Month: December 2019

New state laws to take effect in 2020

The Observer Review & Express reported on NYSBA’s advocacy for the new discovery reform. The state legislature passed a number of new laws in 2019 that will go into effect in 2020. Many of the key laws are outlined below. Prosecutors across the state will be required to provide all evidence to defendants no later than … Continued

2020 to usher in legal changes

The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal referenced President Greenberg’s op ed in the Syracuse Post-Standard. (may require subscription) Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said New York’s soon-to-be implemented discovery reforms are the most transformative legal changes she has seen in her 23 years in law enforcement.

The Pro Cross Country Road Trip Episode

EPISODE SUMMARY: Albany County Bar Association President Dan Hurteau joins Sarah and Michael for a wide-ranging conversation about his upbringing in an upstate NY town with a population of 200, how cross country road trips with family during his youth led him to become a lawyer and how beneficial pro bono work can be for … Continued

Bail, discovery set to make profound challenges in NY criminal justice

Newsday quoted Criminal Justice Section Chair Tucker Stanclift on the upcoming changes to discovery and bail reform. (may require subscription) New York State on New Year’s Day will usher in one of the most significant changes to its criminal justice system in recent history: the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes.

New York lawsuit over ICE courthouse arrests continues, judge rules

Hudson Valley 360 mentioned NYSBA’s 2018 resolution asking ICE to classify courthouses as sensitive locations. A motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s arrest practices has been tossed out by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff denied last week the Trump administration’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by state … Continued

December 26, 2019: Statement on Recently Passed Polish Legislation that Threatens to Punish Judges for Speaking Out

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Hank Greenberg released the following statement regarding legislation, recently passed by Poland’s lower house of parliament, that would punish judges who speak out on judicial independence. The legislation sparked mass protests in 160 places throughout Poland and drew sharp criticism from the European Commission and the United Nations High … Continued

New York Statewide Mock Trial Tournament

In this educational program, co-sponsored by The New York Bar Foundation, high school students have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. Thousands of students participate each year.  Objectives of the tournament are to: Teach students ethics, civility and professionalism; Further students’ understanding of the law, court procedures and … Continued

Second Circuit Launches Website Supporting Civic Initiative

A civic education effort for communities within the Second Circuit introduced a new website to help educate the public and participants about the program.  On January 25, 2017, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann and his co-chair, Southern District Judge Victor Marrero announced the launch of the Justice For All: Courts and the Community website:  The … Continued