Judge Hart Memorial Scholarship Presented to Three Hofstra Law Students.

May 22, 2011 | Appeals | Insurance Coverage

Rivkin Radler Managing Partner, William M. Savino, has presented the Judge Edward J. Hart Memorial Scholarship for Trial Advocacy to Sharon Klein, Patricia Lynch and Alexi T. Poulianis, all recent graduates of Hofstra University’s School of Law.

The Judge Edward J. Hart Memorial Scholarship for Trial Advocacy was created in honor of Edward Hart, a distinguished judge and accomplished trial lawyer, who was a partner at Rivkin Radler before being elected to the bench of the New York State Supreme Court and later appointed by the Governor to a Judgeship in the Appellate Division in Brooklyn.  When Judge Hart passed away in 1996, Rivkin Radler created a scholarship in his name for Hofstra Law Students.  Each year, the firm provides the $2,500.00 scholarship to a student or students who are selected by the Hofstra Law School.

About the Hart Scholars:

Sharon Klein of Fresh Meadows, plans to pursue a career in civil litigation.  Ms. Klein has received a number of honors in her three years at Hofstra.  In her first year she competed in the Intramural Moot Court Competition and, as a result, was invited to join the Moot Court Association.  As a second year law student, she represented Hofstra in the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, as well as the 2010 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.  Ms. Klein also completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Advance Trial Techniques Program. 

Ms. Klein spent her 2010 summer as a legal intern for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, directly participating in a variety of transactional, corporate and licensing matters, including negotiations, drafting agreements.  In the spring of her third year, she was a legal intern for Hofstra’s Securities Arbitration Clinic, where she drafted memoranda and pleadings for use in FINRA arbitration, and conducted interviews and counseled clients on legal issues.  She also in competed in the 2011 Young Texas Lawyer’s Association National Trial Competition.  She was one of the founding members of the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association, and served as Business Administrator on the Association’s Executive Board for the 2010-2011 year, receiving special recognition for her involvement.  Ms. Klein plans to sit for both the New York and New Jersey bar examinations in July.

Patricia Lynch of West Islip, was the President of the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association, where she organized and facilitated two intramural competitions within the law school.  Ms. Lynch was a member of Hofstra’s National Trial Competition team and the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition team.  She was named the Best Overall Advocate in Hofstra’s 2009 Intramural Trial Competition. She was an instructor of Trial Advocacy at Hofstra’s Summer Scholars Program, and she participated in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program at Hofstra.  Ms. Lynch was the Managing Editor of Articles for the Family Court Review and the President of the Student Bar Association. She was a member of the Criminal Justice Clinic, where she represented clients in Nassau County charged with misdemeanors, appeared on the record, wrote motions and conducted investigative work.

Alexi T. Poulianos of Port Jefferson, plans to pursue a career in civil litigation.  Throughout his first year of law school, Poulianos worked full-time at the Law Offices of Eliot F. Bloom doing criminal defense and personal injury work while attending law school in the evening.  Mr. Poulianos transferred to the full-time program his second year, during which time he was awarded numerous honors including membership on the Dean’s List, the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association.  Mr. Poulianos co-authored an article, Take Your Paws off Me: An Argument in Favor of Revising the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Protecting America’s Workers Act¸ which was selected for publication in 2010 by the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal.  Mr. Poulianos also completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Advance Trial Techniques Program and competed in the American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition.  Mr. Poulianos interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Special Investigations Bureau where he worked on the highly publicized Patchogue Seven murder trial.

In his third year, Mr. Poulianos was awarded membership on the Moot Court Board after finishing as a semi-finalist in the upper division competition, arguing both as an appellate and appellee regarding IV Amendment rights.  Mr. Poulianos also competed in the Young Texas Lawyer’s Association National Trial Competition as both a prosecution and defense attorney.  He competed in the Hofstra Law Dispute Resolution Society’s 2011 competition in which participants seek to resolve civil disputes without resulting to litigation.  Mr. Poulianos was recognized for his service as Secretary on the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association’s Executive Board and received an award for outstanding trial advocacy skills for 2010-2011 year.  Recently, he has offered pro-bono work for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and completed a concentration corporate and commercial law.  Mr. Poulianos plans to sit for both the New York and New Jersey bar examinations in July.

 

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