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United States District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to become first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Western District of New York

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — On July 14, 2021, the Honorable Elizabeth A. Wolford will become Chief Judge of the Western District of New York.  Judge Wolford will be the first woman to serve in this role—and in fact, the first woman to serve in this role in any part of New York State outside the …

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Hon. Kevin M. Carter Named Administrative Judge of Western New York’s Eighth Judicial District

NEW YORK – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks today announced the appointment of Hon. Kevin M. Carter as Administrative Judge of the Eighth Judicial District. The appointment was made with the approval of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and after consultation with Hon. Gerald J. Whalen, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Judge …

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Bar Association of Erie County Issues Ratings for Judicial Candidates

The Bar Association of Erie County has completed its 2021 ratings of judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court, Erie County Family Court, and Buffalo City Court. Ratings are done annually to assist the public in making informed voting decisions. The 2021 ratings are as follows: New York State Supreme CourtHon. Frank Caruso – …

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New York Courts Emergency Alerts Discontinues Twitter Presence

The New York Courts have discontinued the use of Twitter as the communication tool for emergency alerts. Commencing May 1, the Courts are sending out emergency alerts solely through the Portal . Accordingly, to receive emergency notifications, attorneys should register for the Portal by that date at: www.nycourts.gov/alerts/. (We are pleased to report that almost …

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A Statement from the President and Vice President of the Bar Association of Erie County About Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Regarding the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, President Oliver C. Young and Vice President Hugh M. Russ, III of the Bar Association of Erie County have issued the following statement: “Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the accused killer of George Floyd, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree …

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8th JD Rolls Out Pilot Program for Submission of Virtual Evidence for Matrimonial Cases

Please see the below linked memo which is a very important development in matrimonial virtual trials.  It details how exhibits are now to be uploaded for matrimonial hearings/virtual trials.   This has been tested in other judicial districts and is now making a statewide appearance.  From all accounts it has worked very well.  One should anticipate …

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Public Notice for Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Carl L. Bucki

The current term of office of Carl L. Bucki, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the WesternDistrict of New York, is due to expire on December 29, 2021. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Bucki to a new term of office and has determined that he …

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8th Judicial District Issues Updated Operating Protocols for All Court Operations

This Plan supersedes the Updated Operating Protocols Effective December 9, 2020. Commencing February 22, 2021 all court operations in the Eighth Judicial District of the State of New York shall be conducted pursuant to this Plan. To the extent the provisions of this Updated Operating Protocol are inconsistent with provisions in any of the Administrative …

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Bar Association of Erie County supports Buffalo’s proposed Right to Know Law and calls for extensive public education and awareness around police and criminal justice reform.

On February 9, 2021, the Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors voted to support adoption of Buffalo’s proposed Right to Know Law, the latest in a series of police reform measures considered by its Board of Directors at the request of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (“MBAWNY”) Criminal Justice Reform …

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