Spring 2023 Newsletter

Recent news, events, and useful information from the

Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association

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Tributes to Judge Mordue

Judges and lawyers reflect on the life and legacy of Judge Norman A. Mordue, who died on December 29, 2022.

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The Amazing Life of Judge Mordue

On November 1, 2019, Judge Mordue gave a fireside chat, at Syracuse University College of Law, in which he took a rapt audience through his life, including his stint as a Syracuse University football player, his distinguished military service in the Vietnam War, his prosecution of serial killer Robert Garrow, and his service as a federal and state judge. We published an article about this chat in February 2020, and are sharing it again to underscore what an amazing person we had the honor of knowing.

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Special Solicitude: A Quick Guide to its Application and Limitations in Civil Litigation in the Northern District of New York

It is well settled that pro se litigants must be afforded special solicitude, which requires their filings to be liberally construed throughout all steps of civil litigation. This article by Ariel Shuster summarizes relevant case law and procedural rules regarding (1) how special solicitude applies at key stages of civil litigation in the Northern District of New York, (2) additional obligations that are imposed on a represented party because of the involvement of a pro se litigant, and (3) circumstances under which special solicitude can be revoked.

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United States District Judge Anne M. Nardacci is sworn in by Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, before a capacity audience in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Albany, on March 10, 2023.

FCBA Begins the New Year with Membership, Website and CLE Improvements

Learn more about our new rolling-structure membership portal, new website, assistance with finding your membership status and login issues, video-on-demand CLE programming, and more.

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Chief Bankruptcy Judge Diane Davis Retires

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Diane Davis retired earlier this month, after serving for 14 years on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York. Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes announced that Judge Wendy Kinsella is the new Chief Bankruptcy Judge.

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On March 8, 2023, Liza Magley and Collin Carr of the FCBA First Decade Committee hosted a well-attended Syracuse University College of Law Career Talk program for law students and young lawyers entitled, "Introduction to Federal Court Practice and Judicial Clerkships." Panelists included Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes; Chief United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter; Nicole Eallonardo, Courtroom Deputy to Chief Judge Sannes; Liza R. Magley of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; and Courtenay McKeon of the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

Upcoming Events

April 3, 4:00 to 6:15 p.m.: Roadways to the Bench, Syracuse College of Law’s Dineen Hall; register here

April 19, 4 to 7 p.m.: Retirement Celebration for Bankruptcy Judge Diane Davis; Yahnundasis Golf Club; register here

May 16, 3 to 5 p.m.: CLE: Jury Selection & Opening Statements; register here

 June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Federal Criminal Defense Training; Crown Plaza, Syracuse; register here

 July 4, 11:59 p.m.: submissions close for 8th Annual FCBA Constitution Contest; flyer here

October 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: CLE: Trying a Civil Rights Case in the NDNY (Albany event); register here

October 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: CLE: Trying a Civil Rights Case in the NDNY (Syracuse event); register here

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