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Pro-Bono Service by In-House Counsel Can Help Close the Justice Gap

Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, writes about recently recommended rule changes and strategies that would enable in-house attorneys to provide pro bono legal services on behalf of the poor in New York.

The Court's Road to Recovery

A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, writes: For New York's courts, it is a time to reflect upon all we have accomplished in 2013, while resolving to confront the challenges of the year ahead and laying the foundation to hopefully embark on the road to recovery.

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Be a Priority

Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, writes: We need to tailor our criminal justice system to recognize the role of maturation in the prosecution and punishment of adolescent offenders.

Veterans Treatment Courts Strike a Balance

Randall T. Eng, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, writes: The Veterans Treatment Courts strike a balance between upholding the rule of law and assisting those men and women who have served our country and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.

Second Chances: Settlement on Appeal

Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, writes: The Civil Appeals Settlement Program makes the practice of law more efficient and productive by providing the opportunity to settle disputes in seven different locations.

Addressing the Future of Legal Education

Henry J. Scudder, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, writes: NYSBA President David Schraver is leading a year-long discussion on how best to prepare new attorneys for admission to the bar. It is a topic worthy of our attention.

Summit Will Emphasize Academia and Future of the Profession

David M. Schraver, President of the New York State Bar Association, writes: The NYSBA Presidential Summit will host two panels with impressive participants from various professional backgrounds to discuss the state of legal education and the future of the profession.

Tackling the Complex Problem of Human Trafficking

Glenn Lau-Kee, President-Elect of the New York State Bar Association, writes: The exploitation of adults and children for commercial sex and forced labor—"modern day slavery"—is recognized as an international problem, but its widespread and pervasive dimensions in the United States are only now coming into focus.

Supporting Revision Commission and Promoting Section Diversity

Pamela M. Sloan, Chair of the Family Law Section, writes: The section believes the New York Law Revision Commission's recommendations should be implemented, and the Executive Committee has worked hard to make section membership diverse.

Racial and Gender Equality on the Bench

Rachel Kretser, Chair of the Judicial Section, highlights section accomplishments, particularly the section's report that will compare the numbers of women, African Americans, Hispanics and Asians on the bench to the numbers in the population as a whole.

E-Books, Mergers and Social Media Up for Discussion

Eric J. Stock, Chair of the Antitrust Section, writes: The section has lined up a day of cutting edge issues for its Annual Meeting, including a discussion of the Supreme Court's decision in 'FTC v. Actavis', the E-books and AA/USAir cases, and other leading government and private antitrust cases.

New York and the U.N.: A Unique Connection

Glenn G. Fox, Chair of the International Section, and Albert Bloomsbury, Co-Chair of the Committee on International Contract and Commercial Law, write: In 2009, the section adopted as one of its key missions monitoring the development of international law at the United Nations.

New York Assesses Costs of New Energy Technologies

Kevin Anthony Reilly, Chair of the Environmental Law Section, introduces some topics that will be the subject of the Environmental Law Section's program on Friday of this week, including a discussion of New York's approach on fracking.

Supporting the Independence of the Judiciary

Gregory K. Arenson, Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, writes: The section is pleased to present its Fuld Award to Judge Shira Scheindlin and to publicly support the cause of judicial independence to enable judges to make hard decisions without fear or favor.

The Economic Upheaval Still Reverberates

Jay Hack, Chair of the Business Law Section, writes: The fallout from the economic collapse of the last decade continues to reverberate through the business law community.

Providing a Voice to Those Who Need Protection

Frances M. Pantaleo, Chair of the Elder Law Section, writes: The practice of elder law has come out of its infancy and has never been more necessary.

A Municipal Bar That Is Bold and Compassionate

Mark Davies, Chair of the Municipal Law Section, recounts a tale that holds a moral for municipal attorneys: Be bold, be compassionate, be creative.

Sealing Records Provides Second Chances

Mark R. Dwyer, Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, writes of the section's support for "The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act" and of the imperative need that something be done to help eligible people re-enter productive society after rehabilitation.

Strategies for Continued Engagement in the Law

Susan B. Lindenauer, Chair of the Senior Lawyers Section, writes: The Senior Lawyers Section seeks to develop coherent strategies for the continued engagement of lawyers 55 years of age or older in the bar and in some aspect of the profession.

GP Section Unveils Major Restructuring

Lewis F. Tesser, Chair of the General Practice Section, announces the section's committee restructuring plan for the year 2014. The restructuring is designed to encourage greater local involvement in the section throughout the entire state.

Workplaces Are Currently at a Critical Juncture

Jonathan Ben-Asher, Chair of the Labor and Employment Section, writes: Whatever side we practice on, it's in our clients' interests that employers' and employees' goals are largely aligned—so that the work gets done, and employees are well-treated and motivated.

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