The New York City Bar








                                                        On the City Bar Stage







MONDAY, May 13, 2013

6:30 P.M.

The House of the Association

42 West 44th Street

New York, New York





Peter W. Dizozza, Chair

And the New York City Bar Association

Carey R. Dunne, President



The Performers  In Alphabetical Order

Pat Almonrode, with                             "Time After Time" (Lauper)

Tracy Christensen                            "Wayfaring Stranger" (Trad.)


Matthew D. Asbell                          Piano Vocal


Samuel Bartos, with                           

Professor Arthur Jacobson                    Gerald Finzi Song setting from Shakespeare’s 12th Night


Martha Cohen Stine                                    Why Can’t You Behave (Cole Porter)


Hon. Matthew J. D'Emic                    Performance with Guitar            


David Hershey-Webb                          Dumb Guy, Smart Phone


Peter Dizozza                                     Thank You, Lord

Gregory Esposito                                             

Barbara S. Friedman                               Stormy Weather (Arlen & Koehler)


Vedant Gokhale                                  Stand-Up


Philip Furgang        

Ronald S. Goldbrenner              Interactions


Brian Mangan & The Callbacks            Titanium (David Guetta)

(A capella)                                          I Will Wait (Mumford & Sons)


Maria Luisa Palmese                                  Deh vieni, non tardar (Mozart & Da Ponte)


Kerry Rowe                                       Gretchen am Spinnrade (Schubert & Goethe)                      


Frances E. Scanlon                                  There Will Never Be Another You (Warren & Gordon)


Jennifer A. Shafer                         The Argentine Tango


William Stock, & Co.                          Another Chapter in the saga of Sara’s Love


Monica Trombley & Co.                  Avenue Q Lesson (Lopez & Marx)


Richard S. Weisbroat                               Zog nit keyn mol (Glick & Pokrass)

                                                            Joyful, We Adore Thee (Beethoven & van Dyke)



Pat Almonrode is a staff attorney at Children's Rights, a non-profit firm that works nationwide to reform foster care ( He's a Bar Association member and serves on the Capital Punishment Committee.  Pat's been playing guitar and singing since he was a young kid.   Performing with: Tracy Christensen, an award-winning costume designer ( Both Pat and Tracy are members of the choir at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street.


Matthew D. Asbell is a trademark and patent lawyer at Ladas & Parry LLP, who is internationally certified as a Social Media Strategist.  He attended Carnegie Mellon University the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University School of Medicine, as well as Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Acquisitions Editor of their Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.  Matthew writes and speaks on the topics of trademark, licensing, copyright, patent, broadcasting and internet and privacy law.   Prior to becoming a lawyer, Matthew, managed emerging singer-songwriters and recording artists, trained others to use software applications more efficiently, and met his wife, a Brazilian staff member of the United Nations. Matthew enjoys all aspects of creativity, technology, language and culture.


Samuel E. Bartos, Attorney specializing in litigation, legal writing and research -- and Steinway Artist.


Martha Cohen-Stine, Entertainment Chair Emeritus, named partner at Cohen Rabin Stine Schumann LLP, active member of The Lambs, The Players, The Blue Hill Troupe & Utopia Unlimited.


Honorable Matthew J. D’Emic, Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Kings County and guitarist.


Peter W. Dizozza, Chair of the Entertainment Committee, is a general practice attorney with The Law Office of Jerald D. Werlin.   His sixth studio album of songs, The Ocean Floaters, was released in February 2013. 


Gregory Esposito, ADA, Kings County, and before attending law school, full-time actor, roles include Louis in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.”


Barbara S. Friedman -- is a solo practitioner working in copyright, trademark, and employment law.  She is a long time member of the Barry Harris Jazz Choir.


Philip Furgang of Furgang and Adwar, specializing in intellectual property matters.  Former Treasurer and longstanding member of the New York City Bar Association Entertainment Committee.


Vedant Gokhale, actor, writer, graduate of New York Law School now at the firm of Harrington & Gokhale, PLLC with a focus on Real Estate.


Ronald S. Goldbrenner is presently in private practice in New York City where he concentrates on keeping his practice as private as possible. 


David Hershey-Webb has been singing, playing and writing original Americana (country-rock-folk-pop) since before it was called Americana. From the streets of Harvard Square in the 70s to the clubs of Red Hook, Brooklyn in the 00s, David has stirred audiences with his energy and passion. His new CD, Welcome to the World is now available. The songs trace David's journey from wandering troubadour to family man. David's nine-year old daughter Lilly appears on the CD singing Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack". The song styles range from country to rock to folk. The title track features a mariachi band.



Professor Arthur Jacobson was an associate with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He holds a Ph.D. in government; his thesis was on the political philosophy of Hegel. His scholarly work has focused on the idea of dynamic jurisprudence. In addition to his specialties, Professor Jacobson teaches classes in employment law and litigation.


Brian Mangan, associate at Kornfeld & Associates, P.C. is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School '09, Marist College '05, and Stuyvesant High School '01 with extensive experience in both State and Federal Civil Litigation as well as Bankruptcy, and Director of “The Callbacks” a nine person co-ed a cappella ensemble - which means, no instruments allowed. This vocal band, formed in 2012, puts a fresh take on a number of contemporary hits, and will soon be expanding its repertoire to include older top 40 standards and golden oldies.  


K. J. Nolan, Special Guest Appearance in “Sarah’s Love.”


Maria Luisa Palmese, Partner at Kenyon & Kenyon, has over 20 years’ experience representing clients in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and trademark and design protection matters.  She maintains a global practice focused on assisting companies with their US IP matters.  A skilled litigator, Ms. Palmese has represented her clients in both jury and bench trials in some of the busiest patent jurisdictions in the United States, including the Southern District of New York, the District of New Jersey, Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Delaware. She is adept at litigating intellectual property disputes across a range of subject matter, including chemicals, and chemical processes, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, cosmetics, polymers and other materials.  Ms. Palmese also maintains a counseling, patent, prosecution, opinion and due diligence practice. In this capacity she represents clients in a variety of industries, including the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, agricultural and roofing industries, and the design, fashion and entertainment industries. Ms. Palmese is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.


Kerry Rowe, ADA, Kings County District Attorney's Office and Singer


Frances E. Scanlon, is an artful attorney and member of the Entertainment Committee.


Jennifer A. Shafer specializes in civil litigation in NYC, where she remains a fixture in the courts.  Although she finds trial work most appealing she also devotes her time to fund- raising for children's charities, dancing the Argentine Tango and conversing in French and Spanish. 


Katheryn Salensky (co-coordinator and actor in Sarah’s Love):  Principal Court Attorney to Deputy Chief Judge of Criminal Court, Bronx Supreme Court, Board of Directors New York Womens Bar Association, Committee Co-Chair, Criminal Courts Committee Co-Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Other Bar Associations, Delegate to Network of Barleaders and elected to Board of Directors 2012, Vice President, Executive Committee Network of Bar Leaders.


William Stock, appellate attorney and author of the novel, Sarah’s Love, tonight’s installment featuring Sam Bartos, David Hershey-Webb, Kevin J. Nolan, Kathryn Salensky and Monica Trombley


Monica Trombley, an Entertainment Lawyer focusing on movie production deals, as well as Chair for the New York County Lawyers Bar Association. 


Richard S. Weisbroat, general practice lawyer, member of the Entertainment Committee, and tenor.


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