NOTICE – To all members of the Northern District Bar-NY

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York is

seeking qualified applicants for the position of a full-time United States
Magistrate Judge to be located in Syracuse, New York. The Public
Announcement and Application Form are available on the Northern District of
New York website at:

Thank you

Lawrence K. Baerman, Clerk

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court – 2/24/09


Carcieri v. Salazar, No. 07-526
In a challenge to the Interior Secretary’s holding of lands in trust for Indians under 25 U.S.C. section 465, judgment for Defendants is reversed, where the term “now under federal jurisdiction” refers to a tribe that was under federal jurisdiction at the time of the statute’s enactment.


Ysursa v. Pocatello Educ. Ass’n., No. 07-869
In a First Amendment challenge to a law prohibiting public employees from making payroll deductions for political activities, summary judgment for Defendant is affirmed, where the First Amendment does not confer a right to use government payroll mechanisms for political expression.


US v. Hayes, No. 07-608
Defendant’s conviction for possessing a firearm under 18 U.S.C. section 921 is affirmed, where a domestic relationship between the offender and victim need not be an element of the defendant’s “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to trigger Section 921’s possession ban.

The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation, by Dina R. Jansenson (Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP) is an outline designed to help you learn what negotiation is about.

Jensenson offers a broad view of the concepts of negotiation, as well as a review of the five stages of the negotiation process: Preparation; Relationship Building; Information Gathering & Exchange; Problem-Solving/Bargaining; Designing & Closing the Agreement.

Download the full text of the outline for free here.

NY: Understanding the Revised Power of Attorney Statute

The New York Law Journal – Free With Registration: Elder Law

Elder Law

Understanding the Revised Power of Attorney Statute

By Daniel G. Fish
February 24, 2009
A recent amendment to the General Obligations Law1 has made a total revision to the power of attorney statute. It is hard to exaggerate the scope of the change. Four sections were repealed, 12 sections were amended and 13 new sections were added. Only two sections of the prior law were neither repealed nor amended.


Read the full text of the article here.

How to Present While People are Twittering

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio
Posted by Tamar Weinberg
This is a guest post from esteemed presenter and expert Olivia Mitchell.

People used to whisper to each other or pass hand-scribbled notes during presentations. Now these notes are going digital on Twitter or via conference-provided chat rooms.

Up until now, this back-channel has been mainly confined to the Internet industry and technology conferences. However, a survey of leadership conferences from Weber Shandwick shows that there is a significant increase in blogging and twittering at conferences.

So the next time you present at a conference, instead of being confronted by a sea of faces looking at you, you may be phased by a sea of heads looking down at their laptops. The challenge is how to adapt to presenting with the back-channel.


This practical article is required reading for those who present to audiences equipped with Twitter.