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Bar Association of Erie County Issues Ratings for Additional Judicial Candidates

The Bar Association of Erie County has completed additional 2021 ratings of judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Buffalo City Court. Ratings are done annually to assist the public in making informed voting decisions. The additional ratings are as follows: New York State Supreme Court Raymond W. Walter – Qualified Buffalo City …

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NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts to Host A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage on September 28

The NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts and the Eighth Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee in collaboration with the Latino Judge Association and The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade Association of WNY wishes to invite you all to attend Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope on September 28, 2021 at …

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NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts Announces the 2021 Lamplighter Awardees

The NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts and the Eighth Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee wish to invite you all to join the virtual biennial Women in the Law Lamplighter Award Program on September 23, 2021 at 12:30PM to 1:30PM. This years honorees are the Hon. Sharon M. LoVallo, Hon. Barbara Johnson-Lee, Laurie …

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NYS Courts Issue Mask Mandate for Attorneys and Members of the Public Who Enter the Courthouse

Effective August 13, 2021, per the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, to ensure that judges and court employees, as well all courthouse visitors, are safe and protected in our courthouses to the maximum extent possible, we are once again requiring that all individuals wear a mask in all public …

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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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