News

The latest news & highlights from HLAS are listed below.
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New Family Court Attorney – Alison Oropallo

HLAS is very happy to announce that Alison Oropallo has joined our Family Court Program.  Ms. Oropallo has a strong familiarity with and has developed a passion for Family Court work through the last year or so working with attorney Christina Cagnina.  She is a May 2014 graduate of the Florida Coastal School of Law […]

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Justice For All Event

On December 6th we had our 4th annual Justice For All event.  Thank you to all who came.  We had a record number of people!  Thank you to County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney for speaking.  Thank you to all who donated so that we can continue to promote justice for all in our community. A […]

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Phil Rothchild Presented at CLE

Hiscock Legal Aid Society’s Phil Rothchild presented at the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) Central New York Criminal Defense Fall Seminar at SU College of Law on November 18.  His topic was “The Preservation Minefield: Making Sure Your Issues Don’t Blow Up Before They Can Be Heard on Appeal”.

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New Foreclosure Law Associate – Darienn Powers

We are very pleased to announce that Darienn Powers will join the Hiscock Legal Aid Society staff on Monday, November 6, as a Law Associate in our Foreclosure program. Darienn is a 2017 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. She has been serving as an intern at HLAS in our Immigration program. Darienn […]

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Justice For All December 6, 2017

Justice For All is a breakfast event taking place on December 6, 2017 from 7:45 am to 8:45 am at Drumlins. This fourth annual event helps Hiscock Legal Aid Society continue to provide free legal services for some of CNY’s most resilient, yet marginalized, residents. The breakfast is free and open to the public. It […]

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New Immigration Attorney – Lucero Saldana Mistry

Attorney  Lucero Saldana Mistry joined our Civil/Immigration team as a Staff Attorney on Monday October 23.  We have hired Lucy under a new immigration grant from  Empire Justice to handle removal cases and other immigration work.  She graduated from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2009 and has been handling asylum, removal and detention and […]

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New Controller – Jennifer Racciatti

We are happy to announce that Jennifer Racciatti joined the HLAS Administrative/Finance Team as Controller on Monday, October 23, 2017.  Jennifer graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2006.  Most recently, she worked with the Bonadio Group as an […]

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FAMILY DEFENSE TRAINING CLE

September 23,2017 Presented by: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society Onondaga County Assigned Counsel Program New York State Defenders Association  On Saturday, September 23rd, HLAS attorneys Heather Prado, Amanda McHenry, and Nancy Farrell will present at the Family Court Defense Seminar on “What is Imminent Risk?”  They will discuss the pertinent statutes and case law surrounding imminent risk […]

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Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Hiscock Legal Aid Society is proud to attend this event each year in Westcott. At the event, attorneys and staff have an opportunity to meet with people in the community, share information on our mission and vision as well as the services provided by Hiscock Legal Aid Society. “HLAS’  attendance at the Westcott Cultural  Fair […]

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Justice Walk/Run

On September 13th Hiscock Legal Aid Society and the Volunteer Lawyers Project will be hosting the 3rd Annual Justice Walk/Run. The proceeds will benefit immigration work done in collaboration with OnVLP.  This is a 5K race at the Willow Bay shelter at Onondaga Lake Parkway.  The race starts at 5:30. Thanks to our sponsors Excellus […]

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Huge ID Suppression by 4th Department

Huge ID Suppression decision by the Fourth Department Philip Rothschild, Supervising Attorney for the Appeals Program, has secured a new trial for his client upon the suppression of identification evidence by the Fourth Department.  Phil’s win has been featured in the July 12th eblast from the NYS Bar Association.  Read more here. Take a look […]

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HLA in the Corporate Challenge!

The “HLA CHALLENGERS” finished the Syracuse Corporate Challenge on June 6 in the pouring rain. Go Team!

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Upcoming CLE Presentation: Recent Amendments to the Real Property Action & Proceedings Law Regarding “Zombie Properties”

Coming Up:  Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM at Aster Pantry in Armory Square, 116 Walton Street in Syracuse, NY 13201 Leah A. Witmer, Esq and Joseph G. Murray, Esq. will be presenting: Recent Amendments to the Real Property Action and Proceedings Law Regarding “Zombie Properties” Cost:  $35.00 for members, $40.00 for non-members CLE […]

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Chief Operating Officer Joanne P. Sawmiller is Announcing Her Retirement

Joanne P. Sawmiller, who has been the “Heart and Soul” of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society for her entire career, announced earlier this month that she will retire as of June 21, 2017. Joanne has dedicated her life’s work to the promotion and development of HLA, its staff and our mission to ensure that no […]

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Nancy Farrell & Amanda McHenry receive the NYSBA Committee on Mandated Representation Denison Ray Award

Congratulations to HLA Family Court Program Supervising Attorney Nancy Farrell and Assistant Supervising Attorney Amanda McHenry! They received the NYSBA Committee on Mandated Representation’s Denison Ray Award for their excellence in parent defense.

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CLE Presentations for the New York State Bar Association on “Family Court Representation”

HLAS President & CEO Linda Gehron and Family Court Program Supervisors Nancy Farrell and Amanda McHenry to present for the NYSBA CLE: “Family Court Representation” on June 9, 2017 in Albany.  

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Linda Gehron Assumes Role as President & Chief Executive Officer

The Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society announces that Linda Gehron, Esq. has assumed her new role as President & Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective February 1, 2017. Linda succeeds Susan R. Horn who retired on January 31, 2017 after almost 27 years in the position. “The board of directors and I are […]

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Hiscock Legal Aid Society President/CEO, Susan R. Horn, Esq., named Onondaga County Bar Association’s 2016 Distinguished Lawyer

OCBA DISTINGUISHED LAWYER AWARD ACCEPTANCE SPEECH Susan R. Horn 10-27-16 How much luckier could a girl be than to grow up with a cousin like Rosemary Pooler as a role model? Decades before Hillary famously said Click here to read more

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Congratulations Suzanne Galbato on Receiving the Successful Business Women Award!

Congratulations to Suzanne O. Galbato on receiving the 2016 Successful Business Women Award!  The award appropriately reflects the time you have dedicated to our community.  On behalf of the Board and Staff, we wish you continued success in the future.

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February 2016 – 4th Department Family Court Case Notes

CHILD CUSTODY & PARENTING TIME Change of Circumstances “Alienation” Ladd v. Krupp, 2016 NY Slip Opinion _____ [4th Dept 2/11/16] The father’s concerted effort to interfere with the mother’s contact with the child resulted in a finding of a change of circumstances and an award of custody to the mother. The record established that the […]

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