Month: April 2016

April 20, 2016: Chief Legal Officer for New York City Receives Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award

Zachary W. Carter, New York City’s corporation counsel, has been recognized with the 2016 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award, given by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. Carter, who oversees New York City’s 700-attorney law department, was honored for his commitment to legal excellence and increasing diversity … Continued

April 11, 2016: Governor Cuomo Asked by New York State Bar Association to Prepare for 2017 Vote on State Constitution

New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda, saying “time is short,” has asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue an executive order to create a commission to prepare for the 2017 voter referendum on whether to authorize a constitutional convention. In an April 8 letter, Miranda noted that, although Cuomo had proposed a preparatory commission … Continued

April 5, 2016: Balance of Power Between New York State and Local Governments has Shifted, Needs Further Study, Says State Bar Association

The Home Rule provision of the state Constitution “is a subject ripe for consideration and debate,” concludes the New York State Bar Association in a report that describes how the autonomy of local governments has been eroded by state laws and court decisions. Constitutional Home Rule, in theory, grants local governments the authority to decide … Continued

Fair trial, free press: Hypothetically understanding rights

Drones, police body cameras, invasion of privacy and social media issues top the headlines daily. Not only do these issues make the news, the way they are handled by the media, police and even attorneys can become news.  The State Bar’s Committee on Media Law invited a panel of attorneys, judges and members of the … Continued