Month: December 2020

Practical Tips For Handling Virtual Bail Applications

Let’s time travel back to the pre-pandemic times of January and February of 2020. Bail and discovery reform was dominating news coverage; elected officials saw revising the new law as job #1 for State Government. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way New York State administers justice and as Chief Judge DiFiore said in her … Continued

Gov. Cuomo Signs New NYSBA-Advanced Power of Attorney Law

In a major victory for New York State Bar Association advocacy on behalf of its members, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a new NYSBA-advanced bill into law that simplifies and improves for consumers the state’s power of attorney form. A power of attorney is one of the most widely used legal documents, allowing people … Continued

Attorney Professionalism Forum – January 2021

To the Forum: I am a recent law school graduate, who passed the bar exam and am awaiting admission to the New York bar. I was lucky to land my dream job working as a law clerk while I await my admission. As I cannot practice law until after I am admitted, I have mostly … Continued

Chief Judge Announces Limited In-Person Proceedings

In her weekly coronavirus update today, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced which limited matters may be heard in-person in jurisdictions across the state: arraignments, temporary orders of protection, child protection cases involving removal applications, juvenile delinquency cases involving remand applications, emergency family offense petitions and applications addressing landlord lockouts and serious code violations.

NYSBA in the News: Expertise Sought As COVID-19 Vaccine Becomes a Reality

Once the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates approved a resolution on Nov. 7 outlining conditions for requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for all New Yorkers, save those exempted by doctors, the legal, local and national news began citing NYSBA’s Health Law Section report. The report also recommends that the state consider mandating a vaccine once … Continued