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Pro Se Centers Help Even the Odds for Litigants Without Lawyers | United States Courts

When litigants come to federal court without a lawyer, they are at a

disadvantage. Even if their case is strong, they can easily get lost in

a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology. A single error can

doom their chances, long before a trial date is set.

In the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, that is changing. Since late

March, an innovative program has provided critical legal help to more

than 150 low-income pro se litigants, who file or must defend civil

lawsuits without a lawyer.

In Brooklyn, and in similar programs in a half-dozen federal courts,

clerk’s staff and judges refer pro se litigants to on-site centers,

where lawyers hired by bar associations and nonprofits assist with

strategizing, document drafting and procedural guidance, but do not

directly represent litigants in court. In most courts, pro se assistance

is given by clerk’s staff, who can answer technical and process

questions, but must not give legal advice.

“The goal of this program is to provide much needed legal assistance to

our pro se community,” said Chief Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District

of New York, at a recent ribbon-cutting. “Pro se cases represent a very

significant part of our docket. The program is showing early promise of

great success.” 

Read the full article.

Legal Technology Survey-ABA

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center has surveyed practicing attorneys about their technology choices for more than a decade.

The Center’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report is recognized as the source for information regarding the use of technology by attorneys in private practice.

In 2015, the findings of the survey will be presented in six volumes: Technology Basics & Security, Law Office Technology, Litigation & Courtroom Technology, Web & Communication Technology, Online Research, and Mobile Lawyers.

All volumes of the 2015 Legal Technology Survey Report are now available:

Marks to Replace Prudenti as Chief Administrative Judge | New York Law Journal

Judge Lawrence Marks will assume the post of chief administrative judge on Friday, succeeding A. Gail Prudenti as the lead day-to-day manager of New York’s court system.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday that Marks’ appointment was made with the approval of the administrative board of the courts, which is composed of Lippman and the presiding justices of all four Appellate Division departments.

Marks had been widely seen as the likely successor to Prudenti, who announced her retirement this week after 23 years on the bench, including more than three years as chief administrative judge, to head the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law (NYLJ, July 28).

Marks was formally made Prudenti’s understudy in 2012 when he was named first deputy chief administrative judge. Until that time, the position had been open for five years, since Ann Pfau was promoted to chief administrative judge by then-chief judge Judith Kaye.

In all, Marks has worked for the courts for 24 years, with stints as administrative director of the Office of Court Administration (2004-11), special counsel to the chief administrative judge (1998-2003) and OCA’s deputy counsel for criminal justice (1991-97).

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Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202733373195/Marks-to-Replace-Prudenti-as-Chief-Administrative-Judge#ixzz3hJ9Z3dYr

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How National Licensing Could Help Close the Justice Gap–Lawyerist

By Jenny Odegard

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South Dakota is leading the charge on relocating new attorneys to under-served communities by offering a stipend of $12,000 per year for five years. This number is meant to nearly cover the cost of attending their local university’s law school, which should be a tempting offer for hundreds of newly licensed attorneys looking for an opportunity to make an impact. Yet this program has a modest goal of recruiting only 17 attorneys by the year 2017.

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The Uniform Bar Exam is a nationalized test with a portable score to all of the states that have adopted the test. While the UBE is not a nationally portable law license, it is an opportunity to apply for admission without having to sit for an additional full bar exam.

Sixteen states, most recently including New York, have now adopted the test. States still conduct their own character and fitness evaluation, and most require a shorter, less burdensome local education requirement. States also set their own passing score, which means test takers may not be certified for admission in the state they took the exam but could qualify elsewhere without retaking it.

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Read entire article here.

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Public Hearings on Eligibility for Assignment of Counsel-ILS

In accordance with the settlement agreement between the State of New York and a plaintiff class represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union in Hurrell-Harrina et at. v. State of New York and approved by the Albany County Supreme Court, the Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is charged with developing and issuing criteria and procedures to guide courts in counties located outside of New York City in determining whether a person is unable to afford counsel and eligible for mandated representation.

In furtherance of this responsibility, ILS will conduct a series of public hearings in each of the nine (9) judicial districts outside of New York City to solicit the views of county officials, judges, institutional providers of representation, assigned counsel, current and former indigent legal services clients and other individuals, programs, organizations and stakeholders interested in assisting ILS in establishing criteria and procedures to guide courts when determining eligibility for mandated legal representation in criminal and family court proceedings.  The first of these hearings will be in Syracuse, New York on July 9.

For more information, and instructions for providing written or oral testimony, go to: https://www.ils.ny.gov/files/Eligibility%20Public%20Hearings%20Notice.pdf.  Please feel free to contact me (or any member of the ILS staff) if you have questions about the hearings.

                      Take good care,

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

http://www.ils.ny.gov

Vincent J. Gallo, Esq.: In Defense of Title Closers. – Richmond County Bar Association, Est. 1909

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At the closing, the Title Closer is entrusted with transmitting by over-night delivery the payment in full satisfactory to satisfy the mortgage in full, at the risk to the Title Closer of these funds being insufficient to satisfy the mortgage, in full, at the further risk of the Lender returning these funds back to the Title Agency as being insufficient to satisfy the mortgage, with the clock continuing to run on a per diem basis, at the risk to the Title Closer in having to go in pocket to make up the difference, so as to not cause the mortgage to satisfied late, causing a late fee to be imposed as against the mortgagor, as well as a “black mark” on the mortgagor’s credit report.

For this task, the Title Closer is paid what is referred to as a “pick up fee”.  This is a fee paid to the Title Closer, not for the ministerial task of placing the check in an over-night envelope, but instead to serve as a “quasi-insurer” to ensure that all of the above tasks are fully executed on, to full completion, at the risk of potentially costing the Title Closer a small fortune for failing to execute on all, and I do mean ALL, of these above tasks.

For this, in an effort to save a Seller the pickup fee charge of 275.00, more or less, the Department of Financial Services wants to eliminate this charge, thereby preventing a Seller who must pay off his or her mortgage at a closing from having to pay this charge.

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Read entire article here.

SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO:   ellen.buxbaum@dfs.ny.gov.

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