Robert M. Redis was asked by the National Appellate Advocacy Competition committee of the American Bar Association to grade briefs for its Law Student Division for the 2011 Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Hon. Sondra M. Miller was part of a panel discussion on November 10, 2010 on "Who Owns Your DNA: Property, Privacy and the Cancer Battle", in Manhattan at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This program was sponsored by Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert ("JALBCA")
Robert M. Redis edited an article, "Culling Data for Your Case", on electronic discovery for the American Bar Association's Section on Litigation. The article focuses on methods of effectively culling electronic discovery requests in order to minimize expense to clients facing electronic discovery issues in litigation.
Robert J. Kiggins, an attorney in our Corporate and General Business and Tax groups, attended a Conference of the International Tax Systems and Planning Techniques (ITSAPT) Professional Association on strategic international corporate tax planning, held in London, England on October 28 and October 29, 2010. The Conference featured experts from over 20 countries discussing the tax and business issues relevant to the growth of a multi-national organization, as illustrated by a case study presented at the Conference. The Conference reviewed cross-border issues and relevant tax planning strategies, and showcased the accessible knowledge and approach of the panel of experts. It also provided delegates the opportunity of seeking specific advice on issues relevant to particular jurisdictions, and their current concerns.
This year for the first time, two of our partners have been selected Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. Kathleen Donelli has been selected in the fields of Family Law/Collaborative Law/Appellate. Joe Brophy has been selected for the fourth straight year in the field of Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have been recognized by their colleagues as having the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers has a rigorous selection process; only five percent of all lawyers in each state are eligible for consideration, and far fewer are selected.
Frank W. Streng was a state-wide moderator of a program entitled "Practical Skills: Probate & Administration of Estates" for the Trusts & Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The program was offered in seven locations (Albany [10/19/10], Buffalo [10/20/10], Manhattan [10/19/10], Long Island [10/20/10], Rochester [10/19/10], Syracuse [10/20/10] and Westchester [10/21/10]). Frank was also one of the contributing authors of educational materials for the program, and submitted an outline entitled, "Ethical Issues for Trusts and Estate Lawyers."
Kathleen Donelli, Dolores Gebhardt and Hon. Sonda M. Miller were part of a panel discussion on October 14, 2010 in White Plains, New York on "New Divorce Legislation: No Fault Divorce, Maintenance Guidelines, Counsel & Expert Fees, Modification of Child Support and Orders of Protection” for the Westchester Women's Bar Association. Click at Seminar Outline for materials.
Howell Bramson lectured on October 14, 2010 in White Plains, New York on "Estate and Tax Issues" for the Westchester Private Public Partnership for Aging Services.
In Next Millenium Realty LLC, et al. v. Adchem Corp. et al., 2:03-cv-05985 (E.D.N.Y. 2010) (SJF)(MLO), Federal Magistrate Judge Orehnstein has recommended that a $44 million CERCLA cost recovery action against one of the firm’s clients should be dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.
Phillip C. Landrigan and co-defendants argued that construction of a Charcoal Treatment System and an Air Stripping Tower designed to strip volatile organic compounds from a nearby drinking supply well were part of the long term “remediation” plan for the site rather than emergency or short term “removal” efforts. The Magistrate Judge agreed, and found the distinction critical to the Court’s conclusion that the State’s claim accrued when construction of these systems began and that the statute of limitations had expired before the state brought suit.
Robert M. Redis was appointed by Judge Lippmann (Chief Judge, Court of Appeals) and Judge Pfau (Chief Administrative Judge) to a newly formed state-wide task force (see http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/comdiv/PDFs/E-DiscoveryReport.pdf) to develop uniform rules for managing electronic discovery - “E-Discovery” - for all New York trial courts. The Task Force will develop recommended rules for handling such issues as: preservation of electronically stored documents, cost allocations between the parties for managing electronic discovery, spoliation, culling of electronic searches and related issues.
For many years, Judge Sondra M. Miller has been a strong proponent for no-fault divorce in New York. After a hard-fought victory, no-fault divorce was signed into law by Governor Patterson on August 15, 2010. In a podcast interview, Judge Miller provides listeners with some historical perspective on why there were difficulties in passing no-fault divorce in New York as well as some insights on the new law.
Dina M. Aversano was elected as a Director of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Dina is a member of our Appellate Practice, Surrogate’s Court Litigation and Business Litigation groups.
Gail M. Boggio was elected as a Director of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. Gail is a member of our Charitable Gift Planning, Exempt Organizations, Surrogate’s Court Litigation, Taxation and Trusts & Estates groups.
Frank W. Streng was a state-wide moderator of a program entitled "Everything you Wanted to Know about Representing a Political Candidate (. . . but was afraid to ask)" for the New York State Bar Association. The program was offered in six locations (Albany [6/22/10], Buffalo [6/23/10], Manhattan [6/24/10], Long Island [6/23/10], Syracuse [6/24/10] and Westchester [6/18/10]).
Frank W. Streng was a state-wide moderator of a program entitled "Estate Planning after Divorce" for the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The program was offered in seven locations (Albany [6/20/10], Buffalo [5/20/10], Manhattan [6/9/10], Long Island [5/26/10], Rochester [6/9/10], Syracuse [5/6/10] and Westchester [5/7/10]).
Frank W. Streng lectured in Yonkers, New York on June 7, 2010 for the Westchester County Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Section) on "Select Issues in Fiduciary Litigation." For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.
Dolores Gebhardt was elected President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association (June, 2010). In her remarks at WWBA's annual banquet, in which WWBA celebrated its 35th Anniversary, Dolores spoke of the proud traditions of WWBA in assisting women in many different ways. She also spoke of the need to encourage more men to join WWBA. Dolores had this to say: “We began 35 years ago as a bar association of women who were concerned about issues concerning women and children. Now, I am proud to say, we are no longer an association of women. We are proud of the 67 men who have joined our ranks . . . . One of my goals as President will be to encourage and further develop the active participation of men in our bar association. I invite every male attorney in Westchester – if you have a wife, a mother, a sister or a daughter – if you love women, join us and help make a difference in their lives!” See WWBA’s site for a full description of Dolores’ comments and for more information about WWBA. During Dolores' term as President, this site will report on her important work for WWBA and women in Westchester County.
Howell Bramson lectured on May 27, 2010 in Tarrytown, New York on "Update on Family Partnerships" for UJA Federation of NY’s 20th Annual Westchester Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference. For lecture materials, click on Seminar Outline.
Lisa Newfield lectured on May 18, 2010 in New York City for the 1852 Society at Mount Sinai Hospital on "Estate Taxes Changes in 2010 and How Planning may be Affected".
Frank W. Streng was a coursebook author on "Ethics for Trusts and Estates Lawyers", as part of a program offered in Chicago, Illinois on May 14, 2010 through May 15, 2010 by the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, entitled, "Maintaining Rational Relations: Advising the Family, the Fiduciary, and the Drafter." Frank's coursebook materials were used at this program by numerous Surrogates as part of their presentation on different ethical and court-mediation topics. Click at Outline for Frank's coursebook materials.
Judge Sondra M. Miller, a tireless advocate for no-fault divorce in New York, testified before a committee of the New York State Senate in support of a proposed no-fault divorce bill. Judge Miller had this to say: "Overwhelming evidence supports the fact that allegations and false trials at significant cost, delay and trauma to matrimonial litigants and their children. Such consequences have been proven through compelling testimony provided at the public hearings held by the Miller Commission in 2006 and supported again at public forums in 2007 at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and in 2008 in Albany at the Legislative Office Building. The need for this overdue and essential reform has been recognized by all major media as well as every bar association of this state and the New York Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers."
Kathleen Donelli was selected as the "Leading Matrimonial Attorney" and received the "Above the Bar" award on April 29, 2010 in White Plains, New York.
Kristen L. Mackay (n/k/a Pennessi), a member of our Business Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law groups, was featured in a "Practitioner Profile" in the April, 2010 newsletter of Pace University School of Law. The article also spoke of Kristen's involvement with Judge Miller on the Post-Miller Commission for Change. "Since June 2007, Kristen has also served as a representative on the Post-Miller Commission for Change. As a representative, Kristen attends monthly meetings and participates in forums to develop best practices and effect reform in the matrimonial and family law systems in an effort to reduce trauma, delay and cost to parties, children and families." Click at Report to see the recommendations of the Matrimonial Commission chaired by Judge Miller.
Kathleen Donelli was interviewed on March 31, 2010 by the web-based organization, Suite 101.Com, about Collaborative Law issues. Kathleen, a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Rockland/Westchester, explained in the the interview that the goal of Collaborative Law is to satisfy the interests of both spouses in the divorce process and "work together to focus on interests as opposed to positions." Kathleen explained further that, through the collaborative process, attorneys and their clients agree to reveal all information while dealing with each other "with respect, integrity and courtesy." Click at Article for the full Article.
Lisa Newfield lectured on March 31, 2010 in New York City for the St. George's Society of New York on "Charitable Planning in the Current Market".
Kathleen Donelli lectured on March 25, 2010 in White Plains, New York to New York State Supreme Court Justices for the Office of Court Administration on a "Roadmap to Matrimonial Litigation" at the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace.
Joseph P. Harrington was part of a panel presentation on a program entitled, "The Fundamentals of Financing Real Estate Transactions" at Pace University School of Law on March 4, 2010 in White Plains, New York.
Robert J. Kiggins was in Brazil meeting with one of the firm's charitable organization clients, and went to Brasilia to meet with the law firm of Brito & Sukiennik, Brazilian correspondent counsel to the firm.