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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VA Benefits Practice Free CLE –

May 24, 2017 10:54 AM

Stephanie A. Bugos

VA Benefits Practice Free CLE –

REPRESENTING VETERANS BEFORE THE VETERANS’ ADMINISTRATION AND BEYOND

Presented By: New York State Bar Association Committee on Veterans

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:35 p.m.

 

Presented Live & Webcast

In-Person Location: Orrick, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

 

The purpose of this CLE is to provide an in-depth training for any attorney that wishes to represent Veterans at the VA Administrative level or in Federal Court (up to and including the US Supreme Court):

·         What can you do for a Vet that has a dishonorable discharge?

·         What Military legal proceedings lead to the discharge status?

·         Federal Tort Claims Act-Medical claims against government

 

Renowned national speaker Ken Carpenter will be presenting.

 

To register go to: www.nysba.org/VetJune2017

Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration Page

May 3 Webinar: Working with the IRS Office of Appeals

Register here to watch “Working with the IRS Office of Appeals — What to Expect,” a free 90-minute webinar, scheduled for May 3 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Topics include the role of Appeals, an overview of Appeals policies and procedures, and an outline of procedures for examination and collection cases.

Certificates of completion will be offered. Earn one continuing education credit in Federal Tax.

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