ABA publication – Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys (Free)

Today’s Share:


“Ever wonder what “parenting classes” have to do with child safety?  Ever wish that child welfare workers would use plain language in describing their investigation?  Ever been frustrated at a hearing in which the parent has met all of the conditions in the reunification plan, but the parties can’t assure the Court that the child can be safely returned?

 If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, this publication was written to assist you. Through a unique collaboration, the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and the National Child Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues have produced a document which not only answers these questions, but is targeted at taking the mystery out of assuring child safety.”



Hat tip to:

Angela Olivia Burton, Esq.

Director of Quality Enhancement, Parent Representation

New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services

80 South Swan Street, 29th Floor

Albany, New York 12210

Desk:  518-474-4859

Cell:  518-491-0094

Fax:  518-474-0505


Comment on Regulation 208 (11 NYCRR 227)– New York State Land Title Association

This is a link to the New York State Land Title Association’s advocacy page where you can view NYSLTA-produced guidance on the proposed regulation, which can be used as a head-start on any comment you may wish to make: http://nyslta.site-ym.com/?page=MemberAdvocacy

The SAPA period for commenting upon Regulation 208 (11 NYCRR 227) ends on June 22, 2015. 

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Summary of proposed new 11 NYCRR 227 (Insurance Regulation 208).

This rule interprets and implements Insurance Law section 6409(d) by delineating certain expenditures

that, when provided by title insurance corporations or title insurance agents to “current or prospective customers” as an inducement for title insurance business, are prohibited by the Insurance Law. The rule mandates new reporting requirements to exclude all prohibited expenditures from the rates, thereby ensuring that these expenditures do not contribute to excessive rates. The rule further sets parameters with respect to ancillary charges, ensuring that title insurance corporations and title insurance agents do not charge consumers in New York improper and excessive closing costs .


The proposed regulation prohibits “pick up fees” for closers.  This should add to the cost of closings and delay transactions.


Date Published in State Register: May 06, 2015

Contact: Ellen Buxbaum

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DIY Law Firm Letterhead, Using Microsoft Word – Lawyerist

by Deborah Savadra

***  Using resources like Typography for Lawyers, a few Word tips, and perhaps a bit of well-placed graphic design help, you can design your own letterhead. Here are step-by-step instructions for designing your own letterhead in Microsoft Word, plus examples from Lawyerist readers who have done just that.1


Click here for the entire “how-to-do-it” article, including videos.

Marijuana businesses need lawyers, but how do you build that practice? (podcast with transcript)


In this month’s “Asked and Answered”, Seattle lawyer Ryan Espegard chats with the ABA Journal‘s Stephanie Francis Ward about how he advises the marijuana industry–being mindful of state and federal regulation–and what sorts of business development activities have worked for him.

Access this podcast and a full transcript here.

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EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool | US EPA

The EPA was directed to set standards for radioactive materials under Reorganization Plan No. 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area. All of the EJSCREEN indicators are publicly-available data. EJSCREEN simply provides a way to display this information and includes a method for combining environmental and demographic indicators into EJ indexes. 

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New York State-Federal Judicial Council and the Second Circuit Judicial Council Are Pleased to Present a Complimentary CLE Program

Presentations will address ethical and substantive standards for the application of attorney-client privilege and work product protection in civil and criminal litigation, in the corporate context, with respect to employees and former employees, joint defense agreements, and the witness/advocate rule. The Panels will address the practical application of those standards in state and federal court litigation, rules addressing inadvertent production and waiver, privilege logs, claw-back agreements, assertions of privilege/work product during depositions, common waiver scenarios, in camera review and dispute resolution issues. Courses will earn three New York State CLE Credits (1.5 Hours Ethics and 1.5 Hours Practice Credits). 

Both Programs will also be available via webcast. Please register for the Programs at http://ww2.ca2.uscourts.gov/cle 


****Northern District of New York: Thursday, June 4, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

James M. Hanley Federal Building, Jury Assembly Room, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse, NY 13261 

R.S.V.P. by May 29, 2015 for Northern District of New York Program 

****Eastern District of New York: Thursday, June 18, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

R.S.V.P. by June 12, 2015 for Eastern District of New York Program 

Please see the revised information available here: http://www.nynd.uscourts.gov/sites/nynd/files/pdf_cle.pdf