Month: January 2021

NYSBA Adopts Resolution Urging Congress To Ensure Independence of Immigration Courts

During its House of Delegates meeting today, the New York State Bar Association adopted a resolution urging Congress to establish an independent immigration court system that protects immigration adjudication from political pressure. Currently, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), comprised of immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is housed within the … Continued

State Bar Association Elects New Officers

The House of Delegates, the governing body of the New York State Bar Association, elected a new slate of officers at its 144th annual meeting in New York City on January 30. The new leadership is as follows: Current president-elect T. Andrew Brown of Rochester will commence the one-year term of his presidency on June … Continued

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Discusses the Barriers to Racial Equity in the Court System

Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, believes the findings of his recent independent review of the New York State Court System and its response to systemic racism should be considered within the wider national history of racial violence that erupted recently in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “The harsh reality, which became … Continued

Tremendous Progress and Challenges: What Lawyers Need to Know About Transgender Parents and Children

With tremendous progress for transgender people and the transgender community in recent years, tremendous challenges have also come to light. Understanding these challenges is essential for lawyers to provide competent representation to their transgender clients. Pronouns, poverty and parentage were up for discussion on the Family Law Section’s Annual Meeting program, “Transgender Parents/Transgender Children: Sensitivity, … Continued

LGBTQ Lawyers Expand Presence at NYSBA

The New York State Bar Association’s new LGBTQ Law Section held a meet and greet on Jan. 25 during the NYSBA Annual Meeting, virtually bringing together nearly 100 of the section’s 250 members.