Month: April 2018

April 17, 2018: Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County Honored by New York State Bar Association

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. (OnVLP) has been honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2018 Angelo T. Cometa Award for its work facilitating legal referrals for residents of Central New York. “OnVLP’s program is built on a foundation of collaboration and the recognition that appropriate legal representation is an essential … Continued

April 16, 2018: New York State Bar Association Approves Report on Ways to Improve Town and Village Justice Courts

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has approved the report and recommendations of its Criminal Justice Section regarding issues in the state’s more than 1,200 town and village courts. The report, which was approved at the State Bar’s House of Delegates meeting in Albany April 14, addresses counsel at first appearance; education and training … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1149

Topic:      Conflicts of interest:  Agency shop lawyer who represents the government against union members

April 9, 2018: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to be Honored at New York State Bar Association Diversity Event

Eric Holder, a partner at Covington in Washington D.C., will be recognized with the 2018 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award, given by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. Holder, who served as attorney general for six years during the Obama Administration and was the first African American … Continued

April 5, 2018: Long Championed by State Bar Association, Law Requiring Video Recording of Interrogations is Now in Effect

A state law requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with individuals accused of serious crimes, long championed by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and included in the enacted fiscal year 2017-18 state budget, went into effect earlier this month. “This measure supports fundamental fairness and justice for all New Yorkers … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1148

Topic:        Conflicts of Interest:  Former government lawyer in private practice in matters involving former government employer