Public Notice – Appointment of Part-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge | Northern District of New York | United States District Court

 

The Court is accepting applications for the position of a Part-Time Magistrate Judge at Plattsburgh, New York.  The position will become available upon the retirement of the Hon. Larry A. Kudrle on November 1, 2014.  The Application Package is available on the Court’s Website at www.nynd.uscourts.gov.

Applications close on April 30, 2014.

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NYSBA | Mandatory Reporting Campaign

Office of the President

David Schraver

Since 2004, the New York State Bar Association has strongly opposed any requirement that New York lawyers report their voluntary pro bono service or contributions to public authorities.  We firmly believe that requiring such reporting dilutes the voluntary nature of lawyers’ pro bono service.  Lawyers should provide pro bono service because they recognize the critical importance of access to justice and lawyers’ unique ability to assist – not because they feel pressured into doing so.

I encourage you to write to the Chief Judge, the Chief Administrative Judge, and the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions to express opposition to this requirement.  We have set up a webpage with contact information, a sample letter, and a link to send an e-mail message directly to the Chief Judge to express your opposition.  Go to www.nysba.org/probonoreporting.

Sincerely,

David M. Schraver, President

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Public Notice – Appointment of Part-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge | Northern District of New York | United States District Court

 

The Court is accepting applications for the position of a Part-Time Magistrate Judge at Plattsburgh, New York.  The position will become available upon the retirement of the Hon. Larry A. Kudrle on November 1, 2014.  The Application Package is available on the Court’s Website at www.nynd.uscourts.gov.
Applications close on April 30, 2014.

 
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Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm – NYTimes.com

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Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns about surveillance and hacking, the American Bar Association in 2012 revised its ethics rules to explicitly require lawyers to “make reasonable efforts” to protect confidential information from unauthorized disclosure to outsiders.

Last year, the Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, rebuffed a legal challengeto a 2008 law allowing warrantless wiretapping that was brought in part by lawyers with foreign clients they believed were likely targets of N.S.A. monitoring. The lawyers contended that the law raised risks that required them to take costly measures, like traveling overseas to meet clients, to protect sensitive communications. But the Supreme Court dismissed their fears as “speculative.”

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Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys | United States Courts

http://news.uscourts.gov/judiciary-restores-pay-rates-panel-attorneys

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014. In an emergency move last August, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States reduced the rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The Committee described the step as “undesirable,” but “necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program.”
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The hourly rates also include a one-percent increase, consistent with the one percent Employment Cost Index increase for all federal employees. As a result, for work performed on or after March 1, 2014, hourly panel attorney rates will increase to $126 for non-capital representations and $180 for capital representations.

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Courts close across England and Wales as lawyers protest at legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian

Sounding the Alarm – short version from Firstborn Studios on Vimeo.

Crown and magistrates courts across England and Wales were emptied of lawyers on Monday morning as criminal barristers and solicitors walked out in protest over government plans to cut legal aid.

The unprecedented action led to all but one of the 18 courts at the Old Baileyin central London being deserted or locked as hearings were postponed or cancelled.

Barristers, in their wigs and gowns, and solicitors waved placards opposing the cuts as they gathered outside the entrances to courts in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Preston, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

Read latest coverage here.

 

New York –THE COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE PUBLIC CORRUPTION–PRELIMINARY REPORT DECEMBER 2, 2013

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT BAR

Please see the memorandum from Chief Judge Sharpe regarding the Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program that begins on January 1st, 2014.

http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/news/mandatory-mediation-program

Lawrence K. Baerman
Clerk of Court

Dear Northern District Bar Member
As you may know, the Northern District has been deemed a congested court by the Judicial Conference Committee on Case Administration and Case Management. Over the past several years the Court, working closely with the Federal Court Bar Association, has been exploring ways to streamline the civil case resolution process. As a product of these discussions the Northern District of New York will be implementing a more robust Court annexed mediation program. The new Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program was fashioned after a similar program that was adopted in the Western District of New York several years ago. That program, along with several other paid mediation programs across the country, has shown great success in resolving cases at an early stage in the litigation process saving both time and money for the parties.
The Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program will run for two years starting with cases that are filed after January 1, 2014. Additionally, any civil case where a Rule 16 Conference has been scheduled after January 1, 2014 will be placed into the program. The Court and the Federal Court Bar Association felt strongly that the success of this program would hinge on the quality and expertise of the mediation panel. The Court, working closely with our ADR Committee and Federal Court Bar Association, selected highly qualified lawyers from across the district to participate as mediators in this new program. All of the selected mediators are required to attend an advanced mediation training seminar which focuses on federal mediation techniques.
As part of the new process, the parties will select the mediator of their choice from the Court approved list of mediators and complete a mandatory two-hour mediation session. The cost of the two-hour mandatory session will be capped at $300.00 ($150.00 per-hour, the $300.00 fee for the first two-hour session will be shared equally by the parties). Thereafter, the parties may agree to continue the mediation session beyond the mandatory two-hour period at the rate established for that mediator. During the pilot program, the Court has set a rate cap not to exceed $300.00 per-hour for those cases that proceed beyond the two-hour mandatory session. At the conclusion of the two-year pilot, the Court will evaluate the success of the program to determine if it should continue as a permanent part of our ADR suite. Attorneys participating in the program can expect to receive a short survey about their impressions of the new program. I ask your assistance in completing the survey so that we may properly assess the value of this program.

During the pendency of this Pilot program, the Court’s current pro bono mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration programs will be suspended. The Court will however, continue to operate the pro bono assisted mediation program which is designed to help pro se litigants proceed through court annexed mediation.
For more information on this new program, please refer to General Order #47 – Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program which is available on our Court Website under General Orders at www.nynd.uscourts.gov.
Thank you,
Gary L. Sharpe Chief Judge
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