2007-11-23 / Community

LWA Hosts Law Networking Event

At the Lawrence Woodmere Academy Law Seminar, from left, Barbra Feldman, David Feldman, Alan Bernstein (Headmaster), Bob Silbering (Guest Speaker), and Shelley Silbering (Upper School Director). At the Lawrence Woodmere Academy Law Seminar, from left, Barbra Feldman, David Feldman, Alan Bernstein (Headmaster), Bob Silbering (Guest Speaker), and Shelley Silbering (Upper School Director). On Thursday, November 15, the rain could not stop Lawrence Woodmere Academy Alumni and students from traveling to Manhattan's Graybar building to hear harrowing tales of money laundering and scandal from former Chief of the Juvenile Offense Bureau, Robert Silbering.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy alumni David Feldman and Barbra Barth Feldman hosted the first "Academy Connections" networking event for those considering a career in law or looking for networking opportunities to advance their career.

Guest speaker Robert Silbering spoke to a group consisting of lawyers, future lawyers, past lawyers, alumni, and current LWA seniors.

Silbering's own career began in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in 1974, where he was an Assistant District Attorney. In a few short years, he was named Chief of the newly formed Juvenile Offense Bureau. He spoke of his first high-profile case, which made New York one of the first states able to prosecute violent youthful offenders as adults.

Willie Bosket, the defendant, was sentenced to five years in a juvenile facility for the murder of two individuals and the attempted murder of a third person. This outcome angered the community and helped enact the Juvenile Offender Act of 1978. The case inspired the book titled "All God's Children" as well as captivated an audience of Lawrence Woodmere Academy students and alumni.

Silbering shared many stories from his years in public service, each with a surprise ending. "The money was at the bottom of the cans of olives!" he said at the end of one such story about his eventual work as the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City.

LWA seniors, Phil Demers, Brittany Loweree, and Jordan Karson, were advised that the study of law is not just about being a lawyer; that the study of law can be applied to anything, even the shoe business. Jamie Karson, Academy alum and CEO of Steve Madden, even shared a story where his experience in law prevented him from making mistakes. "Only a lawyer would have known," he said.

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