Summer jobs in N.Y. legal market lowest since 1991

    Law.com: “The city’s legal services sector, largely comprised by law firms, added 1,600 jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May. But the numbers are below the 2,600 jobs added in June 2009 and below the decade average of 2,800 during the period when many law firms are adding summer associates. There were 79,800 total jobs in the legal section.”


  • Posted: 07/26/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Staten Island Catholic Church board blocks sale of old convent building for Muslim mosque

Newt Gingrich statement on the proposed “Cordoba House” mosque near Ground Zero

“House of prayer near Ground Zero? Yes!”

Opposing view on religious freedom: Stop the mosque

Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero

NY Congressman Raises Questions about Ground Zero Mosque

Muslims seek to add holidays on NY school calendar

NYC mayor: Investigating mosque is un-American

Finding Former Lesbian Partners Were Family Members, Brooklyn Judge Dismisses Petition to Reclaim Apartment After Split-Up

    Leonard Link: “New York City Civil Court Judge Laurie L. Lau ruled on June 2 that the owner of a four-apartment building in Brooklyn could not treat her former same-sex partner as a mere “licensee” who could be forced to vacate the apartment in which they had lived together at the owner’s option, since they were “family” members under the precedent of the 1989 New York Court of Appeals decision, Braschi v. Stahl Associates. Phelps v. Ray-Chaudhuri, No. 54177/10 (N.Y.City Civ. Ct., Kings Co., June 2, 2010) (NYLJ, 7/8/2010, p. 29).”


  • Posted: 07/09/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: newyorklawschool.typepad.com

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Alan E. Sears: In Brooklyn, college officials give conservative students a Bronx cheer

NY: “With blitz of mailings, gay rights group puts Stachowski on hit list”

    The Buffalo News: “A gay rights group is joining the campaign against Democratic State Sen. William T. Stachowski of Lake View by blanketing Erie County voters with a mailing that urges his defeat. … The flier makes no specific mention of Stachowski’s vote against legalizing same-sex marriage but indicates that his re-election would not be expected to yield a different result. However, an e-mail accompanying the announcement of the campaign and seeking financial support said Stachowski has consistently voted against the interests of the gay community.”


  • Posted: 07/07/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.buffalonews.com

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Plans for mosques divide New Yorkers

    Washington Times: “Three separate plans to build Muslim worship centers in New York City have proven more difficult and contentious than expected, igniting protests by local residents and anti-jihad activists and prompting charges of ‘Islamophobia’ and bigotry. The three projects raise different sets of issues, are set in three different boroughs, and all are still in the planning stages. But together, they show that whether its logistical concerns about neighborhood traffic and changing demographics, the sanctity of the World Trade Center site, or back-yard politics — building a mosque in New York is not like building a pizza parlor.”


  • Posted: 07/06/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Cuomo: Same-sex “marriage” can pass in 2011

New York Legislature passes no-fault divorce

NYPD removes child porn video from servers

New York public schools top nation in per-student spending

NY: Pagan sect fights town for religious property status

NY: Little noticed budget provision expands “gay marriage” recognition

“Gay pride marchers celebrate with parades, parties”

Free speech an issue again at NY community college

No-fault divorce: Let’s call the whole thing off

NY Senate approves school anti-bullying bill

“NY bill would allow married gay couples to file jointly”

Prosecutors Using Broad Definition of Hate Crimes

New York’s Legislature Is on the Brink of Adopting True No-Fault Divorce: What the Change Would Mean for Unhappy Couples

    Findlaw (AP): “Last week, however, the New York Senate passed a divorce reform bill, by a vote of 32-27, which would dramatically reform the law. Senate Bill 3890 would allow divorce based on the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, regardless of whether either party had committed a particular kind of marital fault . . . In this column, I’ll explain what changes the bill would bring about, what problems it will hopefully remedy, and whether there are likely to be any adverse consequences of the new law.”


  • Posted: 06/22/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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“Community College still limits students’ free speech on gay marriage!”

NY: Abortion Supporters Squabble Over Bill

Planned mosque near NY’s Ground Zero sparks debate

    Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65K5Y720100621?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true: “Plans for mosques in New York’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs also are hitting opposition, with neighbors worried about potential extremism. ‘In the beginning, it will be peaceful, but we just don’t know what they will be taught there and that bothers us,’ said Alex Davidson, 62, a repair man who lives near the proposed Brooklyn mosque. He said: “If you look at the statistics, most terrorists are Muslim.’”


  • Posted: 06/21/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.reuters.com

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“As midterms near, gay rights activists press same-sex marriage issue”

NY’s Kingsborough Comm. College finds another way to restrict student speech

David French: Arab money trumps diversity

RLUIPA Lawsuit Filed By Hasidic Group Against New York Village

NYC Department of Education proposes to suspend students that are caught ‘sexting’

RLUIPA Suits Settled– Shabbos House OK’d; Prayer Breakfast Will Move

Is New York Ready for No-Fault Divorce?

NY: Senate Dems press no-fault divorce, other marriage bills

NY: Court and DOJ order 6 votes for each voter

    ” . . . Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/15/2010
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  • Category: Featured

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NY: Boy can wear rosary to Schenectady school through Sept. 10, court agrees

NY attorney general warns teen social networking website

$1 In Damages Awarded In Claim That Police ID Card Contained Mark of the Beast

NY: ’10,000′ throng to stop Ground Zero mosque

NY: Activists slam archdiocese for banning sex education at Clinton school

NY: Local man’s child porn case goes to U.S. Supreme Court

NY: Senate Judiciary Committee Rejects “Bathroom Bill”

NY: Slow start for same-sex vows

NY: State’s highest court upholds merger of two Bronx courts

NY to begin conducting same-sex civil ceremonies Thursday

Another lawsuit in battle between neighboring Hasidic synagogues

NY judge allows student to return to school, wear Rosary

Law Review: Alternatives for Adult Uses Required When Town is Sued

    Alternatives for Adult Uses Required When Town is Sued
    Anthony S. Guardino, 5/26/2010 N.Y.L.J. 5, (col. 2)

    “The particular issue in TJS was whether the constitutionality of a zoning ordinance should only be evaluated with regard to the ‘alternative avenues of communication‘ the ordinance left open at the time it was passed, or those it left open at the time it was challenged. In TJS, the Second Circuit held that the First Amendment required courts to consider the adequacy of alternative sites available when the ordinance was challenged. Although the ruling necessitates further proceedings in the district court in the TJS case, it also may signal the coming end of a more-than-15-year-battle over a topless bar in the Town of Smithtown on Long Island.” | TJS of New York, Inc. v. Town of Smithtown, No. 08-2789-cv (2nd Cir. March 10, 2010) [CDC Abstract]


  • Posted: 06/02/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous

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Equal Rights Amendment Rides Again

    NY Family Research Foundation: “In the early 1970’s, abortion-rights advocates urged passage of an amendment to the US Constitution known as the Equal Right Amendment (ERA). The amendment would have guaranteed equal rights under any federal, state, or local laws regardless of a person’s sex. In 1972, the ERA passed both houses of Congress, yet the ERA ultimately failed to obtain the ratification (approval) of 37 states that is necessary to amend the US Constitution before the June 30, 1982 deadline. Since the measure failed, most people thought this was the end of it, but it isn’t. On July 21, 2009, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the ERA in the House of Representatives. Additionally, some states continue to try to pass state-level equal rights amendments. New York is one of those states . . . ”


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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NY: “Bathroom Bill” Empowers Predators

    NY Family Research Foundation: Both houses of the New York State Legislature have introduced a bill known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). GENDA is often referred to as the “Bathroom Bill” because it would allow any man who says he feels like a woman trapped in a man’s body access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. That name has gotten some traction, causing many advocates in the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community much consternation.


  • Posted: 06/01/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nyfrf.org

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Jordan Sekulow: Protecting students’ rights to religious expression

NY Appellate Court finds board’s denial of special exception permit for church was arbitrary and capricious

New York OKs move to double number of charter schools

NY: The Coronation of King Cuomo in Cuomolot

The mosque at Ground Zero, a Muslim view: Planting a flag on an Islamic conquest

NYC bus ads target Muslims “leaving Islam”

    NBC New York: “An Upper West Side conservative blogger has placed ads on at least 30 city buses which read ‘Fatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you? Leaving Islam?’ Pamela Geller, who is also affiliated with ‘Stop the Islamization of America’ and the movement against the planned mosque two blocks from ground zero, paid several thousand dollars for the ads, which also include the URL for a website entitled ‘Refuge From Islam.’”


  • Posted: 05/26/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nbcnewyork.com

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Regulate them to death: Teacher unions call for more oversight in face of NY charter school expansion

    NY Times: “Charter school advocates, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, are vigorously lobbying for a bill that would more than double the number of charters in New York State and would send at least $2 billion in taxpayer money a year into the charter system . . . review of public documents shows that many charter schools have spent money in questionable ways and have experienced significant conflicts of interest. The documents were obtained by New York United Teachers, the state teachers union, and provided to The New York Times, which corroborated the data . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/25/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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New York’s Highest Court Recognizes A Lesbian Co-Parent’s Rights, But Affirms an Unpopular Precedent: Part Two in a Two-Part Series

ACLJ: Defending Student Suspended for Wearing Rosary

NY: ACLJ joins school rosary case

Landmark Status Could Stop Mosque Near Ground Zero

NY: “Andrew Cuomo’s marriage equality battle cry”

Judge Weinstein takes on child pornography laws

    New York Times: “In his 43-year career as a federal judge, Jack B. Weinstein has come to be identified by his efforts to combat what he calls ‘the unnecessary cruelty of the law.’ His most recent crusade is particularly striking because of the beneficiary: a man who has amassed a vast collection of child pornography . . . Judge Weinstein has gone to extraordinary lengths to challenge the strict punishments, issuing a series of rulings that directly attack the mandatory five-year prison sentence faced by defendants charged with receiving child pornography.”


  • Posted: 05/21/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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NY: Schenectady student defends ‘religious rights’

NY AG candidate pledges to sue D.C. over “marriage equality”

“Slang terms OK for body parts in sex ed: judge”

The Teachers’ Unions’ Last Stand

“New York City clerk’s offices will soon conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples”

NY City Council upholds landmark status of west side church

New York’s Highest Court Recognizes A Lesbian Co-Parent’s Rights, But Affirms an Unpopular Precedent: Part One in a Two-Part Series of Columns

    Findlaw: “While this ruling is ultimately supportive of lesbian co-parenting rights, it is narrowly drawn to recognize such rights only when the couple involved is part of a formal, recognized relationship such as a civil union or same-sex marriage. In so limiting the protection its ruling afforded, the court rejected an argument for broader recognition of so-called ‘functional parents’ – those who participate in crucial aspects of parenting without the benefit of a formal status vis-à-vis the child’s other parent or the child. Instead, the court reaffirmed its unpopular 1991 ruling in Matter of Alison D. v. Virginia M., in which it held that only a child’s biological or adoptive parent could seek visitation against the wishes of a fit custodial parent.”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: writ.news.findlaw.com

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Transgenders win discrimination tiff with American Eagle Outfitters, AG Andrew Cuomo forces changes

    NY Daily News: “It just got a little easier for a transgender person to work at American Eagle Outfitters – at least on paper. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has forced the flannel and khaki outpost to make some changes, including nixing a rule about employee ‘personal appearance’ that banned men from wearing women’s clothing and ladies from dressing as guys . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/12/2010
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nydailynews.com

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