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3 Hofstra Law Alumni Honored by Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association

A gold medal of achievement.

5 Alumni Sworn In to Leadership Positions

Hofstra Law alumni Judith “Judy” Scheinfeld Gann ’84, Joseph A. Lo Piccolo ’97 and Sean Brucker ’17 received awards from the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association on May 30. The awards were presented during the dinner for the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Foundation’s 2017 Annual Golf Outing, held at Cherry Valley Club in Garden City.

Also at the dinner, five Hofstra Law alumni were sworn in as officers and directors: Amy Marion ’88, as first vice president of the Association and president of the Foundation Board of Directors; F. Scott Carrigan ’89, as second vice president of the Association and first vice president of the Foundation Board of Directors; and David Haber ’98, Christopher Graziano ’00 and Robert Schalk ’05, as directors of the Association.

Judith Scheinfeld Gann ’84 — Distinguished Service Award

Gann is the principal law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert A. McDonald. A former insurance defense litigator, she began serving the courts as a principal law clerk 13 years ago, first to County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice David J. Ayres and later to County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice Jerald S. Carter.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo ’97 — Practitioner of the Year Award

Lo Piccolo, a partner in the law firm of Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo, LLP, started his career at The Legal Aid Society of New York in the Criminal Defense Division, and upon entering practice in 2003 expanded his criminal practice into white collar crime and federal criminal defense. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and its Criminal Court Law and Procedure Committee, an adjunct professor for the NITA program based at Hofstra Law, and a guest lecturer for the Law School’s Criminal Justice Clinic.

Sean Brucker ’17 — Leon Stern Award

Brucker interned with the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, The Legal Society of New York, and Federal Defenders of New York and will be joining the 15th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Leon Stern Award is given to a graduating Hofstra Law student who shows an interest in criminal law and trial advocacy as well as an involvement in community-based legal or civic activities. At the Law School’s Graduation Awards Ceremony, he also received the Judge Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, the New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and the Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence in recognition of his 1,959 hours of pro bono service during his three years of law school — the most hours contributed by any student in the Class of 2017.

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