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This Summer, Mentorship Summit, National Trans Bar Association

Mentorship Summit

Over the summer the National Trans Bar Association will be kicking off a three (3) day mentorship summit geared towards attorneys and law students who are transgender (all variants of binary and non-binary genders). The summit is mostly geared towards upper level students and practicing attorneys. But given the intimacy and size of the community i’m sure undergrads will be welcome to. Also, all transgender students, are welcome to sign up for student membership via the website. The web domain is and is accessible from any computer or mobile device.

Also there is a Trans Rights summit in Washington, DC on May 9. Details are also on the website. Feel free to share with any law students you may know that are transgender.

Aside from the one who’s posting this and already a member. 🙂

Kristen Browde sworn in as the president of the LGBTQ Bar Association of Greater New York

Kristen Prata Browde being sworn in by Paul G. Feinman

Kristen Prata Browde, founder and board member of the National Trans Bar Association, was sworn in this Monday as the new and current president of the LGBTQ Bar Association of Greater NY. Of course , it was only fitting, she was sworn in by Justice Paul G. Feinman, as he was not only a previous president of the LGBTQ bar of Greater NY, but the first openly gay justice sworn in to the NY State Court of Appeals.

Denim Day 2019 is This Week..

Denim Day 2018

I hope everyone is having a great holiday week

The call to action against sexual assault and violence continues. Tomorrow I will be taking to the steps of Staten Island borough hall yet again as the rally begins here tomorrow morning.

I also plan to be present at the city wide rally on Wednesday, as I also was last year, as Latisha James rallied for more supports for sexual assault survivors in the public schools

I invite everyone here to me. At either or both rallies

Thank you! and happy break!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

THANK YOU! for providing such a warm welcome, helpful guidance, and kind words about our program to the high school students today!  I think you made a terrific impression, and expect to see at least some of them here after they graduate.

I have posted the notes from today’s class, the assignments for the break, and an article on NYC school segregation to which you might want to post a response for extra credit!

Enjoy the break, see you April 29!

Prof. C.

Grades posted, change for Monday’s class

Ladies and Gentlemen!

I have graded your court observation posts (posted as “comments”), and posted the grades for your homeworks and quiz #2.  For Monday’s class, you do NOT need to bring your copy of CUH2A Architects v. Pepsico.  However, if you CAN bring your copy of the Summons and Complaint assignment that I distributed, and the template complaint if you printed it out, that would be helpful!  If not, I’ll have extra copies.

Please see the newly named “JOBS & opp’s” tab, where I’ve posted information you might find interesting!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Prof. C.

Ooooohhhhh .. I forgot I had these pictures from my trip up to Rochester ..

Appellate Division Fourth Department Rochester County

Loyal Litigants … I present to you the Appellate Division Fourth Department in Rochester:) I was so enamored to be staying up the street from it, I just had to snap shots of it. For those who want to . Sitting at the corner of E. Main and N. Chestnut. No i’m not making that up. As far as Rochester, just imagine somewhere between the personalities of Brooklyn and Albany but with less of a manic / overpopulated feel. And actually for those who went up to Albany; Rochester is a pretty progressive and ethnically diverse are inheriting it’s politics from more North of the Border.

That being said if you’re taking a passenger train or aircraft then prepare to be carded. Border Patrol and Homeland Security are super present up there since #45 took office.

M. Delores Denman Courthouse

Quiz key & templates POSTED!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have posted the answer key to quiz #2 under “Course Materials” and the template summons, complaint and verification that you may follow for the Summons & Complaint Assignment under “Assignments.”  I hope they are all helpful!

Have a pleasant evening,

Prof. C.

Info for Monday’s class! (quiz, etc.)

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Don’t forget!  Tomorrow’s class will start with a QUIZ covering “Parties and Claims” (ch. 4), “Causes of Action and Remedies” (ch. 5), “Commencing the Action” (ch. 8).  As always, review all of your own class notes, the class notes posted here under the “Class Notes” tab, the assigned readings, and any other materials you find useful, bring your CPLR, and arrive on time!

PLEASE bring your copy of the CUH2A Architects v. Pepsico complaint (linked under “class notes”).  We’ll work with it!  Also, under the “Assignments” tab, I’ve posted answer keys for the assignments on chapter 11 and questions 1-4 in the Summons & Complaint assignment that you completed for this past Wednesday.

See you tomorrow!

Prof. C.

Court Observation

Friday, March 22 I visited the New York Supreme Court, Kings County located on 360 Adams St. I had agreed to meet up with Sandra at 9 or 9:30 being the latest, but in the process I got the courts mixed up and ended up in criminal court. It was getting a bit late and I asked one of the guards if there was an exit that would leave me closer to get to the Supreme Court, unfortunately he said no but he was very kind and told me that if I decided to stay and watch a case at this court  to go up to either the 8th or the 11th floor. I decided to go with Sandra because the case she got was a civil case and not criminal. Luckily I made it on time and we got to the room 2 minutes before the case was supposed to start. After all the rushing and hurrying to get there on time, we sat in the room for 30 minutes, waiting, because the defendant was late. The case was about a contract in which the plaintiff accused the defendant of not completing the task he asked for within the time frame agreed on and on top of that, the defendant also owed him money. At first this didn’t sound like an interesting case at all but once you’re sitting there and you hear all the evidence presented and the actions that were done you begin to doubt who was really the victim in the situation. In the end nothing was decided, the judge ended the session and asked everyone to come back on Monday of the following week at 10 am again. I hope the defendant made it on time to this one.

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