2021-2022 Erie County Bar Foundation Campaign

Letters from the Foundation President

Hugh Russ: Fall 2021 Bulletin Letter

I have a confession to make: I am a racist.  That I am a racist is hard for me to admit to you.  That I am a racist is hard for me to admit to myself.  It would be easier to deny my racism.  But I am a racist.  I write this letter, because I want to discuss my form of racism, what has been called white privilege, in the hope that my confession will foster conversation.  No, I haven’t

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Memo to 8JD Law Enforcement, Civil Division, Regarding Evictions

MEMORANDUM January 21, 2021  TO: EIGHTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT LAW ENFORCEMENT – CIVIL DIVISIONS FROM: ANDREW B. ISENBERG, District Executive RE: UPDATE ON LANDLORD/TENANT MATTERS WARRANTS OF EVICTION  Please be advised that under Chapter 381 of the Laws of 2020 (the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020) the court is required to hold a STATUS CONFERENCE with the parties and determine whether an outstanding warrant shall re-issue and be amended. In the absence of a status conference, there is a stay

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Women in Government: 2020 Lamplighter Awards

The Eighth Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee is part of a standing Committee on Women in the Courts that works to secure equal justice, equal treatment and equal opportunity for women whose lives bring them into the courts through education, information and advocacy. The Committee created the Lamplighter Award that recognizes women who, through determination and personal achievement, have worked to eliminate gender and racial bias. This year, the Committee recognizes the efforts of countless women and men

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Online Tools Rolled Out to Facilitate Expanded Use of Mediation to Resolve Civil Disputes

 NEW YORK–The court system’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has rolled out three online tools to encourage the use of mediation: a statewide mediator directory, http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/MedDirectory.shtml, to assist litigants, court staff and others in locating a court-approved mediator; a statewide mediator application, http://ww2.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/Application.shtml, that qualified mediators can use to join mediator rosters in trial courts across the state; and an online post-mediation survey, giving participants in a mediation the opportunity to evaluate the quality of the mediation services offered.  ADR has proven

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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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