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Nov 8, 2016

Program focuses on closing the gender gap in NY courtrooms

  Judges and judicial experts gathered last week for a continuing education program that focused on how to close the gender gap in New York’s courtroom. The Nov. 5 program at St. John Fisher College heard panelists share their insights on how to navigate the various judicial selection processes to tips on understanding what it […]

Nov 8, 2016

Albany Law School sees big jump in bar exam pass rate

Albany Law School saw a double-digit increase in the bar exam passing rate for graduates who took the test for the first time in July, while rates at law schools at Syracuse University and the University at Buffalo showed a moderate gain and were flat, respectively. The overall results for the July exam were released […]

Sep 7, 2016

President Obama picks the first Muslim nominee to be a federal judge

President Barack Obama nominated a Washington lawyer Tuesday to a prestigious federal judgeship, making Abid Riaz Qureshi the first Muslim American tapped for the federal judiciary, according to advocacy organizations. The White House announced Tuesday that Obama had chosen Qureshi, a partner at the Washington law firm Latham & Watkins, to fill a spot on […]

Jan 14, 2016

Fourth Department welcomes 244 new attorneys

A special term of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department was called to order Wednesday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre to administer the oath of office to 244 candidates who recently passed the New York bar exam. Approximately 45 percent of the candidates were women. The Appellate Division Clerk of […]

Jan 14, 2016

Jan. 2016 Bar Admission Ceremony list

The following candidates were listed in the program for the Appellate Division Bar Admission Ceremony, held Wednesday Jan. 13 at the Eastman Theatre.   Newly admitted attorneys Jeffrey David Albert, Adrianna Anderson, Kayla A. Arias, Brandon Daniel Armstrong, Sean Patrick Balkin, Evan Charles Baran, Brian David Barnas, Matthew George Barney, Lauren Baron, Kelly Marie Barrett, […]

Dec 11, 2015

GRAWA holiday party supports Crisis Nursery

The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys held its annual holiday party on Thursday, selecting Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester as the organization’s charitable initiative this year. GRAWA members Wende Knapp and Laura Myers pulled together auction items to give members a choice whether to contribute cash, or buy a silent auction item, with the […]

Dec 9, 2015

GRAWA shops local, store pays it forward

Craft Company No. 6 at 785 University Ave. hosted an open house last week for members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, donating 20 percent of sales back to the organization. Shop owner Kathy Verzillo and her associates were on hand at the converted firehouse, whose merchandise includes jewelry and American artisan items. […]

Nov 5, 2015

VLSP plans Pro Bono CLE

The Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. will hold a CLE for “Pro Bono Ethics: Issues Related to Board Service” on Nov. 12. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at Genesee Valley Club, at 421 East Ave. in Rochester. VLSP Board of Directors President M. Aileen Shinaman will offer the […]

Sep 21, 2015

GRAWA holds annual reception for new members

The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys gathered Thursday to welcome new members and to congratulate members celebrating 25 years of practice. Program co-chairs Jennifer Schauerman and Laura Myers provided brief introductions of the new members on hand – some newly admitted, some experienced but new to Rochester, and some specifically looking for career opportunities. […]

Sep 17, 2015

Court of Appeals clerk retiring

Andrew Klein, clerk of the state Court of Appeals, is retiring as of today. Klein announced in June he would retire at the end of the summer. He is being replaced by Deputy Clerk John P. Asiello, a Corning native who received his bachelor’s degree with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harpur College, State University […]

Sep 14, 2015

Lawyers sending out text messages to try and get work

You’ve just been in a car accident or accused of a crime. You’re confused and overwhelmed. You need help and don’t know where to turn. Just at your most vulnerable moment, a lawyer steps forward and slips you his card. He’ll get money from the person who hit you. He’ll get the charges tossed, he […]

Sep 2, 2015

Lawyer prep for assisting LGBT clients

In one of the first events of its kind in the state, the New York State Bar Association is hosting a continuing legal education program for lawyers on how to handle key issues when representing LGBT clients in light of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws that prohibited […]

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