The First Gathering: Preserving Your Legacy – Transferring Your Practice

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monroe County Bar Association | Rochester, NY

2.0 MCLE credits in Practice Management (Accredited by MCBA)
Appropriate for all Attorneys.

This is the first in a series of Gatherings co-sponsored by Local Bar Associations and NYSBA Sections (Senior Lawyers, General Practice and Young Lawyers).
These Gatherings are not your typical CLE: We encourage solo and small  firm practitioners to come prepared to exchange thoughts and ideas related to life or business transitions including: growing a law practice; winding-down a law practice; transferring a law practice; or, just not sure what to do next. This may be a good place to collect ideas.

State Environmental Quality Review Act – Adopted Amendments 2018 – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announces the adoption of revisions to the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

Among other changes, DEC has adopted amendments to the Type I and Type II lists of actions, as well as the scoping and acceptance procedures for draft environmental impact statements. DEC has also modernized the regulations related to web publication of documents. These changes are the first major amendments to the SEQR regulations that DEC since 1996.

DEC initially noticed its proposal along with the availability of a combined Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement and SAPA statement in the February 8, 2017 editions of both the State Register and Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period continued through May 19, 2017. In response to the many comments received, DEC modified the proposal and noticed a revised proposal along with the availability of a Revised Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement in the April 4, 2018 editions of both the State Register and Environmental Notice Bulletin. The comment period continued through May 11, 2018, during which the Department received approximately 31 comments in response to the revised proposal. Comments were assessed and responded to in the FGEIS which the Department accepted on June 13, 2018. On June 27, 2018, DEC issued a Findings Statement and formally adopted the rule, which will become effective on January 1, 2019.

The Final Express Terms of the revisions, along with the Findings Statement, FGEIS and other key regulatory documents leading up to the FGEIS may be downloaded from the links….

Yelp for Cops | The Marshall Project

By SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM

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In April, the NYPD informally introduced its public opinion monitor, also known as the “sentiment meter,” during CompStat, the weekly meetings in which top brass interrogate precinct commanders about crime trends. Precincts now receive a monthly “trust score” along with rankings that measure overall satisfaction with police performance and how safe residents feel. The data is culled from questionnaires administered through about 50,000 smartphone apps, including Candy Crush and WeatherBug, as well as traditional landline calls. Facebook and Instagram began to advertise links to the surveys in June.
 
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Solo/Small Firm Solution Room–GP Section–FREE Program for Section Members

GP Section members in the Capital Region:

 

The NYSBA General Practice Section is hosting a program for solo and small firm attorneys as follows:

 

Date:    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time:    5:30-7:30pm – Registration and light dinner at 5pm

Place:   New York State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY

 

The event is free to General Practice Section members ($0 GP Section members / $15 NYSBA members / $30 non-members), but pre-registration is required.

 

The concept is simple: Lawyers talking to lawyers, about the real issues of solo and small firm practice. A facilitated format (The Solution Room) keeps discussion focused and lively, while attendees with a range of experience levels have opportunity to both give and receive advice on professional challenges. The Solution Room format has been used successfully in a range of professions on multiple continents to engage professionals in productive peer-to-peer discussion. The program will be facilitated by Adrian Segar of Conferences That Work in Marlboro, VT. For more details, see www.nysba.org/SoloSR18.

 

To register:

Register online at www.nysba.org/SoloSR18

 

Or GP Section members may RSVP via email to generalpractice@nysba.org. Please indicate your approximate length of time in solo/small firm practice, whether (a) 6 months-5 years (b) 6-10 years (c) 11-15 years, (d) 16-20 years, or (e) 20 years+.

 

And tell a friend!

Statement on NY Court of Appeals Decision in Chimpanzee Rights Cases–Nonhuman Rights Project

Chimpanzee. Taken at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Chimpanzee. Taken at the Los Angeles Zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 8, 2018–New York, NY–Today, Eugene M. Fahey–an Associate Judge on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals–issued an opinion that is already being seen as an historic mark of progress in the fight to secure fundamental legal rights for nonhuman animals.

Without giving a ground for its action, the Court of Appeals as a whole again refused to hear our motion for further review of a lower court decision on behalf of chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko. This in itself is not significant insofar as the Court of Appeals rejects the vast majority of motions it receives for permission to appeal.

But Judge Fahey’s concurring opinion makes clear that the decision not to hear Tommy and Kiko’s cases was not made on the merits of the NhRP’s claim.

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Here are three remarkable excerpts from the opinion:

“In elevating our species, we should not lower the status of other highly intelligent species.”

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“To treat a chimpanzee as if he or she had no right to liberty protected by habeas corpus is to regard the chimpanzee as entirely lacking independent worth, as a mere resource for human use, a thing the value of which consists exclusively in its usefulness to others. Instead, we should consider whether a chimpanzee is an individual with inherent value who has the right to be treated with respect.”

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“In the interval since we first denied leave to the Nonhuman Rights Project, I have struggled with whether this was the right decision. Although I concur in the Court’s decision to deny leave to appeal now, I continue to question whether the Court was right to deny leave in the first instance. The issue whether a nonhuman animal has a fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus is profound and far-reaching. It speaks to our relationship with all the life around us. Ultimately, we will not be able to ignore it. While it may be arguable that a chimpanzee is not a ‘person,’ there is no doubt that it is not merely a thing.”

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Cuomo Says ICE Agents Need Warrants to Enter State Buildings | New York Law Journal

By Andrew Denney |

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired a shot across the bow at federal immigration authorities on Wednesday, threatening legal action to curtail aggressive tactics by agents that he says have infringed on immigrants’ constitutional rights and for allegedly targeting immigrant advocates.

Cuomo also issued an amended executive order requiring Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to have a warrant if they make an arrest in a state-owned facility.

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NY AG: To allow state prosecutions of pardoned Trump aides, change double jeopardy–ABA Journal

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to change the state’s double jeopardy law to allow prosecutions if President Donald Trump issues “strategically timed” pardons to indicted aides or other individuals.

Schneiderman asked state lawmakers for a change to the “double jeopardy loophole” on Wednesday, report the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, the Atlantic and Politico. A press release is here, and the letter is here.

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