Law schools expand clinical experience

In the fall of 2012, New York became the first state to require lawyers to perform 50 hours of pro bono work as a condition for getting a license. The new rule, which takes effect in 2015, aims to help fill the legal needs of New York's poor, and will apply to those sitting for the 2015 New York State bar exam.  

The pro bono mandate can be completed with, for example, internships at public service organizations. Students can also fulfill the mandate by participating in a variety of clinics provided by their respective law schools.


Appellate judges ‘preside over’ Moot Court Competition at Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School hosted its 28th annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition earlier this month.  The competition, which focuses on the students’ skill in appellate advocacy, drew 36 teams from various law schools nationwide. 


Boerum Hill man convicted of killing 16-year-old witness

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes Wednesday announced the conviction Wednesday of a second man, Ronell Bonds, for Murder in the First Degree for killing 16-year-old Al-Taya Conyers in Boerum Hill in May 2010.  

Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Guy Mangano presided over the jury trial.  


'Stroller march' to support Brooklyn's LICH on Saturday

A Brooklyn mom is spreading the word to Brownstone parents that a "stroller march" is planned for this Saturday to support Long Island College Hospital (LICH), now threatened with closure.

"Many of us have either had a baby at LICH, plan to have a baby at LICH or have taken our kids to LICH for medical care," said Claire K. Tuck in a statement. "Most if not all of us have enjoyed LICH park.  LICH is now seriously threatened as the state of New York wants to sell off this property and turn it into a high-rise condo."


Brooklyn lawyers address plea-bargain issue

On April 8, members of the Brooklyn legal community came together to discuss the impact of two iconic Supreme Court rulings on the ways criminal plea bargains are conducted.

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court issued two rulings regarding effective counsel and plea bargaining.   In both cases, Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper, the court held that the right to effective counsel granted in the 6th Amendment extends to plea bargains and negotiations.  


Gowanus Arts guest room attracts dancers to Brooklyn

During the dance performances this past Saturday night at Gowanus Arts, I realized that Andy Warhol based his "15 minutes of fame" notion on a viewer's attention span between TV commercial breaks in the 1960s.

Now, in an age of tweets and podcasts, it's hard for choreographers to know what is compelling, or, at the very least, appealing to an audience.


Q&A with Alexandra Bowie, new president of Brooklyn Heights Association

Founded in 1910, the BHA has a distinguished history, particularly as a watchdog protecting the quality of life in New York’s first Landmark Community. In recent decades, that role has expanded to districts and projects adjacent to the Heights, as their effect on the Heights is often critical but perhaps not recognized by the community at large.

INBrooklyn: How would you describe the mission of the BHA today?


Brooklyn Heights Association optimistic about bike share program

After years of anticipation, the Citi Bike Share program is finally hitting the streets of Brooklyn.  The Brooklyn Heights Association, which has expressed concerns over the program in the past, is excited for the programs launch in May.


NEWS ANALYSIS: In Jay-Z’s New Rap, Who Are the `dweebs’?

In his new song, “Open Letter,” 17-time Grammy winner Jay-Z, a longtime booster and part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, addresses his having to sell his reported $4.5 million stake in the team so he can become certified as a player agent.

However, it’s not quite clear who he’s addressing in his song.


Adams launches ‘Simple Step’ campaign against child abuse

State Sen. Eric Adams, the frontrunner in the race for borough president, is joining forces with a non-profit group to raise awareness of child abuse prevention measures. Adams, a retired New York City police captain, is working with representatives of the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) on a campaign called “One Simple Step Can Change a Child’s Life.”



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