For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Anita Aboulafia 212 267-6646 ext. 225 email@example.com
First-of-Its-Kind CLE Program on Using Affidavits in Lieu of Direct Testimony at Trial on September 20
August 23, 2011 – New York, NY – The New York State–Federal Judicial Council, the Second Circuit Judicial Council and the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) are co-sponsoring a first-of-its-kind CLE program on the use of affidavits in lieu of direct testimony at (bench) trial. The program takes place on September 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, 9th Floor. Please note that due to the (very) large number of registrants to date, a live feed of the panel discussion will also be viewable in the jury assembly room on the ground floor at 500 Pearl St., and if necessary, also in Courtrooms 9A and 9B in the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. CLE credit will be awarded for those who attend in any of these venues.
The program is free for attorneys who are admitted to practice in the State of New York; participants will receive two Professional Practice credits. Because space is limited, please register no later than September 8 (by 2:00 p.m.) on the Second Circuit Judicial Council’s website, http://ww2.ca2.uscourts.gov/cle/Login.aspx.
The practice of substituting affidavits for direct testimony at bench trials is becoming more widespread in courtrooms across the country. NYCLA recently recommended that this practice be implemented in New York’s intensely busy Family Court; it is already in place in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court and it is prevalent in federal courts. Lawyers who attend this CLE event—the first ever to discuss the use of affidavits in lieu of direct testimony—will gain valuable insight into this practice from a distinguished group of judges and practitioners.
Professor Jane Spinak of Columbia Law School will moderate. Panelists include: the Honorable Richard M. Berman, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; the Honorable Laura E. Drager, New York State Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County; the Honorable Douglas E. Hoffman, New York State Family Court (Manhattan); Susan Bender, Esq., of Bender Rosenthal Isaacs & Richter LLP and past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; and John J. Kerr, Esq., of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Light refreshments will be served at the event.
ATL: Can’t Get a Job? Lacking Lawyer Skills? Try Working for Your School’s Law Firm
Among the proponents of a “law school firm” to help train and employ young lawyers is Prof. Robert Rhee of University of Maryland Law School. Is this idea half-baked or is it just what is needed now to address the problems of untrained and unemployed young lawyers?
Law Office in Woolworth Building with Fantastic Lower Manhattan/ East River View!
Law firm seeks a long term tenant. The office suite – in fact the entire 20th floor – were built out brand new by the landlord during this summer. Windowed office with separate, adjacent paralegal cubicle in a shared law firm suite on the 20th floor of the Woolworth Building. The office has ten foot high ceilings and two large windows facing east with spectacular views of the East River, City Hall, Manhattan Bridge and lower Manhattan. The paralegal station is furnished with professional L-shaped desk, chair and hutch/cabinetry.
The suite makes available:
· Reception Area
· Conference Room Use
· High-Speed Internet and VoIP Telephone
· New Copy Machine
· Security System
Asking: $2,500/month with first month’s rent and security due upon lease commencement.
Please send inquiries to:
Guerrero Yee LLP
Attn. Rio Guerrero
From AABANY Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Rio Guerrero.
KALAGNY Meeting in Flushing
Open to members, non-members and law students to learn more about KALAGNY, it will take place at Nam O Jung in Flushing, near the LIRR Broadway stop, on Aug. 31. Register by Monday, Aug. 29. More details in the link in the title.
The next meeting of the Annual Dinner Committee will be by conference call on September 21 at 5 pm. If you are interested in helping AABANY plan its biggest event of the year, please contact Jean Lee, Annual Dinner Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Annual Dinner will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on February 29, 2012.
Support Goodwin Liu’s Nomination to CA Supreme Court
From CAA (Chinese for Affirmative Action) by way of Rocky Chin:
On Wednesday, August 31, the Commission on Judicial Appointments will consider California Governor Jerry Brown’s nomination of Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court.
Let the Commission know you support Goodwin Liu with the letter below. (Your letter will be targeted to Ms. AhMoi Kim, Secretary to the Commission.)
Click on the link in the title to see the text of the letter.
Two friends of the WEblog recently commented on typography in legal writing.
Susan Moon earlier this month was concerned by Oxford’s (potential) abandonment of the serial (a.k.a. Oxford) comma (which only referred to their PR department, and not their editorial staff). David Lat at Above the Law last week opened a can of worms with a poll about typing one space or two between sentences.
Partisans among all of the sides argue about the historical reasons, the practicalities, and just whether it “looks right” or not. For the record, I am pro-serial comma, as you can see from this post’s title. I am also in favor of one space between sentences.
From what I gather, my opinion about the serial comma is arguably “old-fashioned” (it is credited to Oxford, after all), and my single-space stance is “modern” (before laser printers, it was usual to use two spaces between sentences when using a typewriter; it was also usual to underline instead of using italics).
Obama Judicial Appointments Infographic
Seen on Twitter from @jesseclee44, great infographic about Obama’s successes and obstacles encountered in making appointments to the bench. While Obama has made great strides in increasing diversity on the bench, including doubling the number of APAs on the bench, he has faced lengthy confirmation delays – 151 days for circuit judges, 103 days for district court. Take a look and share your comments.
Registration now open for AABANY Fall Conference 2011
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 AABANY Fall Conference: Diversify sponsored by Wells Fargo is now open.
Click on the image above to go to the registration page.
Members get discounted rates.
Save even more by registering early, by Sept. 1.
We have 4 slates each with 4 CLE programs for a total of 16 programs to choose from:
- 6 in Areas of Professional Practice
- 6 in Law Practice Management
- 3 in Ethics and Professionalism
- 1 in Skills
Each program offers 1.5 credits and you can take up to 4 programs from which you can earn up to 6 CLE credits.
Questions? Send them to email@example.com or come to the End of Summer Happy Hour at Roam on August 31 and ask the organizers directly.