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April 1, 2020

Please refer to the amendment to the Second Amended Administrative Order (issued March 30, 2020).

Please see the Ninth Judicial District Administrative Order regarding Virtual Courtroom Protocol and Virtual Courtroom Procedures

 

March 31, 2020

Please see the Updated Administrative Orders (Designated Judges and Courts) for the Ninth Judicial District HERE.


This Thursday, April 2nd, NYSBA will be a hosting a webinar from 11 AM - 12 PM entitled, "The Stimulus Package Survival Guide: What Solos and Small Firms Should Know."
 
On March 25th, the Senate passed HR 478, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). NYSBA understands the deep impact this act can have and wants to provide a complimentary guide to its intricacies. In this one-hour webinar, panelists will describe four areas of benefits available to lawyers under the statutes and regulations to help small and medium-sized firms, and solos, survive the Pandemic:
  • SBA Loans, with potential forgiveness, if you have less than 500 employees
  • Enhancement in unemployment insurance for terminated employees
  • Business Interruption Insurance
  • Other available assistance programs
 
Please note that this webinar is FREE for NYSBA members and is 1.0 MCLE Credits.
 
To register, please click HERE.

Effective March 31, 2020, the Westchester County Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The office will continue to receive allowable court filings through the NYSCEF filing system. For more information on permissible filings, please visit: https://nycourts.gov/efile
 
The court will also continue to accept permissible court filings through the mail. For more information, please visit: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/9jd/emergency.shtml
 
The Clerk’s Office accepts land records through the mail or online: https://PREP.WestchesterClerk.com
Mail in Address:
Westchester County Clerk
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, White Plains, New York 10601
 
If you have questions or an emergency, please call 914-995-3080.
 

March 30, 2020

During this current COVID-19 crisis, you can provide invaluable pro bono help - in your area of practice!

  • Pro Bono Partnership (www.probonopartner.org), based in White Plains, is a nonprofit legal services organization that engages lawyers to provide non- litigation pro bono services to charitable groups throughout NY, NJ and CT.
  • Many of the Partnership’s clients face employment law issues. This is especially true during this crisis, with nonprofits facing questions about reduction in hours, layoffs, sick leave issues, unemployment benefits questions, FMLA questions, and more.
  • Volunteering for the Partnership is easy! Much of the needed advice is brief, and can be done remotely via telephone and/or email.
  • If you are able to help, or would like to learn more about the Partnership’s other volunteer opportunities, please contact Lauren Fishman, the Partnership’s Pro Bono Manager, at lfishman@probonopartner.org

Please see the Second Amended Administrative Order for the Ninth Judicial District HERE.

 

Locations of the Consolidated Courts can be found HERE.

 

Information regarding Designated Judges and Courts can be found HERE.


Please click HERE for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding virtual court operations and loan assistance in response to the coronavirus. 
 

March 29, 2020

As the New York State Courts continue to calibrate and adjust operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Vito C. Caruso, under the guidance of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, today announced that the “virtual court” model introduced last week in New York City’s Criminal Court and Family Court to minimize courthouse traffic and contain the spread of the virus is being implemented outside New York City. Virtual court operations will begin this week in Suffolk County’s District Court and County Court; the Rochester area’s Seventh Judicial District; and Central New York’s Fifth Judicial District. 

Click HERE for the full announcement.

March 27, 2020
The Court of Appeals today announced that the New York State Bar Examination will not be administered on July 28-29, 2020 as previously scheduled.
The Bar Examination will be rescheduled for dates in the fall, to be determined. 
When available, the Board of Law Examiners will announce the rescheduled dates for the examination and for the application filing period.
Click HERE for the full press release.
 
March 25, 2020
Effective today, March 25th, 2020, New York City Criminal Court initiated its second phase of videoconferencing arraignments. Going forward, all parties will participate in court proceedings by videoconferencing using Skype for Business. All arraignments will be virtual, with the Judge, prosecution and defense attorney and defendant all from remote locations.
 
Non-COVID-19-involved defendants−those who have not tested positive for COVID-19 or are not in a high-risk group−will be brought to the central booking.
 
COVID-19-involved defendants−those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in a high-risk group−will be detained pre-arraignment to participate in video arraignments at either Midtown Community Court or Red Hook Community Justice Center.

 

March 24, 2020

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that 171 members voted in favor of the Westchester County Bar Association’s 2020 Slate of Officers and Directors. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the vote this year.
 
We have already made the decision to postpone our Annual Banquet to September 30, 2020. We will still celebrate our 2020 leadership team as well as present the Outstanding Mentor Award to Sherry Levin Wallach and the Outstanding New Lawyer awards to Lauren Enea and Nicholas Pasalides. We hope you’ll make plans to join us. More information is available HERE.
 
We are making plans for an online swearing in ceremony for our new Officers and Directors in early May. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time.

2020 WCBA APPROVED SLATE OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
 
TO SERVE AS OFFICERS
President - Wendy Marie Weathers
President-Elect - James L. Hyer
Vice President - Dolores Gebhardt
Vice President - Andrew P. Schriever
Treasurer - Paul Millman
Assistant Treasurer - Julie Cvek Curley
Secretary - Denise P. Ward
Assistant Secretary - Robert C. Hertman
 
TO SERVE AS DIRECTORS
3-year term - Brian S. Cohen
3-year term - Michael Friedman
3-year term - John Pappalardo

TO SERVE ON THE 2021 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Chair: Hon. Linda S. Jamieson
Stephanie L. Burns
Lauren Enea
Emily P. Kahn
Tejash V. Sanchala
Richard S. Vecchio
Russell M. Yankwitt

Please see the link below for a video message from Chief Judge DiFiore regarding the coronavirus.  Thank you.

Due to our current health crisis the Rockland Supreme, Criminal, and Family Courts are moving towards virtual courts.
The Courts will be using the telecommunications application SkypeIn order to appear in Court an attorney must use Skype.
Appearances will now be limited to arraignments and immediate access cases.
 
March 23, 2020
Virtual court operations are to commence in NYC mid-week.
For the full press release, please click HERE.

Please see the latest Administrative Orders for the Ninth Judicial District:
Pursuant to Grand Juries HERE
Pursuant to Paper and Electronic filings HERE

 

March 22, 2020
New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued an Administrative Order earlier today that effectively halts all court activity in New York with the exception of
essential proceedings.
 
The order is effective immediately.
 
The list of essential proceedings is subject to ongoing review and amendment as necessary, and currently includes the following:
 
Criminal matters
  • Arraignments
  • Bail applications, reviews and writs
  • Temporary orders of protection
  • Resentencing of retained and incarcerated defendants
  • Essential sex offender registration act (SORA) matters
Family Court
  • Child protection intake cases involving removal applications
  • Newly filed juvenile delinquency intake cases involving remand placement
  • Applications, or modification thereof
  • Emergency family offense petitions/temporary orders of protection
  • Orders to show cause
  • Stipulations on submission
Supreme Court
  • Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) applications and hearings addressing patient retention or release
  • MHL hearings addressing the involuntary administration of medication and other Medical care
  • Newly filed MHL applications for an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) plan
  • Emergency applications in guardianship matters
  • Temporary orders of protection (including but not limited to matters involving domestic violence)
  • Emergency applications related to the coronavirus
  • Emergency Election Law applications
  • Extreme risk protection orders (ERPO)
Civil/Housing matters
  • Applications addressing landlord lockouts (including reductions in essential services)
  • Applications addressing serious code violations
  • Applications addressing serious repair orders
  • Applications for post-eviction relief
All Courts
  • Any other matter that the court deems essential

 

March 21, 2020

The Governor has signed Executive Order 202.8, TOLLING statues of limitation until April 19, 2020. 
Specifically the EO states: I hereby temporarily suspend or modify, for the period from the date of this Executive Order through April 19, 2020 the following:
In accordance with the directive of the Chief Judge of the State to limit court operations to essential matters during the pendency of the COVID-19 health crisis, any specific time limit for the commencement, filing, or service of any legal action, notice, motion, or other process or proceeding, as prescribed by the procedural laws of the state, including but not limited to the criminal procedure law, the family court act, the civil practice law and rules, the court of claims act, the surrogate's court procedure act, and the uniform court acts, or by any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or part thereof, is hereby tolled from the date of this executive order until April 19, 2020; the date of the Executive Order is March 20, 2020.
 

March 20, 2020

Please find the latest Administrative Orders:
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment: HERE
  • Special Parts Extended Due to COVID-19: HERE
Visit HERE for a special and important message from our Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

WCBA Annual Sponsor Thomson Reuters is offering a FREE webinar today at 1:00 p.m EST entitled "Legal Considerations in Responding to COVID-19." Please click HERE to register.
If you cannot join the live webinar, a link to the recording will be made available on the WCBA Resource page.
Content will include:
  • Supply chain concerns, including force majeure, impossibility, and other defenses
  • Insurance coverage
  • Employment law issues, including leave laws, staffing, closures, and layoffs
  • Health plan coverage for COVID-19-related testing and services
  • Employee privacy issues
  • Public company disclosures, SEC filing extensions, and annual meeting planning
  • Litigation considerations
  • Antitrust considerations
  • Bankruptcy and the industries at risk
  • A short Q&A session will follow

Please click HERE for latest Administrative Order regarding protocols  to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak upon the practice of civil litigation.

The newest Executive Order 202.7 permitting remote notarization through April 18, 2020 has been signed and uploaded. Click HERE to view in its entirety. This executive order will allow you to continue processing important documents utilizing electronic means.

 

March 19, 2020

Please click HERE for the Administrative Order from Judge Marks regarding the extension of temporary orders of protection.
 

March 18, 2020

Despite the cancellation of the Annual Meeting & Past Presidents’ Dinner, we do still need your help in voting for our 2020 Slate of Candidates for the WCBA Officers and Board of Directors. Please click HERE to submit your vote via electronic proxy. Votes must be submitted by March 20, 2020 (date updated). If you have concerns or disagree with the proposed slate, please contact executivedirector@wcbany.orgPlease note, if you have already submitted a proxy you DO NOT need to submit another.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Please click HERE for the updated Appellate Division Orders.
Note: This and other updates are available HERE

 

March 17, 2020

Thank you all for your patience as we work to distribute the latest information from the 9th Judicial District. Earlier today, we emailed the latest Administrative Order from Hon. Kathie E. Davidson. Click HERE to view. In addition, we have now received the updated Schedules of Consolidated Court Locations and Assignments.

Schedule A (Locations of Consolidated Courts): HERE

Schedule B (Designated Judges): HERE


Please click HERE for the Administrative Order issued by Hon. Kathie E. Davidson, Adminsitrative Judge, 9th Judicial District regarding current rules.

 
Please click HERE for the updated operational protocols for the trial courts of the Unified Court System from Hon. Lawrence K. Marks.

As a reminder, the Westchester County Bar Association is canceling or postponing our programs for the month of March, including the upcoming Annual Meeting and Past Presidents’ Dinner. We hope to reschedule most of these events later in the year.           

The WCBA will be in touch with our Annual Meeting & Past Presidents’ Dinner sponsors and registrants separately regarding their registrations.

We do still need your help in voting for our 2020 Slate of Candidates for the WCBA Officers and Board of Directors. Please click HERE to submit your vote via electronic proxy. Votes must be submitted by March 20, 2020 (date updated). If you have concerns or disagree with the proposed slate, please contact executivedirector@wcbany.org.

Please note, if you have already submitted a proxy you DO NOT need to submit another.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

March 16, 2020

Please be advised that commencing March 17, 2020, and until further notice, Westchester County Surrogate’s Court will be handling only essential matters. 

Click HERE for the notice regarding the procedure to be followed for essential matters only during this period of time.


The WCBA in partnership with NYSBA’s Business Law Section presents
Coronavirus – What Businesses Should Do to Prepare
This webinar is FREE for NYSBA and WCBA members.
Format: Webinar
When:  Monday, March 16, 2020
Time:    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For a detailed description of this webinar, please click HERE
To register online, please click HERE.
  • NYSBA members, please follow the login instructions available online.
  • WCBA members, please follow the online instructions to create an account and register. Use code WBA31620 during checkout for your free registration.

March 13, 2020

Click HERE for an update on Procedures to Reduce Courthouse Traffic effective immediately.
March 12, 2020
The Chief Judge of the State of New York has issued an Administrative Order related to access to the courts in New Rochelle. Please click HERE to read.

The WCBA in partnership with NYSBA’s Business Law Section presents
Coronavirus – What Businesses Should Do to Prepare
This webinar is FREE for NYSBA and WCBA members.
Format: Webinar
When:  Monday, March 16, 2020
Time:    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For a detailed description of this webinar, please click HERE
To register online, please click HERE.
  • NYSBA members, please follow the login instructions available online.
  • WCBA members, please follow the online instructions to create an account and register. Use code WBA31620 during checkout for your free registration.

March 11, 2020

Please be advised that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) is cancelling all non case-related events until further notice. Please refer to the original notice from the SDNY HERE.


To Our Membership, 

In response to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak in New York and the Governor’s recommendation for citizens to avoid dense and large crowds, the Westchester County Bar Association is canceling or postponing our programs for the month of March, including the upcoming Annual Meeting and Past Presidents’ Dinner. We hope to reschedule most of these events later in the year. 

The WCBA will be in touch with our Annual Meeting & Past Presidents’ Dinner sponsors and registrants separately regarding their registrations.

We do still need your help in voting for our 2020 Slate of Candidates for the WCBA Officers and Board of Directors. Please click HERE to submit your vote via electronic proxy. Votes must be submitted by March 20, 2020. (date updated). If you have concerns or disagree with the proposed slate, please contact executivedirector@wcbany.org.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 
March 9, 2020
Please be advised that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) is limiting visitation to all courthouses in the District in response to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak in New York.
 
The Centers for Disease Control urges people to take the necessary steps to avoid being exposed to the virus. For further details and guidance, please refer to the original notice from the SDNY HERE.

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