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, New York State and Federal Grievance Committees, and the Judicial Conduct Commission. Prior to 2002, Ms. Scalise was Deputy AAG 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 ADA in Kings County, where she handled economic crimes and arson cases. Ms. Scalise received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from John Jay College, CUNY and also earned 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 OCA CLE Board by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. She also testified before the 2105 OCA State Commission on Professional Discipline with regard to attorney mental health issues and the materials she authored were annexed to the Commission’s Report which issued recommendations as to the unification of the NYS disciplinary process.
Active in several bar associations, she is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), where she Chaired the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee for five years and serves as a member on the Attorney Professionalism Committee. She is a past Vice President of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), where she currently Co-chairs the Professional Ethics Committee. She is a past President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association (WWBA), Co-chairing its Grievance/Ethics Committee and a past President of the White Plains Bar Association (WPBA). She serves as Outreach Co-chair for both the WPBA and the WWBA and is actively involved in educational programs, including Take Your Children to Work Day, Law Day and Career Day. A member of the American Bar Association (ABA), she served on its Public Sector Lawyer's Division’s Ethics and CLE Committee. She is also a member of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA), serving as a Board Member of its Ethics Institute. She served as the Westchester County Bar Association’s (WCBA) Co-chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for two years. As a member of the New Rochelle Bar Association (NRBA), she serves as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator in the New Rochelle City Court. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Council (FBC), the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), the Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers Association, the Westchester Columbian Lawyers Association and the Eastchester Bar Association.
Ms. Scalise is a frequent CLE lecturer for the: Appellate Division, First, Second and Third Departments; NYS Judicial Institute; NYSBA; NYSTLA; PLI; WBASNY; NYCLA, WWBA; WCBA; WPBA; NRBA; FBC; Brooklyn Women's Bar Association; Rockland County Women's Bar Association; NYS Supreme Court Judges Association; NYS Magistrate’s Association; NYC Civil and Housing Court Judges; Association; Pace University Law School CLE Program; St. John's University Law School CLE Program; Fordham Law School CLE Program; CUNY Law School CLE Program; NY Civil and Criminal Trial Attorneys Association; NYS Association of Disciplinary Attorneys; and NY County Supreme Court Arbitrators.
Ms. Scalise serves as legal adviser to the Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team. In 2016, Ms. Scalise coached Pace Law School’s Team in the National Ethics Trial Competition Team at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. She was an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she taught Professional Responsibility; a faculty member of the Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program; and a guest lecturer on professional responsibility and ethics at Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Law School, Cardozo Law School, Pace Law School and John Jay College. Ms. Scalise 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. Ms. Scalise also 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 2014, the firm received the WWBA’s Family Friendly Award. In 2012, Ms. Scalise received WBASNY’s Marilyn Menge Award, and in 2009, Ms. Scalise 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.