February 24, 2017

Presentation next Thursday at Penfield Public Library

We received a request from staff at the Penfield Public Library, looking to host a presentation by a law librarian as part of their participation in this year’s Writers & Books annual “Rochester Reads” program. Our own Betsy Vipperman and Drew Kloc will be talking about the history of the death penalty in New York there next Thursday evening, March 2, from 7:00-8:30.

They've shared some of the research they've done so far with others on staff, and we can say it promises to be a fascinating talk.

To register, contact the Penfield Public Library at 585 340-8720 or sign up online here.

February 3, 2017

The impossible sometimes takes a little longer

In a front-page piece today on a basic legal research tool now being offered for free to Monroe County Bar Association members, the Daily Record observes that "[m]any solo practices and small law firms don’t have any paid legal research tools. They use the Westlaw and LexisNexis services available in the law library at the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Fourth Department, or the law library in the Hall of Justice."

That's right. But we feel a need to add:

Always available at the law library: a staff of dedicated reference librarians with decades of experience ready to help you compose your search, narrow your results, or find the impossible. Talk about a legal research tool you don’t have to pay for!

January 27, 2017

February holiday closings

We will be closed

Monday, February 13th,
for Lincoln's Birthday


Monday, February 20th,
for President's Day.

January 20, 2017

New on the shelves this week

Hitting the shelves this week is the year's first shipment of National Business Institute upstate New York seminar manuals. You'll find these and a wide selection of manuals of interest to local practitioners in our New York Treatises area, at call number KFN 5079 N356.

Resolving Boundary Disputes in New York
Title Law in New York
Litigating Slip, Trip and Fall Cases in New York
Voir Dire and Jury Selection
Gun Law in New York
Special Education Law from A to Z
Top Elder Care Planning Strategies

January 3, 2017

Free CLE: Pro Se Assistance Program Volunteer Attorney Training

If you are an experienced federal court litigator or appellate attorney, this free CLE training is for you. You can learn about a great way to serve the Court and your community. Starting February 2017 under the leadership of the Honorable Frank P. Geraci, Jr., Chief Judge, WDNY, the Pro Se Assistance Program (PSAP) will provide free limited scope legal assistance to financially eligible pro se litigants in the U.S. District Court WDNY, Rochester Division, on Wednesdays from noon – 2 pm. The PSAP is a joint program of the SUNY Buffalo Law School and Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc. (VLSP).

We need your help to make this new program a success. Please join us at this informative FREE CLE to learn more about the PSAP and how you can help.
CLE credit: 1.0 hour Professional Practice
0.5 hour Ethics
Date: Friday, January 20th, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Registration 1:45 p.m.)
Agenda: 1:45pm – 2:00pm  Registration
2:00pm – 2:05pm  Welcome
2:05pm – 2:20pm  Introduction to the PSAP
2:20pm – 2:55pm  Overview of Pro Se Litigation in WDNY
2:55pm – 3:20pm  Limited Scope Representation
                            under the NY Rules of Professional Conduct
3:20pm – 3:30pm  Q&A
Location: Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building
100 State Street, Room B340, Rochester, NY 14614
RSVP: Please RSVP by January 15th, 2017 to kchung@vlsprochester.org

This program is appropriate only for experienced attorneys. By attending this training and receiving free CLE credit, you agree to be placed on a volunteer attorney list to be called upon to participate in one (2 hour) volunteer session at the Pro Se Assistance Program.

VLSP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.

December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a happy holiday season & a joyful new year