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A public service lawyer and leading underprivileged youth advocate in New York City has had her law license suspended fo...
10/07/2021
Public Service Lawyer Gets 9-Month Suspension for Siphoning $51K From Legal Advocacy Group She Founded | New York Law Journal

A public service lawyer and leading underprivileged youth advocate in New York City has had her law license suspended for nine months after wrongfully paying herself $51,984 from a legal advocacy group she founded.

The appeals court that handed down the suspension, however, appeared to give significant weight to exceptional mitigating circumstances surrounding...

The Second Circuit yesterday revived a New York couple’s toxic tort lawsuit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. for tr...
10/07/2021
DuPont to Face Toxic Torts Trial After 2nd Circuit Finds Expert Testimony Wrongly Excluded | New York Law Journal

The Second Circuit yesterday revived a New York couple’s toxic tort lawsuit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. for trial, after finding that the district court judge should have green-lighted the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert witness. The procedural issue, the panel wrote, should have been reviewed under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Daubert standard for determining the admissibility of expert witness testimony, but the trial judge incorrectly applied state tort law.

The procedural issue, the panel said, should have been reviewed under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Judge Jenny Rivera once again appeared virtually to hear arguments at New York’s top court yesterday as attorneys were l...
10/07/2021
'Silence Is Very Puzzling': Attorneys Surprised by Judge Rivera's Non-Compliance With Vaccine Mandate | New York Law Journal

Judge Jenny Rivera once again appeared virtually to hear arguments at New York’s top court yesterday as attorneys were left perplexed and surprised over news that she was not complying with a court system vaccine mandate. That decision could lead to a referral to the state’s judicial disciplinary commission.

The non-compliance could lead to a referral to the state’s judicial disciplinary commission, according to an email from Chief Administrative Judge...

The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed three new U.S. attorneys in New York. Damian Williams, who has served as chief of th...
10/06/2021
US Senate Confirms Three Top Federal Prosecutors for NY, Jump-Starting New Era | New York Law Journal

The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed three new U.S. attorneys in New York. Damian Williams, who has served as chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, was confirmed as the next leader of that office. He is the first Black person to fill the role. Meanwhile, Cleary Gottlieb partner Breon Peace was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Carla Freedman was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York after nearly 15 years of service in the office. Freedman is the first woman to lead the Syracuse-based office.

The selection of Damian Williams as the new leader of the historically independent Southern District has been praised as a “groundbreaking,” if overdue, step.

The Second Circuit today rejected a challenge from New York, Maryland, Connecticut and New Jersey trying to overturn a $...
10/05/2021
2nd Circuit Rejects New York's Challenge to Federal Cap on State and Local Tax Deductions | New York Law Journal

The Second Circuit today rejected a challenge from New York, Maryland, Connecticut and New Jersey trying to overturn a $10,000 limit on federal deductions of state and local taxes, enacted as part of a wider tax overhaul under former President Donald Trump. The panel wrote that the states had not proved the fiscal impact from the federal policy was coercive or specifically meant to target them.

The panel's opinion said the states, which also included New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, had not proved the fiscal impact from the Trump-era policy was coercive or specifically meant to target them.

Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera is expected to participate in oral arguments remotely after refusing to report her v...
10/05/2021
Source: Court of Appeals Judge Rivera Not Complying With NY Court System Vaccine Mandate | New York Law Journal

Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera is expected to participate in oral arguments remotely after refusing to report her vaccination status or apply for an exemption to the court system’s vaccine mandate. The source said it’s unclear why she is not complying with the vaccination policy.

The source said it’s unclear why Rivera is not complying with the vaccination policy.

Harlem-based artist and photographer Bayeté Ross Smith wants to help the next crop of lawyers to challenge their assumpt...
10/02/2021
Columbia Law's First Artist-in-Residence Engaging Students and Scholars With His 'Art of Justice' Project | New York Law Journal

Harlem-based artist and photographer Bayeté Ross Smith wants to help the next crop of lawyers to challenge their assumptions about society. As Columbia Law School’s inaugural artist-in-residence, he will engage students and faculty through his “Art of Justice” project, a series of installations and programs in which he will address “contemporary social, political, and human rights issues while strategically engaging the legal community.”

As Columbia Law School’s inaugural artist-in-residence, Ross Smith will engage students and faculty through his “Art of Justice” project.

Judge Deborah Kaplan is set to take over as the deputy chief administrative judge for the New York City courts on Oct. 9...
10/01/2021
Deborah Kaplan Picked for High-Level Administrative Judge Role in NYC | New York Law Journal

Judge Deborah Kaplan is set to take over as the deputy chief administrative judge for the New York City courts on Oct. 9, filling a high-level role that oversees the daily operation of trial courts in the city.

She faces a court system still navigating the complexities of a relentless coronavirus pandemic, with court employees in the city regularly testing positive for the deadly virus.

Steven Donziger was sentenced early this afternoon to six months in jail on criminal contempt of court charges that spru...
10/01/2021
Donziger Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Contempt of Court | New York Law Journal

Steven Donziger was sentenced early this afternoon to six months in jail on criminal contempt of court charges that sprung from a civil case Chevron launched against him. “Given Mr. Donziger’s repeated refusal to obey court orders,” said Southern District Judge Loretta Preska at one point during a contentious and at-times emotional sentencing hearing, “it seems that only the proverbial 2-by-4 to the eyes will instill in him any respect for the law.”

The six-month sentence was the maximum about of jail time that Donziger, 60 years old and a Harvard Law graduate, could be given on the six misdemeanor counts he faced. It was handed down at the end of an extraordinary hearing that lasted through the morning on Friday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Pr...

A former Carter, Ledyard & Milburn partner has been suspended pending further disciplinary action following allegations ...
10/01/2021
Ex-Carter Ledyard Partner Suspended for Ignoring Subpoena in Ethics Case Over Handling of Legal Fees | New York Law Journal

A former Carter, Ledyard & Milburn partner has been suspended pending further disciplinary action following allegations that he had clients pay him advance legal fees, instead of his law firm, and then ignored the matters and refused to repay the fees.

According to an Appellate Division, First Department opinion immediately suspending lawyer Justin A. Greenblum, he allegedly collected $73,000 in advance legal fees he paid to him, rather than his law firm, by clients, and then he ignored repeated client requests that he refund the fees.

Staten Island resident George Padula has sued eBay and MaxArmory claiming that the prop gun he purchased through the sit...
09/30/2021
'Trial-By-Combat' Lawyer's Co-Defendant Sues eBay Over Prop Gun Purchase | New York Law Journal

Staten Island resident George Padula has sued eBay and MaxArmory claiming that the prop gun he purchased through the site was not within eBay guidelines and led to his indictment for illegal possession of a firearm. Padula was recently prosecuted alongside attorney Richard Luthmann, who once famously challenged another attorney to “trial by combat,” for alleged involvement in a violent scrap-metal fraud scheme.

This suit was surfaced by Law.com Radar. Read the complaint here.

The Second Circuit indicated during oral arguments yesterday that it was disinclined to grant a temporary restraining or...
09/30/2021
2nd Circuit Panel Reluctant to Pause Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers | New York Law Journal

The Second Circuit indicated during oral arguments yesterday that it was disinclined to grant a temporary restraining order to health care professionals who said New York's vaccine mandate violated their religious rights. The comments came as a federal judge in the Northern District is separately considering similar arguments by the Thomas More Society on behalf of 17 Catholic and Baptist medical professionals who also said they were opposed to receiving the vaccine on religious grounds.

The arguments were made as a federal judge in the Northern District of New York is separately considering similar a lawsuit by the Thomas More Society on behalf of Catholic and Baptist medical professionals who posited religious objections to receiving the vaccine.

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