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Attorney Survey Findings Generate Recommendations to Enhance Gender Fairness in the New York State Courts

PRESS RELEASENew York State Unified Court SystemHon. Lawrence K. MarksChief Administrative Judge Contact:Lucian Chalfen, Public Information DirectorArlene Hackel, Deputy Director(212) 428-2500www.nycourts.gov/press NEW YORK – A recent survey conducted by the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts indicates that while the treatment of female attorneys, litigants and witnesses in the courts has …

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Notice: Proposed Federal Court Local Rules Amendments

The United States District Court for the Western District of New York is amending its Local Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. The Court invites comments on the proposed amendments, which are available on the Court’s website at www.nywd.uscourts.gov or upon request from the Clerk’s offices in both Buffalo and Rochester. All comments must be …

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NYS Commission on Judicial Nomination Seeks Recommendations for Court of Appeals Associate Judge

The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination (“the Commission”) today announced that it is seeking recommendations and applications of persons who may be qualified to serve as Associate Judge of the State’s highest Court, the Court of Appeals of the State of New York.  On June 4, 2021, a vacancy will exist on the …

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Independent Review of Court System Policies, Practices and Programs Yields Recommendations Aimed at Advancing Equal Justice in the New York Courts

NEW YORK–An in-depth review of the New York State Courts’ policies, practices, rules and programs as they relate to issues of racial and other bias has yielded a set of practical recommendations aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion within the court system and ensuring equal justice under the law. The unique, independent evaluation, commissioned by …

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Challenge Disparity, Build Diversity

Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors Passes Board Resolution Challenging Disparity in the Legal Profession

The Bar Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors has passed a Resolution calling on its members to recognize and educate others about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on women attorneys, attorneys of color, and law students of color. The Resolution calls for specific action, including the implementation of a community-wide Pledge. The resolution reads …

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New York State Seeks Public Comment for Study of Electronic Legal Materials

The office of Information Technology Services, in accordance to New York State Law, Chapter 15 of 2020, is seeking public comment concerning the use of legal material in an electronic format that guarantees the authenticity of and access to such legal materials of the state of New York.  The request for public comment can be found here. …

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BAEC President Oliver Young has been appointed to the NYSBA Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform

Bar Association of Erie County President, Oliver Young, has been appointed to the New York State Bar Association Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform. The members of this Task Force have shown a willingness to address one of the most challenging issues facing our society today. The goal of the Task Force on …

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Dispute Resolution Program Offers Virtual Services During Pandemic

The diversion program celebrates its first anniversary by continuing to provide alternatives to criminal proceedings despite paused courts BUFFALO – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that the Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDR) in Buffalo City Court continues to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The diversion program, launched in July 2019, …

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Oliver Young

Oliver C. Young Assumes Office as 114th President of the Bar Association of Erie County

Oliver C. Young is the Bar Association of Erie County’s 114th  President. He will be officially sworn in as President at the next Board of Directors meeting on June 30, 2020. He succeeds Bridget O’Connell. Oliver C. Young is a 1980 graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo Law School. In addition to a law degree, …

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Bar Association of Erie County Announces Results for their 2020-2021 Board of Directors Election

At the Bar Association of Erie County’s 133rd Annual Meeting, the Association announced the results of the annual election for Board of Directors. Joining the Board for 2020-2021 are the following. Hugh M. Russ, Hodgson Russ, LLP has been elected as Vice President. Kelley M. Omel, University at Buffalo School of Law, has been elected …

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