A holiday toy drive coordinated by Niagara University's Continuing Legal Education program proved so successful that Carol Howaart-Diez, CEO of the United Way of Greater Niagara, had to enlist the help of Lewiston attorney Karl Frankovitch to transport a second vehicle of toys to the organization's warehouse.
The initiative was part of the Niagara Law Center's final fall 2015 CLE session, a Dec. 10 holiday party and aptly named seminar on "The Law of Gifts: Legal, Life and Tax Consequences." Rather than collect registration fees, the Niagara Law Center required attendees to bring $50 worth of new, unwrapped toys, which will now be distributed by the United Way of Greater Niagara to needy children across the county.
The Niagara Law Center is a collaborative venture between NU CLE and the Bar Association of Niagara County.
Speakers at the event included Niagara County Surrogate's Court Senior Court Attorney Matt Weber, lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General Bill Maldovan, and HoganWillig attorney Linda S. Grear.
Local judges in attendance included Niagara Supreme Court Justices Ralph Boniello III, Frank Caruso and Richard Kloch, and Lockport Town Justice Leonard Tilney. Caruso administered the oath to the officers and directors of the Bar Association of Niagara County.
Several Niagara University students, including prelaw and writing 100 students, participated in the seminar.