New York, NY – The Dominican Bar Association (“DBA”) issues the following statement following Governor Hochul’s appointment of Justice Helen Voutsinas to the Second Department, Appellate Division.
The DBA wishes to congratulate Justice Helen Voutsinas on her historic appointment to the Second Department, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York by Governor Kathy Hochul. Justice Voutsinas will become the first Dominican Judge to the appointed to the Second Department, Appellate Division, making history within the Dominican legal community.
Justice Voutsinas previously served as a Nassau County, Appellate Term Justice for the 10th Judicial District from 2019 to the present and was elected to serve as a Judge for the Nassau County District Court from 2011-2019. Justice Voutsinas is a previous honoree of the Dominican Bar Association, having been honored by the DBA in 2021 with the Judicial Excellence award for her years of service as a member of the judiciary.
“This appointment is not just exciting, it is historic, and it is symbolic. We celebrate because representation matters. Thank you, Justice Voutsinas, for showing us that it is achievable – Si se puede!”
The DBA wishes Justice Voutsinas well in her new role as an Appellate Judge and looks forward to continue seeing the forward moving momentum in her legal career as a Latina trailblazer in the law. The DBA also congratulates the Honorable Janice Taylor, Honorable Lilian Wan, and Honorable Barry Warhit on their appointments.
New York, NY – The Dominican Bar Association (“DBA”) issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States.
After 233 years, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to sit in our nation’s highest court. As attorneys, we are all aware that the decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court have historically established important legal precedents that have impacted the lives of all Americans. In recent years, we have all witnessed firsthand how important it is to have a balanced, fair and equitable Supreme Court. With many marginalized people, particularly communities of color, facing threats to voting rights, reproductive rights, and workers’ rights, among others, representation in our justice system matters now more than ever.
“We are deeply proud that young Black women can now see themselves in the highest court of our nation. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court bench shows more promise of reflecting the voices and experiences of our communities of color in the most important legal decisions of our future,” says Jamell Isidor, President of the DBA.
Judge Jackson is incredibly qualified and her legal career is a testament to the integrity she will bring to the bench. As evidenced by her time as a federal judge of the D.C. District Court, the U.S. Sentencing Commission and as a federal public defender, she has demonstrated a commitment to fairness, protecting the rights of all people, and in her own words, deciding cases “without fear and favor.” In addition to her experience, as the first Black woman to sit in the U.S. Supreme Court, she will contribute significant racial, gender and professional diversity to our nation’s highest court. As an organization which strives to support Latino/a members of the legal profession, particularly attorneys and law students of Dominican ancestry, in their pursuit of higher posts in the legal profession and other facets of influence in the U.S., we understand that a federal bench that reflects and appreciates the diversity of our nation is crucial for providing access and adequate representation to all Americans, especially the most vulnerable people in our society.
Today’s confirmation is a historic step toward a more representative justice system and an inspiration to future generations. We congratulate Judge Jackson on this important moment and look forward to her swearing-in ceremony.
2020 1L Summer Internship Program
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The Hispanic National Bar Association and HNBA VIA Fund are pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the HNBA and HNBA VIA Fund will select a student to join the 2020 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000.
The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:
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The American Arbitration Association is now accepting applications for the 2020 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program, which will be a milestone year – our 10th year. The training component of the Program will be hosted in New York during the week of May 3, 2020. During the Program, Fellows will engage with leading ADR practitioners for an intensive week of training, seminars, and networking events.
Interested candidates can visit https://www.adr.org/HigginbothamFellowsProgram to download a copy of the Program Guidelines and Application or to apply online. This year, we will be offering limited scholarships. Applications should be received no later than Friday, January 17, 2020.
The AAA created this highly visible, extremely successful one-year program in 2009 to provide training, networking, and mentorship for up-and-coming diverse ADR practitioners, who historically have not been included in meaningful participation in the field. Since its inception, the AAA Higginbotham Fellowship Program continues to exceed expectations with past Fellows making gains in their ADR careers, including those who have successfully advanced to the AAA’s Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW a FACTSHEET about the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program. Questions about the program may be directed to AAAHigginbothamFellows@adr.org.
The Executive Board of the Columbia Law School LaLSA Moot Court Program kindly requests your assistance in serving as a judge for the LaLSA Moot Court Internal Competition, which will take place from January 21 to January 23, 2020.
As you may know, the LaLSA Moot Court Program was established at Columbia Law School in 2012 as a specialized moot court focusing on significant legal issues related to immigration and asylum law. LaLSA Moot Court students study these issues as they prepare a written brief and oral argument in response to a complex immigration issue on appeal. This process will culminate with the LaLSA Moot Court’s Internal Competition to determine which students will represent Columbia Law School at the National U.C. Davis Immigration and Asylum Law Competition.
You are invited to sign up to judge one or more rounds of the LaLSA Moot Court Internal Competition.
The Internal Competition will take place on the evenings of January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at Columbia Law School. There will be two rounds each evening, one from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and another from 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm. You are welcome to sign up to judge as many rounds as you would like, but we realize that many judges may only be available for one round. For those who are able to judge multiple rounds, it will likely be easiest to judge two consecutive rounds on the same day to alleviate the burden of commuting multiple days. When you sign up to judge, you will receive a copy of the record and a bench memo close to the competition date. Please fill out this form to sign up to serve as a judge.
The LaLSA Moot Court Executive Board is also able to provide CLE credits for those that participate as judges in the internal competition. Credit would be applied towards the category of “Areas of Professional Practice.”
One New York CLE credit may be earned for each 50 minutes of participation. Only six credit hours can be earned for participation during each reporting cycle (two years). Credit hours are not available for the attorneys’ own preparation time. You will be required to sign a CLE sign-in and sign-out sheet, which we will provide.*
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
*Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live non-transitional CLE event will apply the determined number of CLE credits to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement. Under New York State CLE regulations, this category of CLE credit is awarded only to non-transitional New York attorneys only. Attendance is determined by an attorney's sign-in and sign-out, as shown on the register. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.
Nominations for the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© are now open. You and all members of your organization are encouraged to participate by nominating lawyers held in high regard.
In addition to accepting nominations for the traditional Best Lawyers awards, Best Lawyers is also accepting nominations for our newest award initiative - Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch will recognize associates who have been in private practice 5-9 years for their outstanding professional excellence.
Our unified nomination system simplifies the submission process of entering information for any Best Lawyers or Ones to Watch eligible lawyers.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is December 31, 2019.
We hope your organization will partake in acknowledging the accomplishments of remarkable legal professionals. If members have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Morgan at the contact info below.
The University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia USA has a long tradition of educating lawyers from abroad in U.S. and International Law. Our LL.M. alumni include judges and law firm partners, leaders in governments and in intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, CEOs and heads of corporate legal departments, and university professors and administrators.
The law school annually awards generous financial aid to top candidates for the LL.M. degree, including partial and full tuition waivers (graduate research assistantships). The scholarship priority deadline is January 15, 2020. Apply now!
The Dean Rusk International Law Center, the home of international programs at the University of Georgia (UGA), takes applications through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org/llm.
One of the nation’s leading law schools, Georgia Law, offers world class faculty, first-rate preparation, and is the #1 Best Value Law School according to National Jurist. If you are interested in preparing for a U.S. bar examination or taking your career to the next level, contact at LLM@uga.edu.
The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2019 Honorable Judith Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship, which has been established by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The scholarship(s) will be awarded to up to five female litigators and will cover the cost of their registration for either the 2019 session of the Commercial Litigation Academy, which is scheduled for November 14 to 15, 2019 in New York City (for those awardees who have previously registered for that session), or the next session which will take place in early 2021. The goal of the Scholarship is to help increase the number of women prepared to serve as first chair in large commercial cases. The Commercial Litigation Academy is sponsored by the NYSBA and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.
The “Kaye Scholars” will also be invited to attend the Section’s Annual Meeting and Gala Luncheon to be held on January 29, 2020 at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. Each “Kaye Scholar” will be presented with her award on November 13, 2019 during a program session which will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Southern District of New York in conjunction with the presentation of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to female litigators who have had distinguished career in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who have shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys. The 2018 recipients of the Award are Sharon L. Nelles of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City and Sharon M. Porcello of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC in Buffalo. A cocktail reception will follow the presentation of awards.
Eligibility: Female attorneys who have practiced commercial litigation between two and ten years since their admission to the New York State bar and who remain in good standing. In addition, recipients must attend the November 13, 2019 event when the scholarships will be awarded.
Scholarship Application Requirements To apply, please submit the following: 1. A letter (no more than two pages) stating why you should be selected as a Kaye Scholar and how receiving this scholarship would benefit your career or for the next session which will be scheduled in late 2020 or early 2021.
2. A current resume.
The scholarship will cover the registration fee for each recipient to attend the Commercial Litigation Academy in New York City either for the 2019 session scheduled for November 14-15, 2019 if the awardee has pre-registered for that session or the next session which will take place in early 2021
The application and supporting documents must email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Recipients of the Kaye Scholarship will be based on the following factors:
Earn FREE CLE Credits While Volunteering for a Great Cause! Judge High School Mock Trial on 10/12 or 10/13 at the S.D.N.Y.
~550 students from 5 countries and 22 states are traveling to New York City and they need your support. You are invited to serve as a judge or juror at the 13th annual Empire New York mock trial program, coordinated by Empire Mock Trial (an education nonprofit). By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can make a meaningful impact in the lives of many high school students.
General information about the competition below, and registration to judge here.
Features two trials on Saturday and two trials on Sunday (9:30 AM and 2:45 PM report times), and you can evaluate as many or as few as you'd like;
Note: No litigation experience is required to serve as a juror.
Earn 3 free non-transitionalCLE credits in the category of skills;
The time commitment lasts on average 4 hours, and includes an orientation, meal, trial and feedback period;
Enjoy breakfast or lunch on us!
If you invite a friend or colleague to evaluate, we can pair you together.
If you can't make the competition, you can still support our students by spreading the word! Share this e-mail with a friend or colleague and/or distribute our flyer in your office;
Registering takes less than 5 minutes! Go to: empiremocktrial.org/judge-ny
We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Simply call us at 646-481-2332 or e-mail us at: email@example.com. We hope to see you soon!
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