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On the Town: Modica celebrated at MCBA installation

Steven V. Modica, Mary Lowenguth, the Hon. Francis Afronti and Heather Afronti.

Steven V. Modica, Mary Lowenguth, the Hon. Francis Afronti and Heather Afronti.

He officially takes office July 1, but the swearing in of Steven V. Modica as the 119th president of the Monroe County Bar Association is complete.

More than 300 people — including several members of the Modica family — turned out Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Rochester to watch the installation of Modica and other officers.

Modica, principal of Modica & Associates, Attorneys PLLC, succeeds Diane M. Cecero, general counsel, Monroe Community College. He was sworn in by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Also sworn in were Neil J. Rowe, NJ Rowe Consulting, as president-elect, and C. Bruce Lawrence, partner, Boylan Code LLP, as president of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar.

Penny A. Dentinger was honored with the Emerging Bar Leader Award; Elaine Z. Cole, the Justin L. Vigdor Senior Attorney Award for Service; Brian J. Barney, the Raymond J. Pauley Award; and Catherine M. Callery, the Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award.

The bar association also celebrated its 50-year members with a special “Class of 1964”recognition: D. Dyson Gay, Edwin M. Larkin, Jon L. Schumacher, James C. Moore, Stanley A. Gordon, Bernard D. Levine, Paul E. Mura, Michael A. Polozie and David C. Pelton.

— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

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Newly sworn in Monroe County Bar Association President Steven V. Modica addresses MCBA members and guests at the 119th annual installation dinner held in his June 19.

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Award recipients Elaine Cole and Kate Callery.

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Steven V. Modica and Diane Cecero prior to 119th annual installation dinner.

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The Hon. Jonathan W. Feldman, left, congratulates the newly sworn in MCBA President Steven V. Modica after administering the oath of office.

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The Hon. Jonathan W. Feldman, at left, congratulates the newly sworn in MCBA officers.

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Penny Dentinger, left, receives the Emerging bar Leader Award from Diane Cecero.

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Brian Barney receives the Raymond J. Pauley Award.

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Sanford Shapiro, left, receives the President’s Award for Professionalism from Diane Cecero.

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Sam Soong, Stephanie Rivas and Jonathan Ling.

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Steven V. Modica, Diane Cecero, the Hon. Daniel Doyle, the Hon. Craig Doran and John Gallagher Jr.

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Joe Modica, Ben Modica, Frances Modica, Steven V. Modica and Maria Fichera.

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Scott Forsyth, Maritza Buitrago and Michael Lopez.

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Diane Crispino, Lisa Capizzi and Stephen Capizzi.

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Robert Witmer Jr. and John Schumacher.

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Amy Edwards, Maggie Winters, Gary Winters, Penny Dentinger, and Gail and Paul Dentinger.

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Kelly McCarthy, Carolyn Nussbaum and Edward Burns.

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Rachel Wicks, Jeffrey Wicks, the Hon. William Kocher and Martin McCarthy II.

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Summer clerks Brianna McRea, Brittany Maxon, Anaiss Rijo, Merrick Sadler and Sarah Draper.

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Rod Kaforey, Nancy Miller, Chris and Christina Pollito, and Rachel Karorey.

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Mort and Maxine Bittker, Katherine and Jon Schumacher.

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Joanne Bartlett, Wende Knapp, Penny Dentinger, Christin Cornetta, Laura Myers and Carey Ann Denefrio.

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Peter Glennon, Sarah Merkel, Merrock Sadler and Luis Ormaechea.