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In-Person Appearances Scaled Back in All 57 Counties Outside NYC

The New York State Unified Court System has announced that beginning next week in-person appearances and staffing levels in all 57 counties outside of New York City will be scaled back due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases statewide.
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Making Yourself A Priority Is Not Selfish; It’s a Necessity: Strategies To Deal With COVID-19

If three attorneys are on a Zoom call, one of them will have a substance abuse and/or mental health issue.
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Topic: Conflicts of interest; definition of law firm; public defender; part-time justice Digest: A county attorney’s office represents and advises the county public defender’s office on grant funding and other financial and administrative matters. However, the county attorney’s office has no access to information concerning the public defender’s clients, the two offices do not share … Continued
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Rochester Police Chief Will Speak at Forum Held by Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform

The New York State Bar Association Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform will hold its third in a series of virtual public forums at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. The forum will provide members of the law enforcement community with an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges they face amid the debate … Continued
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SDNY Suspends All In-Person Operations Due to COVID-19 Spike

Good afternoon Members, The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has suspended all in-person operations beginning today and extending through Jan. 15, 2021. Meanwhile, several state courts have suspended all in-person proceedings due to people testing positive who work in the courthouses. According to the standing order issued by Chief Judge … Continued
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TOPIC: Retention of former appellate judge with respect to easement on which judge previously ruled. DIGEST: A former appellate judge, who was on a panel which issued a dispositive order about the scope of an easement, is personally disqualified from representing the owner of the servient estate of the same easement with respect to legal … Continued
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Chief Judge DiFiore: Every Reason to Feel Positive and Optimistic About the Future

Good afternoon Members, In her weekly address, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said that we have every reason to feel positive and optimistic about the future. “There are so many people who never stop doing their level best to see that justice is done, and I see that every day within our court family and in … Continued
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Alternatives to Eviction: Legal Remedies When Faced with a Mentally Ill Tenant

Whether representing condominium boards, homeowners’ associations, cooperatives, or landlords, attorneys practicing real property law, or in related areas, should be familiar with the use of various New York Mental Hygiene Law tools when faced with worrisome conduct of a symptomatic mentally ill individual in a a building or residence.
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Going Virtual: NYSBA’s 2021 Annual Meeting Preview

The New York State Bar Association’s 144th Annual Meeting will look and feel a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Rather than gathering for a week in late January at the New York Hilton Midtown, this year the Annual Meeting will be going virtual over the course of two weeks from … Continued
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How High Is Too High?: Examining Opioids and the Law

The opioid epidemic is worse than ever as the global COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world. Dr. Allison Muller (Acri Muller Consulting) said that there is a connection between the two as people with substance abuse issues may be trying different substances now or have a resurgence of their disorder. Muller expects to see an … Continued
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