Courts and Law

The Alliance’s vice president Lois Robb to retire as she battles cancer

It’s been a monumental summer for the LGBT community, but for LGBT members of Brooklyn’s legal community it is bittersweet as Lois Robb, the longtime vice president of the Gay/Straight Alliance of the New York state Justice System, is set to retire at the end of the month. … Full Article

After six-decade legal career, attorney ‘Gus’ Coffinas leaves us at age 92

Gustav “Gus” Coffinas — a father, lawyer, leader and one of the most competent and honest barristers this writer has known — died last week at the age of 92. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury favors plaintiff in bridge-approach traffic trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. David Vaughan listens as attorney David Chustek (standing), of the law firm James G. Bilello Associates, cross examines the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Campbell v. Shu.  … Full Article

Being a judge is third career for Justice Schack

If Hon. Arthur Schack, a New York State Supreme Court justice, is ever asked to speak at a career day at a high school, he’ll have three unique careers to tell the students about. … Full Article

DA Thompson touts Begin Again program and plans on hosting more

New York City has an estimated backlog of nearly 1.2 million open warrants and Brooklyn's District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning on doing something about it with his Begin Again program. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School: Jobless grads will get some money back

Brooklyn Law School (BLS) recently announced the launch of Bridge to Success, a new program designed to support graduates who may take longer in their  … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Accident at Funeral Leads to Premises Liability Trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Wavny Toussaint listens as plaintiff’s attorney Mark Cipolla (standing), of the law firm Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins PC, makes an opening statement to the jury in the premises liability trial Caputo v. Andrew Torregrossa & Sons, Inc. … Full Article

Brooklyn beats Staten Island to win the Verrazano Cup

Judges and lawyers from Brooklyn went head-to-head with their Staten Island counterparts to win their third consecutive Verrazano Cup in Staten Island on Friday. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association ready for July 29 Cyclones game

Scores — maybe hundreds — of Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA)  lawyers and guests will be on hand July 29 at MCU Park on Coney Island to root on the hometown  Brooklyn Cyclones as they take on the traveling Hudson Valley Renegades. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Trial examines liability in three-vehicle accident

In this courtroom sketch Hon. Peter Sweeney listens as attorney Kenneth Lange (standing), of the law firm Goldberg Segalla LLP, delivers his summation to the jury in the motor vehicle accident trial A. Yacoubi v. Coach Leasing & M. … Full Article

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