Month: May 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd and Its Aftermath

“The death of George Floyd and its aftermath present a rule of law challenge and crisis. Government officials bear a grave and immense responsibility to comport themselves judiciously and with respect for all concerned in their every word and deed. Now is a time for our government to bring the nation together, not foment further … Continued

Summary of Executive Order 202.34

On May 28, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.34 invoking new powers from a law passed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to temporarily suspend or modify laws necessary to assist or aid in coping with a declared State disaster emergency. On March 3, 2020, the Governor signed into law legislation that expanded his … Continued

State Bar Association’s Health Law Section Report Calls for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination, Standards for Allocating Ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment

A COVID-19 vaccination should be mandatory for all New Yorkers except those whose doctors exempt them, the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) recommends in a report issued today. The report also calls on the state Department of Health (DOH) to adopt uniform standards for allocation of ventilators and personal … Continued

Daily Coronavirus Update: NYSBA Offers Pro Bono Attorneys in Small Estate Cases Involving COVID-19 Deaths

Good evening Members, As the COVID-19 death toll mounts, pro bono assistance is desperately needed to deal expeditiously with the thousands of Surrogate’s Court applications in small estates, so the New York State Bar Association has launched an effort to match volunteer lawyers with economically disadvantaged families who have lost loved ones to the virus … Continued

Gender Disparity in New York Courtrooms Persists Three Years After Landmark State Bar Association Report Decrying Inequity

Three years after a landmark report issued by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) outlined the significant underrepresentation of women attorneys in courtrooms across the state, a new study reveals that little progress has been made to change that disparity. The new study, “The Time is Now: Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the … Continued

Attorney Professionalism Forum – June/July 2020

To the Forum: I am the managing partner of a general practice law firm of approximately 40 lawyers and 20 staff members. In response to the ongoing pandemic, all firm employees are required to work from home. While the safety of the firm’s employees is always a top priority, our management team has concerns about … Continued