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The Troubles, the 30-year sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, divided neighborhoods, friendships, and even families. When the Good Friday Agreement was reached in 1998, there were several attempts to preserve these histories, which included interviews with republican and loyalist paramilitary members and were to be housed under a confidentiality agreement at Boston College’s Burns Library. But when the British government demanded access to the tapes in 2011, and the U.S. attorney general complied with a subpoena, controversy erupted. Should the tapes be held until interviewees died, as per the original agreement? Or should they be used to try paramilitary members for their actions during The Troubles? This site offers links to dozens of articles from around the web, as well as legal documents surrounding the case, radio interviews, and television specials from CNN, PBS, and the BBC. For educators teaching modern Irish history or for anyone interested in the ambiguities of international law or sectarian conflict and reconciliation, this site is a must read. [CNH]

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David Whelan,”Law Practice Technology”–Robert Ambrogi

David Whelan, the former director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, has published a free e-book that provides an overview of the basic technology needed for a law practice. Called Law Practice Technology: An Introduction…

Free E-Book Gives Basic Overview of Law Practice Technology

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Hat tip to to Robert Ambrogi

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Women as ‘Way Pavers’ in the Federal Judiciary | United States Courts

It took nearly 140 years after the federal court system was established in 1789 before the first woman sat on a federal bench. Today, about one-third of all active Article III judges are women.

“If the first women judges were here today, they would rejoice at this achievement,” Justice Ginsburg said in a 1995 speech, noting that “their examples made it less difficult for the rest of us to gain appointment or election to the judiciary.” For Justice Ginsburg, these pioneer women judges were “way pavers” — in her words, “brave and bright woman who served as judges with extraordinary devotion and distinction.” In remarks published 20 years ago in the Fordham Law Review, Justice Ginsburg singled out a few of these women judges.

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Supreme Court to develop electronic filing system as soon as 2016-JURIST

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Chief Justice John Roberts announced in the 2014 Year-End Report [report, PDF] Wednesday that the Supreme Court is developing an electronic filing system, expected to be operational in 2016. This will make documents available online to the public with no charge, including petitions, responses to petitions, merits briefs, motions and applications. In the report, Roberts explained that courts are usually more guarded in developing cutting-edge innovation…

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NYSBA | Changes to Mandatory Pro Bono Reporting Requirement

http://www.nysba.org/probonorequirement/

Office of the President

New York attorneys will report their pro bono hours anonymously in the future–as was recommended by the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

The Office of Court Administration issued this statement on Dec. 18, 2014:

Today the Administrative Board of the Courts unanimously approved modifications to the mandatory pro bono reporting framework in New York, consistent with the recommendations of Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti and NYS Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee that were an outgrowth of their recent discussions on the subject.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said that he is confident that mandatory pro bono reporting in New York “will provide the Court System and the bar with the information that we need to chart a course that promotes pro bono work by the legal community very much in the spirit of our noble profession.”

State Bar President Glenn Lau-Kee observed: “I am pleased the court system has responded to the concerns of the New York State Bar Association and other bar associations. The compromise is the outcome of collegial and productive discussions between representatives of the court system and State Bar leaders, which bode well for our future working relationship.”

The earlier rule, which took effect in May 2013, required attorneys to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations to legal service organizations when completing their biennial registration forms.

The Administrative Board of the Courts adopted a resolution to amend the requirement as follows:  

  • Attorneys still are required to report their pro bono hours and charitable donations, but they will report the information anonymously.
  • The information will be made public only on an aggregate basis.
  • The courts will broaden pro bono and public service categories on the reporting form.
  • All reported pro bono information submitted prior to the requirement change will be designated confidential. 

The changes were recommended by the House of Delegates at its November meeting. 

Details of the changes will be available at a future date. 

Sincerely, 
 
Glenn Lau-Kee, President

In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn

The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York invites you to attend the In Memoriam for Honorable Neal P. McCurn Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at United States Courthouse, Third Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 S. Clinton Street in Syracuse, New York.  A reception will follow on the 5th floor.  

Please RSVP by December 1, 2014 via email special_events@nynd.uscourts.gov or by calling (315) 234-8599.

Obituary for Judge McCurn

State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson –September 16, 2014 Testimony Before Grand Jury

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