Judge rules former ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s suit against Trump can proceed while he is president–ABA Journal


President Donald Trump is not immune from a state court lawsuit alleging he defamed a former contestant on The Apprentice by denying her allegations of unwanted kissing and groping, a New York judge has ruled.

Judge Jennifer Schechter allowed the suit by Summer Zervos in a decision on Tuesday, report the Washington PostPoliticoBuzzFeed News and Bloomberg News.

“No one is above the law,” Schechter wrote.

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Legislature Rejects Cuomo’s Proposal That Judges Certify They Work 8-Hour Days | New York Law Journal


ALBANY –  The New York state Senate and Assembly rejected Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal mandating that judges work eight-hour days.

State Sen. John Bonacic, an Orange County Republican who chairs the chamber’s Judiciary committee, told the New York Law Journal that Cuomo’s proposal to have judges certify that their courtrooms stay open until 5 p.m. is a “diss” to all the judges.

“These are professional people, we shouldn’t treat them like schoolkids,” Bonacic said in an interview. “Their jobs are not easy, and we aren’t prepared to demean them in any way from the important work they do.”

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‘Testilying’ by Police: A Stubborn Problem – The New York Times

Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video

evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.


“Behind closed doors, we call it testilying,” a New York City police officer, Pedro Serrano, said in a recent interview, echoing a word that officers coined at least 25 years ago. “You take the truth and stretch it out a little bit.”

An investigation by The New York Times has found that on more than 25 occasions since January 2015, judges or prosecutors determined that a key aspect of a New York City police officer’s testimony was probably untrue. The Times identified these cases — many of which are sealed — through interviews with lawyers, police officers and current and former judges.


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NY Appellate Court Holds Individuals are Equally Liable for Violating Zoning Laws Whether They Act in a Personal or Corporate Capacity | LAW OF THE LAND

by Patricia Salkin

This post was authored by Amy Lavine, Esq.

Individuals can be held liable for zoning violations regardless of whether they acted at their own behest or on behalf of a corporation. The defendant in the case, Claudia Dowling, argued unsuccessfully that she could not be held personally liable for operating an unlawful commercial use in a residential district because her conduct was undertaken in her capacity as a corporate officer for Claudia Dowling, Inc. The court also rejected her claim that the commercial use qualified as a permissible accessory use, but it ruled in her favor that stop work orders issued for the unlawful use were invalid because they did not relate to any building code violations.

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HeartMonitor Apple Watch app lets you continuously track heart rate without workouts | 9to5Mac

Developer Zach Simone has today unveiled a new iPhone and Apple Watch app that tracks heart rate without activating a traditional Workout. The app, called HeartMonitor, allows you to continuously track your heart rate during so-called “sessions” of activity, while the accompanying iPhone app makes that heart rate data easy to monitor…

Pro Bono Opportunities | Free LIT Program

Pro Bono Opportunities Lunch and Learn
Free Program for NYSBA Members

Sponsored by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition and the Department of Pro Bono Services of the New York State Bar Association.

Panelists will discuss how they got involved with Pro Bono legal representation and about their feelings regarding the experience and its benefits to their legal careers.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Free Program for NYSBA Members | Non-members $100

Program Faculty:
Erin K. Flynn, Esq., Chair, Committee on Lawyers in Transition
Marcy C. John, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County Inc.
Anne L. LaBarbera, Esq.
Faye Polayes, Esq., Ernst & Young
Susan Pattenaude, Esq., The Legal Project
Myleah Misenhimer, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
Kristen Wagner, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Services, New York State Bar Association

Kristen Wagner Esq.
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 487-5640

The Legal Profession in Transition- Solo Practitioners and Their Future – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Jim Calloway reviews and comments on your editor’s most recent articles:

Stephen P. Gallagher is a thought leader and deep thinker about our future. He is also a long-term friend and mentor of mine. But his area of interest isn’t about the latest technology. He focuses on the challenges of human beings practicing law. His company is LeadershipCoach.us.  Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. is a solo practitioner in Hancock, NY.

These two teamed up to write “For Sole Practitioners, the Future’s Not What It Used to Be in 2015 for the New York State Bar Association Journal. Some of the thoughts that they discussed then about the future of law seem timeless and others are already somewhat dated, even though it has been less than three years since its publication. Mr. Sienko is understandably proud of his career as what we would now call in futurist circles, an artisan lawyer. Today being an artisan lawyer is often referenced as the opposite of the preferred modern “lean” systems-based lawyer. I note that there are many artisan lawyers still practicing and delivering great value to their clients.

Their follow up article, The Legal Profession in TransitionDownload The Legal Profession in Transition – Gallagher-Sienko-Sept17 was published in September 2017. In it, they discuss Baby Boomers in the legal profession. Sienko postulates that “The new reality is that many lawyers and others are in no position financially to retire.”

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