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.

Judge on top NY court, the first female Muslim judge in the US, is found dead in Hudson River–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Updated: Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals was found dead Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River after her husband had reported her missing.

Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first female Muslim judge in the United States and the first female African-American to serve on New York’s top court, the New York Times reports. Several other publications have stories, including the Washington Post, the New York Daily News and the New York Law Journal(sub. req.).

Police reported no signs of trauma on the judge’s body and are treating the death as a suicide, according to the Times. The investigation was continuing, however.

Read entire report here…

Immigration 2017 | Emergency Preparedness for Families

Free CLE Program and Webcast for NYSBA Members 

and Co-Sponsoring Organizations

 

During the Presidential campaign and post-election, President Donald J. Trump indicated that he would implement significant changes in U.S. immigration law centered on an “America First” platform. On January 25th and 27th, the President signed three executive orders “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The executive orders led to litigation in several federal district courts nationwide.

 

This panel will address a few of these sweeping immigration changes, their impact on families currently residing in the United States and in what capacity the legal profession may be able to meet the needs of immigrant families proactively through family safety planning. Panelists will discuss how to walk a family through a safety plan in a way that will maximize its effectiveness and provide an overview of various custodial and guardianship arrangements for children, both temporary and permanent.  Efforts by legal services providers and the private bar to meet the challenges immigrants face in this new environment will also be discussed.

 

If you are unable to attend in person, this program will also be recorded and streamed as a live webcast.

 

Program Topics

Overview of Drastic Immigration Changes that Impact Families 

Increased Need for Legal Representation in the Face of these Changes

 

Click Here to View the Program Agenda 

 

Program Panelists

Honorable Anthony McGinty | Ulster County Family Court

Deborah S. Kearns, Esq. | Albany County Surrogate’s Court

Sarah Rogerson, Esq. | Albany Law School

Alima M. Atoui, Esq. | Albany County Surrogate’s Court

Gerard Wallace, Esq. | Director, NYS Kinship Navigator 

Click Here to Learn More about the Program Panelists 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

New York State Bar Center

One Elk Street | Great Hall | Albany, NY

2.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

This is a transitional program suitable for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

 

Learn More and Register Today  

www.nysba.org/EmergencyPreparedness2017 

 

Presented by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the  

Law in conjunction with The Legal Project – Capital District Women’s Bar Association,  

Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee,  Liberty Defense Project,  Albany County Bar Association,  Empire Justice Center,  Albany Law School, NYSBA  President’s Committee on Access to Justice, NYSBA Committee on Immigration Representation, NSYBA Committee on Legal Aid, and the NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Identity Theft Information for Tax Professionals–IRS

Tax professionals play a critical role in assisting clients, both individuals and businesses, who are victims of tax-related identity theft. This new fact sheet explains what tax-related identity theft is and what to do if it happens to one of your clients.

Separately, the IRS advised senior taxpayers to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees but are not.

Read more…

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Trump budget eliminates Legal Services Corp. funding

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corp. In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is cutting discretionary spending to pay for an increase in defense spending and the wall on the Mexican border, the Washington Post reports. 

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Read entire ABA Journal article here…

Ex-Civil Rights Lawyer Who Represented Terrorists Dies | New York Law Journal

Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

Lynne Feltham Stewart, a New York civil rights lawyer who represented small-time criminals and radicals alike before losing her license to practice law after she was convicted in a terrorism case, has died of cancer three years after her release from prison.

Stewart was 77 when she died Tuesday in the Brooklyn home she shared with her husband, Ralph Poynter. She had long fought breast cancer and recently suffered strokes.

Read more from NYLJ here…

Don’t click! Lawyers get fake emails about a complaint; hyperlink installs malicious software

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS for ABA Journal

Lawyers who receive emails about a complaint filed against their business may have a problem–but it’s not because of an angry client.

Officials in multiple states are warning that the emails invite the lawyers to click on a hyperlink to view the complaint. Clicking on the link will open a website that installs malicious software or ransomware on the lawyer’s computer. Ransomware blocks computer access until the computer user pays money to get it unlocked.

Officials in New YorkTexasPennsylvaniaMarylandand Florida are among those warning about the scam. Lawyers who received such an email should delete it immediately and should not click on the link, according to a press release by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Above the Law reports on other email scams in this article. Ransomware victims can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Read more about scams directed at lawyers….

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