New York Housing Court Turns Forty
March 11 -
Panel pictured from left to right: Hon. Jerald Klein, New York City Civil Court; Hon. Israel Rubin,
Greenberg Taurig LLP; Prof. Martha Jones, University of Michigan; Hon. Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, New York City Civil Court; Hon. Judah Gribetz, Bingham McCutchen LLP; and Prof. Richard Chused, New York Law School.
On March 11th, the City Bar's Housing Court Committee, along with the Association of Housing Court Judges and the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at NYU, sponsored an all-day conference to reflect on the Housing Court's impact, both legally and sociologically, on New York City for the last 40 years, as well it's position for the city's present and future. The conference provided its approximately 400 attendees--which included judges, representatives from city agencies, academics and hundreds of practitioners--an open forum to discuss the technological opportunities for the court's future, the growing concerns for the court's overcrowding dockets and large number of unrepresented litigants, and a general consensus that the court needed improved facilities to ensure proper representation for all litigants. The Housing Court Committee is planning to summarize the conference's findings and release them later this year.
Co-op Condo Mediation Project
Disputes between residents and between boards and residents are often vexatious. Yet they can be resolved quickly, efficiently and privately, without expensive litigation. The Co-Op and Condo Mediation Project, sponsored by the Committees on Cooperative & Condominium Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, offers experienced professionals to act as impartial mediators for co-op/condo disputes and achieving agreed settlements. Materials on the Co-Op and Condo Mediation Project's benefits and examples of its lifelike mediations are available online; for more information, visit its webpage or contact Clare Plunkett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your boards will appreciate your introducing this program to them.