Month: December 2016

December 31, 2016: New York State Bar Association Urges Action on Legislation To Strengthen Indigent Criminal Defense Services

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill (S.8114 and A.10706) that would have required the State of New York to gradually assume the costs of providing constitutionally-mandated legal representation to indigent criminal defendants. The bill was approved by the state Legislature with unanimous, bipartisan support. It called for a seven-year phase-in of state assumption of … Continued

December 20, 2016: Governor Cuomo Should Sign Indigent Legal Services Bill, Says New York State Bar Association President

New York State Bar Association President Claire P. Gutekunst today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill (S.8114) requiring the state government to assume, over a seven-year period, the costs of providing indigent criminal defense services, which are now financed by county governments. “This measure represents a major advance in providing quality legal representation … Continued

December 16, 2016: New York State Bar Association President Sends Governor Cuomo Ratings of Candidates for Court of Appeals Vacancy

New York State Bar Association President Claire P. Gutekunst today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo with the Association’s ratings for the seven candidates under consideration for associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. The Governor must designate his choice between January 1 and 15, 2017. The nominee then must be … Continued

December 8, 2016: Forever Wild Clause of NYS Constitution Unlikely to be Altered by Possible Constitutional Convention, Says State Bar Association

There is “no reason to modify the forever wild clause” of the New York  State Constitution—which protects the state-owned Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks and the Catskills—concludes a report released today by the New York State Bar Association. After examining the historical record, the report concludes that fears—such as those that some groups expressed in … Continued