Courts and Law

The Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) hosted its second annual installation ceremony for its executive committee and board of directors at Borough Hall on Thursday. … Full Article

Jurists, lawyers, court personnel to assemble Feb. 17 to keep trial calendars on course, meet new judges

In keeping with a valued practice that was launched back in the late 1990s when Mike Pesce was Kings County administrative justice, the Irving/Goldberg Civil Forum will be held at 9 a.m. in the 11th-floor boardroom of 360 Adams St. … Full Article

From growing up in Sunset Park to administrative judge of the family court

When the Hon. Jeanette Ruiz was growing up on the streets of Sunset Park, there weren’t any judges who looked like her: both female and Hispanic. … Full Article

Brooklyn Law School hosts Buckley v. Valeo discussion for case’s 40th anniversary

Brooklyn Law School (BLS) recently hosted a conversation on the landmark case Buckley v. Valeo in observance of its 40th anniversary with three of the major figures who helped bring forth its First Amendment challenge. … Full Article

Bay Ridge Lawyers get a crash course in ethics

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) hosted attorney Gregory T. Cerchione for a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar titled “Ethics for the Practicing Lawyer” at Hunter’s Steak and Ale House on Fourth Avenue Wednesday night. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds plaintiff 75 percent responsible in car accident trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. David Vaughan listens as the plaintiff’s attorney, Milard King Roper (center), of the law firm Fortunato & Fortunato, makes his opening remarks to the jury in the motor vehicle accident trial Howard v. Parker. … Full Article

The Brooklyn Bar gets a lesson on air and development rights

From the hotels in Williamsburg and the towers in Downtown Brooklyn to the condos along Fourth Avenue, it seems like the buildings in Brooklyn are getting taller every day. … Full Article

Job seekers with criminal histories learn about rights under law

On Monday, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, elected officials, clergy and advocates met with job seekers who have criminal histories at The HOPE Program in Brooklyn to inform them of their rights under the New York City Human Rights Law, including recently added … Full Article

Trial opens for NYPD officer charged in death of Akai Gurley

After a week of jury selection, opening arguments began Monday in King’s County Supreme Court as the case against rookie NYPD Officer Peter Liang went underway.  Liang, 29, had been with the department for 18 months on Nov. … Full Article

Ann Donnelly sworn in as federal judge for the Eastern District

Judge Ann M. Donnelly was officially sworn in as the 61st judge of the Eastern District of New York during an investiture ceremony at the Roosevelt Courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday night. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association covers Internet ethics at CLE session

It’s vital for lawyers to have a web presence these days — anything from a personal website to a Facebook or LinkedIn page will do — but unless they’ve graduated from law school in the last few years, their knowledge of appropriate Internet use today may be lacking. … Full Article


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