Mandatory Minimum Sentences Decline, Sentencing Commission Says | United States Courts

The number of federal prison inmates sentenced under mandatory minimum laws decreased by 14 percent from 2010 to 2016, although they still make up more than half of all federal inmates, according to a new report by the United States Sentencing Commission.

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Attorney Registration: Secure Pass ID Cards – N.Y. State Courts

The highlights of the changes in the Attorney Secure Pass program (instituted in 2015) are:
– Attorneys may opt to renew their Secure Pass ID cards by logging on to www.nycourts.gov

– Login will require Attorney Online Services user name & password (same as Attorney Registration and NYSCEF)

– A Secure Pass will now remain valid for 5 years

– The cost of an Attorney Secure Pass will increase from $25 to $50

– Online renewals will use current photo on file

– Online renewals will require only a single courthouse visit to pick -up the new ID Card and verify identity

– Note: Attorneys applying for their first Secure Pass ID Card MUST continue to use the paper form and submit in person and pick -up in person (new paper forms reflecting the new $50.00 cost are available at trial-level courthouses).
 

NYSBA | June 26, 2017: New York Victims of Medical Malpractice Would Be Harmed By Proposed Federal Bill, Says New York State Bar Association

Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen
Director of Media Services & Public Affairs
lbang-jensen@nysba.org
518/487-5530

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H.R. 1215, misnamed the “Protecting Access to Care Act,” for example, would mandate a $250,000 federal cap on nonmonetary medical malpractice awards, such as for pain and suffering.  These caps discriminate against women who do not work outside the home, the elderly and children. The act also imposes new federal deadlines for filing a medical malpractice claim.

The New York State Bar Association‘s Memorandum in Opposition to H. R. 1215 is available at: http://www.nysba.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=73713.

 
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Eric Conn says he escaped the U.S. with a fake passport and help from overseas | Lexington Herald Leader

Fugitive lawyer Eric C. Conn fled the country using a fake passport and help from someone overseas who has given him a job to support himself while on the lam, Conn told the Herald-Leader in an email exchange over the weekend.

Conn, once one of the top disability attorneys in the nation, flew to a country that doesn’t have an agreement to extradite people wanted for crimes in the United States, he told the newspaper.

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Governor Chooses Feinman to Fill Court of Appeals Vacancy | New York Law Journal

Josefa Velasquez and Rebecca Baker, New York Law Journal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday afternoon announced that he would nominate Justice Paul Feinman to the State Court of Appeals seat left vacant by the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

In an interview on NY1, the Democratic governor called Feinman “an extraordinary human being and will be a great addition on that court.”

If confirmed by the State Senate, Feinman would become the first openly gay judge to serve on the state’s highest court.

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LexisNexis acquires case analytics firm Ravel Law

BY STEPHEN RYNKIEWICZABA Journal

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LexisNexis Legal & Professional has acquired legal research and litigation analytics firm Ravel Law, and will integrate Ravel’s data visualization and profiling technology into LexisNexis services.

“Ravel Law will accelerate our vision of the data-driven lawyer of the future,” says Jeff Pfeifer, vice president of LexisNexis product management, in an interview after Thursday’s announcement. “By leveraging these platforms, an attorney can get insights about a variety of problems, from judicial tendencies to arguments that are effective in a judge’s chambers.”

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ABA president criticizes ‘egregious’ cuts to LSC, loan forgiveness in Trump budget proposal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

ABA President Linda A. Klein on Tuesday sharply criticized proposed budget cuts by the White House that would do “severe damage to the most vulnerable people in our society.”

“Steep budget cuts proposed today by the White House would severely undermine the fairness of the legal system and deny access to justice for some of society’s most vulnerable individuals,” Klein said in the statement.

“These include children, veterans, the elderly, people with disabilities, people in poverty, families suffering after natural disasters, survivors of domestic violence and victims of other crimes.”

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