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Commentary: Do not expect relief of most contractual obligations due to COVID-19

Jeffrey Harradine

For most business law practitioners, we have had little-to-no need to revisit the concepts of force majeure, frustration of purpose, impossibility, and impracticality since completing our final examination in contracts. This orthodoxy was challenged in March, when large sectors of ...

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GRAWA President’s Message: GRAWA celebrates a successful year

Carey Ann Denefrio

May 2020 marks the final month of the Bar year, and my final month as president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (“GRAWA”). I can’t believe the year is nearly over — it has flown by! Despite the ...

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Paralegal Perspectives: PARspectives on digital self-defense

Francine McAndrew

The Paralegal Association of Rochester hosted Ben Woelk, RIT’S Program Manager for Information Security, on March 3 at the University of Rochester conference center. The topic was cybersecurity and in particular, digital self-defense.  Mr. Woelk shared insights about: (1) why ...

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Can there be three parents?

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Recently the Fourth Department issued a decision in a case in which three people could have been recognized as parents. In Matter of Tomeka N.H. v. Jesus R. [2020 NY Slip Op 02015], the Court was asked to recognize a ...

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Advocate’s View: Re-opening construction: The new normal (for now)

Richard T. Bell Jr.

During the early stages of the COVID-19 health crisis, certain construction work was deemed “essential” and was permitted to continue. The guidelines regarding what work was considered essential were not always crystal clear and resulted in a lot of confusion ...

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Civil Litigation: Developing a strategy for pandemic-driven commercial litigation

Thomas Knab

Businesses must protect their contract rights and position themselves to prosecute and defend commercial and contract claims that arise during, and because of, the business disruptions caused by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses must assert those rights, such ...

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Paralegal Perspectives: PARspectives on goal setting

Francine McAndrew

On Jan. 7, I had the pleasure of attending the Monroe County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Practice Committee meeting and one of the topics was “goal setting.” It was appropriate subject matter for the New Year and attorney Danielle ...

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NYSBA releases guidance on re-opening law firms

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Right now, most New York law firms are closed as a result of the governor’s mandate relating to COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements. But that will soon change as some parts of New York state begin to transition under the governor’s 4-phase ...

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HR Connection: Another fine mess they’ve gotten us into

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If you’ve had children home with you for a few weeks, I’m guessing you’ve heard, “that’s not fair!” a time or two. When our kids were young, and feeling the world was being unfair to them, I would explain, “Life ...

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Survey, part 2: How law firms are responding to COVID-19

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Two weeks ago I shared some results of a recent nationwide survey that was conducted by MyCase (the company for which I work) between April 8 and April 10, with 819 legal professionals responding. Previously I discussed the findings regarding ...

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Business owners have loads of questions about returning to work

When the coronavirus pandemic began, business owners were hoping law firms could help interpret leases, emergency funding applications and insurance policies. Now, with New York taking steps to begin a phased-in reopening of the economy, labor and employment lawyers are ...

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