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Phase Two Industries | New York Forward

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The guidelines below apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.

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By Ryan Tarinelli 


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Law firms in five upstate New York regions will be allowed to return to in-office work after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that COVID-19 business restrictions will be loosened in those areas.

Those regions include the Finger Lakes, Central New York, the Southern Tier, the North Country and the Mohawk Valley.

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The governor also announced five regions upstate can begin the second phase on Friday

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By Ryan Tarinelli 

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The timeline for allowing upstate New York law firms to return to in-office work continued to remain unclear Friday morning.

The confusion comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested in a radio interview Thursday that international experts would have to analyze COVID-19 data and sign off on regions moving into phase two of the state's reopening plan. 

"The reopening in the first five regions ends tomorrow," the Democrat said during that interview. "When the reopening of phase one ends, we'll give the experts all the data. It's posted on the web but let them analyze it. And if they say we should move forward, we move forward."

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| The original version of this story was published on Corporate Counsel


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Franklin Templeton has likely had more media exposure in the past few days than the investment firm has experienced in its entire 73-year history. 

So far, the San Mateo, California-based company has deftly dealt with a highly charged and potentially catastrophic public relations situation that unfolded during a holiday. And its relatively quick, succinct response might serve as a model for other corporate legal and PR departments facing a sudden crisis

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It's not like closing down bars and restaurants, clothing stores or hair salons.

"It's even a different proposition from closing schools, as critical as they are," said Lucy Lang, a former Manhattan prosecutor who runs the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"They are different because courts implicate people's liberty and constitutional rights -- the things we hold most dear," Lang said.

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Read more...This is No. 2 of a 3-part series.


By JOSEPH NEFF and KERI BLAKINGER

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Chaos, confusion, COVID-19. Federal prison officials are still failing to implement a consistently coherent policy that allows elderly and medically vulnerable prisoners to gain early release in the face of COVID-19. So much so that federal judges around the country are growing increasingly frustrated with the Bureau of Prisons. Prisoner advocates say they don't begrudge the release of well-connected prisoners like former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. They say, however, that officials should be more generous in also releasing non-celebrity prisoners seeking to escape the virus. In collaboration with NBC News, Joseph Neff and Keri Blakinger have our story. Context: Few federal prisoners released under COVID-19 policies.

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A surprising number of people continue to force-quit iOS apps and restart or shut down their iOS devices as a matter of habit. Except when recovering from a frozen app or misbehaving device, those behaviors will reduce battery life and hurt performance. Here's why.

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ExactScan Might Be the ScanSnap Replacement You Need - TidBITS

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Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners became wildly popular many years ago by simplifying the process of going paperless. Their user-friendly hardware and uniquely simplified scanning software created a package that took the chore out of building a feature-rich, personalized scanning workflow.

But ScanSnap Manager, the magical desktop software that's the secret sauce to this solution for the older generation of scanners that many of us are still using, is 32-bit software and therefore not compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina. Owners of perfectly functional older ScanSnap scanners face the difficult choice of either having to buy a new scanner or stay on macOS 10.14 Mojave.


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By WILSON RING

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Five Mexican citizens apprehended this week after illegally entering the United States in remote northern Maine were returned to Canada within hours under a rule put into place as part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A similar policy by the Canadian government allows the return to the United States of most people seeking asylum in Canada.

While the restrictions haven't ended illegal immigration into the United States from Canada, the emergency policy has all but ended the use of Roxham Road in Champlain, New York -- one of the most well-known routes used by people fleeing the U.S. to seek asylum in Canada.

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Thomas Richards
May 17, 2020 4:08 PM
Thomas Richards

NYSBA is seeking a few good volunteers to join our Pro Bono Network to help unemployed New Yorkers with denied unemployment insurance claims.

Volunteer attorneys will help individuals appeal unemployment insurance claim denials and potentially apply for other forms of Unemployment Relief. 

Link to volunteer for the NYSBA unemployment insurance denial program: (Immediate Need) Help Individuals Appeal an Unemployment Insurance Denial


You will receive a welcome email from Clio shortly after signing up to volunteer at the link above.  Clio is a legal tech provider and has partnered with NYSBA to onboard, train, and match volunteers with persons needing help with unemployment insurance denials.  To ensure efficiency and ease, pro bono attorneys will be given free access to Clio's secure case management software to manage the appeal process.  Once onboarded into Clio, you will be able to receive referrals and will choose whether or not to accept the case within Clio. If you do not accept the case, then the matter will be reassigned to another attorney to ensure we can match those in need as quickly as possible. You will always choose whether or not to accept the case.

An online community has been created for volunteers with useful links, resources, materials, and training videos.  Volunteers are encouraged to use this online community to share ideas and ask questions.  Malpractice insurance coverage is provided for volunteer attorneys.

Link to volunteer for the NYSBA unemployment insurance denial program: (Immediate Need) Help Individuals Appeal an Unemployment Insurance Denial


Thank you very much.



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Thomas Richards
NYSBA
Albany NY
518-463-3200
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New York State Court System Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks jointly announced Wednesday that upstate courts will begin a gradual return to service next week, having met safety benchmarks set by Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo:

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This report charts a course for New York to follow, setting a regional approach - one we can adjust, based on data we'll continually monitor - designed to open as many parts of the state as possible, for as many people as possible, as soon as it is demonstrably safe to do so.


Our plan to safely reopen New York in phases will be guided by science and data.

Read the full NY Forward plan here:
https://on.ny.gov/3fAGrua


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5_15_2020_COVID Response Plan_Google_Drive.docx - Google Drive

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One international law firm, based in New York State, has posted its "Return to Work Safely Protocol--COVID 19 Specific"  for all to see.  Its 68 pages of details on how to return to work when its time.

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Guidance On Re-Opening Law Firms--NYSBA

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Law firms are in Phase II of Governor Cuomo's economic re-opening plan. Phase I is scheduled to start in three (3) regions of the state on May 15. There will be two-week pauses before the institution of the next phase to monitor possible resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.

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GUIDANCE TO NOTARIES CONCERNING EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.7

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https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html

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The Executive Order has been extended to June 6, 2020

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Thomas Richards
May 7, 2020 10:32 AM
Thomas Richards

NYSBA is seeking a few good volunteers to join our Pro Bono Network. Our first project is helping unemployed New Yorkers with denied unemployment insurance claims. 

Volunteer attorneys will help individuals appeal unemployment insurance claim denials and potentially apply for other forms of Unemployment Relief. 

Link to volunteer for the NYSBA unemployment insurance denial program: (Immediate Need) Help Individuals Appeal an Unemployment Insurance Denial


You will receive a welcome email from Clio shortly after signing up to volunteer at the link above.  Clio is a legal tech provider and has partnered with NYSBA to onboard, train, and match volunteers with persons needing help with unemployment insurance denials.  To ensure efficiency and ease, pro bono attorneys will be given free access to Clio's secure case management software to manage the appeal process.  Once onboarded into Clio, you will be able to receive referrals and will choose whether or not to accept the case within Clio. If you do not accept the case, then the matter will be reassigned to another attorney to ensure we can match those in need as quickly as possible. You will always choose whether or not to accept the case.

An online community has been created for volunteers with useful links, resources, materials, and training videos.  Volunteers are encouraged to use this online community to share ideas and ask questions.  Malpractice insurance coverage is provided for volunteer attorneys.

Link to volunteer for the NYSBA unemployment insurance denial program: (Immediate Need) Help Individuals Appeal an Unemployment Insurance Denial


Thank you very much.



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Thomas Richards
NYSBA
Albany NY
518-463-3200
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By Karen Sloan 

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Deans from 20 law schools outside of New York have written to the state's bar authorities, advocating for increased capacity for the September test to ensure their graduates don't get shut out. 

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US Law Week:

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For the first time in history, people outside the U.S. Supreme Court's walls will be able to hear arguments as they happen. It may not be baseball, but plenty of court watchers and casual fans alike are excited for the action. 

The institution rejects cameras in the courtroom or even same-day audio, but the coronavirus threw it a curveball and now the justices are livestreaming 10 arguments over the next two weeks, with that audio carried to the public by C-Span and other networks. 

Detailed below are those controversies to be considered by the nine justices over six dates, beginning May 4 and wrapping up on May 13. They'll be phoned in by counsel as the court abides social distancing requirements necessitated by the pandemic.

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Read more and review a complete schedule of the arguments to be broadcast...







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NYSBA has updated its Public Health Legal Manual during the pandemic. Click here to learn more and find out how you can get a free digital copy.
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