Courts and Law

Activists in Brooklyn display replica cell to call to end of solitary confinement

A group of people protesting the use of solitary confinement held a public education event in Brooklyn on Wednesday where they displayed a replica cell that the public could experience. … Full Article

Cuomo plans to sign bill creating commission on prosecutorial misconduct

A bill to create a NYS commission on prosecutorial misconduct that passed the state Senate and Assembly earlier this year is about to become law as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it into law this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. … Full Article

Brooklyn Women's Bar Association helped Michele Mirman early and late in her career

Bar associations play different roles for attorneys from personal and professional, to helping some advocate for others and their communities, and some it is merely a way for them to keep up with their continuing legal education credits. … Full Article

Mayor's plan to close Rikers Island will double the space in Brooklyn's prison

The de Blasio administration announced plans for building four "modern, community-based" jails throughout the four boroughs, minus Staten Island, on Wednesday that are expected to replace Rikers Island, which currently houses inmates awaiting trial throughout New York City. … Full Article

Brooklyn judge shocked at how good interns are at mock trial

Every year student interns from the Brooklyn courts’ Summer Youth Employment Program participate in a mock trial, but this year’s group was so good that it shocked Supreme Court Justice Reginald Boddie. … Full Article

NY State Bar Association honors volunteers who assisted ICE detainees

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) honored 50 volunteers from the Detention Outreach Project on Monday afternoon for their work screening U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees who were brought to Albany in July. … Full Article

Charles Small climbed the ladder to become Chief Clerk of Brooklyn Supreme Court

The Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term is one of the largest and busiest courts of its kind anywhere in the U.S. with specialized parts in nearly every field. It takes a lot to run a courthouse like that and that phenomenal task is left up to Charles Small. … Full Article

Young New Yorkers re-imagine Brooklyn federal courtroom

For one afternoon, a courtroom at the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn was re-imagined on July 26 by a group of kids taking part in a program known as the Young New Yorkers. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury shows plaintiff the door in premises liability trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Katherine Levine listens as plaintiff's attorney Anthony Hirschberger (standing), of the law offices of Hach & Rose, addresses the jury during his summation in the premises liability trial Allen v. New York City Housing Authority. … Full Article

City Council bill would provide free divorce lawyers to victims of domestic violence

Advocates often argue that the biggest way to help victims of domestic violence is by providing them with the financial support they need to get out from their horrible situations. … Full Article

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