April 4, 2017

A sure sign of spring

A work crew set out the benches across the street from our offices today. It won't be long before we can enjoy lunch outside or take a nice lunchtime stroll around Grove Place!



April 3, 2017

New York State adopts International Codes

Nine of the 15 International codes published by the International Code Council have been adopted by New York State “March 22, 2016, effective 180 days after publication (publication date, April 6, 2016)”—Historical Note: 19 NYCRR Parts 1219 through 1227, Part 1240. The adopted codes are Building, Energy conservation, Existing building, Fire, Fuel gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, Property maintenance, and Residential.

You'll find them shelved after [New York State] Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) in the New York circulating collection, call number KFN 5035 A25 2015. Each volume is labeled to identify it as a New York State code, for example, Other title: Building Code of New York State.


March 2, 2017

From the Portrait Collection

In honor of Women's History Month we offer an intriguing glimpse into local legal history - the photographic portraits of the four women amongst the 506 members of the 1938 Rochester Bench and Bar.



March 1, 2017

VLSP Volunteer Wills Project

Volunteer Legal Services Project is seeking volunteers to participate in their Wills Clinic for their Elderly/Disabled Rochester Housing Authority residents.

Lena Gantt Apartments
March 13 and April 13 (2-hour time commitment)

Please contact Shani Mitchell at rbbamembership@gmail.com if you are interested.


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!