Niagara Law Center Spreads Holiday Cheer with United Way Toy Drive

December 14, 2015

  • Pictured with the results of the Niagara Law Center's holiday toy drive are Paul Issac Sr., managing partner of Paramount Settlement Planning LLC, which sponsored the event, and Carol Howaart-Diez, CEO of the United Way of Greater Niagara.

    Pictured with the results of the Niagara Law Center's holiday toy drive are Paul Issac Sr., managing partner of Paramount Settlement Planning LLC, which sponsored the event, and Carol Howaart-Diez, CEO of the United Way of Greater Niagara.

  • HoganWillig attorney Linda Grear speaks during the 'Law of Gifts' CLE inside the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.

    HoganWillig attorney Linda Grear speaks during the 'Law of Gifts' CLE inside the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.

  • Hon. Frank Caruso administers the oath of office to the directors and officers of the Bar Association of Niagara County.

    Hon. Frank Caruso administers the oath of office to the directors and officers of the Bar Association of Niagara County.

  • Several judges were in attendance, including, from left, Lockport Town Justice Leonard Tilney, and Supreme Court Justices Richard Kloch and Frank Caruso. Not pictured: Supreme Court Justice Ralph Boniello III.

    Several judges were in attendance, including, from left, Lockport Town Justice Leonard Tilney, and Supreme Court Justices Richard Kloch and Frank Caruso. Not pictured: Supreme Court Justice Ralph Boniello III.

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. Hon. 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.

For more information on Niagara University’s CLE program, please contact Ryan Thompson at ude.aragainnull@yttacg or 716.286.8324, or visit www.niagara.edu/cle.