Practice Rules of the Appellate Division

Approved by Joint Order of the Departments of the New York State

Supreme Court, Appellate Division
December 12, 2017
(Revised June 29, 2018)

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REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MELVYN MITZNER SCHOLARSHIP

This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. It was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years.

Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession.  To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility and requirements.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.

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Amy Jasiewicz
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200
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REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION LORRAINE POWER THARP SCHOLARSHIP

Amy E. Jasiewicz
Aug 15, 2018 2:07 PM
Amy E. Jasiewicz
The Real Property Law Section is now accepting applications for its two law student scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded in 2019.

This Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section. The $ 5,000 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine’s commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial  need.

The Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility and requirements.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.

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Amy Jasiewicz
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200
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DAs Plan Constitutional Challenge to Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission | New York Law Journal

By Dan M. Clark

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The state’s district attorneys may torpedo a proposed commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct if a bill creating the group is approved by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a letter sent to the state’s prosecutors Tuesday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York will be advancing an expedited constitutional challenge to the bill. Soares is president of the DAASNY.

Soares also urged the district attorneys and their assistants to decline any appointment to the commission until the litigation is resolved, which would leave the body without four of its members required by the statute.

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An open letter to potential law students: Know the truth-ABA Journal

BY NICOLE BLACK AND HEATHER MORSE

With the recent news that some BigLaw starting salaries are rising to $190,000, it’s no wonder that law school continues to be a top destination for recent college graduates. However, the truth behind those starting salaries–and given the volatility of the legal job market and the effects of globalization and technology on the business of law–should give one pause before taking out $200,000 in school loans.

So the question remains: Should you go to law school? The answer according to two legal industry experts? It depends.

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A Law in Austria That Would Have Forced Jews and Muslims to Register for Meat | Sherry F. Colb | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

The far-right Freedom Party in Austria recently proposed a controversial law. The law would have regulated the consumption of Kosher and Halal meat in Lower Austria, one of nine states in the country of Austria. The proposed law, on its face, targeted religious Jews and Muslims. Only they, by contrast to all other meat consumers, would have had to register for the privilege, receive a limited quantity of their desired commodity, and prove that they lived in Lower Austria. Austria has reportedly rejected the proposed law. In this column, I will consider why “even” a vegan like myself regards the introduction of such a legal regime as an alarming development.
 
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Tax Reform | Internal Revenue Service

 Proposed Regulations on Section 199A Deduction and Depreciation Deduction


The IRS issued proposed regulations this week for a new provision allowing many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S corporations to deduct 20 percent of their qualified business income. The new section 199A deduction is available for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017.

The Treasury Department and the IRS also issued proposed regulations this week on the new 100-percent depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service.

For more information on the two new deductions, visit IRS.gov/taxreform.