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Deborah A. Scalise

Deborah A. Scalise

Scalise & Hamilton LLP

Scarsdale, NY, USA


Deborah A. Scalise is a partner in the firm SCALISE & HAMILTON LLP in Scarsdale, New York which focuses its practice on the representation of professionals (primarily lawyers and judges) in professional responsibility and ethics matters and white-collar criminal matters.  Since 2002, Ms. Scalise has appeared before the Character and Fitness Committees, the New York State and Federal Grievance Committees and the Judicial Conduct Commission. 

Prior to 2002, Ms. Scalise was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Public Advocacy for the Westchester Region for the NY Attorney General’s Office and handled cases involving consumer frauds, civil rights and public integrity matters. Before that, she was Deputy Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department where she investigated and litigated complex disciplinary matters. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, where she handled economic crimes and arson cases.  Ms. Scalise earned a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from John Jay College, CUNY and a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College Graduate School, CUNY. 

In 2016, Ms. Scalise was appointed to the NYS Office of Court Administration CLE Board by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. She also testified before the 2015 OCA State Commission on Professional Discipline with regard to attorney mental health issues. Her authored materials, entitled “Ethically Dealing with Clients, Witnesses and Attorneys with Diminished Capacity,” were annexed to the Commission’s Report that issued recommendations as to the unification of the New York State disciplinary process. 

Ms. Scalise is a contributing author in “The Dementia Crisis” written by Robert Abrams, Esq., Editor, NYS Bar Association Journal, January 2017. She contributed a chapter to Oxford University Press’s The New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Opinions, Commentary, and Case Law, a treatise discussing ethical conduct, and frequently contributes articles related to professional responsibility and ethics issues for among others, the NYSBA Journal and State Bar News; the WBASNY and WWBA Newsletters; the WCBA Bar Journal; and the NYSTLA Bill of Particulars. 

In 2015 Ms. Scalise and her partner, Sarah Jo Hamilton were honored by NYCBA Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) for their continued support and contributions to LAP. In 2014, the firm received the WWBA’s Family Friendly Award.  In 2012, Ms. Scalise received WBASNY’s Marilyn Menge Award and in 2009 she received the Westchester County Above the Bar Pace Setter Award.  She was the subject of a profile in the ABA's Student Lawyer Magazine in its February 2005 issue.
Deborah A. Scalise is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethics Quiz Show - Staying Out of Trouble: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics) - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2017, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethics Resources 2016 - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Dealing With an Ethical Dilemma - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Ethics Update 2016 - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Real Estate Ethics Update 2017 - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Dealing with an Ethical Dilemma - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Ethics Resources 2017 - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethics Quiz Show - Ethics Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics) - Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics), Tuesday, April 11, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethics Quiz Show - Ethics Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics) - Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics), Tuesday, April 11, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Staying Out of Trouble: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Saturday, December 31, 2016, New York, NY
Commercial Real Estate Financing 2017, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, New York, NY
Transcripts  Transcripts Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics) - Malpractice Prevention in Commercial Real Estate Financing (Legal Ethics), Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 04, 2017, New York, NY
Staying Out of Trouble 2017: Hot Topics in Ethics and Avoiding Professional Discipline, Thursday, December 21, 2017, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 04, 2017, New York, NY
Staying Out of Trouble 2017: Hot Topics in Ethics and Avoiding Professional Discipline, Thursday, December 21, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 04, 2017, Atlanta, GA
19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 04, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
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