Month: April 2019

We Must Protect ‘One of the Greatest Bulwarks of Liberty

The New York Law Journal published Immediate Past President Miller’s op ed on the importance of a free press in society. (may require subscription) Michael Miller, President of the New York State Bar Association, writes: We dare not sit idly by on the sidelines as witnesses to the erosion of public confidence in the fundamental … Continued

Independent Judiciary and Independent Press Are Crucial to Free Society

The New York Law Journal published Chief Judge DiFiore’s op ed mentioning President-elect Hank Greenberg and future bench/bar collaborations. (may require subscription) Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writes: As judges and lawyers who value the rule of law and understand the power and purpose of the First Amendment, we must … Continued

Monroe County DA to Implement Conviction Integrity Unit

The Daily Record quoted Immediate Past President Michael Miller and noted that Monroe County will implement a conviction integrity unit, per the State Bar’s recommendation. (may require subscription) Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley will implement a conviction integrity unit for her office, just as the New York State Bar Association approved a report that … Continued

April 25, 2019: State Bar Association Approves Report Addressing Incarceration Release Planning and Programs

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has adopted a report with recommendations regarding policy changes and best practices for effective incarceration release planning and programs. The report was approved at the State Bar’s April 13 House of Delegates meeting in Albany. “Central to the mission of the State Bar Association is to promote reform … Continued

Orange County Conviction Integrity Panel Finds No Cases of Overcharging

The Times Herald-Record mentioned NYSBA calling on all district attorneys to establish conviction review units. (may require subscription) At nearly four years old, the Conviction Integrity Panel (CIP) at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed a total of 35 claims of innocence or overcharging. So far, the claims have been rejected or denied, … Continued