Publications & Resources
The BAEC is responsible for providing its members, the full legal community, and the general public with news and updates on the law, recognition of the accomplishments of our members, and resources that assist in the administration of justice.
Here is a snapshot of the publications and resources provided by the BAEC.
The Bulletin is the official “members only” bi-monthly publication of the Bar Association of Erie County. The Bulletin contains news about the legal community in Western New York that can’t be found elsewhere. From the latest legal updates to first-hand information on upcoming CLE programs, the publication keeps members abreast of Association events and activities. Members consistently list The Bulletin among the top three reasons for belonging to the Association. If you are a member, the Bulletin will be mailed to you directly, at no cost.
Advertising in the Bulletin
The Bar Association’s official monthly publication offers a highly targeted and effective way to reach the legal community in Western New York. The Bulletin is circulated to over 3,400 individual attorneys, in addition to support staff, law firms, and other legal organizations. Readership studies show that the Bulletin is widely read by local attorneys and that the majority read each issue within a day of receiving it. Frequency discounts are available for those who advertise in four or more issues per year.
The 8th Judicial District Directory of Attorneys and the Courts
The Directory is an annual publication of the Bar Association of Erie County and serves as a desk reference for attorneys, paralegals and other support staff. The Directory contains a listing of all the attorneys in Western New York with addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses. It also includes a section on our local courts and related government offices. Approximately 8,500 copies of the Directory are distributed each year to the western New York legal and business communities.
The Weekly is the BAEC’s digital newsletter, sent exclusively to members via email every Monday morning. This newsletter gives members a brief, concise snapshot of what’s happening in the BAEC world and WNY legal community that week.
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Professional Ethics Opinions
Our Professional Ethics Committee often reviews cases brought to them by fellow members and prepares opinions. These opinions are available to our members to use as a resource.
Judicial Candidate Ratings
The Association uses a four-level rating system of Outstanding, Well Qualified, Qualified, and Not Recommended. Ratings are done annually prior to fall elections to assist the public in making informed decisions as they vote for judicial candidates.
The Office of Public Affairs of the New York State Unified Court System (USC) maintains an ongoing effort to increase awareness about court resources available to the public and the legal community.
New York State Court’s Programs & Initiatives (hyperlink to www.nycourts.gov/ip ) an all-access on line guide to court resources. The Access to Justice Link allows users to download official court forms. The E-Courts Link provides information on how legal documents can be filed electronically. Also information on Jury Service, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Court Interpreting Services and other resources can be found here: www.nycourts.gov/ip
Expansion of Mandatory E-Filing (hyperlink to https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/HomePage ) Mandatory electronic filing has expanded as per recent legislation and administrative order of the Chief Administrative Judge. Please view the attached bulletin for details including courts, types of cases and dates when e-filing becomes mandatory.
Confidential Lawyer Succession Registry
The Erie County Bar Foundation assists attorneys and their families during times of crisis and coordinated an effort to resolve these recurring emergencies by creating a Confidential Lawyer Succession Registry.
To be added to the registry, click the button below.
Veterans Legal Services Referral List
Our Committee Veterans’ and Service Members’ Legal Issues have produced a booklet with a number of resources and contact information for legal services available to military personnel, both active and retired.
Disaster Recovery Plans
The documents below delineate our policies and procedures for technology disaster recovery, as well as our process-level plans for recovering critical technology platforms and the telecommunications infrastructure. These documents summarize our recommended procedures. In the event of an actual emergency situation, modifications to these documents may be made to ensure the physical safety of our people, our systems and our data.
Our mission is to ensure the information system updtime, data integrity and availability, and business continuity.
The document links below list procedures for both large law firms and solo/small law firms.