Find Chief Judge Bulletins on SSA Website

Empire Justice Center: Web News – September 2009

The Social Security Administration (SSA) website includes a variety of great information for disability advocates. A recent discovery are the Chief ALJ Bulletins, known as the Chief Judge bulletins. These bulletins provide information to SSA personnel involved in the hearings process. They may include such things as workload changes, system enhancements, or serve as notification of imminent or recently-approved revisions in the HALLEX (Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law Manual). They may also provide reminder items on a variety of topics. Recent topics have included guidance on fleeing felon cases and use of vocational expert interrogatories.

Bankruptcy Conference Videos Online

Videos of the annual spring 2009 bankruptcy conference, sponsored by The American College of Bankruptcy First Circuit Fellows and BC Law, are now available online. The conference was entitled, “Chapter 11 in the Current Meltdown: Does it work?” and videos of the morning and afternoon sessions are available for viewing.

The conference featured 5 experts on bankruptcy law: Professor Douglas Baird from the University of Chicago, Stephen Cooper of Zolfo Cooper, David G. Heiman of Jones Day, Harold Novikoff of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Honorable William C. Hillman, US Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Click on the links below to watch the videos (you must have Realplayer Media Player downloaded to view file).

Morning Panels

Afternoon Panel


10th Sept 2009 – Zurich, Switzerland – Andrew Tomazos and Tomazos
Software Labs ( announced today the release of
Folderscope 1.0.

Folderscope is now available for download from:

(800kb Windows installer for Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000)

Folderscope is a free software utility for analyzing and
reorganizing folders of any size. It is designed to work
efficiently even with extremely large folders, and has been
tested on a folder containing 800,000 files and 400 gigabytes of
data. Users can browse and mark the entire hierarchy of files
contained within a folder in a variety of ways, and then
move/copy/delete marked files en masse.

The design of Folderscope was the result of a Software Concept
Competition held in late 2008.

In order to encourage adoption Tomazos Software Labs has made
version 1.0 available for use completely free-of-charge.

For screenshots, feature details, and anything else to do with
Folderscope – please visit the product website at:

Managing Your Attorney Escrow Accounts Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct


Telephone CLE Seminar
October 7, 2009 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
2.0 MCLE credits in Ethics

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Law Practice Management and the General Practice Section

Register Online at:

Lawyers are frequently responsible for managing client funds, but when they fail to segregate and account for these funds, they can face disciplinary sanction. This program teaches you the rules for handling client trust accounts, including your responsibilities under the new New York Rules of Professional Conduct. It just is not worth it to defend yourself in a Grievance Committee investigation. Even unintentional irregularities may result in disciplinary action, so it makes sense to learn how to how to protect your firm before a problem arises. What you do not know can hurt you!

Prof. Gary A. Munneke (moderator) – Prof. Munneke is a professor of law at Pace University School of Law, in White Plains, New York, where he teaches courses in Professional Responsibility, Law Practice Management and Torts. He is an active leader of the American Bar Association, having been elected to the ABA Board of Governors in 2006. He is the Chair of NYSBA’s Law Practice Management Committee. He has authored numerous books and articles about current issues on the legal profession, the practice of law and legal career issues.

Peter V. Coffey, Esq. – Mr. Coffey is a member of Englert, Coffey, McHugh & Fantauzzi, LLP. He is the immediate past chair of NYSBA’s Real Property section and past president of the Schenectady County Bar Association. He is the editor of NYSBA’s Attorney Escrow Book and represents attorneys in grievance actions.

Robert J. Saltzman, Esq. – Robert J. Saltzman currently serves as Deputy Chief Counsel to the New York State Grievance Committee for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts, having jurisdiction over lawyers practicing in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Managing Your Attorney Escrow Accounts Under the New Rules
of Professional Conduct

Register Online at:
“Newly admitted attorneys may not obtain CLE credits through this live program”

General Practice Section Members: $50.00
NYSBA Members: $85.00
Non-members: $125.00

For more information call toll free 1.800.582.2452
View the complete CLE seminar schedule online at