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Bar Association of Erie County Issues Ratings for 2022 Judicial Candidates for Buffalo City Courts

 November 2, 2022 – The Bar Association of Erie County has completed its 2022 ratings of judicial candidates for Buffalo City Court. Ratings are done annually to assist the public in making informed voting decisions.  The 2022 ratings are as follows:  Buffalo City Court  Hon. Samuel P. Davis – Qualified  Christina G. Holdsworth – Qualified  …

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Bar Association of Erie County Issues Ratings for 2022 Judicial Candidates

 The Bar Association of Erie County announces its 2022 ratings of judicial candidates for New York State Supreme Court and Erie County Family Court. Ratings are done annually to assist the public in making informed voting decisions.  The 2022 ratings are as follows:  New York State Supreme Court  Hon. Tracey A. Bannister – Outstanding  Gerald …

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Jeffrey Priore Takes the Helm of the Erie County Bar Foundation as President

The Erie County Bar Foundation is pleased to announce its 2022-2023 Officers and Board of Directors. Jeffrey M. Priore, Juvenile Justice Attorney at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., has succeeded Michael Perley as President. Kevin W. Spitler is now serving as Vice President. Penny B. Selmonsky and Tiffany R. Perry are the Foundation’s …

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A Letter from President Hugh Russ Regarding the May 14 Mass Shooting

Words fail. And yet, we try.  To empathize with the victims and their families.  To understand how this could happen again in our country, and to us in our “City of Good Neighbors.”  To end this kind of senseless tragedy.  To reverse the course of racism that has infected this country since the first ship …

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Bar Association of Erie County Advocates for Changes to the NYS Bar Examination and Admission Process

The Bar Association of Erie County (“BAEC”) has passed a resolution in support of eliminating certain questions posed by the New York Board of Bar Examiners about an applicant’s criminal background when applying for admission to the New York State Bar. At its Board meeting on February 8, 2022, the Board voted unanimously for eliminating …

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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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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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Bar Association of Erie County supports Buffalo’s proposed Right to Know Law and calls for extensive public education and awareness around police and criminal justice reform.

On February 9, 2021, the Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors voted to support adoption of Buffalo’s proposed Right to Know Law, the latest in a series of police reform measures considered by its Board of Directors at the request of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (“MBAWNY”) Criminal Justice Reform …

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A Statement from the President and Vice President of the Bar Association of Erie County about the Capitol Building Attack

Just as we honor the tradition and right of peaceful protest to advance justice, the Bar Association of Erie County honors and advocates for the Rule of Law, a principle central to our democracy and to the fair and equitable treatment of all peoples. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent attack on …

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