Victor Olds

New Prosecutor Ethics Bureau Chief Hopes to Start a Trend

By Andrew Denney |

Among the more than 60 new hires that Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has announced for her office in recent weeks was Victor Olds, an experienced litigator who, as head of the Professional Responsibility Bureau, has taken on a unique job.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian at the federal courthouse in Albany

Northern District Federal Prosecutor Beefs Up Civil Enforcement

By Jeff Storey |

As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York, Richard Hartunian is the federal government's principal litigator in an area that encompasses 32 upstate counties and has 3.2 million people. He discusses his efforts to add resources to the office's civil division and to focus on affirmative civil enforcement in areas such as healthcare, defense procurement and environmental fraud.

George Freeman

A Media Lawyer's Take on Stock Photos? Handle With Care.

By Andrew Denney |

George Freeman, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center, discusses recent rulings on stock images and what media companies can do to shield themselves from lawsuits.

Justice Marcy Kahn

Q&A With Justice Marcy Kahn

By Joel Stashenko |

In the early 2000s, Chief Judge Judith Kaye asked Justices Marcy Kahn and Edward Davidowitz to create a group that would promote understanding and reduce jurisdictional conflict between the justice systems of New York's indigenous tribal nations and the federal and state courts. The proposal was received positively by the nine state-recognized tribal nations and, in 2003, the New York Federal-State-Tribal Courts and Indian Nations Justice Forum was born.

Margot Pollans

Q&A: Margot Pollans

By Karen Sloan |

The farm-to-table movement is coming to law school. Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law in the fall will launch a pilot Food and Beverage Law Clinic—a first-of-its-kind program where law students will help sustainable farmers, food entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.

Justice Diamond

Q&A: Justice Arthur Diamond

By Jeff Storey |

In the last five years, about 13 percent of the state's guardianship petitions under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law—a total of 1,001 requests on behalf of "incapacitated persons"—have come from Nassau County. Justice Arthur Diamond, named earlier this year to supervise the Supreme Court part tasked with hearing such petitions, worries that he and his colleagues are confronting a crisis: the inability to pay guardians for everybody who requires one.

Josh Dubin

Q&A: Josh Dubin

By Jeff Storey |

Lawyers often rely on consultants like Josh Dubin, whose Dubin Research & Consulting, in the words of its website, "crafts litigation strategy that translates into victories at trial." He discusses trial strategies, juror psychology, and some of the cases in which his work had a significant impact.

Gerald Benjamin

Q&A: Gerald Benjamin

By Joel Stashenko |

Gerald Benjamin will be at the center of the debate in New York state over the next 18 months on whether to stage a convention to propose wholesale changes to the state constitution. He discusses the effort to inform New Yorkers, the importance of having a convention, and what state government would be like if voters had approved the recommendations from the last convention in 1967.

Lisa Smith

Q&A: Lisa F. Smith

By Christine Simmons |

Lisa F. Smith's book, "Girl Walks Out of a Bar," to be published by SelectBooks on June 7, is the story of her long and spiraling addiction to alcohol and drugs while working at prominent New York law firms—and her journey toward sobriety.