Month: October 2019

Sugarman Proposes New Office to Oversee Publicly Funded Elections

The Albany Times Union mentioned the New York State Bar Association as a potential source for recommending commissioners. (may require subscription) As a nine-member commission irons out a new statewide publicly funded election system, New York’s top election enforcement official, Risa Sugarman, believes those powers should stay in an office similar to her current post.

On Being Agreeably Disagreeable

WAMC published President Greenberg’s latest message on the rule of law. There is an ancient saying: “May you live in interesting times.” This expression is intended to be ironic. It reflects anxiety and fear about current events or perhaps even the future. I think we can all agree that the times in which we live … Continued

October 31, 2019: Diversity Highlighted at New York State Bar Association International Section 2019 Global Conference in Tokyo

Diversity will be front and center at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section’s 2019 Global Conference to be held Nov. 5-8 in Tokyo. Titled “A World of Many Voices, United in Our Diversity,” the conference brings together jurists and leading lawyers from every continent except Antarctica to address cutting-edge legal topics. Hon. … Continued

New York Lawyers Must Let Clients Nix Guilty Plea After Advice

Bloomberg Law reported on NYSBA’s Ethics Opinion 1175 about clients wishing to withdraw a guilty plea. (may require subscription)  Lawyers must respect a client’s wish to withdraw a guilty plea after having explained the risks in doing so, even if the withdrawal would result in a harsher sentence, according to the New York State Bar … Continued

A Chat With Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Judge Jonah Triebwasser

EPISODE SUMMARY: Judge Jonah Triebwasser (Red Hook, NY) joins Michael and Sarah for a discussion about his dual duty as a Town and Village Justice, his path to the law, and his ‘other career’ as a Franklin D. Roosevelt historical interpreter. The 32nd President of the United States then sits down with Michael and Sarah … Continued

Judge Jack Weinstein Focuses on Lawyers Mental Health in Statement on Trial-by-Combat Lawyer’s Sentence

The New York Law Journal mentioned the NYSBA Lawyer Assistance Program for lawyers seeking confidential help. (may require subscription)  In a statement on the sentencing of Richard Luthmann, a Staten Island lawyer who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and extortion conspiracy, U.S. Senior District Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York wrote … Continued

President-elect Candidate Statement

I submit this letter as my declaration of candidacy for the position of President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association. My qualifications are based upon my full life’s experiences, including 35 years of law practice, and my demonstrated understanding of and commitment to our Association. After graduation from the University of Michigan Law School … Continued

The Evolution of Electronic Communication for Lawyer and Law Firms

EPISODE SUMMARY: Ignatius Grande, Director at Berkeley Research Group, joins David to discuss the importance of electronic communication, social media and mobile devices in the life of a lawyer and law firms. Ignatius recounts how much communication technology like WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger have changed the ways lawyers interact with clients and colleagues. They also … Continued