Courts and Law

Feds, NYC reach deal to curb violence in Rikers Island jails

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for injured inmates have reached an agreement with the city on how to curb widespread violence and other problems that have plagued the Rikers Island jail system for years, according to court papers filed Monday. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Woman awarded $300K After L.I. Expressway accident

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Bert Bunyan listens as attorney Joseph Ferri (standing) examines the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Susan Lofaro v. Stephen & Susan Sariego. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar installs Arthur Aidala as its 100th president

A crowd filled with some of the most respected judges, lawyers and TV personalities packed into the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge for the induction of the Brooklyn Bar Association’s newest president, Arthur Aidala, as well as its new officers and trustees Wednesday night. … Full Article

Women’s Bar holds installation ceremony at Borough Hall to induct new president

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) held an installation ceremony for its new officers and directors, including the new incoming President Helene Blank, at Borough Hall on Tuesday night. … Full Article

Obama praises Lynch as tough-but-fair attorney general

WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised Attorney General Loretta Lynch as tough but fair and committed to justice, traits that have prepared her to make her mark as the American people's lawyer. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Plaintiff loses trip-and-fall case against city

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Wavny Toussaint listens as attorney Brielle Goldfaden (standing, left), of the law firm Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, conducts a direct examination of the plaintiff in the trial Shadrin v. … Full Article

BRLA President Becker calls for rewriting of troublesome regulation

The latest Albany initiative of the BRLA, according to President Lisa Becker, is a campaign against a looming nonsensical  change in regulations that would throw a ludicrous hurdle into thousands of real estate closings by eliminating a practice — closers’ pickup fees — that has worked smoo … Full Article

Columbian Lawyers introduce new president, say goodbye to old, at annual dinner

The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn held its 47th annual dinner dance where it said goodbye to outgoing President Bartholomew T. Russo and welcomed incoming President Rose Ann C. Branda with a ceremony at El Caribe in Mill Basin on Friday. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury returns $14.8M damages verdict in labor law trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Loren Baily-Schiffman listens as attorney Jeff Korek (standing), of the law firm Gersowitz Libo & Korek PC, conducts a direct examination of a witness in the labor law trial Canfield vs. Forman Jay LLC. … Full Article

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