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Pro Bono Barrister: New ‘stop & frisk’ rule topic of Inn CLE session

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joanne Quinones

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

How do lawyers and judges feel about the new anti-Stop & Frisk policies of the de Blasio Administration?

Members of the Kings Nathan R. Sobel American Inn of Court will probe this controversial issue on March 25, led by a panel consisting of Appellate Div. Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Justice Joanne Quinones and attorney Lawrence DiGiovanna. It will take place at Brooklyn Bar Association headquarters, 123 Remsen St.

The agenda is titled “Stop & Frisk: From Jay Z to Judge Scheindlin.”

Inn Administrator Lucy DiSalvo reminds people to arrive early and partake of a delicious buffet by showing up at 5:30, a half-hour before the session begins. Justice Ellen Spodek is Inn president. Other Inn leaders include President-elect Dave Chidekel, Counselor Justice Arthur Schack, Treasurer Justice Miriam Cyrulnik and Secretary Jon Besunder.

Veteran barristers incredulous at new lawyers’ text ‘addiction’

Some barristers have expressed surprise and chagrin in response to a piece that appeared in a recent Pro Bono Barrister, quoting Prof. Fred Lederer, who offered “Some Thoughts on Technology and the Practice of Law” in an article appearing in The Bencher, the magazine of the American Inns of Court.

Here’s the Lederer remark that stirred them the most: “The degree to which young people are addicted to texting is clear, if only from the effort to stop texting while driving,”  he said, adding that “the social and collateral consequences may be less clear.”

What also got the goat of our commenting colleagues was Lederer’s observation that recent surveys revealed that “a number of our student ‘lawyers’ were highly annoyed that they were expected to be available to their ‘clients’ by phone!!” (emphasis ours).

“That’s plain scary,” e-mailed one barrister.”They’re carrying their texting addiction to extremes! And it looks like some firms might let them get away with it.”

He then asked how he could obtain a full copy of Prof. Lederer’s disturbing article, which appeared in the  January/February issue of The Bencher. It’s a very well-done journal published through the National American Inns of Court and is distributed to all members, including, locally, those who belong to the Nathan Sobel American Inn of Court, led by President Justice Ellen Spodek.

How do you gain access to the article?  Simple, just Google “The Bencher.”  The rest is intuitive!

March 24, 2014 - 10:20am


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