The Elder Law Section Scholarship, administered by The New York Bar Foundation, has been renamed to honor the late State Supreme Court Justice Joel K. Asarch of Nassau County.

"Justice Asarch is truly deserving of having the Elder Law Scholarship named in his honor. He was an excellent friend to the Elder Law section and its members for many years," said Anthony J. Enea of White Plains (Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano), chair of the State Bar Association's Elder Law Section. "He is truly missed by the bench and bar."

"Justice Asarch was exceptional and well-respected by all who knew him," said Cristine Cioffi of Niskayuna (Cioffi•Slezak•Wildgrube), president of The New York Bar Foundation. "The Foundation is pleased to join the Elder Law Section in acknowledging him with this honor."

The Elder Law Section Scholarship was created to foster relationships among lawyers practicing elder law and law students planning to practice elder law, and to encourage the practice of elder law among lawyers throughout New York.

A Brooklyn native and Long Beach resident, Justice Asarch passed away in March. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law. He was elected to the State Supreme Court in 2007. Prior to the election, he became a District Court judge in 2001 and was appointed as an acting Supreme Court justice in 2004. In 1996 he was appointed corporation counsel of the City of Long Beach. He practiced law with his father at the Lynbrook-based Asarch & Asarch until 1995.

Justice Asarch was president of the Nassau County Bar Association from 1999 to 2000 and a director of the Long Beach Lawyers Association. He also served as dean of the Nassau Academy of Law and taught at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuschsberg Law Center for more than 20 years.

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Contact: Deborah Auspelmyer
Foundation Administrator