Courts and Law

Most Black History Month events that take place in the courts throughout Brooklyn include distinguished speakers, veterans and history lessons, but Friday’s event in the Kings County Civil Court fe … Full Article

DA Gonzalez doesn't think Brooklyn will need new jail if Rikers closes

If New York City follows through on its plan to close Rikers Island within the next 10 years, it will have to build alternative jail sites throughout the boroughs to house inmates. … Full Article

Justices Eng and Silver honored by New York State Bar Association

Judges Randall T. Eng and George J. Silver were among the four judges who were honored by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) during its annual meeting in Manhattan last Friday. … Full Article

Brooklyn's black judiciary to be honored by Metropolitan Black Bar Association during Black History Month

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) will honor members of New York's black judiciary, including Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam and Hon. George Bundy Smith, during a Black History Month Celebration at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in Manhattan on Feb. 8. … Full Article

DA Gonzalez wants Kings County Criminal Bar Association’s help with Justice 2020 initiative

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced his Justice 2020 Initiative this week which put together a 63-member committee that will come up with plans to improve the criminal justice system that can be put into place by the end of the year 2020. … Full Article

Brooklyn legal community celebrates life of ‘Uncle Lou’ at ceremonial mass

Members of Brooklyn’s legal community gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Thursday to say goodbye to Louis Fiorillo, the former deputy county clerk who worked in the court system for the past 66 years and was affectionately known as “Uncle Lou.” … Full Article

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez explains his Justice 2020 initiative

During his installation ceremony on Sunday, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez made reference to his Justice 2020 Initiative, but on Tuesday it was officially announced including details and a list of 63 Brooklyn community members who will serve on its committee. … Full Article

Sunset Park landlord being sued for discriminating against immigrant tenants

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by the Legal Aid Society on behalf of tenants in two Sunset Park apartment buildings who alleged that the landlord discriminated against them and made them prove citizenship before agreeing to renew their leases. … Full Article

Brooklyn Legal Pipeline is looking for more students after successful first year

A little more than a year ago, the idea came for a program called the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative (BLPI). Its aim was to help women, minorities and people from low-income backgrounds to find their way into the legal community. … Full Article

Kings County Criminal Bar Association will hold annual meeting this week to vote on new officers

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association (KCCBA) will host its annual meeting this Thursday at the Brooklyn Bar Association in Brooklyn Heights, where it will vote on its slate of officers and directors. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Absent defendant faulted for traffic accident

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Richard Velasquez listens as plaintiff’s attorney Michael Binder (standing), trial counsel, makes his opening remarks in the summary jury trial Joseph v. Katz. … Full Article

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