I could not let the moment pass without commenting on the death of one of the community's finest and most gentlemanly practitioners of the law, Nino Sciolino. He was a lawyer's lawyer, and to those of us who had the pleasure of serving with him in Buffalo City Court Special Term, Sciolino was not only a judge's lawyer, but also his or her best friend in that busy part of court.
His courtly, almost 19th-century personality and manner was a reflection of a bygone era of a more civilized and sensitive age within the legal profession.
Sciolino had an array of friends who literally numbered in the hundreds. He and his wife, Jane, were a mainstay on the dinner-dance circuits around town, where they enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people.
He will be missed by all of his friends, especially those of us in the legal community who looked upon him as a gentle incarnation of a bygone era of noble civility within our profession.
JOSEPH S. MATTINA