Forgiving Fines: The NYC Amnesty Program

The City of New York is reducing penalties and interest for many violations* issued by the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, and other city agencies.


Take advantage of the amnesty program before it expires! Amnesty will run from September 12, 2016 – December 12, 2016. Stay informed.

Violations must be in judgment. This means the City of New York has taken the legal step of filing a public record of your liability in court for the entire amount due, plus additional interest. Criminal violations and violations over $25,000 are excluded. Other limitations, exclusions and eligibility requirements apply. 

Click here for more information and to search for violations…

Northern District Pro Bono Opportunities

Dear Northern District Bar Members, 

The Court currently has three opportunities for attorneys to volunteer as pro bono counsel for trial ready cases. Please refer to L.R. 83.3 regarding the establishment of the Pro Bono Panel of the Northern District of New York. The following cases are currently awaiting pro bono counsel:

1. 9:15-cv-771 (GTS/TWD) Lewis v. Cowan et al (Syracuse Trial) 

2. 9:15-cv-317 (GTS/TWD) Peele v. Donah et al (Syracuse Trial)

3. 9:06-cv-1308 (FJS/DEP) Kotler v. Jubert et al (Syracuse Trial) 

*Stand-by Counsel only. Trial is set for 10/19/2016

Please remember that pursuant to Local Rule 83.3 (g) attorneys who accept a pro bono appointment may seek reimbursement for expenses incident to representation of indigent clients by application to the Court. Reimbursement or advances shall be permitted to the extent possible in light of available resources and, absent extraordinary circumstances, shall not exceed $2,000.

If any firms or counsel are interested in one of the above opportunities, please contact Nicole Eallonardo in the Clerk’s Office, at for further information. Accepting one of the above assignments will fulfill the requirement under Local Rule 83.3. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

Thank you,

Lawrence K. Baerman, Clerk of Court



We received a report of a member getting an unauthorized phone solicitation offering six months’ free New York State Bar Association membership. Please be advised that the Association is not engaged in telephone solicitations at this time. Although this is likely an isolated incident, if you receive such a call, do not share any personal information, and please let us know immediately by calling our Member Resource Center at 800.582.2452.

Email scam targets lawyers with fake disciplinary warnings, bar announcements–ABA Journal

Lawyers across the country should be on the lookout for phishing emails, which purport to be about new discipline investigations.More than 50 attorneys have received the emails, which have links to malicious software, says Molly Flood, research and information manager with the ABA’s Division for Bar Services. She suspects that senders get email addresses through the websites of state bars that also handle attorney regulation.


“They also dummied up a webpage, that looked like it was our website,” says Francine Walker, the Florida Bar’s director of public information. Besides using unpaid bar dues and discipline complaints as a ruse, some of the emails claimed that the bar changed its fee schedule.

Read entire report from ABA Journal here.

CLE Program Attorney–NYSBA

The New York State Bar Association, a non-profit professional association, seeks a Program Attorney to assist in developing, coordinating and producing quality continuing legal education programs in both live and online formats.  A JD is required.  The ideal candidate should have experience in continuing legal education, or equivalent course development, and a minimum of two to three years of legal practice background. Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills are required in addition to MS Office computer skills.

The position is located in Albany and requires some travel to the New York City area.   The Association is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefit package.  Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:


New York State Bar Association

Human Resources Department

1 Elk Street

Albany, NY  12207

FAX# 518/487-5544


Amy Jasiewicz

New York State Bar Association

Albany NY

(518) 463-3200


Law firms discourage lateral departures with bonus clawbacks and other financial penalties-ABA Journal

Law firms are increasingly enforcing financial penalties in partnership agreements that discourage lateral departures.

Consultants told the Am Law Daily(sub. req.) that law firms are getting tough with departing lawyers by clawing back bonuses, delaying the return of capital, and limiting earnings to draws at the time of departure.

Law firms making lateral hires, on the other hand, are offering signing bonuses to make up for money given up by departing lawyers, the article reports. The signing bonus is often structured as a loan that is forgiven if a lateral stays at a firm for a set amount of time.


Read entire article.

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General Order 26 | Northern District of New York | United States District Court

Attention Northern District of New York Federal Bar:   

General Order #26  has been amended effective May 23, 2016.

In the Matter of Courthouse Security and Limitations on the use of Electronic Devices within United States Courthouses in the Northern District of New York 

The main change to the General Order is below. The intent is to help expedite the screening of members of the bar. While it does not exempt attorneys from the security screening at the front entrance to the courthouse, attorneys who are entering the building for a court proceeding who present their NYS Unified Court System ID to the Court Security Officer will no longer need to surrender their electronic devices at the security station. 


Screening and Search. All persons entering a federal courthouse in this district and all items carried by them are subject to appropriate screening and search by a United States Marshal, Court Security Officer, or any law enforcement officer. Persons may be requested to provide identification and to state the nature of their business in the courthouse. Anyone refusing to cooperate with these security measures may be denied entrance to the courthouse. Members of the Northern District Bar that present a valid New York State Court System Identification appearing for a proceeding before the Court will be allowed to retain their cell phones and computers following screening.


This General Order is posted on our web-site at: 

Thank you,

Lawrence K. Baerman, Clerk of Court

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