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Real Estate Law: Pandemic impacts are not a defense to paying rent

John Anderson

As we have seen for much of the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the commercial real estate industry with several unique challenges. As a result, commercial tenants have asserted various legal arguments in an attempt to defer or ...

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The Inclusive Office: ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’

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I was dumbstruck the first time I heard the phrase “you can’t be what you can’t see,” which occurred during Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee’s swearing in as the 32nd president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys ...

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Close calls in criminal law at the Court of Appeals in 2020

Hon. Michael L. Dollinger

New York’s highest court stands on the precipice of major change entering 2021. Two new judges will join the court this year and they may have a significant impact on the direction of the Court as a series of 4-3 ...

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Lawyers: Take a look at these two social media platforms

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As you plan for a successful 2021 for your law firm, don’t forget to consider how you plan to use social media to forward your firm’s marketing and business development goals in the coming year. Importantly, you may want to ...

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Advocate’s View: Navigating new e-filing rules in the Appellate Division

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As attorneys gain familiarity with the Appellate Division’s new rules, they should be aware of certain key e-filing provisions to ensure the clerk will accept their papers and they will not miss their opponents’ filings. This article addresses common e-filing ...

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Civil Litigation: Hindsight is 2020 — Workplace litigation during the pandemic

Stephanie B. Hoffmann

Employers were hit hard in 2020, not only with government-mandated closings and the growing risk of infection, but also with the heightened potential for employment law violations. New state and federal protections were implemented for workers impacted by COVID-19, with ...

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MCBA President’s Message: The Rule of Law is crucial to our democracy

Jill Paperno (Photo by Bennett Loudon)

Two weeks ago, tragically, people who were incapable of or unwilling to live under the laws we honor laid siege to our Capitol building, terrorizing those within and threatening the peaceful transition of power. An officer trying to protect those ...

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ABA offers ethical guidance on responding to negative online reviews

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Now that we live in a digital world, online reviews are becoming increasingly useful tools for consumers. Using these reviews, consumers are able to make more informed decisions when making purchasing decisions about products or services. Online reviews are great ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Court of Appeals rules on adult adoption issue

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In November 2020, the Court of Appeals addressed the issue of whether an adoption of “an adult woman with a significant developmental disability” was precluded because the woman “did not have the capacity to give her consent.” Matter of Marian ...

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Reflections on leaving the bench

Thomas “Toby” Reh

After eight years as Victor Town Justice, I’ve retired from that position after deciding back in March that I would not run again for another term that would have begun on Jan. 1. I’m writing to share my perspective on ...

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IP Frontiers: Reimagining the future of New York’s courts

David Miranda

This column typically discusses legal topics related to technology, but this month we look at how technology relates to the law, specifically our court system. In the midst of a pandemic, our world in lockdown, lawyers are learning to navigate ...

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Three New Year’s resolutions for lawyers

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We’ve finally left 2020 behind and are looking forward to a new year — and hopefully a much less turbulent one! Of course, no matter what the year brings, one thing is certain: times will continue to be uncertain until ...

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