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City Bar Announces 2011 Botein Award Recipients
On March 28th, the City Bar presented the annual Botein Awards, honoring outstanding court employees in the First Judicial Department. The awards are given for exceptional contributions to the administration of the courts. Pictured above, from left: Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, and honorees Eugene Preudhomme, Law Library Director, Appellate Division, First Department; Daniel Weitz, Deputy Director, Division of Professional and Court Services, OCA; Valerie Qualls, Administrative Aide, Supreme Court, Civil Term, New York County; Jerry Rodriguez, Case Management Coordinator, Supreme Court, Civil Term, Bronx County; William Kalish, Deputy Chief Clerk, Supreme Court, Criminal Division, Bronx County; Peter Tyrrell, Associate Court Clerk, Criminal Court, New York County; and City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour.
Recent Committee Activity
Environmental Impact Associated with Transporting Goods
The Committee on Transportation issued a report that urges New York City and New York State to require that the use of rail and marine transport modes be a factor in procurement decisions. Procuring agencies, the report argues, should be required to request that bidders specify the distances that the materials they propose to supply will be transported by rail, by ship or barge, and by truck, so that the procuring agency can determine which bid will produce the least number of truck miles traveled to effectuate final delivery. Such steps would expand demand for rail and marine services and reduce the economic and environmental impacts associated with goods transport and distribution.
Best Practices for Integrating Law Firm Fellows
The recent deferment of law firm associates and subsequent placement of many in fellowship programs has raised the issue of how best to reintegrate these associates at the firms following the fellowship. The Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services addressed this topic in its report, Top 10 Best Practices for Integrating Law Firm Fellows. In developing the Top 10 Best Practices, the Committee canvassed both law firm pro bono counsels/administrators and the public interest community for their expertise and insights.
[The following reports addressed provisions that were proposed for New York Stateˇ¦s 2011-2012 Budget. The Budget was passed last week.]
In a report on the Proposed New York State 2011 Executive Budget, the Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging expresses concern regarding two proposed changes in the Budget: 1) elimination of spousal refusal in community settings; and 2) expansion of Medicaid estate recovery. The proposed changes, the report argued, would adversely impact some of New Yorkˇ¦s most vulnerable citizens and, in some cases, conflict with existing law. [Item 1 was not included in the Budget that was passed; Item 2 was included.]
The Committees on New York City Affairs and Land Use Planning and Zoning issued a joint report opposing S.2810-B (Part BB), which would amend the New York State Transportation Law to remove the power and authority of New York City to regulate advertising signs within its borders. Couched as revenue-raising legislation, the proposed language is an unwarranted effort to prevent New York City from enforcing its laws and regulations concerning outdoor advertising signs. In addition, the report notes, no justification has been provided as to why the proposed legislation should apply to New York City alone or what state interest has been asserted that would justify state control. [This provision was not included in the Budget that was passed.]
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