Monthly Archives: November 2010

Early this morning, the New York State legislature passed a bill establishing a judicial salary commission, paving the way for the first salary increase for judges in the state for over a decade. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman told the New York Law Journal, “It is a magnificent day. I think that this is, for us, the Holy Grail.” New York City Bar had long advocated for such a bill. Today, City Bar President Sam Seymour said in a statement, “The … Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association today sent the following letter, signed by President Samuel W. Seymour, to New York Governor David Paterson, with copies to all New York legislators. Dear Governor Paterson: On behalf of the New York City Bar Association, I applaud your decision to place the long-neglected issue of judicial salaries on the special session agenda for November 29. In particular, we support the establishment of a commission to evaluate and adjust judicial salaries. Throughout the state, … Continue reading

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On Saturday, November 20th, more than 300 students from over 50 New York City high schools attended the City Bar’s eighth Constitutional Rights Symposium. Association President Sam Seymour welcomed the students, who then divided into discussion groups to address topical constitutional issues. “My Rights, My Nation: Constitutional Freedoms Now and In the Future” was created in 2006 to provide regional high school students with a forum to discuss their constitutional rights with fellow students, State Supreme Court Justices and lawyers … Continue reading

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Lynn Armentrout, the director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Foreclosure Project, testified yesterday at a New York State Assembly public hearing on the “Impact of the Mortgage Foreclosure Process and Crisis.” “Providing legal services to homeowners in foreclosure is fundamentally important not only because of the help provided to the individual homeowners and their families, but because saving homes from foreclosure protects the larger community and economy from the destabilizing influence of large numbers of vacant and foreclosed homes,” … Continue reading

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In blocking Mo Shaoping and He Weifang from attending the International Bar Association meeting in London today, the Chinese government continues an unworthy pattern of harassment of Chinese lawyers who have the courage to provide representation to disfavored clients. Mo Shaoping has been targeted in the past, as noted in a City Bar Association report issued in May 2010 that describes in detail the treatment of lawyers in China. The world’s largest country must have a justice system that the … Continue reading

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The City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project has released the New York City Veteran’s Legal Resource Guide (pdf), a 46-page reference designed for both veterans and veterans’ service providers. The guide lists organizations that provide free legal assistance to low-income veterans, and is organized into categories and presented in the order of the most frequently requested areas of assistance, including Housing, Homelessness, Public Benefits and Debt/Consumer matters. The guide, which was produced with the support of the New York … Continue reading

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Today The New York Times published this letter from City Bar President Sam Seymour: To the Editor:Judges Were Independent. Then They Were Defeated. We were pleased to see your front-page coverage of Tuesday’s electoral removal of three Iowa Supreme Court justices because they had ruled in 2009 that the State Constitution protected same-sex marriage (“Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench,” Nov. 4). When a judge suffers an electoral defeat because he or she exercised judicial independence, we all … Continue reading

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