Pro Bono Opportunities Lunch and Learn
Free Program for NYSBA Members
Panelists will discuss how they got involved with Pro Bono legal representation and about their feelings regarding the experience and its benefits to their legal careers.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207
Free Program for NYSBA Members | Non-members $100
Erin K. Flynn, Esq., Chair, Committee on Lawyers in Transition
Marcy C. John, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County Inc.
Anne L. LaBarbera, Esq.
Faye Polayes, Esq., Ernst & Young
Susan Pattenaude, Esq., The Legal Project
Myleah Misenhimer, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
Kristen Wagner, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Services, New York State Bar Association
Kristen Wagner Esq.
New York State Bar Association
Stephen P. Gallagher is a thought leader and deep thinker about our future. He is also a long-term friend and mentor of mine. But his area of interest isn’t about the latest technology. He focuses on the challenges of human beings practicing law. His company is LeadershipCoach.us. Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. is a solo practitioner in Hancock, NY.
These two teamed up to write “For Sole Practitioners, the Future’s Not What It Used to Be“ in 2015 for the New York State Bar Association Journal. Some of the thoughts that they discussed then about the future of law seem timeless and others are already somewhat dated, even though it has been less than three years since its publication. Mr. Sienko is understandably proud of his career as what we would now call in futurist circles, an artisan lawyer. Today being an artisan lawyer is often referenced as the opposite of the preferred modern “lean” systems-based lawyer. I note that there are many artisan lawyers still practicing and delivering great value to their clients.
Their follow up article, The Legal Profession in Transition, Download The Legal Profession in Transition – Gallagher-Sienko-Sept17 was published in September 2017. In it, they discuss Baby Boomers in the legal profession. Sienko postulates that “The new reality is that many lawyers and others are in no position financially to retire.”
The costs of nursing home and assisted living care are driving sales — and innovation — in the technology market, said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care.
For many, the technology offers not just the tools they need to continue to live at home, but newfound confidence and connectedness with faraway family and friends.
Topol calls it “monitored independence,” and it is changing how older generations age in America. “People want to be autonomous, irrespective of age,” he said.
Stormy Daniels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Stormy Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford, but the “hush agreement” referred to her as Peggy Peterson or “PP”, according to the suit [FULL TEXT], filed in California state court. The agreement referred to Trump as “David Dennison” or “DD.”
Trump didn’t sign the agreement “so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the hush agreement and Ms. Clifford,” according to the suit seeking a declaratory judgment. The Washington Post and the New York Times have coverage.
Despite the lack of a signature, Daniels received $130,000 under the agreement. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said last month that he used his own money to pay Daniels, “thus evidencing Mr. Cohen’s apparent position (at least in that context) that no binding agreement was in place,” the suit says.
Even if there were contractual obligations under the agreement, they were breached when Cohen spoke publicly to the media, the suit says.
Daniels also asserts alternate grounds to set aside the contract, including that it is unconscionable, illegal or a violation of public policy.
According to Lindon’s complaint, he claims that in order successfully complete his probation and treatment, he was required to take part in Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. More specifically, Lindon claims that his failure to participate in the 12-step program would result in “incarceration or other detrimental consequences.”
Lindon’s specific issue with this program is that it’s dependent on belief in a “higher power” or a single God and “compelling any person to attend de facto religious services as a part of mandatory substance abuse treatment program is a predictable and systemic violation of constitutional law.” After objecting to the religious element of Alcoholics Anonymous program, Lindon claims that the staff at the treatment center refused to adjust his treatment plan.
You can read the full lawsuit below:
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