Month: September 2019

Chief Judge Proposes Massive Overhaul of Courts

The Daily Record quoted President Greenberg on NYSBA’s support for Chief Judge DiFiore’s efforts to reorganize and modernize New York’s Byzantine court system. (may require subscription) New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has proposed a major reorganization of the state court system that would replace a complex system of 11 separate trial courts with … Continued

NY Lawmakers Set to Hold First Hearing on DiFiores Trial Court Reform Plan

The New York Law Journal reported on NYSBA’s longterm support for reforming the state’s trial courts. (may require subscription) State court officials have been waiting for the Legislature to take a hard look at the state’s trial courts for decades, since former Chief Judge Judith Kaye breathed new life into the idea during her tenure.

NYSBA Task Force Reviews Uniform Bar Exam

The New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on the New York Bar Examination will hold four public hearings across the state this fall, as they continue to review New York’s adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The task force, jointly created by President Hank Greenberg and immediate past NYSBA President Michael Miller, was … Continued

Paul Grondahl: Erastus Corning, Albany Politics and The NYSWI

EPISODE SUMMARY: Paul Grondahl, director of the New York State Writers Institute joins David to talk about his book, Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, the history of the democratic machine in Albany and preview the Fall 2019 events at the New York Writers Institute. Grondahl details the numerous interviews he did while reporting on … Continued

The Capitol Pressroom

President Greenberg appeared on the Capitol Pressroom to discuss our new immigration book, “Is America Fulfilling Its Promise? Safeguarding the Legal Protections of Immigrants.” We broke down the news of the week that was with reporters who cover the news and politics in the State Capitol including Dan Clark of the New York Law Journal and Keshia … Continued

New York Court System Consolidation Effort to Face Uphill Battle

Bloomberg Law quoted President Greenberg on Chief Judge DiFiore’s proposal to simplify the court system. (may require subscription) New York state judicial leaders have a number of hurdles to overcome as they look to consolidate one of the largest and most complicated court systems in the nation. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore proposed a plan that would simplify … Continued

September 27, 2019: State Bar Association Responds to Sen. Kamala Harris’ Call to Investigate Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

In response to U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ call for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to investigate former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and “probably” disbar him, NYSBA President Hank Greenberg issued the following statement: “There is a common misperception among the general public and the media that NYSBA is responsible for investigation … Continued

DiFiore Wants Massive Restructuring of NY Courts

The Albany Times Union mentions the State Bar’s support for Chief Judge DiFiore’s court restructuring proposal. (may require subscription) The state’s top jurist is proposing a monumental overhaul of New York’s judiciary structure in an effort to streamline an antiquated system she said is far too cumbersome for judges, lawyers and the people they serve. … Continued