Letters from the Foundation President

We Can Do This

In this historical time of fear, anxiety, privation and grievous loss, I wish to offer some inspiration and hope for better times to come. Sadly, while I’m pretty good at platitudes, I lack the poetry gene, so I must defer to others to help us out here. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously said “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” That reminds us to appreciate the opportunity for each of us to get through this unprecedented-in-our-lifetime global

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Mask or Cloth Face-Covering Shall be Required for Attorneys and Members of the Public to Enter the Courthouse

 In accordance with Executive Order 202.17 issued by the NYS Governor, anyone entering a courthouse for any purpose must wear a mask or cloth face-covering. Executive Order 202.17 provides, “Any individual who is over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.”  Since it cannot be assured

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8JD Administrative Order 85-20 Initiating Virtual Chambers

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE OF THE COURTS: Pursuant to the authority vested in me, and at the direction of the Chief Judge, I hereby promulgate, effective April 13, 2020, the following additional procedures and protocols to mitigate the effects of the CO VID-19 outbreak upon the users, visitors, staff, and judicial officers of the Unified Court System. In addition to essential court functions as set forth in AO/78/20, trial courts will address the following matters through remote

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Help is Available. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask.

By Pamela ThibodeauFrom Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin – Fall 2019, Vol. 59, Issue No. 1September 20, 2019 Practicing law can be a tremendously fulfilling and rewarding endeavor. At the same time, it can also be incredibly stressful and damaging to our mental health and overall quality of life. We and our colleagues may all at times struggle with burn-out levels of stress, family problems, mental health difficulties, medical problems, and financial hardship, among other various personal and professional

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Ethics Opinion 14-01, Real Estate Closing Demand by Sellers Attorney Agree Hold Title Co Harmless

Opinion No. 14-01 Topic: Real Estate Closing/Demand by Mortgage Title Company that Seller’s Attorney agree to indemnify and hold the title company harmless from any loss due to water charges, real estate taxes, and Outstanding mortgages Digest: A Seller’s attorney may not ethically contract with the mortgage title company to indemnify and hold the title company harmless from loss due to water charges, real estate taxes and outstanding mortgage New York Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.7(a) and (b) and 8.4(a)

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