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May 18, 2014

MCBA panelists address income inequality

If the nation does not do something to address income inequality through logical peaceful means, it will be facing a situation worse than 18th century France, a local economist told members of the Monroe County Bar Association on Friday. In the second half of the 18th century, an economic crisis led to the violent overthrow of […]

May 7, 2014

NYSBA urges reform of solitary confinement

The New York State Bar Association is renewing its call for significant reductions in the use of solitary confinement of inmates and for new protocols for separating violent and nonviolent prisoners. “New York’s correctional system makes too much use of solitary confinement,” said President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody LLP). “Prolonged solitary confinement […]

May 4, 2014

On Law Day, bar celebrates the right to vote

Reflecting on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote, members of the local bars gathered Thursday for the annual Law Day celebration luncheon. Law Day 2014 was presented at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center by the Monroe County Bar Association, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys and the Rochester Black Bar Association. The theme […]

May 2, 2014

NYSBA president’s pro bono awards given

Law students who helped hundreds of veterans with their legal matters and a law firm that donated nearly 22,000 hours of pro bono services are among the 18 winners of the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. The awards were presented at a Law Day luncheon Wednesday at the State […]

May 2, 2014

State bar campaign on wills, civics education

A series of New York State Bar Association radio announcements — one on the need for a will and the other on the importance of civics education — hit airwaves across upstate New York this week. President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody LLP) narrates the radio spots that will air through May 25. […]

May 1, 2014

Life lessons offered to future attorneys

Langston D. McFadden grew up in a neighborhood off Goodman Street in Rochester and attended Edison Tech before heading off to college and law school. McFadden, who wanted to be a lawyer as early as the third grade (and his grandmother kept his elementary school essay to prove it), was hired by a large firm […]

May 1, 2014

BAEC marks Law Day

James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association, delivered the keynote address at the Bar Association of Erie County’s annual Law Day luncheon Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The bar association presented its annual awards to members of the community who have distinguished themselves in support of the justice system. • The 2014 […]

Apr 25, 2014

NYSBA mourns former president

The New York State Bar Association extended its sympathy to the family and friends of Angelo T. Cometa, who served as the organization’s president between 1990 and 1991. He died April 16 near Baltimore. “Angelo Cometa made an indelible impact on the legal profession and public during his years of bar leadership,” said NYSBA President […]

Apr 18, 2014

IBA award goes to Zambian

A Zambian woman, Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, will receive the International Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award. Given in recognition of professional excellence, influencing other women to pursue careers in law and advancing opportunities for women within the legal profession, the presentation will take place at the sixth IBA World Women Lawyers’ Conference, May 8-9 in […]

Apr 15, 2014

How to become a judge CLE offered in Buffalo

Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers will chair a CLE on “Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Judge,” on May 1 at the Bar Association of Erie County, 438 Main St., Buffalo. Justice Sconiers, who sits on the Appellate Division, Fourth Department bench, is also chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, […]

Apr 10, 2014

Class is in session for would-be lawyers

Eight hours one day, rest, then, eight hours the next. And that’s just the test-taking part. It’s nowhere near the countless hours spent studying for the bar exam, and each agonizing second waiting for the results. After learning a little more about the exam necessary to become a lawyer, Linda Callahan, an 11th-grader at the […]

Apr 8, 2014

NYSBA supports amending Voting Rights Act

An amendment to restore some of the strengths of the Voting Rights Act, lost through a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, will be among the topics lawyers lobby for this week in Washington, D.C., as part of the American Bar Association’s ABA Day. Among the participants will be members of the New York State Bar […]

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