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New York State Bar Association President Sends Gov. Cuomo Ratings of Candidates for Court of Appeals Vacancy

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has determined that six candidates under consideration by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for elevation to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, are well-qualified.
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New York State Bar Association President Commends State Senate For Voting To Repeal Antiquated Law Requiring Out-of-State Attorneys To Have N.Y. Law Offices

The New York State Bar Association enthusiastically supports the repeal of this antiquated law. In our rapidly modernizing legal world, the profession has adapted with electronic filing of documents in the courts, virtual conferences and court proceedings, along with already established standards for perfecting service. Our laws must continue to adapt with the times too.
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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Calls on Lawyers to Speak Out Against the Assault on Voting Rights

Former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch has a message for minority law students, “Embrace being different.” Lynch, the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General, gave remarks after receiving the Robert L. Haig Award from New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section on Friday, May 7. “Every minority in … Continued
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Daughter of the Empire State: Lessons in Legal Writing from New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye

Her opinions, majorities and dissents alike, survive with a clarity and force typical only of America’s greatest judges
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Legislature Extends Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratoriums

This past week, the Legislature passed two pieces of legislation aimed to help individuals still reeling from the financial fallout of the pandemic to assist in a smooth transition back to normal.
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Member Spotlight: Tsugumichi Watanabe

Editor’s Note: The Member Spotlight is a monthly series of Question & Answers with NYSBA members. This month’s profile is with Tsugumichi Watanabe, a partner at Morgan, Lewis, Bockius and a member of NYSBA’s International Section. Who are your heroes in the legal world? I admire Ralph Nader for his persistence in causes that he … Continued
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Hearings Start Thursday on Uniform Rules

Thirty of the Commercial Division rules were incorporated into the “Uniform Rules for the Supreme Court and the County Court” effective February 1, 2021. Select changes include limiting interrogatories, limiting the number and duration of depositions, imposing additional requirements for the initiation of and opposition to motions for summary judgment, and electronic bookmarking of submitted … Continued
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Some Virtual Court Proceedings To Become Permanent

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, during her weekly coronavirus update today, said that as the state court system moves forward into a “new and better normal” many types of virtual proceedings and services will become “permanent features” of court operations even after the pandemic subsides. DiFiore did not specify yet what types of proceedings would likely … Continued
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Tell Your Story and Get Off Your High Horse: What Litigators Do Not Understand About Mediation

A talkative and combative litigator looking for a pound of flesh is unlikely to succeed in mediation. An attentive attorney who treats opposing counsel with respect from the first introduction is, however, likely to succeed. Panelists discussed the soft skills and proven techniques that help lawyers better handle mediations on the CLE webinar, “Effective Mediation … Continued
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Bar Center

The association is considering alternative space because its needs have changed, and it can no longer absorb the costs of ownership of a building that it does not own.
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