UNIONDALE, NEW YORK — Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC has announced that The Honorable Edward McCabe, Senior Counsel with the Firm, will be honored by the Nassau County Bar Association at the Association’s 119th Annual Dinner Dance on May 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. Justice McCabe will be recognized for his 60 years in the practice of law.
The Judge began his legal career in private practice, and then served as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney from 1967 to 1970. In 1970, the Judge became Law Clerk for the late Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Bernard Thompson. From 1971 to 1978, he served at the Town of North Hempstead, first as an Executive Assistant to the Supervisor and later as Town Attorney. After serving as Town Attorney, Justice McCabe joined Nassau County as County Attorney.
As County Attorney, Justice McCabe served as Counsel to the County Executive and to the county commissioners and department heads. He also managed the office that was responsible for all the County’s contracts, litigation, real estate, workers’ compensation and general municipal matters. In addition, he served on the Traffic Safety and Youth Boards.
Justice McCabe was elected Nassau County Supreme Court Justice in 1985 and re-elected in 1999. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice McCabe also served for six years as the Administrative Judge of the Nassau County court system. As Administrative Judge, he consulted with the District Attorney to bring a Community Court to Nassau County. In addition, he instituted new programs in the Courts, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Differentiated Case Management, Early Neutral Evaluation (for matrimonial actions) and established a Commercial Division in Nassau County Supreme Court. After serving as Administrative Judge, he was appointed as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts.
Justice McCabe instituted numerous programs in the Courts in conjunction with the Association for the Help of Retarded Children’s Next Step Program, including a Court floral beautification program and a Law Library project. He also introduced a mammography screening program for prospective jurors with the help of 1 in 9, the Long Island Breast Cancer Coalition and the Nassau County Department of Health, a prostate screening program, and a Juror Blood Donation Program. Jurors summoned to jury duty in Nassau County participated in these programs while serving in the courthouse.
He also served on the Unified Court System’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee of Torts and Education for Judges and Lawyers, the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Court System and the Nassau County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts. He was named Man of the Year by the Long Beach Lawyers’ Association, the Court Officers’ Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Court Officers.
As an active member of the Firm, Justice McCabe counsels the Firm’s clients, works closely with the attorneys in the Firm, and also mentors the young lawyers in the Firm. Justice McCabe also serves as an arbitrator and mediator and served as the Director of the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Hofstra University.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Bar Association,” Justice McCabe said. “I am proud of my service to Nassau County and look forward to continuing to make contributions to the Firm and the Bar.”
“We congratulate Justice McCabe on being recognized for his sixty years as an attorney, a judge and a mentor,” said Michael Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Partner. “It is an honor having someone with his extensive experience in government and in the courtroom as a member of the Firm.”
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