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Thomas Richards
May 17, 2020 4:08 PM
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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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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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Perhaps you accidentally opted out of receiving NYSBA emails in the past - we want to ensure that you have reviewed your communications preferences so that you're receiving all relevant email communications from NYSBA.

To do so, please review the settings under the "Communications Preferences" tab of your member profile at portal.nysba.org/s/#/profile/communication_preferences or contact the NYSBA Member Resource Center at (518) 463-3200 or mrc@nysba.org.

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Thomas Richards
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
518-463-3200
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Request for Public Comment on proposals for new mandatory E-Filing programsThe Office of Court Administration is seeking comment from interested members of the legal profession and the public concerning proposals for new mandatory e-filing programs in Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Ulster County Supreme Civil Court, and in Herkimer County Surrogate's Court

For a description of the proposals CLICK HERE 

Please email comments to: efilingcomments@nycourts.gov

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Chapter 237 of the Laws of 2015 authorizes the Chief Administrative Judge to implement new mandatory e-filing programs in most classes of cases in counties throughout New York State. Under the legislation, the Chief Administrative Judge may not implement new mandatory e-filing programs in any county without first consulting with and considering public comment solicited from the following organizations and persons: the County Clerk of such county, the organized bar, institutional and not-for-profit legal service providers, attorneys assigned pursuant to County Law Article 18-b, attorneys who regularly appear in proceedings that have been or may be affected by e-filing programs, and any other persons deemed appropriate.

This page has been established for the purpose of posting for public review all comments submitted in connection with the proposed implementation of new mandatory e-filing programs, and for posting of public comments submitted by persons affected by any existing e-filing programs or by recommendations for further legislation relating to e-filing.

Please email comments to: efilingcomments@nycourts.gov

Children's Immigration Law Academy - Pro Bono--ABA

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Welcome to Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation! Thousands of children must face immigration judges each year without appointed counsel.  With representation, asylum seekers have a five times greater chance of winning their case.  Below you will find pro bono opportunities nationwide to support children . Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation allows lawyers to search and share available pro bono cases for unaccompanied children (UC) detained by the federal government or released to live with family members while in deportation proceedings.


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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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Committee on Veterans--NYSBA

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Please see the note from the Committee on Veterans Chair, Jessica Parker.

 Dear Section Leaders-

I am the Chair for the Committee on Veterans. As you are probably aware, Veterans face a variety of legal issues, whether caused by their service, complicated by it or, in some instances, which create opportunities they would not otherwise have. 

 We did a program in March on establishing and running Veteran run businesses, focusing on formation, funding and contract opportunities. We have already spoken with a few of the Sections about additional programming, i.e.,:

·         Labor and Employment Section re: USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), which, among other things, establishes the rights and responsibilities of Veteran employees and employers around deployment, service connected issues, etc.;

·         Family Law Section re: support adjustments and custody

·         Criminal Law Section re: the potential negative effects of criminal convictions on a Veterans' military career and upon retirement benefits.

We are looking to collaborate with more of the Sections on programming which educates NYSBA members of nuances they should and would want to be aware of when representing Veterans.  If your Section is interested in collaborating, please contact me (jthalerparker@gmail.com).

 As you may not be aware, unlike the Sections which have 2 Communities - 1 for communications among EC members and 1 for communications with your Section's members- the Committees, as they serve NYSBA as a whole, only typically have a Community for communications among Committee members and, therefore, it can be challenging to get information about this important programming out to NYSBA members. We have arranged with NYSBA to create a Friends of the Committee on Veterans Community for NYSBA members who are interested in being alerted to Veteran-related programming. We would be grateful if you would inform your members, EC and Section, as to the availability of this Community and encourage those who do or may work with Veterans to join (it is an "opt-in" Community).  In order to join the Community, folks should contact swhiteley@nysba.org who will add them.

Last, we would love to have a liaison from your Section's EC to our Committee.  Please provide the name and email of the person you would like to appoint to our Section Liaison, Stacey Whitely (swhiteley@nysba.org). The liaison would be included in the Committee's planning Community and be invited to Committee meetings/calls (approx. 6 per year). This would be a great way to foster collaboration and facilitate the creation of programming that would be effective, interesting and relevant for attorneys serving Veterans and for NYSBA members generally.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to contact me (jthalerparker@gmail.com ) or Stacey (swhiteley@nysba.org ) with any questions.

Regards,
Jessica Parker
Chair, Committee on Veterans

 

Stacey Whiteley, Managing Director of Legal and Community Services
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

 



C. Bruce Lawrence

Thursday, January 17th is the Senior Lawyers Section's day at the NY Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. I wanted to communicate what our plans are for the day.

  • We will start our day with a continental breakfast at 8:30 at the Gramercy East room on the second floor of the hotel.
  • Then at 9:00 Judge Lippman will be presenting the Lippman Pro Bono Award to two honorees.
  • After a short break at around 9:50 we will hold our Section's Annual Meeting with election of officers.
  • At around 10:00 our Program a on Senior Lawyers in Transition will begin. This is not a CLE and there is no cost to attend, more about the program below.
  • These 4 activities require that you be registered in attendance at the Annual Meeting. You can do that on the NYSBA website or on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

I'm inviting you to attend this symposium (a "Gathering") to discuss our programing to assist Senior Lawyers in Transition from10 AM until noon. Over the past nine months, the Senior Lawyer Section has been developing a Meeting of the Minds series of initiatives that include regional meetings (Gatherings) to bring together like-minded individuals to serve as a resource, a source of encouragement and a sounding board of peers in a safe, neutral place to relax, talk and learn. These gatherings have been designed to bring together senior lawyers looking to explore business opportunities and retirement options with younger lawyers and law students looking to gain a foothold in the profession.

            Partnering with both the Young Lawyers Section and the General Practice Section, we held our first regional Gathering with the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester in October 2018. We brought senior lawyers together with young lawyers, and for many in attendance this was their first opportunity to talk with contemporaries about transitioning. 
           

At the Gathering at the Annual Meeting on January 17th we are inviting speakers, including bar leaders, bar executives, those involved in Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, and other key section and committee leaders who may share this same interest.  We are hoping to involve the Courts, the law school community, and health care providers who share our concerns about the aging legal workforce and the future of the profession.

            The "Gathering" will include a round table discussion to explore how the Section can join with all co-sponsoring entities including: local bar associations, Young Lawyers Section, and the General Practice Section to come together in new ways to help senior lawyers, as well as younger lawyers who are entering the profession. We want this to be a dialogue.



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C. Bruce Lawrence Esq.
Chair, Senior Lawyers Section
Boylan Code LLP
Rochester NY
(585) 232-5300 x256
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After a break of a couple of years due to health concerns, we are resuming the New Year's Legal Predictions Blog Post!  We have reached out to our friends & colleagues for their insights into the future of the legal world.  This year we are grouping everyone's thoughts under 16 categories from "Artificial Intelligence in the law firm environment" to "Something you will be working on or thinking about in 2019."

I am happy to present their thoughts and trust that they will be interesting, humorous and thought-provoking.  I hope our dear readers will share their thoughts in the comments area!


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Online Survey| Albany Law School's Rural Law Initiative

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Albany Law School's Rural Law Initiative has asked for the assistance of the Association of Towns with marketing a survey as they attempt to develop a realistic portrait of rural legal practice in New York.

 

Link to the survey: https://albany.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HxZiGThwd3XuoR

 

Thank you for considering our request for your participation.

 

Christopher Anderson

Director of Research and Programming

Association of Towns of the State of New York

150 State Street, Albany, New York 12207-1671

Phone (518) 465-7933

https://www.nytowns.org

https://twitter.com/AoTAnderson

 

 

Read more about the survey below

 

The Rural Law Initiative at Albany Law School's Government Law Center, in partnership with UAlbany's Center for Human Services Research, is surveying the 5,258 attorneys registered in 42 rural counties.

 

This project will provide a data-driven, realistic portrait of the state of rural legal practice in New York. The empirical data that will come from this research will have multiple uses for diverse stakeholders, including governments invested in their rural communities, as well as rural lawyers, legal services organizations, and community-based organizations.

 

If you are a practitioner in rural New York, please fill out this survey now, and share it with your local bar association and others within your legal network. The more of us who fill it out, the better the data.

 

Deadline: October 19, 2018. The survey closes in two weeks and this is the final push for submissions. Please make your voice count and help us understand the realities of rural practice.

 

If you have any questions about this survey please be in touch with Taier Perlman, Staff Attorney at the Rural Law Initiative at (518) 445-3263 or tperl@albanylaw.edu


The First Gathering: Preserving Your Legacy - Transferring Your Practice

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monroe County Bar Association | Rochester, NY

2.0 MCLE credits in Practice Management (Accredited by MCBA)
Appropriate for all Attorneys.
 
This is the first in a series of Gatherings co-sponsored by Local Bar Associations and NYSBA Sections (Senior Lawyers, General Practice and Young Lawyers).
 
These Gatherings are not your typical CLE: We encourage solo and small  firm practitioners to come prepared to exchange thoughts and ideas related to life or business transitions including: growing a law practice; winding-down a law practice; transferring a law practice; or, just not sure what to do next. This may be a good place to collect ideas.
 

BY LORELEI LAIRD

ABA President Hilarie Bass has posted a short video asking America's lawyers to help reunite immigrant families at the border.

In the video, Bass talks about what she saw during her late June trip to south Texas, where she met with immigrant mothers detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center near Harlingen. Some of those women hadn't seen their children in six weeks, Bass said; some had talked to their children on the phone, but knew the children were far away.

But what really disturbed Bass, she said, was that all of them would give up their asylum claims and return to the violence they're fleeing if it meant their children would be returned.

"That caused me great consternation, because these people are giving up their legal rights just to have the right to get their children back," Bass says in the video. "I think as lawyers, we have to do everything possible to assist these victims of this policy."

Bass then directed lawyers to http://ambar.org/immigrationjustice, a new ABA web page that aggregates opportunities for interested lawyers to volunteer, advocate or donate to help separated and detained families.


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Following several Executive Orders announcing travel bans and increased immigration enforcement, the legal community has increased its efforts to deliver vital immigration legal services to our communities and thousands of attorneys have volunteered to donate their time and services on a pro bono basis. The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) received many inquiries from its members about how they can help.  In order to best address the rise of attorneys seeking to do pro bono work, while supporting the non-profit and legal service organizations actively serving New York's immigrant communities, NYSBA paired up with the New York Bar Foundation and Legal.io to create a web-based portal through which attorneys can be referred to volunteer opportunities in a tailored and timely fashion. 

NYSBA's Immigration Pro Bono Portal provides volunteer attorneys with tailored referrals to current and relevant volunteer opportunities at legal services organizations where the attorneys' specific skills and experience are needed. As a result, attorneys are connected with appropriate volunteer opportunities in a timely manner while legal services organizations are able to provide more services and save valuable resources.

Since July, we have referred over fifty attorneys to more than twenty organizations across the state. In the long run, we seek to assist New York's civil legal service community in achieving 100% legal immigration representation (currently the nationwide average is about 30%), where representation in deportation and detention contexts is the norm, not an exception.

We encourage attorneys who are interested in volunteering to visit www.nysbaprobono.org and register as a volunteer attorney so that we may provide them with tailored referrals to volunteer opportunities for which they may be well suited. We also encourage organizations across the state that both serve New York's immigrant population, and have a need for pro bono volunteers, to visit the site and create a listing, indicating their volunteer needs, so we may refer suitable volunteers to them. If you have any questions about NYSBA's Pro Bono Immigration Portal, please email me at probonoportal@nysba.org or call me at 518-487-5642.

Best Regards,

Yuriy Pereyaslavskiy,

Immigration Pro Bono Fellow





General Practice Section--Dear Section Members

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Joel E. Abramson, Esq.
Jun 29, 2017 4:15 PM
Joel E. Abramson, Esq.

Dear Section Members:

As the new Section Chair, I want to reach out to the members.

First, I thank the outgoing Chair, John Owens Jr., for his dedication and hard work in leading the Section during the past year. I look forward to calling upon John for his insight and advice during the forthcoming year.

NYSBA has been a wonderful force for societal good. Nevertheless, my view is that greater attention should be paid to the needs of our members in their practice of law. With that in mind, I hope to make my year as Section Chair the "Year of the Lawyer."

With your agreement and support, we can work together as advocates for lawyers. Areas that concern me due to inadequate protection of lawyers' rights are: attorney discipline; professional liability; and court system treatment of lawyers. There are surely other concerns which you may have.

Please get back to me with your thoughts.

You may contact me at any of the following:

Email:  JEA.Law@gmail.com

Address:  271 Madison Ave., 22nd Floor
                New York, New York 10016

Fax:  (212) 213-3495

I wish a happy July 4th Holiday and wonderful summer to all.

Sincerely,

Joel E. Abramson
Chair, General Practice Section



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Joel Abramson Esq.
Joel E. Abramson PC
New York NY
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Releases of Estate Tax Lien by IRS--New Guidelines Input Sought

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Mar 7, 2017 11:36 AM
Amy E. Jasiewicz

Dear Fellow Dirt Lawyers:

As some of you know, the IRS recently changed its procedure for issuing releases of estate tax lien against real property and cooperative apartments.  They no longer issue the releases of lien before the closing, and now require 100% of the net proceeds to be held in escrow until they are satisfied that certain conditions are met, including whether the sale price reflects the date of death value. This has caused much uncertainty and delay in closing estate sale transactions.

ACTEC (American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel) has been working with the IRS to ameliorate the problem. The IRS is receptive to developing new guidelines. They would like to hear reports of dealings with the IRS on lien releases since the end of January. If you have a horror story, please let me know so that I can pass it along to the representatives of ACTEC who are working on this.

Thank you,

Mindy H. Stern

Chair

NYSBA Real Property Law Section



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Amy Jasiewicz
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200

NYSBA--Real Property Law Section Student Internship Program

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FemaleWfolder.jpgThe Real Property Law Section (RPLS) has partnered with law schools in New York State to create an RPLS Student Internship Program. The purpose of this clinical program is to give second and third year law students interested in transactional real estate (including environmental and sustainability issues) and real estate litigation a semester of work experience in a law firm or corporate law department. 
  
For a synopsis of the program goals and procedures click here. 

We are now actively soliciting firms to host law students who wish to participate in the internship program during the Fall 2016 semester. The host firm will have one or more law students working ten to fifteen hours per week assisting real estate practitioners in the firm. 

Student interns do not receive compensation from the host firm but, instead, receive course credit from their law schools. The host firms must not bill for the students' work, as that would violate the law schools' policy. The interns' work product should be sufficient compensation to the host firm.
 
  
Host firms are asked to assign at least one research and writing assignment to the intern during his/her semester of service, to critique the intern's work product, and to interact with the law school's internship program coordinator. 
  

Programs from previous years were extremely successful and we have had very positive feedback from our host firms, interns and participating law schools.
  
All firms that are interested in participating as a host firm this fall should complete and email the application form to David L. Berkey (dlb@gdblaw.com) as soon as possible.

CLE Program Attorney--NYSBA

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The New York State Bar Association, a non-profit professional association, seeks a Program Attorney to assist in developing, coordinating and producing quality continuing legal education programs in both live and online formats.  A JD is required.  The ideal candidate should have experience in continuing legal education, or equivalent course development, and a minimum of two to three years of legal practice background. Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills are required in addition to MS Office computer skills.

The position is located in Albany and requires some travel to the New York City area.   The Association is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefit package.  Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

 

New York State Bar Association

Human Resources Department

1 Elk Street

Albany, NY  12207

FAX# 518/487-5544

HR@NYSBA.org

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Amy Jasiewicz
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200
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EFiling - N.Y. State Courts--Comments By March 25, 2016

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In preparation for an annual report on the subject of electronic filing ("e-filing"),  to be submitted to the Chief Judge, the Governor, and the Legislature, the Chief Administrative Judge is seeking comments from the public addressing users' experience with the Unified Court System's e-filing system.  Observations and recommendations on this subject are welcome from attorneys, litigants, and other members of the public.

Interested parties may email comments to efilingcomments@nycourts.gov, or submit them by letter to John W. McConnell, Esq., Counsel, Office of Court Administration, 25 Beaver Street, 11th Fl., New York, New York 10004. Comments must be received no later than March 25, 2016.

Submitted comments will be subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law, and may be posted on the UCS public website.

Proposed Uniform Attorney Discipline Rules

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The state Office of Court Administration seeks comments on the proposedtUniform Rules of the Appellate Division on Attorney Discipline. The proposed rules, announced November 4, 2015, offer "a harmonized approach to the attorney disciplinary process within the four Departments of the Appellate Division," according to OCA.

"Our Committee on Professional Discipline will review the proposal and make recommendations to our Executive Committee. We will submit our comments prior to the December 18 deadline," said New York State Bar Association President David P. Miranda.  NYSBA members can email comments to the Association at:

The proposed OCA rules are available by clicking here and scrolling down.




NASA crowdsources spacesuit durability testing--Gizmag

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"NASA is developing the next generation of suit technologies that will enable deep space exploration by incorporating advancements in science and technology," says Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. "We have learned a lot about space suit performance through our experience on the International Space Station, and designing for a planetary surface will require us to build on that knowledge."

The agency is asking entrants to create a test with the ability to simulate the level of fiber degradation associated with exposure to lunar dust and dirt. The results will need to detail any damage (such as cuts, color changes or tears) caused to the material, as well as detail the size and volume of particles that make it through the various layers of the garment.

Upon completion of the competition, NASA expects to award three US$5,000 prizes. 

Details on how to apply can be found here.

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