Matter of Paul T. v South Huntington Union Free Sch. Dist. (2015 NY Slip Op 25207)

Being bullied is not itself a legally recognizable disability if it does not rise to the level of adversely impacting educational performance.

High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in NYS – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

The SEQR Findings Statement for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) was issued on June 29, 2015. This concluded DEC’s comprehensive, seven-year review and officially prohibits HVHF in New York.

The full 2015 Final SGEIS document is available as two large PDF files: Volume 1 (PDF) (35.8 MB) and Volume 2 (PDF) (8.4 MB). Although they are very large files, they are downloadable and searchable. Please note that new text in the final SGEIS has been underlined to indicate revisions to the 2011 revised draft SGEIS text, in accordance with the requirements of the SEQRA regulations, and vertical lines have been placed in the page margins at those locations.

Read and access all here.

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Irving Younger’s 10 Commandments Of Cross Examination at UC Hastings College Of The Law – YouTube

Prof. Younger only gets better with age.  Here is his wonderful classic.

Supreme Court | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute

Legal Information Institute: Supreme Court

This archive from the Legal Information Institute is an excellent and frequently updated database concerning the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Readers may like to start with the Most Recent Decisions. Selecting any case navigates to a page featuring the Syllabus, Opinion, Concurrences, and Dissents of the Supreme Court’s most recent deliberations. In addition, readers may scout the Current awareness section, which examines decisions, orders, and case updates by date, as well as an Archive of decisions, which can be browsed by topic, author, and party. The site also features an excellent search function. For instance, typing “gay marriage” returns half a dozen important cases, including the landmark 2013 decision, United States v. Windsor, in which the court held that restricting marriage rights to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.

ABA publication – Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys (Free)

Today’s Share:


“Ever wonder what “parenting classes” have to do with child safety?  Ever wish that child welfare workers would use plain language in describing their investigation?  Ever been frustrated at a hearing in which the parent has met all of the conditions in the reunification plan, but the parties can’t assure the Court that the child can be safely returned?

 If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, this publication was written to assist you. Through a unique collaboration, the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and the National Child Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues have produced a document which not only answers these questions, but is targeted at taking the mystery out of assuring child safety.”

Hat tip to:

Angela Olivia Burton, Esq.

Director of Quality Enhancement, Parent Representation

New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services

80 South Swan Street, 29th Floor

Albany, New York 12210

Desk:  518-474-4859

Cell:  518-491-0094

Fax:  518-474-0505

Comment on Regulation 208 (11 NYCRR 227)– New York State Land Title Association

This is a link to the New York State Land Title Association’s advocacy page where you can view NYSLTA-produced guidance on the proposed regulation, which can be used as a head-start on any comment you may wish to make:

The SAPA period for commenting upon Regulation 208 (11 NYCRR 227) ends on June 22, 2015. 

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Summary of proposed new 11 NYCRR 227 (Insurance Regulation 208).

This rule interprets and implements Insurance Law section 6409(d) by delineating certain expenditures

that, when provided by title insurance corporations or title insurance agents to “current or prospective customers” as an inducement for title insurance business, are prohibited by the Insurance Law. The rule mandates new reporting requirements to exclude all prohibited expenditures from the rates, thereby ensuring that these expenditures do not contribute to excessive rates. The rule further sets parameters with respect to ancillary charges, ensuring that title insurance corporations and title insurance agents do not charge consumers in New York improper and excessive closing costs .


The proposed regulation prohibits “pick up fees” for closers.  This should add to the cost of closings and delay transactions.


Date Published in State Register: May 06, 2015

Contact: Ellen Buxbaum

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