The Legal Profession in Transition–NYSBA Journal–Sept., 2017

By Stephen P. Gallagher :

In September 2004, Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. and I teamed up to write our first article for the NYSBA Journal. The title of that article was Yesterday’s Strategies Rarely Answer Tomorrow’s Problems. In October 2015, we got together again to write a follow-up article, For Sole Practitioners, The Future Is Not What It Used to Be. We thought this might be a good time to once again share our thoughts regarding today’s challenges. I generally focus on the trends, while Lenny tempers my theories with practical, real-world tales. He has been in the trenches as a solo practitioner in Hancock, N.Y., for 39 years.

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ABA and Jones Day Launch Website to Connect Veterans to Legal Services – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

At its annual meeting in New York Saturday, the American Bar Association announced the launch of VetLex.org, a website, developed in partnership with the law firm Jones Day, that matches veterans in need of pro bono legal services with attorneys willing to provide such services.

For now, the new site is only accepting registrations from attorneys, law firms and legal organizations interesting in providing services. By Veterans Day, the site will open on a pilot basis in a limited number of cities and states to accept veterans’ cases. The site will become fully operational nationally in 2018, the ABA’s announcement said.

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Defendants Kept in the Dark About Evidence, Until It’s Too Late – The New York Times

By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL–NYTIMES

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For decades, legislation to require prosecutors to turn over evidence earlier has run into stiff opposition from New York’s district attorneys, who present a powerful counterargument: the safety of witnesses. More than a dozen such bills have failed in the past quarter-century.

Now, the politics show signs of shifting, and a renewed effort is underway to push the Legislature to overhaul state discovery rules, following the example of traditionally more conservative states such as North Carolina and Texas.

This year, the New York State Bar Association for the first time is throwing its weight behind a new Assembly bill requiring prosecutors to automatically turn over police reports, witness names and statements, and grand jury testimony early in a case. Their endeavor is backed by the Legal Aid Society and the Innocence Project, a nonprofit that helps exonerate people who have been wrongly convicted, although it faces a difficult road. There is no companion bill in the Senate, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has not embraced the idea.

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New York lawyer accused of calling in bomb threat to avoid sanctions hearing

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS–ABA Journal

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A lawyer in Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4 to enter a plea to allegations that she phoned in a bomb threat to avoid a hearing on an opposing lawyer’s request for sanctions against her.
 
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Settlement Will Reform Solitary Confinement of Children at Syracuse Jail | New York Civil Liberties Union

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York announced a settlement with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office today that ends the routine practice of 23-hour-a-day isolation of juveniles at the Justice Center jail in Syracuse. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed by the NYCLU and LSCNY last year.
Children aged 16 and 17, many of whom have mental illnesses, had been kept in solitary confinement for months at a time. Many children exhibited symptoms of suicidal thinking, and jail officials deliberately ignored warnings about children’s vulnerabilities, returning juveniles to solitary even after being placed on suicide watch for brief periods. Solitary confinement can cause psychosis, trauma, depression and self-harm.
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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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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

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