Nicholas Everett of Syracuse University College of Law and Jay Y. Oppenheim of St. John's University School of Law are the 2012 recipients of The New York Bar Foundation's Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowships.

As the recipients of $5,000 fellowships, Mr. Everett will work this summer in the chambers of Onondaga County Surrogate Judge Ava S. Raphael in Syracuse and Mr. Oppenheim will work in the chambers of Queens County Surrogate Judge Peter J. Kelly in Jamaica.

"We are pleased to award these prestigious fellowships to Nicholas Everett and Jay Oppenheim, two very promising law students," said Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (Bond, Schoeneck & King). "Both students will gain a greater understanding of trusts and estates law and real-world experience under the mentorship of two esteemed judges."

Everett, a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, is a graduate assistant at the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media. He took first place in the Spring In-House Negotiation Competition of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society and is the Society's associate director. He interned for the Fair Housing Council of Central New York in summer 2011.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Oppenheim expects to graduate from St. John's University School of Law in May 2013. He is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and vice-president of the Jewish Law Students Association. He previously interned for Judge Martin E. Ritholtz, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Civil Term.

"It is the Section's great privilege to provide funding to the Foundation for these wonderful fellowships," said Ilene S. Cooper of Uniondale (Farrell Fritz), chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section. "I am confident this year's recipients will become successful members of the legal profession."

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