David Kober of Brooklyn Law School and Kaivan Mangouri of Albany Law School are the 2013 recipients of The New York Bar Foundation's Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowships.

As the recipients of $5,000 fellowships, Kober this summer will work in the chambers of Richmond County Surrogate Judge Robert J. Gigante in Staten Island and Mangouri will work in the chambers of Schenectady County Surrogate Judge Vincent W. Versaci in Schenectady.

"The fellowship and scholarship programs are one of the many ways that the legal profession gives so much to so many through The Foundation," said Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi (Cioffi•Slezak•Wildgrube). "Association section and individual attorney support enable us to provide meaningful opportunities to law students throughout New York."

"The committee was very impressed with the quality and interest of the law school applicants this year, making the committee's decision very difficult," said Carl Baker of Glens Falls, chair of the State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Law Section (FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth).  "We are pleased with the success of this program which seeks to provide a valuable experience in the practice of trusts and estates law to future New York practitioners."

Kober, a graduate of New York University, recently interned at the New York City Surrogate's Court. He previously interned at the Kings County Supreme Law Department, Office of the New York State Attorney General and Rosensteel Law. He expects to graduate in June 2014.

"I look forward to working in Surrogate Gigante's Chambers and to forging connections amongst my esteemed future colleagues, members of the State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Law Section," said Kober.  "I am optimistic that by familiarizing myself with the inner workings of the Trusts and Estates community by working with the judicial system, as well as a well-established network of professionals, I will start off my career in the best way possible."

A graduate of Arizona State University, Mangouri previously was a law intern with the City of Albany Law Department, as well as Albany Law School's Civil Rights and Disabilities Law and Health Law clinics. He also was a faculty research assistant to Prof. Robert Heverly, interim director of the Government Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar Association's Business Law and Health Law sections. He expects to graduate in May 2014.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Judge Versaci this summer and grateful for the networking opportunities provided by the New York Bar Foundation," said Mangouri. "I hope to build on my current skill set and deepen my understanding of Trusts and Estates law."

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Contact: Deborah Auspelmyer
Foundation Administrator