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Visitor Restrictions Implemented at Federal Courthouses in the Western District of New York

The United States District Court for the Western District of New York announces visitor restrictions to all courthouses in the District as a result of the COVID-19 virus beginning to spread in New York State. The Centers for Disease Control has advised people to take precautions considering the COVID-19 virus outbreak and noted that the …

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New Emergency Alert System for the NYS UCS

An Announcement from the Office of Court Administration Dear Academy Members and Friends,  I am writing to notify you about an important change in the manner in which the New York State Unified Court System sends out emergency notifications about our courts. Significant numbers of attorneys throughout the state are signed up to receive our …

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Call for attorneys for the Federal Court’s Volunteer Pro Bono Panel

From Hon. Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Chief United States District Judge The Western District of New York has a long history of providing pro bono representation to eligible litigants in civil cases, and on behalf of the Court I would like to thank those of you who have performed or are currently providing pro bono …

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Law School Grads in NY Won’t Face Mental Health Inquiry

New York law students battling depression, anxiety and other mental health issues will no longer suffer in silence for fear that treatment may prevent them from becoming a lawyer. In a major victory for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), mental health-related questions have been removed from the state bar application effective immediately. The …

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Say Yes Buffalo Serves as Model Organization in Comprehensive Study

A study focused on the work of Say Yes Buffalo, “Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education,” was completed by four researchers from the Columbia University Teachers College in December 2019. That study, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, examined the collaborative, “cross-sector” nature at the heart of organizations like Say Yes …

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Town of Amherst seeks RFPs for Professional Legal Services Contracts

 The Town of Amherst (Town) is requesting proposals (RFP) from qualified individuals and firms to provide legal services for real estate transactions, land use and development issues including compliance with New York State and Federal environmental law, including, but not limited to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), brownfields clean-up and development, right-of-way issues …

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Attorney Admission Fee Increases

NOTICE: ATTORNEY ADMISSION FEE INCREASES The United States District Court for the Western District of New York is increasing its fees for attorney admissions. Effective February 1, 2020 the fee for standard admittance will be $225.00. Also, effective February 1, 2020 pro hac vice admittance will also increase to $200.00. Further information can be found …

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Free Online E-Filing Training

FREE Online Training Session VIA Skype for Business ONE HOUR E-FILING TRAINING for Supreme Court provided by New York State Courts E-Filing Resource Center Learn how to E-File documents from your office or personal computer.These one hour sessions will be held from 10:30am-11:30am on the following dates: 1-16-2020 2-20-2020 3-19-2020 4-16-2020 5-14-2020 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIREDPlease go …

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