New York to Move to Uniform Bar Exam – Legal Ease Blog

Allison C. Shields:

Despite opposition from many lawyers and bar associations throughout the state, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced today that New York State will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July of 2016.

According to this article, Lippman made the announcement at a Law Day celebration in Albany, claiming that the adoption of the UBE will allow New York to remain the gold standard for the profession, and stating that it will allow New York law graduates greater portability and flexibility of their law licenses.

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Position Announcement–Office of the Federal Public Defender–Research and Writing Attorney

May 5, 2015

Position Announcement

Office of the Federal Public Defender

Research and Writing Attorney 


The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern 

District of New York is seeking applicants for the 

position of Research and Writing Attorney for its 

Syracuse, NewYork office.  The Research and

Writing Attorney provides advanced research 

and writing services to assistant federal defender 

staff on trial and appellate cases. The Research 

and Writing Specialist writes briefs, motions, 

petitions for certiorari, and legal memoranda.

(Please see full announcement below).


Announcement Date:

April 24, 2015

Closing Date:

June 5, 2015


Research and Writing Attorney Announcement


How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:   


Matthew Landy, Administrative Officer

Office of the Federal Public Defender

39 N. Pearl St., 5th Floor

Albany, NY  12207



or in PDF to 


NDNY-Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.

(315) 422-2799

Term Law Clerk Vacancy Announcement–NDNY

April 25, 2015

Term Law Clerk Vacancy Announcement


The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York is seeking a two-year term law clerk for the Honorable David N. Hurd, U.S. District Judge in Utica, New York.  A law clerk will perform a wide variety of judicial tasks, including the preparation of draft opinions on dispositive motions; bench memoranda in preparation for trials and oral arguments on motions; and instructions to the jury in civil and criminal matters.  The law clerk will also share administrative tasks.  (Please see full announcement below).


Opening Date:

April 22, 2015

Closing Date:

May 8, 2015

Projected Start Date:

June 2015



Term Law Clerk Vacancy Announcement


Application Process and Deadline:

Send cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript on or before May 8, 2015 to:   


Honorable David N. Hurd, U.S. District Judge 

Alexander Pirnie Federal Building 

Room 300 

10 Broad Street 

Utica, NY 13501 


 or by emailing materials to

Boston College Subpoena News

Boston College Subpoena

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]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

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

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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