December 4, 2017

Season's Greetings

Wishing you a joyful holiday season & a happy new year

November 29, 2017


Recent acquisitions of NYSBA CLE digital media:

There's a New Law in Town: New York's New Digital Assets Law (2017)
Representing the Startup Venture (2016)
Legal Ethics in the Digital Age:
  Practical Strategies for Using Technology Ethically in Your Practice (2017)
Ethics 2017: Legal Ethics in the Real World
Handling and Taking Depositions (2016)
Henry Miller - The Trial (2016)
Qualified Retirement Plans (2017)
Intermediate Elder Law Update (2016)
Probate and Administration of Estates (2016)
Immigration 2017 - Emergency Preparedness for Families
LLCs and Corporations: Tax and Legal Planning Considerations (2017)
Toxic Tort Litigation (2017)
Representing Licensed Health Care Professionals (2017)
Representing the Transgender Client Through the Arc of Life (2016)
25 Years After "Alison D" (2017)
CPLR Update (2017)
Anatomy of a Trust (2017)
Family Court Trial Institute: Orders of Protection (2016)
Family Court Trial Institute II: Support Hearings, Enforcement and Downward Modification (2017)
Labor Law Claims, Coverage & Litigation (2016)
Medical Marijuana in New York (2016)
Hot Topics in Trusts and Estates Law (2016)
The Non-Tax Lawyers Guide to Tax Law (2017)
Amendments to the Statewide Commercial Division Rules (2017)
Mortgage Foreclosures and Workouts (2016)
Commercial Real Estate Leases (2017)
Title Examination in New York (2016)
Purchases and Sales of Homes (2017)

November 14, 2017

October 27, 2017

New this month

These books came in this week & will be hitting our shelves shortly. Please check our new book list regularly for more!

Pet Law and Custody: Establishing a Worthy and Equitable Jurisprudence for the Evolving Family
Local Government, Land Use, and the First Amendment: Protecting Free Speech and Expression
Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers
Nonprofit Law: A Practical Guide to Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations
A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, 2nd Ed.
Handbook on Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers
An Estate Planner's Guide to Buy-Sell Agreements for the Closely Held Business, 3rd Ed.
State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney's Handbook
Unbundled Legal Services: A Family Lawyer's Guide
Internal Corporate Investigations, 4th Ed.
Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer's Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security

October 23, 2017

Parking Advisory

We have been advised by the City of Rochester that from Tuesday to Friday of this week (October 24 through 27), there will be paving on Main Street between the Inner Loop and Franklin Street/East Avenue (by the Liberty Pole), and therefore street parking will not be allowed on that section of Main Street between 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on those days.

October 17, 2017

CLE on Pro Bono Ethics: The Risks of Technology

September 27, 2017

Legal Fact Check

The American Bar Association is providing something of a public service with its new Legal Fact Check website, which debuted in mid-August with the goal of helping "the public find dependable answers to swirling and sometimes confusing" legal issues in the news. Topics covered so far include hate speech, pardons, and forced evacuations.

This week's post? You guessed it: can individuals be forced to participate in the national anthem?

September 6, 2017

Moments we savor

Today, the library received a request from a court attorney in New York County (Manhattan). The attorney was seeking a New York Court of Appeals record & brief from 1931. We own a copy of it on microfiche, and were able to scan and deliver the document via email within an hour of receiving the request. The attorney was thrilled — she said she could not locate the document anywhere else.

We frequently get such requests from across the state (and beyond). We're thrilled when we can provide the document or information people have had difficulty tracking down.

N.B.: The library owns Records & Briefs for all four Appellate Division Departments and the Court of Appeals!

August 24, 2017

Labor Day

We will be closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Thanks to the co-worker who shared this summer vacation photo with us.

August 10, 2017

A Timeline of Civil Legal Services

Follow the history of civil legal services from the Freedmen's Bureau in 1865 through the establishment of the Legal Aid Society and up to the present day in our new display. The whimsical timeline will be up through the end of the year.

August 8, 2017

New this month

These books came in today & will be hitting our shelves shortly. Please check our
new book list regularly for more!

Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 5th Ed.
Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiation, 2nd Ed.
Insurance Antitrust Handbook, 3rd Ed.
Copyright Litigation Strategies
State Action Practice Manual, 3rd Ed.
Government Contract Law, 4th Ed.
Handbook for Indenture and Trust Indenture Act Interpretation
The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet, 4th Ed.
Law Firm Cybersecurity

City planters along Main Street at Chestnut
City planters along Main Street at Chestnut

July 28, 2017

NY Vehicle & Traffic Law § 375

Here's a little news story out of Wyoming County we couldn't help but share.

July 20, 2017

Greetings from the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference

July 10, 2017

Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in NY

Programs, exhibitions, parades: there are all sorts of activities going on statewide through the summer and fall to commemorate the centennial of women's suffrage in New York. But we in the Rochester area can enjoy two of the more creative offerings, and they're coming up soon. On Friday, July 21st, the inaugural ROC Women's Music Fest will bring Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, and Joan Osborne to town. There will be local musicians, as well, local women's groups such as the League of Women Voters (of course), and ... female-run food trucks! It's all happening right down the block at Parcel 5. Tickets are $5 each. Check out the city's page for the event for more info.

Those resourceful folks at the Susan B. Anthony House have put together a week's worth of program- ming, from Monday, July 17th through Saturday, July 22nd, all along the Erie Canal from Seneca Falls to Rochester. It'll feature reenactors and a fleet of five Mid Lakes Navigation Lockmaster Boats. They're calling it ... VoteTilla.

June 22, 2017

2017 Jazz Festival parking & street closings advisory

Tents will be set up in two parking lots close to the library - AllPro Parking at 86 Gibbs Street and Regents Park Station at 61 East Avenue. See our Transit & Parking page  for alternatives.
Street Closings
Gibbs St. (from East Ave. to E. Main)
Sunday, June 18 (Midnight) to Tuesday, July 5 (Morning)
Chestnut St. (from East Ave. to E. Main)
Friday, June 23 (6AM) to Sunday, June 25 (2AM)
Friday, June 30 (6AM) to Sunday, July 2 (2AM)
East Ave. (between Chestnut & Scio)
Friday, June 23 to Saturday, July 1 (4-11PM)
East Ave. (from E. Main to Scio) & Chestnut (from Broad to East Ave.)
Friday, June 23 (5PM-Midnight)
Saturday, June 24 (5PM-Midnight)
Friday, June 30 (5PM-Midnight)
Saturday, July 1 (5PM-Midnight)
Main St. (from Gibbs to Chestnut, not including Gibbs or Chestnut)
Friday, June 23 to Saturday, July 1 (5PM-Midnight)

May 24, 2017

New this month

Our first book orders of the new budget year are now rolling in. As always, we have some titles on hot topics from ABA. We've also purchased many new titles in the heavily-used areas of children & law, personal injury, and elder law, and of course, several new state-specific treatises. Here's a brief selection. Please check our new book list regularly for more!

Anatomy of a Patent Case, 3rd Ed.
Bicycle Accidents, Crashes, and Collisions, 2nd Ed.
Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System
Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State
Fifty-State Survey: Daubert v. Frey: Admissibility of Expert Testimony
Fundamentals of Guardianship: What Every Guardian Should Know
How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer, 2nd Ed.
Human Factors in Traffic Safety, 3rd Ed.
Law of Asylum in the United States
Locating U.S. Government Information, 3rd Ed.
Medical Malpractice in New York, 4th Ed.
New York Criminal Practice, 5th Ed.
Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, 4th Ed.
Tire Defect Litigation
Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer, 2nd Ed.
When Products Kill: Litigation and Regulatory Responses
The Young Eyewitness

Thanks to the coworker who captured this wonderful image of the tulips on Gibbs Street.

May 11, 2017


Congratulations to the Appellate Division's Lenora B. Foote, who will be receiving a 2017 Top Women in Law Award at the Daily Record's upcoming Excellence in Law event. The award honors women attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community.

Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Schedule: 11:30 a.m.  General Networking Reception
12:00 p.m.  Luncheon and Awards Presentation
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 East Main Street, Rochester
Cost: $65.00 a ticket; $75.00 after May 18th.
Tickets may be purchased online here.

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 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!

January 27, 2017

February holiday closings

We will be closed

Monday, February 13th,
for Lincoln's Birthday


Monday, February 20th,
for Presidents' 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

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.