Highlights of the March 2012 House of Delegates Meeting:
• Hon. Robert T. Russell, Jr., a judge of
the Buffalo City Court, led a presentation on the operation of the Buffalo
Veterans Treatment Court, joined by court coordinator Pamela LaMancuso and
program graduates David Krieger, Manny Welch, and Britt Walker, who discussed
their experiences with the court.
• The Special Committee on Veterans
provided an update on the committee’s work to date, including a study of ways to
expand veterans courts throughout the state, the development of a mentors’ guide
and resource guide, legislation to enable veterans to have access to treatment
courts, and increased legal services for veterans.
• The House the report and
recommendations of the Committee To Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation
with respect to methods of sharing resources between providers of mandated
representation, including efforts to promote the sharing of
• The Special Committee on Immigration
Representation presented an informational report on its work to date on
improving the quality of representation in immigration matters, noting that
there is a direct correlation between success rates in removal proceedings and
being represented by counsel/detention status.
• The Committee on Membership presented a
final report on the President’s Diversity Challenge, reviewing section
initiatives to increase diversity including providing internships, collaborating
with minority bar associations, developing mentoring programs, and including
diversity positions on section executive committees.
• The Committee on Judicial Wellness,
which has as its goal the provision of support for judges and treatment of
impaired judges, provided an update on its work.
• The Special Committee on Strategic
Planning reported on the development and implementation of a strategic plan for
the Association, focused on membership value and technology.