Courts and Law

Legal Aid Society settles lawsuit against landlord accused of discrimination

The Legal Aid Society announced on Friday that it has settled a federal lawsuit against a Sunset Park landlord, many of whose tenants lived in rent-stabilized apartments, who was accused of discrimination and harassment. … Full Article

Kings County Courts internship program will lead to better lawyering

Students Join Profession at Time of Historic Legal Tumult It’s generally assumed that a judge’s best work is performed when wielding the gavel or formulating an opinion in a challenging case. … Full Article

Brooklyn DA: Low-level marijuana prosecutions down 91 percent

The mayor and the police commissioner announced in June that the city will have a new policy when it comes to marijuana arrests, but Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has attempted to lead the way on the issue. … Full Article

Volunteer Lawyers Project appoints three new board members

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) announced this week that it has appointed three new members to its board of directors following their election at a July 25 board meeting. … Full Article

National Association of Women Judges receives grant to fight sexual harassment

The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) announced that it has launched a #WeToo campaign to combat sexual harassment in the legal workplace following its 13th annual meeting with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues on Wednesday, July 18. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury awards damages to couple rear-ended in collision

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Lara Genovesi listens as plaintiff’s attorney Jeffrey Weiner makes opening arguments in the summary jury motor vehicle accident trial Lago, Vicente v. … Full Article

Landmark Surrogate's Court decision could end the scourge of predatory marriages

Following 11 years of litigation and a 37-day bench trial, acting Surrogate Judge John G. Ingram issued a decision that is likely to avoid a potential trend of predatory marriages in New York state. … Full Article

Young Lawyers Committee provides a pipeline into the Brooklyn Bar Association

When M. Frank Francis graduated from Brooklyn Law School, he took a job at a small law firm and was immediately thrown into the fire. … Full Article

Heiress charged with aiding alleged NXIVM sex cult free on $100M bond

An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune and three other people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the investigation of a self-improvement organization accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex. … Full Article

Pablo Villavicencio freed by Brooklyn judge

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.— An Ecuadorian immigrant who's been freed by a U.S. judge said Wednesday he thought he would lose his daughters and his wife when he was detained while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation nearly two months ago. … Full Article

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