime D. Ezratty, Ezratty, Ezratty & Levine, Mineola.

Judge Sondra Pardes was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in November of 2012. Since January 2013 she has been assigned to the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center. She served on the bench of the Nassau County District Court from 2002 to 2012. Judge Pardes graduated from CUNY Law School in 1986 and returned to the law school in 1998 as an adjunct professor to teach advanced family law. A former psychotherapist, she had a private practice in matrimonial and family law for 15 years.

Judge Pardes served as Treasurer of the New York State District Court Judges Association and is a past president of the Nassau County District Court Judges Association. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association. As an active member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association since 1986, she served as president from 1992 to 1993.  She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York from 1993 to 1998, and she received their Marilyn Menge Award in 2003.     

As a resident of the Herricks community in the Town of North Hempstead for more than 30 years, Judge Pardes has held many leadership positions.  She served on the Herricks School Board from 1979 to 1985 and as president from 1981 to 1983.  She was one of the founders of the Herricks Youth Council. In 1994 she was appointed to the town’s Board of Zoning and Appeals and was vice-chairperson from 1997 to 2002.  Her name was entered in the Town of North Hempstead’s Women’s Roll of Honor in 1999.

About the Nassau County Bar Association

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure, Sandy recovery and senior citizen free legal clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. The WE CARE Fund, the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations. 

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