Letters from the Foundation President

Bar Association of Erie County’s Ratings of Judicial Candidates for 2020

The Bar Association of Erie County has completed and issued its 2020 ratings for judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Erie County Court. The ratings are as follows: New York State Supreme CourtGerald J. Greenan III – Not RecommendedHon. Amy C. Martoche – Well Qualified Erie County CourtHon. Kenneth F. Case – Outstanding Erie County Family CourtKelly A. Brinkworth – Well Qualified For more information about our Judicial Ratings process, click here.

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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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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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