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Commentary: Can a misdemeanor be expunged in New York?

In the United States, about 45 million Americans, or 14% of the population, have been convicted of a misdemeanor. If this is the case for you, you might be asking yourself, can a misdemeanor be expunged in New York City ...

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Insurance and Injury Corner: CPLR 4549 and expanding admissibility of statements made by opposing party’s employee

New York recently enacted CPLR 4549. This new provision expands the cases in which hearsay statements by a party’s employee will be admissible as admissions of an opposing party. The new provision became effective December 31, 2021, and courts are ...

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Navigating the rough winds of layoffs

Ben Mudrick

Ask anyone in management or human resources and they will tell you that the hardest part of the job is letting people go, especially when it is through no fault of their own. Fortunately, most companies have not had to ...

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NY on the ethics of sharing phone contacts with mobile apps

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the iPhone was released. A lot has changed during that time, not the least of which is the number of lawyers who use smartphones, with the vast majority of attorneys ...

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Commentary: Do grandparents have visitation rights in New York?

For grandparents, the relationship with your grandchild can be one of the most important things in the world for you. But what happens when the child’s parents prevent you from seeing your grandchild or having a relationship with them? Sometimes, ...

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MCBA President’s Message: A return to leading from the front


That is what my hope for this year will bring. When I accepted the incredible responsibility of becoming president of the Monroe County Bar Association, I did so with the knowledge and humility to know that I am truly not ...

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There’s no better time than now to join your local bar association

Bar associations are the glue that binds legal communities together. Historically, they’ve been at the center of the spoke around which lawyers, law firms and legal organizations revolved. Membership benefits were many, including CLE seminars, camaraderie and the business relationships ...

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IP Frontiers: Patentable subject matter – An American Axle update

In American Axle, the invention was directed to a method for manufacturing a shaft assembly of a driveline system, historically considered to be patentable subject matter. The first claim addressed included a step of turning a mass and stiffness of ...

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