Month: August 2017

August 31, 2017: Fundraising Efforts to Help Texans With Flood-Related Legal Needs Announced by NYS Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation

The New York State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation are seeking donations to help provide legal services to Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. In a related development, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order August 29 allowing out-of-state lawyers to offer pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims for a … Continued

August 9, 2017: Ethics of Electronic Marketing Services Addressed by NY State Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics

The New York State Bar Association today released two opinions by its Committee on Professional Ethics concerning whether lawyers may ethically participate in electronic marketing services. Opinion 1131 The Committee’s first opinion, intended to guide lawyers who wish to use such services, notes the variation in the structure of web-based services. The opinion does not … Continued

August 7, 2017: New York State Bar Association Mourns Passing of Former State Court of Appeals Judge George Bundy Smith

The New York State Bar Association today is mourning the loss of former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals George Bundy Smith. “Judge George Bundy Smith was a pioneer in the efforts for greater diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession,” said New York State Bar Association President Sharon Stern Gerstman. … Continued

August 3, 2017: Gender Disparity in the Courtroom Highlighted in Report by Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYS Bar Association

Women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms across the state as well as in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), according to a report issued by the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. The report entitled “If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR,” … Continued