Shutdown, Holdup for the Courts | United States Courts

The federal courts may be open during the government shutdown, but it’s far from “business as usual.” According to a Department of Justice memo (pdf), U.S. Attorneys across the country have been directed to “curtail or postpone” civil litigation “to the extent that this can be done without compromising . . . the safety of human life or the protection of property.” Criminal litigation will continue without interruption.

As a consequence, case by case, U.S. Attorneys are filing motions for stays of litigation. “Absent an appropriation,” the typical motion reads, “Department of Justice attorneys and employees are generally prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis. . . . This is creating difficulties for the Department to perform the functions necessary to support its litigation effort.”

In a letter to Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska (S.D. NY), the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York described his staff under the shutdown: “only a small number of Assistants and staff have been excepted from the furlough”–and among these are the members of the trial team in the United States v. Countrywide Financial Corporation.” Nearly all civil division assistants and staff will be unable to work on cases or meet existing court deadlines until Congress restores funding.


Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska issued an order (pdf) staying all civil cases in the Southern District of New York, other than civil forfeiture cases, in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district has appeared as counsel. The stay ends the first business day after the President signs into law a budget appropriation. Court deadlines will be tolled during the duration of the government shutdown.


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PLI: Seminars – Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2013 (Free)

The following is being sent to you on behalf of the Senior Lawyers Section Pro Bono Committee as a program of interest:

On Friday, August 2, 2013, starting at 9 a.m., the Practicing Law Institute(PLI) will offer a free CLE program in New York City entitled:

Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2013 (Free).”

One may attend in person or view the program on a live webcast. In addition, two weeks after the date of the program the webcast will be accessible as an archive on PLI’s website.

For details, and to register, see the seminar webpage here, or call PLI at 800-260-4754 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m Eastern Time).

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“Cybercrime and Cyberlaw – What Every Lawyer Should Know” NDNY-Federal Court Bar Ass’n

CLE Program
“Cybercrime and Cyberlaw – What Every Lawyer Should Know”
Monday, August 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Mohawk Golf Club, Schenectady, New York
Recent developments and revelations in the news have highlighted the threats posed to American Businesses from a range of cyber-dangers – from data spills to state-sponsored economic espionage. Yet beyond attention grabbing headlines there is scant analysis to put this problem in context and to provide concrete analysis and solutions to these seemingly amorphous issues. Every company holds data. And every company uses computers.(Even law firms!) But what are the key laws and regulations that every lawyer should be aware of to protect their clients and their Firms.
These topics will be evaluated by Joseph V. DeMarco of the law firm of DeVore DeMarco, LLP. Drawing on his experience in private practice and as the founder and head of the Cybercrime Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 1997-2007. Mr. DeMarco will address in a clear and non-technical manner:
Recent developments and revelations in the area of data spills, computer hacking, and cyber-espionage;
Key criminal and civil laws that apply to these phenomena;
What to do – and not to do — in the face of new and evolving cyber-threats to businesses, their systems, and their IP;
The impact of the President Obama’s recent Cybersecurity Executive Order on American business; and
How leading businesses address these threats, and what you and your clients can learn from them.
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“Federal Practice 301: A Seminar on Dispositive Motions”


Please join the NDNY FCBA for a CLE Program in Albany on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

This program is recommended for experienced attorneys only.

Federal Practice 301:  A Seminar on Dispositive Motions”

Presenters of this program will be:

Robyn Hoffman, Esq.
Law Clerk to Hon. Randolph F. Treece
Magistrate Judge
Northern District of New York

Michael Langan, Esq.
Law Clerk to Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby
U.S. District Court Judge
Northern District of New York

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Where: James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room, 1st Floor
445 Broadway
Albany, New York
Credits: This program has been approved in
accordance with the requirements
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Legal Education Board for 3.0 credits towards the Skills Requirement
The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.

This program is appropriate for experienced attorneys.

This program is not appropriate for newly admitted attorneys.

This is a single program.  No partial credit will be awarded.

This  program is complimentary to all Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Members.  Click on the link below to join.  The CLE program materials will be posted to our website.  As a member you may access all historic CLE materials for the NDNY FCBA CLE programs at:

If you have any questions you would like to submit prior to the program please submit them in advance to:

Thank you for your interest in the NDNY FCBA.  We look forward to seeing you at this upcoming CLE program.

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Wednesday June 5, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Filing a Sandy-related Consumer Complaint in New York | Eric T. Schneiderman, NYS AG

After receiving hundreds of complaints from New York consumers about increased costs for gas, food, water and other essential goods and services, the NYS AG’s office is investigating post-Hurricane Sandy price gouging. They are doing everything they can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives after the storm.

If you believe you are a victim of price gouging, please call the office at 800-771-7755 or visit the website to file a complaint.

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Important SDNY Notice: Extension of Deadlines in Criminal Cases



WHEREAS, Hurricane Sandy has caused extraordinary damage and disruption in the New York City metropolitan area, including, but not limited to, widespread power and utility outages in New York City, extensive transportation problems created by closure of the New York City mass transportation systems, dislocation of New York City residents, and other related delays such as the inaccessibility of the United States Courthouse in Manhattan,


WHEREAS, it is currently unclear when the United States Courthouse in Manhattan will again be accessible,


WHEREAS, current transportation restrictions render it difficult and in some cases impossible for individuals to travel to the Courthouse,


IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 45(a) (3) and (b) (l), that all deadlines in any pending criminal cases that would otherwise expire under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure or any statute, rule, or order are extended until Monday, November 5, 2012, or until such time as specified in a further order of the Court.


IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 45 (a) (3) and (b) (1) and Section 3161 (h) (7) (A) of Title 18, United States Code, that all deadlines in any pending criminal cases requiring action by a grand jury are further extended until November 12, 2012, or until such time as specified in a further order of the Court, and that the ends of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the interests of the public and any criminal defendant in a speedy trial.



Dated: October 29, 2012






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Hurricane Sandy: Customer Assistance Available for Westlaw

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October 31, 2012

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