Winter 2020 Newsletter
Recent news, events, and useful information from the
Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
More than 200 people packed into the Ceremonial Courtroom of the James T. Foley U.S. Courthouse on the evening of November 12, to watch the re-enactment of one of the most infamous trials in U.S. history – the 1951 espionage trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

The FCBA held its annual meeting and dinner on December 5, 2019, at a former-bank-headquarters-turned banquet-hall at 60 State Street in Albany.

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On October 30, 2019 the FCBA sponsored a reception officially welcoming the Hon. Miroslav Lovric as the district’s newest Magistrate Judge. The reception was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Binghamton. Pictured in this photo, from left to right, are Amira Davis, Ronald Akel, Kathryn Grant Madigan, Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, Judge Lovric, Jackie Gerchman, and Paul J. Sweeney.
By Kim Zimmer

For me, this Organization is about collegiality and mentorship. And, as President of this Organization, I want to foster collegiality, mutual respect, and friendship among our members. I consider it a vital part of our mission and why we exist. I believe we all make each other better lawyers. I am so fortunate for all of my mentors, colleagues, and friends. And, I am very excited to be the President of this Organization.

By Clerk of Court John Domurad

Approximately 10 years ago, the NDNY Federal Court Bar Association established the Pro Se Assistance Program. This Program is designed to help pro se litigants better understand the complexities involved in the prosecution or defense of a legal action, and to assist the Northern District of New York in the administration of justice. By all measures, the Program has proven incredibly successful at assisting pro se litigants with their issues and refining what can be expected should they elect to file in federal court.

Upcoming Events
February 10, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Tech Tools for Small Firms CLE, Seventh-Floor Jury Assembly Room, 100 South Clinton Street, Syracuse

February 26 at 5:30 p.m.: FCBA social networking event for new lawyers, Syracuse University College of Law, Dineen Hall

March 12, 6 p.m.: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Trial Reenactment, Third-Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 100 South Clinton Street, Syracuse
The NDNY-FCBA’s Constitutional Scholars Program has expanded its Fifth Annual Essay Contest to include categories for video performances, graphic art and poems/short stories. The contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 in the 32 counties that constitute the Northern District of New York.

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