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New York State Bar Association Commends Selection of Justice Renwick To Lead the Appellate Division, First Department

Richard Lewis, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about Gov. Kathy Hochul’s appointment of Justice Dianne Renwick as presiding justice of the Appellate Division, First Department: “Justice Dianne Renwick has done an exceptional job of leading the Appellate Division for the First Department of New York State Supreme Court … Continued

NYSBA House of Delegates Approves Subscription Plan Concept Proposed by the Membership Committee

The New York State Bar Association’s Membership Committee, chaired by Clotelle Drakeford of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County and Michelle Wildgrube, a partner at Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube, proposed a subscription plan for association membership at the House of Delegates’ summer meeting June 10th. The House of Delegates enthusiastically approved the concept of the … Continued

New York State Bar Association Task Force Searches for Ways to Reduce Homelessness While Protecting Civil Liberties

The New York State Bar Association is launching a new task force that will examine the impact of homelessness and explore ways that governments can intervene so that fewer people will be living on the streets. More than 74,000 New Yorkers are homeless, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “Homelessness is a crisis, … Continued

Celebrating Juneteenth

When I was asked to write an essay for this special Juneteenth issue I was honored and immediately thought how very fortunate I am to have found a career that has brought me professional fulfillment. New York Upbringing I was raised by a strong hard working single mother in Bedford Stuyvesant and East New York. Mom … Continued

Task Force Chaired by Jeh Johnson, Brad Karp To Review Legal Strategies for Maintaining Diversity if U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out or Weakens Affirmative Action

Brad Karp and Jeh Johnson In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court on affirmative action, the New York State Bar Association is launching a task force to recommend how colleges and businesses can maintain diversity. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that decades of race-conscious policies violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of … Continued

Abortion Pills Face Uncertain Future After Dobbs

After Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization made abortion unavailable in many states, an increasing number of patients have turned to the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol for medication abortions. But mifepristone is facing a challenge to its long-standing Food and Drug Administration approval. At a virtual webinar sponsored by the Women in Law Section, panelists … Continued

New York State Bar Association Calls for Eliminating Non-Lawyer Judges, Creating District Courts and Revolutionizing Sentencing

The New York State Bar Association is recommending that the state’s town and village courts be consolidated into district courts and that non-lawyers no longer be allowed to serve as judges. “It is necessary for our legal system to be constantly re-evaluated,” said Richard Lewis, president of the New York State Bar Association. “We need … Continued