Jim Dine's sculpture Looking Toward the Avenue by the New York Hilton Midtown hotel.
Jim Dine’s sculpture Looking Toward the Avenue by the New York Hilton Midtown hotel. (Monika Kozak/NYLJ)

The Roadmap to Judicial Excellence

Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, discusses the efforts and initiatives undertaken to deliver on the promise of making the New York court system better in every way—of providing litigants with just dispositions, while speeding the justice process, eliminating barriers to court access, and providing first-rate services to all litigants and court users.

Ensuring Right to Counsel: An Important Step

Lawrence K. Marks, the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, discusses a measure recently signed into law by the governor, which allows New York to establish centralized, off-hours arraignments of criminal defendants in counties outside of New York City.

Welcoming a Fairer Discipline System

Peter Tom, Acting Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, discusses the new Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters, the goals of which are to streamline and unify the disciplinary rules of the four Departments to better serve the public.

Courts Will Face More Cases Like ‘Hamilton’

Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, writes: It seems likely that in the coming years, the courts of New York will see an increasing number of cases in which litigants argue that a provision of the New York Constitution provides them with greater protection than a parallel provision in the U.S. Constitution.

Make a Difference for Justice

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, writes: To guarantee access to justice, we must do more than resolve disputes by applying the substantive law to a given set of facts. Justice is about the fairness with which litigants are treated and their experiences with the legal process.

Department Opens Its Courtrooms to the Web

Gerald J. Whalen, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, discusses the pros and cons of streaming oral arguments over the Internet, which the Fourth Department started doing on Jan. 9, 2017.

‘Connect, Inspire, Learn’: Make the NYSBA Your Bar Home

Claire P. Gutekunst, President of the New York State Bar Association, writes: Connect with NYSBA and be part of an organization of diverse, vibrant and engaged attorneys, who work tirelessly for the benefit of our members, our profession and the public.

Working Together, We Can Make a Difference and Improve Our World

Sharon Stern Gerstman, President-elect of the New York State Bar Association, writes: Whatever your passion, NYSBA has a committee or a section that needs your energy and your effort.

Geographic Market Definition in Hospital Merger Antitrust Enforcement

Lisl Dunlop, Chair of the Antitrust Law Section, discusses an interesting set of antitrust cases from 2016 which involved challenges by the Federal Trade Commission to two significant proposed hospital mergers.

To Know Is to Understand

Sarah E. Gold, Chair of the Business Law Section, writes: In our work, we may find ourselves assuming a certain base level of knowledge of civics and government, but such assumptions should not be taken lightly.

ComFed: Intersection of the Federal and State Judiciary

Mark A. Berman, Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, writes: The Section this year has brought new meaning to its name of being the go-to bar group representing “Commercial and Federal” litigators by melding both the federal and state judiciaries into its programing.

The Need for Small Business Pro-Bono

Jeffrey P. Laner, Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section, writes: While it is laudatory that there is so much interest in providing compassionate assistance for those with dire individual needs, consideration also should be given to nurturing fledgling enterprises that will propel economic prosperity, not only to the owners of these businesses, but also to their future employees, suppliers, and contractors.

What Is the ‘Collateral Consequence’?

Sherry Levin Wallach, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, writes: In the criminal justice community, collateral consequences is a term we often hear in relation to the other effects a criminal conviction can have on a person’s life, but what is frequently overlooked is the fact that a criminal conviction is all too often a collateral consequence of the circumstances of a person’s life.

Arbitration and Mediation: Chalk and Cheese, or the New Smoothie?

Abigail Pessen, Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section, write: Many scholars and commentators increasingly see benefits in blurring arbitration and mediation, resulting in “med-arb” or “arb-med,” as is more widespread in other countries.

NY’s Health Care Coverage Provisions Under the ACA

David Goldfarb, Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section, writes: As the nation faces a change in administrations, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obama Care) faces an uncertain future. It seems like a good time to take a look at the changes in New York health care coverage which came as a result of these laws.

2016: the Year in Review

Diane Krausz, Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, discusses some of the year’s most interesting cases and developments in the world of entertainment law.

Custody Issues in Changing Times

Mitchell Y. Cohen, Chair of the Family Law Section, briefly discusses some Court of Appeals decisions on various custody concerns, and describes various resources available to Section members.

High Expectations During the Trump Administration

Brian Malkin, Chair of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section, and Bethany Hills, a Member of the Section Executive Committee, discuss numerous expectations for the FDA under the Trump Administration, and outline how the Section will prepare practitioners for changes.

E-Filing: Coming to a Court Near You

John Owens Jr., Chair of the General Practice Section, discussing the use of e-filing in courts, writing: Although many judges and practitioners initially resisted the evolution of technology in the courtroom, technological advances are increasingly becoming standard.

Justices Design the Future as Technology, Fashion Converge

Erica D. Klein, Chair of the Intellectual Property Section, writes: The confluence of two seemingly unrelated cases heard by the Supreme Court this term may dramatically alter the legal landscape for protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights pertaining to designs.

Mentoring Young Lawyers and Honoring Excellence, Achievement

Marsha L. Steinhardt, Presiding Member of the Judicial Section, discusses the various awards the Section will bestow at the Annual Meeting, as well as its initiative to mentor young lawyers.

A Spotlight on Property Issues, Drones and Ethics

Carol L. Van Scoyoc, Chair of the Local and State Government Law Section, discusses the Annual Meeting programs of the Section.

Section Addresses ‘Zombie Housing’ and Title Agent Legislation

Mindy H. Stern, Chair of the Real Property Law Section, discusses the Section’s efforts with regard to “zombie housing” legislation and regulations affecting the ability of lawyers to serve as title agents.

What the Car You Drive Says About You

Kenneth A. Krajewski, Chair of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, discusses various issues surrounding the use of information obtained from Event Data Recorders, or EDRs, in civil and criminal litigation.