Month: June 2019

Gay Panic Defense Banned in New York After Cuomo Signs Bill

The New York Law Journal reported that NYSBA supported the bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in manslaughter cases. (may require subscription) The bill has been championed for the past several years by Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, a former public defender, and State Sen. Brad Hoylman. Both are openly gay members of the Legislature who represent … Continued

New Lawyers Sworn in at Albany Ceremony

The Albany Times Union mentioned NYSBA President Hank Greenberg and his formal remarks at the Albany Admissions Ceremony. (may require subscription) About 650 new lawyers were sworn in as newly-admitted members of the New York State Park at a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Justice Presiding Christine M. Clark and … Continued

State Bar Honors Area Attorneys

The Mid Hudson News reported that NYSBA conferred its Denison Ray Criminal Defender Award to John Evans and its 2019 Award for Excellence in Mandated Representation to Clare Degnan. John Evans, a senior assistant public defender in Dutchess County and Clare Degnan, executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County were among those honored … Continued

Daemen College Paralegal Program Continues to Grow Under Phillips

The Buffalo Law Journal mentioned NYSBA and its Task Force on the Role of Paralegals. (may require subscription) There are only a couple students who Margaret Phillips lost touch with after they completed Daemen College’s paralegal studies program. The rest are all employed in the legal industry and she estimates the program has a near-perfect job-placement rate.

Luisa Kaye: Discussing the Autobiography of Judith S. Kaye

EPISODE SUMMARY: Luisa M. Kaye, daughter of Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, discusses the autobiography she co-edited about her mother’s life and career and reveals the personal moments that shaped her judicial philosophy. Luisa recalls the moment she found out her mother was being nominated to the … Continued

June 24, 2019: NYSBA Honors Public Defender and Others for Ensuring Quality Legal Services for the Poor

For their dedication in helping low-income New Yorkers gain access to quality legal services, a public defender and the executive director of a legal services organization were among those honored with awards by the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Committee on Mandated Representation. John J. Evans, a senior assistant public defender in Dutchess County; … Continued