Courts and Law

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

Former chief clerk of Brooklyn Surrogate's Court Tony Caracciolo dies

Former Brooklyn attorney, Anthony "Tony" Caracciolo died on Friday at his home in Rahway, N.J., at the age of 90. Caracciolo was a longtime political aide, district leader and chief clerk of the Brooklyn Surrogate's Court. … Full Article

Seagram's heiress charged with aiding NXIVM group called a 'sex cult'

An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been arraigned on racketeering conspiracy charges in connection with her work with a self-help group in upstate New York that is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex. … Full Article

Judge questions state of justice for pizza-worker immigrant Pablo Villavicencio

A federal judge asked Tuesday if the U.S. government has "any concept of justice" in mind as he questioned the need to deport an Ecuadorean immigrant detained while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation and now kept apart from his American wife and two young children. … Full Article

Man acquitted in 2015 killing of Cuomo aide

A man arrested in the 2015 slaying of an aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been acquitted of all charges. … Full Article

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