Month: February 2021

New York State Bar Association President Urges U.S. Senate to Pass Long-Overdue LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bill

“I am thrilled that the U.S. House of Representatives today has passed a long-overdue bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the bill is morally right and provides simple common-sense protections for LGBTQ people, it still faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate. Should it fail, bias against LGBTQ people will be allowed to continue unabated in employment, education, housing and even jury service in most states. We cannot stand idly by and let that happen.”

Ethics Opinion 1218

Topic: Sharing Legal Fees with Former Associate Digest: Subject to any applicable law, a law firm may pay legal fees on particular cases to an attorney formerly affiliated with the firm and now serving in a non-judicial public office for work previously performed at the firm to the same extent that the attorney would have … Continued

NYSBA is Seeking Pro Bono Attorneys for Commercial Landlord Tenant Mediation

Good afternoon Members, To further help small businesses avoid evictions, the New York State Bar Association is proud to announce its participation in the Commercial Eviction Prevention Partnership to provide mediation for landlords and commercial tenants facing eviction. The initiative provides commercial tenants and small business landlords with pro bono legal services, and the information … Continued

Announcing NYSBA’s Federal Priorities for 2021

The federal priorities this year include student loan relief, funding for broadband, support for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding, firearms, immigration representation, cannabis and sealing records of criminal conviction.

The Judge Does Not Want To Hear Your Excuses

If two parties can’t agree on whether or not to hold an in-person deposition, it’s best not to use “looking to delay” as the reason. That motive won’t fly with Hon. Helen E. Freedman (Ret.), JAMS, volunteer mediator at the Appellate Division, First Department, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of … Continued