Courts and Law

Cervantes Society kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with opening ceremony

The Cervantes Society of the Courts of the State of New York hosted its 24th annual Hispanic Heritage Month opening ceremony celebration at the Kings County Supreme Court on Friday, with chef Suzette Montalvo as this year’s keynote speaker. … Full Article
Begin Again: Over 100 People Clean Their Criminal Records for Low-Level Offenses

VIDEO: Over 100 people clean their criminal records for low-level offenses at DA’s Begin Again event

Kent Handberry is starting new in New York. While he searches for a job he is staying in a Bedford-Stuyvesant shelter, but three weeks ago he was hit with a $25 ticket after getting caught with an open can of beer in public. … Full Article

Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association honors past president Justice Quinones

Acting Supreme Court Justice Joanne Quinones is going to need a bigger mantle. … Full Article

Brooklynites can have their past marijuana convictions vacated this weekend

After announcing a plan to vacate as many as 20,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will begin the process this morning at a church in Prospect-Lefferts, as part of his Begin Again program. … Full Article

Record-breaking Catholic sex abuse settlement explained: What it means for the victims

On Tuesday, a settlement was reportedly reached between the Diocese of Brooklyn and four victims of sexual abuse that would pay out a record $27.5 million, nearly $7 million per victim, which represents the largest individual payments for a U.S. Catholic sexual abuse on record. … Full Article

Judge refuses to delay Brooklyn trial of ‘El Chapo’

A U.S. judge has rejected a request to put off the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Lawyers for Guzman told Judge Brian Cogan at a hearing Thursday that they needed more time to review a mountain of evidence in the drug-trafficking case. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association will honor Greg Cerchione, others during awards ceremony

The Brooklyn Bar Association and President David Chidekel are hosting its annual awards ceremony where it will honor attorney Gregory Cerchione and three others at the bar association in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday, Oct. 10. … Full Article

Hon. César Quiñones remembered as a humble with great temperament for the bench

Friends and family members of the late Justice Cesar Quinones held a memorial service in his honor at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, on Friday, Sept. 14. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bar Association teams with NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers for ethics CLE

The Brooklyn Bar Association hosted a continuing legal education seminar on ethics in conjunction with the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers titled "Raising the Bar: Creating an Ethical and Inclusive Workplace" in Brooklyn Heights last Wednesday. … Full Article

Kings Inn of Court sets September 25 CLE session

The Kings County American Inn of Court, led by President Victoria Lombardi, will hold its first CLE program on Tuesday, Sept. 25 as it enters its 17th year of service. … Full Article

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