Month: February 2017

February 16, 2017: Simplifying State’s Court System Is ‘Ripe’ Topic For Possible Constitutional Convention, Says State Bar

Whether New Yorkers are seeking a divorce and child support, challenging a speeding ticket, resolving a business dispute or serving on a jury, they must negotiate a complex and often baffling state court system. It is so complicated that Article VI of state Constitution requires more than 16,000 words to describe it. In contrast, the … Continued

February 13, 2017: Congress Should Reject ‘LARA’ to Avoid Repeating Mistakes of the Past, Urges New York State Bar Association President Claire Gutekunst

New York State Bar President Claire P. Gutekunst today issued the following statement: “We urge Congress to reject a bill (S.237, H.R. 720) that misleadingly is labeled the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA). “The bill’s supporters assert that it would discourage the filing of ‘frivolous lawsuits.’  In fact, by reinstating a sanctions regime that policymakers … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1114

Topic:  Trust or special accounts; IOLA; authorized signature on special account checks

February 7, 2017: New York Attorneys Kenneth G. Standard and Helaine M. Barnett Recognized by the American Bar Association and its Foundation

The New York State Bar Association is proud to announce that former President Kenneth G. Standard has been honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) with its Spirit of Excellence Award for his commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. Standard received the award from ABA Commission on Racial Diversity in the … Continued

February 4, 2017: Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law: Statement By New York State Bar Association President Gutekunst

New York State Bar Association President Claire P. Gutekunst issued the following statement today. “The New York State Bar Association has long supported judicial independence as essential to maintaining the rule of law and protecting individual rights. An independent judiciary, able to make rulings based upon the law, rather than under pressure from the legislative … Continued

February 2, 2017: New York State Bar Association’s New Section Chairs Take Office During 2017 Annual Meeting

Six section chairs of the New York State Bar Association assumed office during the Association’s Annual Meeting Jan. 23–28. They are: Michael Weiner, Antitrust Law Section Weiner is co-leader of Dechert’s Antitrust/Competition Practice Group (New York City), which provides strategic advice, resolves government investigations and effectively litigates for clients with antitrust issues Weiner has degrees … Continued