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Jan 17, 2023

NYSBA to present pro bono awards

Three attorneys and five law firms, including honorees in Rochester and Buffalo, will be recognized during the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting.

Hon. Elizabeth A. Wolford
Jan 12, 2023

Judge Wolford to get NYSBA award

Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford is one of two women who will be honored by the Women in Law Section of the New York State Bar Association during its annual meeting in New York City.

Nov 9, 2022

NYSBA supports law ensuring abortion rights

The New York State Bar Association voted this week to support a federal right to an abortion.

Nov 11, 2020

State Bar Association expands pro bono network

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is expanding its pro bono network of volunteer attorneys to help veterans gain access to more than 50 state benefits through a new law that took effect on Wednesday (Veterans Day). The Restoration of Honor Act allows for the potential restoration of state veterans benefits for veterans with […]

Aug 17, 2020

NYSBA publishes book on ‘virtual lawyering’

The New York State Bar Association has published a new guide to “virtual lawyering.” The new guide was created to help attorneys adjust to changes necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 341-page book, titled Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide, includes 22 chapters and subchapters authored by former federal judges, former law clerks and some of […]

Apr 29, 2020

NYSBA planning for return to the office

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is working with law firms on recommendations on how to bring lawyers and staff back to their offices when Gov. Andrew Cuomo eases stay-at-home restrictions. The bar association has appointed a work group to make sure the views of its more than 70,000 members are heard, according to […]

Jun 2, 2017

Legal Loop: NYSBA issues updated social media guidelines for lawyers

I’ve always believed that social media use by lawyers should be treated no differently than any other type of communication by lawyers. After all, online interactions are simply an extension of offline interactions, and the medium doesn’t change the message. For that reason, it has pained me to see so many ethics committees issuing so […]

May 31, 2017

Public defender to be honored by state Bar Association

When Tim Donaher succeeded Edward Nowak as Monroe County public defender in 2007, he took over an organization that had earned a reputation for quality representation despite a lack of resources. Nowak was a tough act to follow, so simply maintaining the status quo, with few changes, would be understandable, Donaher’s colleagues wrote in a […]

Aug 20, 2015

Advice for employers, employees about social media

As an employer, what avenues of social media can be used to learn about job applicants? Is an employee’s online comment (made on personal time from his home computer) about an employer protected under the National Labor Relations Act? How are post-employment references handled in a world where LinkedIn may contradict an employer’s evaluation? “A […]

Aug 4, 2015

NYSBA honored by ABA for promoting diversity

The New York State Bar Association has been selected as the winner of a 2015 American Bar Association Partnership Award for promoting diversity in the legal profession. The state bar’s Youth Law Day program, sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, was recognized on Friday in Chicago during a joint luncheon of the National […]

Jun 9, 2015

Miranda making tracks as NYSBA president

Law school students and young attorneys are at the center of an initiative by David P. Miranda to get them more involved in the New York State Bar Association. On June 1, the day Miranda assumed the association’s presidency, free membership was offered to all law school students at the 15 law schools in New […]

Jun 3, 2015

NYSBA recognizes Monroe defender for appellate work

The irony of an attorney winning an award for arguing appeals, something she never wanted to do, is not lost on Janet Somes, an assistant public defender in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office whose work has been getting a lot of attention in the last couple of years. Her latest honor is the Outstanding […]

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