NY Crime Victims Legal Help

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Empire Justice Center is excited to partner with Pro Bono Net, NYS Office of Victim Services and the Center for Human Services at the University at Albany to announce that a website connecting crime victims with civil legal services is now available statewide outside of New York City. The website New York Crime Victims Legal Helpwas piloted in several counties in the Spring and is now expanding to serve crime victims statewide.

“New York Crime Victims Legal Help was designed to be a single point of entry for crime victims to access civil legal information, resources and assistance. We have made it a priority to provide legal content written in plain language, with an eye on being victim-centered and empowering – giving people useful information and options that can help them. We’re excited to help bring these tools to people all across upstate New York and Long Island.””
-Remla Parthasarathy, Crime Victims Legal Help Project Leader at the Empire Justice Center 

Link to full press release from Governor Cuomo

Crime Victims Legal Help Flyer

Crime Victims Legal Help Infographic

Ring, the doorbell-camera firm, has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reach – The Washington Post

 
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When your doorbell is Big Brother. The smart-doorbell company Ring, owned by Amazon, has partnered with more than 400 police departments nationwide — far more than previously known — to provide video from individual citizens’ private web-enabled doorbells to aid police in their investigations. Police and company executives say their collaboration makes neighborhoods safer. But critics say it’s an undemocratic surveillance dragnet being marketed as just another app. WASHINGTON POST
 
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The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks

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An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that “directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,” according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News.

According to the National Association of Immigration Judges, the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sent court employees a link to a blog post from VDare, a white nationalist website, in its morning news briefing earlier this week that included anti-Semitic attacks on judges.

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As NY ‘Red Flag’ Law Takes Effect, Judges Face Duty to Eye Fitness for Gun Ownership | New York Law Journal

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The law in New York will allow law enforcement, a state prosecutor, a family or household member, or certain school employees to file an application in the state Supreme Court of each county to request that an individual be temporarily suspended from owning or buying a gun.

That’s called an Extreme Risk Protection Order, which can remain in effect for up to a year, according to the law. The order can be renewed at the end of that term, but the length of an initial order is capped at a year.

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FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS – Application for an Extreme Risk Protection Order – Supreme Court Forms | NYCOURTS.GOV

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Steps to Prepare and File an Extreme Risk Protection Order Application

An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a court order issued when a person may be dangerous to themselves or others.  An ERPO prohibits a person from purchasing or possessing guns and requires the person to surrender any guns they already own or possess.  An ERPO can also direct the police to search a person, premises or a vehicle for guns and remove them.  An ERPO case may be started by a district attorney, a police officer, a school official, or a member of the person’s family or household.  It is a civil case.  ERPO cases have no criminal charges or penalties.

The petitioner is the person filing the ERPO application with the court.  The respondent is the person you are asking the Court to issue an ERPO against.  The petitioner can be a district attorney, a police officer, a school official, or a member of the respondent’s family or household.  No matter who starts the case, you must follow these steps:

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NY becomes 17th state with mental-health gun control–NY Post

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* New York’s red flag law goes into effect Saturday, making it the 17th state to pass the gun control measure that prevents people who show signs of being at risk to themselves or others from purchasing or owning a firearm, rifle or shotgun, the New York Post reports.

Lawyer Well-Being– Palliative Care, Hospice and Relevant Laws.

Stephen Gallagher
Stephen Gallagher
Starting on October 8, 2019, the Senior Lawyer Section will hold our first webinar conversation for Lawyer Well-Being. This first, webinar will be on Palliative Care, Hospice and Relevant Laws. The 30-min conversation will be hosted by, David P. Miranda, former NYSBA President and our first guest will be David C Leven, JD, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant, End of Life Choices New York.

To give you an idea of how our webinars will work, you can listen to a podcast with Ida Abbott, a lawyer and consultant for more than four decades. Ida was recently featured in a podcast for The Legalpreneurs Sandbox Podcast Series sponsored by the Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific) at The College of Law in Australia. The conversation, which was hosted by the Centre’s Executive Director Terri Mottershead, examines the impact of the exodus of Baby Boomer lawyers from legal practice and the role that mentoring should/can/will play in the consequent “changing of the guard.”

A breakdown of the topics they cover can be found on the Centre for Legal Innovation website, and you can listen to the podcast there or here.

We think you will find this discussion quite valuable.
SPG

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Stephen Gallagher
LeadershipCoach
Narberth PA
(610) 660-0218
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