NEWS - Press Release

JANUARY 12, 2006


Hon. Ira J. Raab GARDEN CITY, NY - Hon. Ira J. Raab (ret.), former Justice of the Supreme Court in Nassau County and currently a NAM Hearing Officer, has joined the ranks of 71 former justices whose portraits are now hanging in State Supreme Court and gracing the walls of its main courtroom in Mineola.

The program, sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association, began in the 1960's after the courthouse house was built. Justice Raab and Hon. John W. Burke are the latest recipients of what is believed to be the be the only program of its kind funded by a Bar Association in New York State.

Justice Raab recognized NAM's President and CEO Roy Israel during his remarks. He told the audience he spends part of his retirement in Florida and the rest of his time at NAM. “I serve as a Hearing Officer for NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) working with about 40 retired justices and judges, under Roy Israel's leadership, mediating and arbitrating cases. It is a funny thing... judges of the past working on litigation of the future. Mediation and arbitration are the most efficient, lost cost, and fastest ways to dispose of cases,” said Hon. Raab.

The portraits were created by Creative Compositions of Oyster Bay and derived from original photographs that go through a process called "canvassing" to create a painted effect. Justice Raab's former law clerk, Jennifer Feingold, Esq. delivered the opening remarks regarding Hon. Raab in the January 12, 2006 ceremony.

In his speech, the Justice joked about his relationship with a former Nassau County Administrative Judge saying, “I used to feel there were times, when if he could, he would strangle me or even hang me. And here we are today. He finally gets a chance to see me hung.”

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