Albany Police Dept.–Video Training On Jan. 14th, 2016

Jan 11, 2016 1:23 PM

Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear Albany-area GP Section members:

The Albany Police Department has notified NYSBA of a video training that they are offering this week. The purpose of the training is to instruct attorneys on how to access and view in-car video evidence supplied by the Albany Police Department.

The training will be held on Thursday, January 14th at Albany Police Headquarters, 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard. Those who are interested may attend either a session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Those who are interested should RSVP to videotraining@albany-ny.org with their name and preferred time of attendance.

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Also, don’t forget to register for the GP Section Annual Meeting program! January 26th in NYC – Details and registration are available here.

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Stephanie Bugos

New York State Bar Association

Albany NY

(518) 463-3200

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Judith Kaye, Pathbreaking Chief Judge, Dies at 77 | New York Law Journal

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Judith Kaye, the first woman to be New York state chief judge, died overnight, the state Court of Appeals said Thursday. She was 77. READ MORE »

Wal-Mart-based law firm is in an expansion mode-Canada

Lawyers who work at Canadian law firm Axess Law have a proven ability to appeal to Wal-Mart shoppers.

The discount law firm has offices in 10 Wal-Marts in the Toronto area, and it’s planning to expand to Ottawa early next year, the Financial Post reports. By the end of next year, it could have as many as 18 Wal-Mart locations.

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Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme to Defraud Owners Out of Their Homes – The New York Times

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A review by The New York Times of several dozen cases, and interviews with lawyers, prosecutors and others knowledgeable about fraudulent deed transfers, suggests they are accelerating even as officials struggle to address them. The city’s Department of Finance said it was investigating 120 cases, many of them hard to crack because of the role played by LLCs, officials said. Underscoring the rising alarm over the problem, the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the Brooklyn borough president, Eric L. Adams, held a forum last month to warn property owners about it.

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Read entire NYTIMES article here.

Proposed Uniform Attorney Discipline Rules

The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments on the proposedtUniform Rules of the Appellate Division on Attorney Discipline. The proposed rules, announced November 4, 2015, offer “a harmonized approach to the attorney disciplinary process within the four Departments of the Appellate Division,” according to OCA.

“Our Committee on Professional Discipline will review the proposal and make recommendations to our Executive Committee. We will submit our comments prior to the December 18 deadline,” said New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda.  NYSBA members can email comments to the Association at:

 comments@nysba.org.

The proposed OCA rules are available by clicking here and scrolling down.

State Commission Announces Chief Judge Nominees | New York Law Journal

 

State Commission Announces Chief Judge Nominees

The State Commission on Judicial Nominations on Thursday sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a list of the names of seven nominees for the next New York state chief judge, none of whom are current judges on the Court of Appeals.

Read more here.

Commission Calls for Uniform Lawyer Discipline Standards | New York Law Journal

A commission appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman recommended Friday that uniform standards for attorney discipline and punishment be adopted throughout New York state and follow guidelines developed by the American Bar Association.

While the existing machinery of disciplining attorneys would remain in place in each of the four Appellate Division departments, adopting uniform discipline rules would ensure that lawyers from Long Island to Buffalo would be subject to the same punishments for the same misconduct, according to the recommendations of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202738198657/Commission-Calls-for-Uniform-Lawyer-Discipline-Standards#ixzz3mm5VGzZ7

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