Month: January 2018

January 31, 2018: New York State Bar Association Elects 2018-2019 Officers

Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg of Albany has been elected president-elect designee of the New York State Bar Association. Current President-elect Michael Miller of New York City assumes the presidency on June 1, 2018, succeeding Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo. Sherry Levin Wallach (Bashian & Farber) of White Plains was elected to a second one-year term … Continued

January 30, 2018: New York State Bar Association President Sharon Stern Gerstman Supports Judiciary Budget Increase, Bail and Discovery Reform Proposals in Budget Testimony

New York State Bar Association President Sharon Stern Gerstman today submitted testimony to the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the Proposed 2018-19 Public Protection Budget in Albany. The testimony touches on a range of issues relating to New York’s courts and criminal justice system, including the Judiciary budget, bail reform, and reform of rules relating … Continued

January 30, 2018: New York State Bar Association Adopts Bail Reform Proposal

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) approved a measure that supports elimination of cash bail for those facing misdemeanor or non-violent felony charges in New York State and also calls for training of judges, court personnel and lawyers to better understand the alternatives to cash bail. The resolution was approved during the Association’s January … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1144

Topic:  Communications with Client; Withdrawal from Representation of Difficult Client

January 26, 2018: NYS Bar Association Approves Domestic Violence Initiative, Resolution to Protect Immigrants in Courts

The New York State Bar Association on Friday approved a recommendation regarding access to legal services for victims of domestic violence and a resolution encouraging the court system to take steps to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from courthouses. The initiatives were approved at the State Bar’s House of Delegates in New York … Continued

January 26, 2018: Longtime Litigator William Dreyer Receives State Bar’s Attorney Professionalism Award

William J. Dreyer of Albany, founding partner of Dreyer Boyajian, has been honored with the 2018 Attorney Professionalism Award by the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the State Bar Association. Dreyer received his award on January 25 during the Association’s House of Delegates dinner in New York City. The award recognizes members who display the … Continued