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Attorney and Habitat Columnist Richard Siegler Honored by NY Law School

"I have always enjoyed practicing and teaching law and have been very fortunate to work for a quarter century with a distinguished faculty in teaching hundreds of students at New York Law School," says Siegler, who for many years, often with attorney co-writer Dale J. Degenshein, has written the "Case Notes" column for Habitat, distilling complex legal issues for co-op and condo board members through the example of a currently decided case.

In addition to his position at New York Law School, Siegler from 1983 through 1986 taught a course at the New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate, "Cooperative and Condominium Management: Legal and Practical Aspects."

He has conducted seminars for the Real Estate Board of New York, for which his firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, is counsel, and for the National Association of Housing Cooperatives in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.  He has lectured on co-op and condominium law at St. John’s University School of Law and Fordham Law School and has spoken at programs sponsored by the publisher Law Journal Press, the Brooklyn Bar Association and others.

In addition to his Habitat column, Siegler has been a columnist for the New York Law Journal for more 25 years. He has also written articles about housing cooperatives and condominiums for Real Estate Review, The National Law Journal and The New York Times.

Siegler is a member of the Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives of the Real Estate Section of the New York State Bar Association and was a member of the subcommittee dealing with legislation to facilitate borrowings by condominium entities. He has served as an officer and-or counsel to such storied New York City buildings as The Sherry-Netherland, The Ritz Tower, Imperial House, The Brevard, the Jumeirah Essex House and Fifteen Central Park West, and to co-ops that own the hotels The Pierre, The Lombardy and The Carlyle.

After receiving his A.B. degree magna cum laude in 1962 from Amherst College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, Siegler graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1965. He was admitted to the New York bar that same years, and to the Florida bar in 1975 and the Washington, D.C. bar in 1986.

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