NYSBA in the News

Here's What's Holding Up the Legalizing of Marijuana in New York State, April 9, 2019
The Buffalo News quoted Committee on Cannabis Law co-chair Aleece Burgio on legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Criminal Justice Legislation Will Force New York Prosecutors to Disclose More Evidence, Sooner, April 8, 2019
ProPublica quoted past Criminal Justice Chair Marvin Schechter on recently-passed criminal justice reforms.

NY Lawmakers Reject Registration Fee Hike, Say No to Assigned Counsel Rate Increase, April 5, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Michael Miller on NYSBA’s opposition to the attorney registration fee increase.

Task force will look at bar exam in New York state, April 2, 2019
The Buffalo Law Journal quoted President Michael Miller and President-elect Hank Greenebrg on the newly-created Task Force on the New York Bar Examination.

State Budget’s Criminal Justice Reforms Get Mixed Reviews, April 2, 2019
The Post-Star (Glens Falls) quoted Criminal Justice Section Chair Tucker Stanclift on the criminal justice reforms in the state budget.

NY Bar To Probe Impact Of Shift To Uniform Atty Exam, April 2, 2019
Law360 reported on the new Task Force on the New York Bar Examination, which will examine how the UBE has affected the quality and diversity of New York lawyers.

NYSBA to Study Uniform Bar Exam Impact, April 2, 2019
The Daily Record quoted President Miller on his Task Force on the New York Bar Examination, which will investigate and report on the experience and impact of the state’s adoption of the UBE.

NYSBA to Study if Move to Uniform Bar Exam Led to a Rise in Lawyers Unprepared to Practice, April 1, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Michael Miller on the creation of a new task force to study the adoption of the Uniform bar Exam in New York.

“Mr. Pro Bono” Opposes Mandatory Voluntary Work, March 18, 2019
MidHudsonNews.com reported that President Miller expressed his opposition to mandatory pro bono service at the Dutchess County Bar Association luncheon.

Albany Lawyer Greenberg Joins Elite List, March 18, 2019
The Albany Times Union reported that President-elect Hank Greenberg will deliver the 55th Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture at the New York County Lawyers Association.

Queens Legal Community Shines at QCBA’s Annual Jubilarian Night, March 14, 2019
The Queens Daily Eagle reported that NYSBA President-elect Hank Greenberg served as keynote speaker of the event.

NY Lawmakers Release Budget Proposals Without Criminal Justice Reform as Talks Continue, March 13, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported that NYSBA is opposed to the biennial attorney registration fee.

It’s Time to Fix NY’s Broken Court System, March 7, 2019
The New York Law Journal published President Michael Miller and President-elect Hank Greenberg’s op ed on court modernization.

Presiding Justices of the Appellate Division Meet with Bar Leaders in Brooklyn, March 6, 2019
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the Judicial Section’ Meet the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions event. 

First Department Introduces Four-Judge Panels, Upsetting NY Bar Associations, March 6, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Michael Miller on the change from five-judge panels to four in the First Department. 

Non-Resident Attorneys Without New York Offices Spared Dismissal, Court of Appeals Says, February 28, 2019
The NY Daily Record noted that the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force recommending repeal on Section 470.

DiFiore Renews Call for Lawmakers to Restructure NY Court System, February 26, 2019
The New York Law Journal mentioned the NYSBA’s support of the proposal to consolidate the state’s trial courts into two tiers.

Oscars 2019: ‘Green Book’ shows Hollywood’s blatant contempt for Italian-Americans, February 23, 2019
The USA Today quoted President Miller on ethnic slurs regarding anti-Italian stereotpyes.

Bar Association, CUNY Law Partner on Groundbreaking Class, February 18, 2019
Caribbean Life reported on NYSBA’s partnership with CUNY School of Law on a Technology and the Law class.

2019 New York State Mock Trial Tournament, February 15, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported on the Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the New York State Bar Association.

Key Moments from Albany’s Historic Conversation on Sexual Harassment, February 14, 2019
The Times Union reported that Women in Law Section Chair Susan Harper testified at the public hearing on sexual harassment.

Justice Chambers presides over NYSBA Judicial Section luncheon, February 14, 2019
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Brooklyn Appellate Division Justice Cheryl Chamber presided over the NYSBA’s Judicial Section Luncheon.

CUNY Law and State Bar Team Up for Unique Tech Law Course, February 8, 2019
The Queens Daily Eagle reported that CUNY School of Law partnered with the NYSBA to introduce a new course on technology and the law.

State Bar Lobbies NY Lawmakers on Proposed Registration Fee Hike, Criminal Discovery, February 7, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Miller on the proposed attorney registration fee increase, as well as criminal discovery reform.

NYS Bar Assoc. President Michael Miller, February 5, 2019
The Capitol Pressroom interviewed President Miller about NYSBA’s legislative priorities.

Law Firms Ease Mandatory Retirement Policies, but Tensions Remain, February 5, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President-elect Hank Greenberg and Young Lawyers Section Chair Terrence Tarver on mandatory retirement policies in law firms.

Proposed Model Rules for Online Legal Document Companies Go Back to the Drawing Board, February 1, 2019
The ABA Journal quoted President Miller on protecting consumers with regards to online legal documents. 

ABA House Condemns Government Shutdown, Opposes Any Diversion of Disaster-Relief Funds, January 28, 2019
The ABA Journal quoted President Miller on condemning the government shutdown. 

Presiding Justice Alan Scheinkman Honored by NYS Bar Association, January 24, 2019
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the NYSBA honored Presiding Justice Alan Scheinkman at the Judicial Section Luncheon during Annual Meeting

Phillips Lytle Lawyers Honored for Pro Bono Work, January 24, 2019
The Daily Record reported that the NYSBA recognized Phillips Lytle LLP with its Empire State Counsel Law Firm Award.

Barclay Damon Honored for Pro Bono Work, January 24, 2019
The Daily Record reported that the NYSBA recognized Barclay Damn with its Free Legal Answers Firm Award.

NY Attorneys Condemn Government Shutdown, January 23, 2019
The Albany Times Union reported on NYSBA’s resolution condemning the federal government shutdown and calling for it to end immediately.

States Limit Spread of Online Legal Education, January 23, 2019
Inside Higher Ed reported on restrictions for online law school. Patricia Salkin, co-chair of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, was quoted in the article.

Bar association urges end of residency requirement, January 23, 2019
The Albany Times Union reported on NYSBA’s support to repeal the law requiring lawyers admitted to practice in New York to maintain a physical presence here if they live in a different state

State Bar President Calls Gov’t Shutdown a constitutional crisis as more courts close, January 22, 2019
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle quoted President Miller on the federal government shutdown.

Judiciary Requests 2 Percent Spending Increase From Cuomo, NY Lawmakers, January 17, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Miller on the proposed attorney registration fee increase.

Budget Increases Fees to Fund Indigent Legal Services, January 17, 2019
The Albany Times Union quoted President Miller on the proposed attorney registration fee increase.

Lawyers With Cannabis Clients Face Ethical Challenges, Panel Says, January 16, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported on NYSBA’s Annual Meeting panel on cannabis law and the ethical considerations lawyers face with clients in the cannabis industry.

From Paul Weiss and CBS to the Courts, Bar Panel Grapples With Diversity, January 16, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported on NYSBA’s Annual Meeting panel on strategies to improve diversity within the legal profession.

NY Legislators Approve Measures to Ease Voting, Curb Corporate Donations, January 15, 2019
The New York Law Journal quoted President Miller on NYSBA”s support for legislation on voter participation and voter reform.

Judge Hinds-Radix given Diversity Trailblazer Award by NYS Bar Association, January 15, 2019
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix received the 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award.

What We Do: Service to the Public and the Profession, January 11, 2019
The New York Law Journal published President Miller’s call to members to celebrate NYSBA’s mission.

Let the ‘Voice of Lawyers’ Be Heard, January 11, 2019
The New York Law Journal published President-elect Hank Greenberg’s article on the importance of a lawyer’s voice and the rule of law. 

10 Actions You Can Take Now to Advance and Champion Women in Law, January 11, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported Women in Law Section Chair Susan Harper’s ten actions to advance women in 2019.

Cuomo, Legislative Leaders Renew Support for Child Sex Abuse, Criminal Justice Measures, January 10, 2019
The New York Law Journal reported on NYSBA’s support for a requirement for prosecutors to disclose discoverable material within 90 days of arraignment.

10 Strategies Proposed to Stop Shootings in America, and How Likely They Are to Work, Business Insider, January 5, 2019
Business Insider quotes NYSBA Treasurer Scott Karson’s article, Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence.

Shutdown Showdown: Impact on NY and the Judicial Branch, December 28, 2018
News10ABC interviewed President Miller about the federal court shutdown and its impact on the courts.

NYSBA Says Justice Shouldn’t Be Subject to Vagaries of Politics, December 28, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported President Miller’s statement on the federal court shutdown and its impact on the courts.

Discovery Reform is Long Overdue, December 19, 2018
The New York Law Journal published Past President Seymour W. James, Jr.’s letter to the editor on discovery reform. 

NYCLA Annual Dinner Award Recipients, December 15, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that President Michael Miller received the Boriz Kostelanetz President’s Medal

Attorney Honored for Work with Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers, December 6, 2018
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Esmeralda Simmons received the 2018 Haywood Burns Award.

Haywood Burns Award Ceremony, December 4, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported on the Committee on Civil Rights' Haywood Burns Award Ceremony and Symposium.

Court-Appointed Lawyers Hard to Come By in the North Country, November 30, 2018
The North Country Public Radio quoted President Michael Miller on assigned counsel rates. 

James Names 36 Litigators, Officials and Academics to NY AG Transition Committee, November 30, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that several NYSBA leaders will serve on Attorney General-Elect Letitia James's transition team.

Protect the Innocent, Prevent Wrongful Conviction (Commentary), November 28, 2019
The New York Law Journal printed President Michael Miller's op ed on wrongful conviction.

From Run-On Sentences to Split Infinitives, Here's Why I'm Cranky About Language (Commentary), November 27, 2018
The ABA Journal printed Past President Mark Alcott's op-ed on his pet peeves about language.

NY State Bar Association expresses concern over murders of lawyers in PH, Politiko (Philippine Politics Blog), November 25, 2018
Politiko included President Michael Miller's statement on the recent killings of lawyers in the Philippines.

State Legal Group Pushes For Increased Access to Voting, November 23, 2018
The Post-Journal (Jamestown) reported on President Michael Miller's testimony to the State Assembly on access to the electoral system for New York's voters, a legislative priority of NYSBA.

Marijuana Legalization Hearing Includes ... Broccoli, Bar Fights and Bills Games, November 20, 2018
The Buffalo News article mentioned Aleece Burgio, chair of NYSBA's Committee on Cannabis Law.

Now More than Ever, Lawyers Need to Be Lawyers, November 8, 2018
The New York Law Journal printed President Michael Miller's remarks to the House of Delegates.

New Arraignment Plan Gets State Approval, November 6, 2018
The Post-Star reported that Criminal Justice Section Chair Tucker Stanclift said that a Bar committee recommended a statewide implementation of centralized arraignment programs.

DiFiore Spars with Court Officers Over 'Anti-Ethnic Slur,’ Albany Times Union, November 2, 2018
The Albany Times Union reported that President Michael Miller commented on respect and civility as hallmarks of our judicial system.

DiFiore Calls on Union Official to Apologize for Attack on Her Italian Heritage, November 1, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that President Michael Miller said calling OCA  the Organized Crime Association was most definitely an ethnic slur.

Judge Blasts Court Officer Union Boss for ‘Offensive’ T-Shirts, New York Post, October 31, 2018
The New York Post reported that President Michael Miller commented that ethnic slurs have no place in the public discourse.

NYS Bar Association Offers Moot Court for Court of Appeals Practitioners, October 30, 2018
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction committee offers attorneys scheduled to argue at the state's highest court a chance to practice their oral argument in moot court.

Former Bronx State Supreme Court Justice Phylis Skloot Bamberger Dies at Age 79, October 30, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that Judge Phylis Bamberger chaired NYSBA committees and task forces.

Paul Michael Hassett, 77, Longtime Attorney Who Loved the Law, Family, Music and Summer Cottage, October 26, 2018
The Buffalo News reported that Past President Paul Michael Hassett passed away and detailed his NYSBA involvement. 

The Confusion Around Judicial Recommendations, October 22, 2018
The Albany Times Union reported that President Michael Miller has created a task force to evaluate judicial nominations.

NYS Bar Association and ABA Call for FBI Investigation into Kavanaugh,September 28, 2018
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that NYSBA joined the ABA's call for an FBI investigation to investigations allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

NYSBA: FBI should investigate allegations against Kavanaugh, September 28, 2018
The Albany Times Union reported that NYSBA called for a more thorough inquiry into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

NY State Bar Association Joins ABA in Calling for FBI Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh,September 28, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that NYSBA has joined the American Bar Association in calling for the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Increasing Tenants' Access to Counsel Has Raised Court Efficiency, Fairness, Judges Say, September 25, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that President Michael Miller was a panelist at the annual public hearing on civil legal services.

Woman, 76, Appears with Dog at Court of Appeals at Hearing on Civil Legal Services for Poor, September 25, 2018
The Albany Times Union reported that President Michael Miller was a panelist at the annual public hearing on civil legal services.

Chief judge hosts 'justice gap' hearing in Albany Monday, September 23, 2018
The Albany Times Union reported that President Michael Miller will be a panelist at the annual public hearing on civil legal services.

NY Bar Associations Look to Sell, Rent Their Buildings as Membership Declines or Stagnates, New York Law Journal, September 4, 2018.
The New York Law Journal interviewed President Michael Miller about NYSBA’s plans to market its stately building between the Capitol and Court of Appeals as an events venue.

In Rare Partnership, NYC, NY State Bar Associations Prevail on ABA to Urge Congress to Assist Puerto Rico, August 7, 2018
The New York Law Journal reported that the American Bar Association approved a joint NYSBA/NYC  Bar Association resolution calling on Congress to assist Puerto Rico in its efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Maria.

Annual Meeting 2018: Delegates urge Congress to exempt Puerto Rico from outdated maritime law, August 7, 2018
Watch President Michael Miller's presentation of Resolution 10b from 0:32-5:34 here.