As became all too clear during the pandemic, the lack of broadband service hits rural communities and racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods particularly hard.
The New York State Bar Association and two Iowa bar associations were honored with the prestigious 2021 Harrison Tweed Award today at the virtual business meeting of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense. The award, which is given by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense … Continued
As the spotlight focuses on Tokyo for the Summer Olympics, Japanese LGBTQ activists are hoping that the attention will hasten reforms and protections that will allow marriage equality. It may be shocking to some to learn that Japan is the only member of the G7 countries not to allow civil unions or same-sex marriage. The … Continued
“I’m very worried about the state of our democracy,” former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told a continuing education program of the New York State Bar Association on June 3.
The first week in May marks a flurry of activity as the Legislature reviews bills and looks to fine tune the language of a proposal before final versions are advanced. The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has been hard at work advocating in support of its legislative priorities and sections and committees. One development … Continued
Over the last few years, New York has risen as a progressive front runner for election law in the United States. Since the Democrats took control of the legislature, New York has enacted substantial election law reforms including pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, removal of burdensome identification requirements, and enactment of the Automatic Voter Registration … Continued
The leadership of the New York State Bar Association and the association’s Government Relations team met with key members of the New York Congressional Delegation as part of the annual American Bar Association lobby day on April 21. Participating were NYSBA President Scott M. Karson, President-Elect T. Andrew Brown, Secretary and President-Elect Designate Sherry Levin … Continued
With the passage of the New York State budget, there is cause for renewed hope among undocumented workers who have suffered through the financial hardships brought on by the pandemic more severely than other New Yorkers. Unlike many other New Yorkers, these tax-paying individuals have not been eligible for federal stimulus checks or state unemployment … Continued
While almost everyone was sleeping, the state Legislature passed a budget to fund the state through the Fiscal Year 2022-2023. The budget came almost a week later than the constitutionally mandated April 1 deadline and was notably different from prior years. As usual, the final language of the budget bills were not available until shortly … Continued
After lengthy negotiations between the governor’s office and the Legislature, a compromise was reached over the weekend to legalize adult use cannabis. The two proposals largely differed on a regulatory scheme and on how tax revenue generated by the sale of cannabis would be spent, whether it would focus on general revenue for the state … Continued