Courts and Law

Kings County Criminal Bar Association meets NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association hosted NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill during its monthly meeting in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday and gave the commissioner an opportunity to introduce himself, discuss some of the issues facing the NYPD and answer questions. … Full Article

Volunteer Lawyers Project prepped for Citizenship Drive at Borough Hall

With deportations on the rise under the new presidential administration, the Brooklyn legal community is coming together to help out. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury awards $425,000 in car accident

In this courtroom sketch Hon. Pamela Fisher listens as plaintiff’s attorney Y. David Taller (standing), trial attorney for the law office of Alan Levin, addresses the jury. … Full Article

Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association looks at finding that perfect work-life balance

Striking a balance between work and life is tough in any profession, but it can be nearly impossible at times for members of the Brooklyn legal community who have to deal with work-related stress as well as the stress from living in a busy urban environment. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: City settles unsafe beach ramp case for $600K

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. David Vaughan listens as plaintiff’s attorney Alan Ripka (standing), trial counsel to the law office of Matthew J. Salimbene, addresses the jury during opening statements in the premises liability trial Khayutina v. … Full Article

Judge in El Chapo case limits release of info, orders appointment of ‘firewall’ attorney

On Monday, the judge overseeing the case of alleged drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera limited the release of information related to the case and ordered prosecutors to appoint a “firewall” attorney as a go-between. … Full Article

Wrongfully convicted artist shows off work at federal courthouse

Ndume Olatushani spent 28 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, but on Monday he had an opportunity to put a twist on his latest court appearance as he unveiled his artwork in a show titled “Perseverance” in the Charles P. Sifton Gallery at the U.S. … Full Article

Legal Pipeline helps minorities and women get into law school

The Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative, a program that tries to diversify the legal profession, continued at the Brooklyn Bar Association last Monday during which it brought in two faculty members of local law schools and one recent graduate to talk about getting accepted and paying for law … Full Article

Trial lawyers host CPLR update at Brooklyn Bar Association

The Brooklyn Bar Association got an update of New York's civil practice law and rules (CPLR) from Justice Loren Baily-Schiffman courtesy of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers who co-sponsored the event in Brooklyn Heights last Monday. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Car accident trial results in $4 million settlement

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Peter Sweeney listens as attorney Ray Panek (standing), of the law firm Elefterakis, Elefterakis & Panek, conducts a direct examination of the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Baa v. City of New York.  … Full Article


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