Courts and Law

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury awards partial verdict in breach of contract trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Dawn Jimenez-Salta listens as plaintiff’s attorney Marc Weingard (standing), of the law firm Weinberg, Gross & Pergament, addresses the jury during opening remarks in the contract trial Metropolitan Enterprises NY v. … Full Article

Hon. Steven Tiscione sworn in as new federal magistrate judge

The Hon. Steven L. Tiscione was sworn in as the newest magistrate judge of the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) during an investiture ceremony at the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday. … Full Article

Peter Liang’s sentence in Akai Gurley stairway killing leaves divide, dismay

From the start, the case of a rookie police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in a public housing stairwell never fit neatly into the national debate over police brutality and minorities. … Full Article

Brooklyn Matrimonial Pro Bono Project hosts luncheon to thank volunteers

On Wednesday afternoon, the Brooklyn Matrimonial Pro Bono Project celebrated its first anniversary with a luncheon reception at the Kings County Supreme Court to thank its volunteers and to try to attract some new ones. … Full Article

KCCBA honors Sam Gregory, three others at annual awards dinner

The Kings Country Criminal Bar Association (KCCBA) held its annual awards dinner on Friday at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg, where it honored four leaders, including Samuel Gregory as Man of the Year. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury awards plaintiff $1.3M in medical malpractice trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Ellen Spodek listens as Hayes Young (standing), trial counsel for the law firm Mark Basichas & Assocs., addresses the jury during opening remarks in the medical malpractice trial Sherman v. Westrich. … Full Article

Peter Liang's sentence reduced, will not face prison time

A former police officer convicted in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell was spared prison time Tuesday, and a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to a lesser charge. … Full Article

Hon. Dora Irizarry takes over as Chief Judge in Brooklyn Federal Court

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of New York Chapter and the Federal Litigation Section held a special ceremony at the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn last Friday to mark the passing of the torch from Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon to Hon. … Full Article

Columbian Lawyers Association honors Frank Seddio with Rapallo-Scalia Award

There was plenty of Italian-American pride at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday as Mayor Bill de Blasio was in the house to help the Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department recognize Hon. Frank Seddio with the Charles A. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association welcomes judges to Remsen Street for Judiciary Night

The Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) held its annual Judiciary Night at the bar association headquarters in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday. The event gave BBA members an opportunity to meet the judges and the court’s newest judges to get to know the more experienced ones. … Full Article

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