June 2019 Archives

Connect with Law Students Seeking Experience with Rural Law Practitioners

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We are writing to follow up on an earlier survey wherein you indicated your interest in connecting with law students. The results of this previous survey, done by our Government Law Center, are summarized in this report, which highlights the growing shortage of rural law practitioners. We would like to gain more information about your practice and your ability to host or hire an Albany Law School student. We will use this information only for the purpose of creating a possible fit between your law practice and an Albany Law School student. Please take a few moments to complete the survey here.

 

Also, feel free to forward the survey to other rural attorneys in your networks that would benefit from this partnership.

 

The survey will be open for a limited time only.

 

If you have any questions about this survey please contact Mary Walsh Fitzpatrick, Assistant Dean at the Career and Professional Development Center at (518) 445-2377 or mfitz@albanylaw.edu.

 

Thank you.

 

 


NYPD failed to find one incident of biased policing in five years

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By Tina Moore

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The NYPD received 2,495 reports of biased policing since it began investigating allegations from the public five years ago -- but cops haven't substantiated a single complaint, a new city report has found.

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Investigation released a report Wednesday that said the complaints were based on race, national origin and sexual orientation.
But the report shows that NYPD officials have "never substantiated an allegation of biased policing."

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 Read the city's report. NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION

Judiciary Creates Public User Group for PACER | United States Courts

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The federal Judiciary has created and is seeking members for a public user group to provide advice and feedback on ways to improve its electronic public access services. The Electronic Public Access (EPA) Public User Group membership will be selected from interested applicants who represent the legal sector, media, academia, government agencies, the public, and other entities that use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to access federal court records.

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On Thursday, a federal judge in Boston granted a preliminary injunction that blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled in a suit filed by two district attorneys, public defenders and immigration advocates, report the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the New England Public Radio and USA Today. The Marshall Project noted the decision.

It is thought to be the first time a judge has enjoined civil courthouse arrests of people who are in the country illegally.

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Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher

There was a time in the not-so-distance past when wellness programs in U.S. law schools primarily focused on preventing substance abuse and suicide. Professor Mary Lynch of Albany Law Schools, editor of the Best Practices for Legal Education Blog writes about how Law Student Wellness Programs have changed.

Best Practices for Legal Education was created with two goals in mind: 

1) to create a useful web-based source of information on current reforms in legal education arising from the publication of Roy Stuckey's Best Practices for Legal Education and the Carnegie Foundation's Educating Lawyers; and

2) to create a place where those interested in the future of legal education can freely exchange ideas, concerns, and opinions.  The blog contributors and editor document and record the most recent innovations and academic experiments accompanying the legal education reform movement - and stimulate dialogue between and among all sectors of the legal academy. 







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A federal judge in New York blocks prison officials from holding a mentally ill teenager in solitary confinement for months on end. Corrections officers respond by shipping the boy to the general population at a prison farther away from his home. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Mr. Taberski is a documentary filmmaker and podcaster.



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The podcast I host is the product of an 18-month investigation by me and my producers. What we found is that "Cops" is edited far more problematically than it lets on, that it consistently presents excessive force as good policing and that its structural reinforcement of racial stereotypes about criminality raises questions about the ethics of continuing to let the show remain on the air. Above all, the questionable legality of several actions taken by "Cops" producers and their Police Department partners should lead every American state and city to assess whether they should allow reality shows about the police to film in their jurisdictions.

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Dan Taberski (@dtaberski) is a documentary filmmaker and the host of the podcast "Headlong: Running From 'Cops.'"


June 2019 House of Delegates Meeting on Vimeo

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C. Bruce Lawrence
Jun 18, 2019 2:27 PM
C. Bruce Lawrence

I strongly urge (Senior Lawyer) Section Members to watch Hank Greenberg's address to the House of Delegates on Saturday setting forth the history of NYSBA's creation and his vision for its future. You can go to this link to the video of the meeting and go to 25.00 minutes to start to stream his message.

vimeo.com/342748678

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C. Bruce Lawrence Esq., Immediate Past Chair
Boylan Code LLP
Rochester NY
(585) 232-5300 x256
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NYSBA | Ethics Opinion 1161

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DIGEST:   When a lawyer rather than a broker prepares a real estate contract, the lawyer may not disclose the contract to the broker without the client's informed consent, which must include disclosure of any personal, financial, or business interest of the lawyer in responding to the broker's request for disclosure of the information.   

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The Art of Leadership Succession

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Stephen Gallagher

Stephen Gallagher

Patrick McKenna is a prolific writer on the challenges of firm leadership. I first met Patrick back in 2002 when he coauthored a book with David Maister. First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals, (The Free Press, 2002)) topped business bestseller lists in the United States, Canada and Australia; was translated into nine languages; is currently in its seventh printing; and received a best business books of 2002 award.

Patrick has always believed that the law firm leadership transition process can and should be managed with as much deliberation and care as the selection process itself to ensure less disruption and a smoother path for the firm going forward.

Patrick McKenna has recently released an eBook that outline a comprehensive process for law firm succession planning. You can get a copy of his free 260-page eBook, The Art of Leadership Succession: lnkd.in/eZbyNbW.

Do a Kind Deed by forwarding this eBook to a young managing partner you know.



REPORT EXTERNAL REVIEW OF THE NEW YORK CITY IMPARTIAL HEARING OFFICE

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An external review of the New York City Department of Education's handling of due process complaints points to a flawed system. The report cites a lack of hearing officers and inadequate space to hold hearings. The result is that many students suffer without appropriate programs for months, sometimes years at end. 

To read the report in its entirety, please click below.


F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

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SCIENCE

F-Droid is an alternative app store for Android devices that contains exclusively Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS). Every program description includes a clear description of the license terms and links to the program source code. When available, there are also links to the upstream issue tracker for reporting bugs in the program directly to the software maintainers. If a program contains anti-features that product sellers charge users to disable, like user tracking, advertising, or the use of non-free network services, these will be flagged prominently in program descriptions. In addition to accessing the F-Droid store over the internet, F-Droid users may also share programs with each other in peer-to-peer fashion over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Android Beam. F-Droid has been recommended by the Free Software Foundation Europe and the GNU Project, a crowd-sourced effort focused on developing free software. The Docs section of the F-Droid website is a helpful place for prospective users to begin, with a Getting Started section with several FAQs and a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to use the program. [CRH]


Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu




Legal Opinion Resource Center--ABA

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The purpose of this site is to provide easy access to reports and other materials useful in opinion practice, without charge, for non-commercial use.

The ABA Business Law Section Legal Opinions Committee and the TriBar Opinion Committee have issued influential reports that have shaped opinion practice for over two decades. In recent years the Federal Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Section's Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities has begun issuing authoritative reports, and other Section committees may issue reports in the future of interest to the practice. Law firms and law departments are encouraged to link their internal websites permanently to this resource.

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS


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New Yorkers charged with minor offenses by city agencies have a chance to minimize their travel time by visiting a pop-up court closer to home.

New York City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings rolled out its pop-up court initiative last year, according to a press release. The idea was to increase response rates to city-issued summons by bringing court hearings to the neighborhoods.

It is the only administrative pop-up court in the United States, court officials told the Wall Street Journal.

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By Dan M. Clark 

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A town justice in Wayne County, New York, has resigned after he was accused of making public statements criticizing the state's criminal justice system and implying that he ignored the presumption of innocence for defendants that appeared before him.

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"To start with, the whole system, quite frankly, sucks," Stone said, according to the commission.

He went as far in his statements as to show a lack of faith in those brought up on criminal charges, saying at one point that he thought they should "swing," according to the complaint against him from the commission.

"Most of these individuals, if I had my way, you'd see them probably swinging outside the door, OK?" Stone said. "That's the way I was brought up."

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay - Apple Support

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Use Express Transit with Apple Pay

Quickly pay for rides with Apple Pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch when you turn on Express Transit mode.

What you need to get started

Here's what you need to start using Express Transit mode with Apple Pay:

Before you start, set up a card in Wallet to use for Express Transit mode with Apple Pay. You can set up a new credit, debit, or prepaid card or a new transit card.

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Use with NYC subway...MTA...We've launched the pilot of our new fare payment system, OMNY. Right now, you can use your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or the digital wallet on your mobile phone or wearable, to pay the fare on the 4 5 6 between Grand Central-42 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and all MTA-operated Staten Island buses.


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