Month: May 2014

May 29, 2014: The New York Bar Foundation Awards $392,500 in Charitable and Educational Grants

Sixty-four organizations across New York state have received 67 grants totaling $392,500, The New York Bar Foundation announced today. “The Foundation’s grant program assists non-profit organizations with the front-page issues of our communities. The need for funding for law-related projects continues to grow,” said Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi (Cioffi•Slezak•Wildgrube). “The Foundation is pleased to … Continued

May 28, 2014: State Bar President Urges Legislators To Approve New Family Court Judgeships

New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver today called on the Legislature to promptly authorize 20 new Family Court judgeships to give potential judicial candidates adequate time to gather designating petitions. While the approved state budget includes money for the additional judgeships, the Legislature still must enact a bill authorizing them. In New … Continued

May 22, 2014: New York State Bar Association Extends Program Providing Discounted Legal Help to Veterans

Recognizing the legal challenges faced by veterans, the New York State Bar Association has extended, through November 2014, a statewide program that provides discounted legal help to military veterans. The Veteran Referral Panel program, which began in November 2013, helps veterans with a broad range of legal matters, including obtaining federal benefits, military discharge upgrades, … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1009

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1009 (5/21/2014) Topic:    Advertising; solicitation; press releases and tweets regarding shareholder litigation Digest:    Press releases and tweets directed to potential clients in shareholder suits constitute advertising and solicitation. They are thus subject to retention requirements, and, if directed to New York recipients, are also subject … Continued

May 19, 2014: Judicial Institute, State Bar Association Host Convocation On Coming Changes To Legal Education: Ensuring Professional Values

Judges, practicing attorneys and educators will debate how to prepare law students for a rapidly changing profession on May 22 at the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism and the Law, 84 North Broadway on the campus of Pace University Law School in White Plains, NY. “The Coming Changes to Legal Education: Ensuring Professional … Continued

May 5, 2014: New York State Bar Association Urges Reform of Solitary Confinement

The New York State Bar Association today renewed its call for significant reductions in the use of solitary confinement of inmates and new protocols for separating violent and nonviolent prisoners. “New York’s correctional system makes too much use of solitary confinement,” said State Bar President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody). “Prolonged solitary confinement … Continued

May 1, 2014: Lifepsan Receives Grant From New York Bar Foundation To Assist Families With Future Care Planning

Lifespan of Greater Rochester is the recipient of a $5,000 grant, the New York Bar Foundation announced today. Through its “Future Care Planning Services Program,” Lifespan helps families of developmentally disabled adult children with aging caregivers create a long-term-care plan. Ed Riviera and his family benefited from the Future Care program. Riviera’s mother and father … Continued