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Feb 9, 2018

Judge shares insight about process

Richard A. Dollinger says being a judge is a lot like being a baseball umpire. “I call the balls and strikes,” he said Wednesday during a CLE in which he offered a behind-the-scenes look at his decision-making process. For a baseball umpire, sometimes a pitch is “right on the corner” of the strike zone, but […]

Oct 27, 2017

CLE on the risks of technology planned

Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. is hosting a CLE called Pro Bono Ethics: The Risks of Technology at the Genesee Valley Club, 421 East Ave.,  on Nov. 8. The presenter will be Julia E. Sewruk, of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. Former VLSP Executive Director Sheila Gaddis will deliver opening remarks. Registration and continental […]

Oct 19, 2017

Three bars join together to raise important discussion at CLE: diversity, inclusion and retention

On Sept. 25, the three local bar associations — The Monroe County Bar Association (MCBA), The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) and The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) — hosted a CLE program titled “Diversity, Inclusion and Retention: Promoting Equality within the Legal Profession,” led by Duwaine Bascoe, Esq. The panelists were Kevin […]

Sep 15, 2017

Justice Dollinger teaches while entertaining

You can take state Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Dollinger out of the courtroom, but you can’t take the courtroom out of Dollinger. When he listens to the song Uptown Girl, Dollinger hears Billy Joel using reputation evidence to describe her. When Joel sings New York State of Mind, Dollinger asks himself, “How does he […]

Jun 9, 2017

Legal market downturn is focus of CLE

The economic decline of the legal market since the Great Recession is old news to most lawyers, but experts say the significance of the changes has not been fully accepted and many firms have done little to prepare for the future in terms of changing technology and client demands. “I think lawyers generally have a […]

Feb 28, 2017

CLE planned on Muslim faith

Sareer Fazili, president of the Islamic Center of Rochester and an attorney at Cellino & Barnes, will discuss the Muslim faith Thursday and take questions during a CLE called Representing Muslim Clients Respectfully and Well. “I’ll be giving a mini-primer on Islam, explaining some of the basics, walking people through some of our most important […]

Feb 27, 2017

Commentary: Is teaching CLEs worth the time?

I’m teaching a lot of CLEs these days. Like one-or-two-a-month a lot. Topic-wise, my CLE portfolio is diverse. I’ve taught courses on arbitration, federal practice, legal writing, and implicit bias, among others. I enjoy teaching, but the massive time commitment does make me wonder — is the return on a CLE worth the investment? It’s […]

Feb 8, 2017

RBBA President’s Message: Criticisms of diversity CLE proposal without merit

As many of you are aware, New York state court officials are considering amending the mandatory continuing legal education (“CLE”) requirements by imposing an obligatory one-credit course addressing diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of bias. Now, while our own Monroe County Bar Association has voted unanimously to support this effort, this initiative has seen a […]

Jan 20, 2017

State might require diversity and inclusion CLE

Attorneys in New York may soon be required to get what some call sensitivity training. New York state court officials are considering a new proposal to require lawyers to complete a one-hour CLE every two years on the topic of diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias. The New York City and New York State […]

Nov 22, 2016

Ethics issues reviewed at Harter Secrest CLE fundraiser

  A series of hypothetical questions involving attorney ethics were the focal point of the continuing education program provided by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP on Nov. 17, with all CLE proceeds donated directly to the 2016 Campaign for Justice. This is the third year in a row that HS&E attorneys have created a special […]

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 30, 2015

Hiring without risking religious discrimination

The impacts on employers of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision siding with a Muslim-American woman who was not hired by a national clothing chain store because she was wearing a headscarf will be discussed Tuesday during a lunchtime continuing legal education course at the Telesca Center. James Holahan and Subhash Viswanathan, labor and employment […]

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