July 2010

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

September 2013

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York courts

April 2008

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

In front of the Women in the Law Room, June 17, 2013

A most appropriate setting for the reception honoring the 2 newest Court of Appeals judges (Pictured, l. to r.: Justices Pigott, Smith, Rivera, & Abdus-Salaam)

Judicial Portrait Collection

Row of oil paintings at the entrance to the library

Hands-on learning

The School Without Walls Summer Law Camp visiting the Rare Book Room & staff workroom during a tour of the library August 15, 2013

International visitors

A legal delegation from the Ukraine with library staff members September 25, 2013

UB law students visit the library

Students begin their tour of the library on January 23, 2014

Spring 2014

Colorful patches from the library's display on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

2015 Black History Month display

Celebrating a new generation

Through November 2015

800th anniversary of Magna Carta

February 10, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird

Put down the remote and join other cinephiles at the Dryden Theatre Friday to watch the top legal movie of all time (ABA Journal). This special screening is being presented to tie in with Geva Theatre's production of Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation of the Harper Lee novel, which starts Tuesday. Post-show talkbacks will be featured Thursday, February 25th on "The Civil Rights Movement" and Thursday, March 3rd on "The Criminal Justice System."

And in related news, there's lots of buzz today about a new stage adaptation by the Oscar- and Emmy-winner behind "The Social Network" and "The West Wing" that is set to open on Broadway next year.

February 4, 2016

Building a Legacy

Congratulations to two of the Appellate Division's own who will be honored at the upcoming Rochester Black Bar Association's Annual Awards Reception: Karen Bailey-Turner, Esq. will be receiving the Trailblazer Award and Brittany A. Jones, Esq. will be presented the Excellence in Leadership Award.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 1300 Clinton Square, Rochester
Cost: $30.00 Members; $40.00 Non-Members

RSVP by February 21, 2016.

To purchase tickets visit http://rbbalaw.org/new2/event-registration/annual-awards-reception-2016/

February 2, 2016

2016 Black History Month

shield of Delta Sigma Theta
Pictured: shield of Delta Sigma Theta,
the sorority of Justice Rose Sconiers
Did you know that Alpha Phi Alpha, the first and oldest successful African-American collegiate fraternity, was founded in 1906 at Cornell University? And that Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Justice Rueben Davis were all Alpha Phi Alphas? If you'd like to learn more, check out our Black History Month display, where this year we honor historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Greek organizations.

January 29, 2016

From A to Z

Popular with our patrons, the New York State Bar Association's Practical Skills Series covers nineteen different practice areas, from arbitration to zoning. These annual softbound volumes offer step-by-step guidance, practice tips, checklists and forms (almost all of the titles include Forms on CD) in a format and size practitioners seem to find useful. This year we've been able to purchase a second set to meet demand.

Arbitration and mediation
Business/corporate law and practice
Criminal law and practice
Debt collection and judgment enforcement
Elder law, special needs planning and will drafting
Labor law and workers' compensation
Limited liability companies
Matrimonial law
Mechanic's liens
Mortgage foreclosures
New York residential landlord-tenant law and procedure
Probate and administration of decedents' estates
Real estate transactions--commercial property
Real estate transactions-- residential property
Representing the personal injury plaintiff in New York
Social security law and practice
Zoning and land use

And new this year, Legislative highlights.

December 18, 2015

November 16, 2015

Front page news

You'll find quite a good article on the NYCRR Digital Archive in the Buffalo Law Journal today. The reporter does a nice job of capturing the collaboration it took to get it done, as well as its usefulness to legal researchers. We're so thrilled to have helped make the project happen!

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251. If you've already used it, we'd love to hear your feedback!

Update (November 17, 2015): the Buffalo Law Journal story was picked up by national library news! (Look for the picture of "Team Green.")

October 30, 2015

The NYCRR Digital Archive is up and running!

After three years of concerted effort the Appellate Division Law Library, the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University of Buffalo Law School, and the State Supreme Court Law Library in Buffalo are pleased to announce the "greatest thing since sliced bread" is now available free online.

The New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is where you would find environmental rules about car emissions or the guidelines for what a stop sign should look like. Like most law, the NYCRR is constantly changing. Although it is easy to find the current version, finding past versions was very difficult. If you needed to know what regulations governed the mortgage you took out in 1991, your only option was to travel to one of the few libraries that kept the old print versions and sift through hundreds of binders until you found what you were looking for. The process could take hours, even days to complete.

This is no longer the case, thanks to the NYCRR Digital Archive. This free online database allows anyone to search through past versions of rules and regulations that were in effect from 1945-2001.

If you need help using the database, please call our reference desk at 585-530-3251.