Summer 2019 Newsletter
Recent news, events, and useful information from the
Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
President Trump on August 28 announced his intention to nominate United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. The Court reviews decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Judges serve 15-year terms.

Kim Zimmer is set to become FCBA President on January 1, 2020. Ms. Zimmer is a criminal defense attorney in Syracuse, her hometown. She discussed her practice, starting her own law firm, and the people and cases that stay with her.

Upcoming Events
September 10: FCBA Annual Golf Event, Edison Club, Rexford, New York, 11:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 20: Syracuse University College of Law “Third Annual Supreme Court Preview” CLE – with a student and faculty reception on September 19 at 5 p.m.

September 24: Meet & Greet Federal Judges, Ocean Blue, 118 Columbia Street, Utica, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

September 26: “Trial Preparation and Relevance and Hearsay Refresher” CLE, Albany, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

October 2: “Handling a Prisoner Case” CLE – Albany, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 4: “Handling a Prisoner Case” CLE – Syracuse, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 10: Fireside Chat at Syracuse University College of Law with the Hon. Norman A. Mordue, Senior United States District Judge, 5 p.m.

November 12: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Trial Reenactment in Albany, 6 p.m.

December 5: FCBA Annual CLE/Meeting/Dinner, Albany
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Northern District of New York going live with electronic case filing. Electronic filing has substantially streamlined the filing process and provided far greater public access to the court’s docket. However, inherent within this increased public access rests a strong concern about protecting private or privileged information. I’d like to use this opportunity to discuss some of the ways we as a clerk’s office protect sensitive information.

On June 20, 2019, the Supreme Court issued its decision in McDonough v. Smith, 139 S. Ct. 2149 (2019), holding that the statute of limitations on a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 fabricated-evidence claim begins to run when the criminal proceeding against the plaintiff terminates in his favor. The district court case, from the Northern District of New York, had held that such claims accrue earlier, when the alleged fabrication results in damages and the ‘‘plaintiff becomes aware of the tainted evidence and its improper use.”

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