The House of Delegates meets at the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting on Friday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ

Anthe Maria Bova, general counsel, New York County Lawyers' Association; Michael McNamara, partner, Seward & Kissel; and New York County Clerk Milton Tingling received the Bar Leaders Innovation Award. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Marne Onderdonk, chair for the Committee for Bar Leaders of New York State, left, presented a Bar Leaders Innovation Award to June Castellano of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Bernice Leber, second from left, receiving the Ruth G. Schapiro Award from NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman, left, with Susan Harper, chair of the Committee on Women in the Law and Jackie Hatter, co-chair of its Sub-Committee on Awards, right, at the House of Delegates meeting. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Camille Mackler, chair of the Committee on Immigration Representation addresses the House of Delegates Friday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Ben Ostrer of Ostrer & Associates, third from left, is presented with an Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer award by, from left, NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman, President-elect Michael Miller and Edwina Frances Martin, co-chair of the President's Committee on Access to Justice during the Justice For All Luncheon on Thursday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Lanessa Chaplin of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2018. The award, presented by the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section, honors attorneys in practice for fewer than 10 years who have demonstrated outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession. Courtesy photo/Jacques Cornell.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, second from left, receives an award from NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman, left, Edwina Frances Martin, co-chair of the President's Committee on Access to Justice and NYSBA President-elect Michael Miller at the Justice For All luncheon on Thursday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

A packed house at the luncheon where Justice Charles Ramos received the Stanley H. Fuld award on Wednesday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

New York Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos, center, receives the Stanley H. Fuld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Commercial Law and Litigation from Commercial and Federal Litigation Section chair Mitchell Katz, left, and NYSBA President-elect Michael Miller, right. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Michael Green, executive deputy commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, receives an award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation from NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman during the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section luncheon. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Judge Jenny Rivera of the New York State Court of Appeals received the Vincent E. Doyle Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

The "Race, Slavery and Mass Incarceration" panel discussion on Wednesday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

"Race, Slavery and Mass Incarceration" panelists, from left: Hilarie Bass, President of the American Bar Association; Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark; Chanta Parker, Special Counsel for New Initiatives at The Innocence Project; and Jeffrey Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

From left, Andy Kossover, chair of the NYSBA Committee on Mandated Representation; Judge Matthew D’Emic, Administrative Judge, Kings County Supreme Court; Michael Green, executive deputy commissioner, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services; J. Anthony Jordan, District Attorney, Washington County; Insha Rahman, project director, Vera Institute of Justice; and Sean Hill, senior legal fellow, Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice at a panel discussion on bail reform on Wednesday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Judge Lisa Margaret Smith, center, received the Kay Crawford Murray award during a luncheon Tuesday at the NYSBA 2018 Annual Meeting. Joining her are, from left, Pat Angley and Jacqueline Hattar, co-chairs of the Committee of Women in the Law awards, committee chair Susan Harper and NYSBA president Sharon Stern Gerstman. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

State bar president Sharon Stern Gerstman chats with Shira Scheindlin of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan before a Committee on Women in the Law luncheon. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

"Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences" panelists, from left: moderator Michael Ross from the Law Office of Michael Ross; Karen Peters, former presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department; Jonathan Stribling-Uss of Constitutional Communications; James Bernard of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Timothy O'Sullivan of the New York State Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection; and William Rashbaum of the New York Times. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Questions from the audience during "Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences" session Monday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Noah Potter of the Hoban Law Group speaks during a panel discussion from the state bar's Committee on Cannabis Law held Tuesday at Arent Fox. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Panelists Jeremy Unruh of PharmaCann LLC and Brian Malkin of Arent Fox at a discussion presented by the Committee on Cannabis Law on Tuesday. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

Rev. Greg Jacobs, who accepted a Diversity Trailblazer Award on behalf of his late wife, Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, with NYSBA president Sharon Stern Gerstman on Monday. Courtesy photo/Jacques Cornell.

The audience listens to panelists discuss diversity at the Constance Baker Motley Symposium Monday. Courtesy photo.

The New York State Bar Association held its Annual Meeting this week at the New York Hilton Midtown. Here is the Law Journal’s coverage of the event.

State Bar Association Adopts Domestic Violence, Immigration Positions The measures were adopted by the bar association’s House of Delegates Friday during the annual meeting.

Chief Judge Lauds New York for Legal Representation of Low-Income People

The percentage of low-income New Yorkers whose civil legal needs are now being met has risen to a high of 37 percent, up from 20 percent in 2013, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said.

Questions Over Logistics, Costs of Bail Reform Discussed at Bar Association Panel

No panelist, or lawyer asking questions from the audience, took issue with the “mass incarceration”-focused data and notion underlying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s planned legislative proposal to eliminate monetary bail for defendants facing misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges.

NYSBA Panel Seeks Action Informed by History in Mass Incarceration Struggle

The panel, hosted by ABA president Hilarie Bass, included representatives from the ACLU and the Innocence Project, as well as the Bronx DA.

Cannabis Firms Still See Banking Trouble Despite Growing Legalization, Attorneys Say

A growing number of states are moving toward marijuana legalization, but product providers are still having difficulties in banking and finding protection for intellectual property, said speakers and attendees to a cannabis law panel held Tuesday at the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting.

From Public Wi-Fi to Encrypted Emails, Panel Probes Security of Lawyer Communications

One takeaway from a New York State Bar Association discussion centered around data security in a lawyer’s day-to-day-practice and related ethical obligations is the importance of using encrypted communication devices for client information.

NYSBA Honors CEO of Hudson Valley Legal Services and Shelia Adbus-Salaam

The New York State Bar Association gave out its Diversity Trailblazer awards Monday night.

NYSBA Annual Meeting

In this Special Report, leaders of the bench and bar discuss the theme of this year’s meeting: Connect, Inspire, Learn.


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