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New York State Budget To Make Undocumented Workers Eligible for Unemployment

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
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It’s Social and Economic Justice: Understanding New York’s New Marijuana Law

By her own admission, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (New York State Assembly District 141) isn’t one to think people should smoke marijuana. But she is a realist and recognizes that people do…and do so in very big numbers. More than that, she wanted to right a decades-long societal wrong.
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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together with Heather McGhee | Miranda Warnings

This week’s guest on Miranda Warnings is Heather McGhee, author of the book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. McGhee talks about the common root problem that’s preventing America from becoming the country it strives to be: racism. McGhee, the former president of the think-tank Demos and … Continued
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President Karson: The Importance of Resilience and How NYSBA’s Vital Work Supports the Rule of Law and Democracy

He knew that his term would be drastically different than he initially envisioned, but he also know that NYSBA was resilient and well prepared for the challenges.
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Escrow Account Rules Are Black And White: How to Protect Your Practice and Avoid the Grievance Committee

There is no excuse for an attorney using client funds for their own benefit. That is going to get you suspended no matter what.
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NYSBA Adopts Proposed Changes to State Constitution’s Home Rule

The New York State Bar Association’s Executive Committee has adopted proposed revisions to Article IX of the State Constitution – commonly referred to as “home rule” – regarding implied preemption, which has been a source of much uncertainty and litigation over the years. NYSBA’s Committee on the New York State Constitution presented the revisions to … Continued
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Inside the Second Impeachment of Donald Trump With Stacey Plaskett

During an hourlong conversation with nearly 500 attendees, Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) pulled back the curtain to reveal the behind-the-scenes details of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The panel discussion was moderated by Jerry H. Goldfeder, special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Ava Ayers, director of the Government … Continued
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Seven Nominees for Court of Appeals Announced

The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination released a report to the governor today with the names of seven nominees who in their judgment are well qualified to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by Associate Judge Leslie E. Stein’s retirement effective June 4, 2021.
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How To Make Your Law Firm Stand Out in a Hot Job Market and Find the Right Attorneys

The next time, your firm interviews an attorney, consider having a top client interview the candidate as well. If your top clients can tell you that they would want to work with this lawyer, that’s a great sign. On the contrary, if they tell you they would never want to work with this lawyer, that’s a great sign too.
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Ethics Opinions 1221

Topic: Lawyer reaching out to former clients Digest: A lawyer who has changed law firms may contact clients she represented for estate planning purposes at her previous firm, may inform or remind these former clients that she has joined a new firm, and may offer to review their estate planning. Such communications are not advertisements … Continued
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