Courts and Law

Kings County Family Court discusses educational achievement gap at Black History Month event

The Kings County Family Court held its Black History Month (BHM) event on Thursday that brought in Anne Williams-Isom, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, for a discussion on what to do about the achievement gap between white and black students in the U.S. … Full Article

Black History Month event recreates Nat Turner revolt

As part of Black History Month, the Kings County Supreme Court hosted a Sip and Chat with Nat Turner at the court on Friday, Feb. 17 that was designed to give the audience a lesson on the life of Nat Turner. … Full Article

Kings County Criminal Bar Association praises judge's order to stop use of solitary confinement on children

In what is being hailed as a landmark case, a U.S. District Court judge issued an order to have the Justice Center jail in Syracuse immediately stop putting children in solitary confinement as it violates the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. … Full Article

Bay Ridge Lawyers Association gets tips on mediation and arbitration at CLE meeting

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) hosted a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar where Hon. Elizabeth Bonina gave practical tips on alternative dispute resolution at The Pearl Room in Bay Ridge on Wednesday night. … Full Article

Brooklyn Women's Bar Association hosts heart healthy event to raise awareness of heart disease

The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association (BWBA) had their members dressed in red and filled the Marco Polo Restaurant in Carroll Gardens with red balloons for its first-ever Heart Healthy Event held last Thursday, Feb. 16. … Full Article

Chief Judge DiFiore praises Brooklyn in State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore gave her first State of Our Judiciary address at the Bronx County Hall of Justice on Wednesday in which she examined her first year as the state's top judge and even praised Brooklyn a couple of times. … Full Article

New top cop appointed to run Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct

After two and a half years under deputy inspector Sergio Centa, the NYPD's 84th Precinct is getting a new commanding officer — Capt. Roberto Melendez — who introduced himself at Tuesday's community council meeting held at Borough Hall. … Full Article

U.S. Attorney’s office hosts annual Black History Month event

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York held its annual Black History Month celebration in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday where it honored Dr. Michelle A. Williams with its 2017 Trailblazer Award. … Full Article

Kings County Criminal Bar Association examines consequences of criminal convictions

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association discussed collateral consequences of criminal convictions during its monthly continuing legal education (CLE) meeting in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday. … Full Article

SKETCHES OF COURT: Transit Authority ordered to pay $750,000 to injured passenger

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Debra Silber listens as defendant’s attorney Michael O’Brien (standing), trial counsel to the law offices of Lawrence Heisler, lays out his opening arguments for the jury in the motor vehicle accident trial Elbaz v. … Full Article

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