Month: November 2019

Are there legal means for protecting local media from dying out?

The Washington Post published President Greenberg’s letter to the editor about the Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age. (may require subscription) Margaret Sullivan’s dire warning in her Nov. 25 Style column, “A looming death knell for local journalism,” about the loss of local newspapers, was timely and important. Local newspapers have been … Continued

Simplifying the NY Court System

WAMC published President Greenberg’s message on simplifying New York’s court structure. For decades, leaders of the judiciary, bar associations and good government groups have highlighted the need to modernize New York’s court system. Sadly, both for those who work in the system and the people it serves, the calls of court reformers have largely fallen on … Continued

Students assist in creation of Syosset Schools Code of Conduct

The Syosset Advance referenced NYSBA’s Task Force on the School to Prison Pipeline and its recommendations. Over the past several months the Syosset Central School District has worked to enhance its official Code of Conduct to become a “Code of Conduct, Character and Support,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers. Groups of students worked … Continued

Competitive Knitting Is a Thing and Finland Is the Best?

EPISODE SUMMARY: NYSBA’s 120th President (2017-18), Sharon Stern Gerstman joins Sarah and Michael to talk about her path to law, how the card game, bridge, is responsible for meeting her husband and how quitting smoking led her to take up knitting. Gerstman, counsel at Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo, recalls how her mother knew she … Continued

New York State Bar Updates Attorney Advice on Medical Marijuana

Bloomberg Law reported on the Committee on Professional Ethics’ Opinion 1177. (may require subscription) The New York State Bar Association recently reaffirmed that attorneys can help clients comply with the state’s medical marijuana law without running afoul of professional ethics Rule 1.2(d), prohibiting counseling a client to break the law. Federal law prohibits the sale, … Continued

Elena Kagan Named to Receive NY State Bar Associations Highest Honor

The New York Law Journal quoted President Greenberg on the announcement that U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will receive the next Gold Medal Award. (may require subscription) U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will be the next recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal Award, making her only the … Continued

Liz Benjamin | A New York State of Politics, Policy and News

EPISODE SUMMARY: Liz Benjamin, the former host of Capital Tonight and current Managing Director at Marathon Strategies, joins David for a wide-ranging conversation that covers the highs and lows of covering New York State politics for over 20 years. They relive some of the most sensational and surprising stories that Liz has covered, first as … Continued

Port Jervis Landlords Complain About New State Law

The Times Herald-Record (Middletown) mentioned the Bar Journal’s article on the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec blamed “far left liberals” for the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of when he spoke at the Port Jervis Landlords Association meeting last week. “Many legislators vote for bills without reading them … Continued