New York State Bar Association–House of Delegates November 4th– Webcast

Watch the NYSBA House of Delegates in action on Saturday, November 4th beginning at 9:00 a.m. by clicking and choosing the November meeting.

Trump Court Pick Rated ‘Not Qualified’ Sits Through Humiliating Senate Hearing–Yahoo!

Jennifer Bendery

 Two days after the American Bar Association rated Leonard Steven Grasz “not qualified” to be a judge, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Grasz’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

It was brutal.

With Grasz sitting in front of the committee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) read aloud passages from the ABA’s eight-page statementoutlining why Grasz earned such a terrible and rarely designated rating by the nation’s premier legal society.

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Why did Posner retire? He cites ‘difficulty’ with his colleagues on one issue–ABA Journal


Judge Richard Posner had intended to stay on the federal appellate bench until he reached 80, an age he believed to be the upper limit for federal judges.
But on Friday, at the age of 78, he abruptly announced his retirement from the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, effective the next day. The reason is due to “difficulty” with his colleagues over the court’s treatment of people who represent themselves, he told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in an email.

“I was not getting along with the other judges because I was (and am) very concerned about how the court treats pro se litigants, who I believe deserve a better shake,” Posner said. The issue will be addressed in an upcoming book that will explain his views and those of his colleagues “in considerable detail,” Posner said.


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Undocumented Immigrants Can Practice Law in the U.S. – Greedy Associates

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By George Khoury, Esq


California, New York, and Florida have all made national headlines for admitting undocumented immigrants. However, these states are not alone. Illinois, Nebraska, and Wyoming also permit undocumented immigrants to be admitted to their state bars.

While there have only been a few reported instances of an undocumented immigrant seeking admission to any state’s bar, this is expected to increase in the coming years as a result of DACA. Based upon when it was passed, and the age of the individuals it covers, there could a small wave of undocumented immigrant J.D.s seeking admission to bars across the country.


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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

– 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

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:

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