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Dozens of artists and community members gathered together on Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville for the unveiling of a huge 53-by-80-foot mural titled "The Wall of Reflect" on Friday. … Full Article

Once-troubled youth use murals to transform Brownsville

Dozens of artists and community members gathered together on Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville for the unveiling of a huge 53-by-80-foot mural titled "The Wall of Reflect" on Friday. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School Professor Lisa Smith discusses verdict in trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie

The jury in the St Paul’s case faced the challenge of evaluating the evidence in the context of the burden of proof in a criminal trial “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That standard is much higher than “preponderance of the evidence” currently used in campus hearings, which is defined as “more … Full Article

SIDEBAR: Park Slope Lawyer Jimmy Lathrop

Jaime Lathrop, better known as Jimmy, also known as "the Park Slope Lawyer," is a Manhattan-born attorney who graduated from Wilton High School in Connecticut, got his undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine and went to Brooklyn Law School. … Full Article

Reputed mobster granted vacation request by Brooklyn federal judge

A reputed mobster who allegedly extorted a 71-year-old Staten Island man has been granted permission to take a vacation in Pennsylvania while awaiting prosecution on racketeering charges. … Full Article

Feds: Man arrested for hoax bomb threat at Statue of Liberty

Federal authorities say they've arrested a man for making a hoax bomb threat to "blow up" the Statue of Liberty in April, resulting in an evacuation of Liberty Island. They say the West Virginia man has been held in Texas. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard delivers powerful message at law forum

When barrister Nick Allard, a partner in Patton Boggs — the top-ranked Washington, D.C.  firm — took over a “challenged” Brooklyn Law School (BLS) back in 2011, observers here wondered how he would bring about the changes needed to bring BLS into the 21st century. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds Transit Authority negligent in slip-and-fall trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Gloria Dabiri listens as Christopher Joslin (standing), of the law firm David Horowitz PC, conducts a direct examination of the plaintiff in the trial Sandra Watson v. … Full Article

Prospect Park Residence fights attachment orders in separate cases

The Appellate Division Second Department on Thursday granted a temporary restraining order staying enforcement of a $5 million dollar order of attachment to the Prospect Park Residence in Park Slope. … Full Article

SIDEBAR: Outgoing Bay Ridge Lawyers Association President Lisa Becker

Lisa M. Becker is a Brooklyn-born attorney who currently resides in Staten Island with her husband Ralph Mercante and their two sons James and Mark Mercante. She went to Nazareth Regional High School before earning her bachelor's degree at St. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Plaintiff awarded $75,000 in turnpike accident

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Mark Partnow listens during a direct examination of the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Judy Marquez v. Frank and Maryann Miale that took place last week in Kings County Civil Term. … Full Article

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