Pro Bono Requirements for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is planning to require future New York attorneys to perform 50 hours of pro bono service before being admitted to practice law in New York.   Pro bono is a Latin phrase generally used to describe professional work undertaken without payment or at a reduced fee, as a pu...
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UPDATE: Manhattan DA: Detroit Tiger Delmon Young Still Facing Charges

The Manhattan DA is still pushing forward with its misdemeanor hate crime assault case against Detroit Tiger Delmon Young for his accused drunken anti-Semite tirade in which he is accused of yelling “F*cking Jews!” and attacking a male tourist in New York city.   The DA’ office has apparentl...
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Congratulations to the Massapequa High School Moot Court Team!

The Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team edged past Roslyn High School to win the Marcus G. Christ Championship Trophy in the New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament (“NYSHSMTT”).   The NYSHSMTT is the nation’s largest moot court competition for high schools and provides students ...
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Class Certified in NYPD Stop and Frisk Program

Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled “overwhelming evidence” exists that the NYPD is running a centralized “stop-and-frisk” program that has led to thousands of unlawful stops and arrests.   As a result the federal judge certified a 2008 class action lawsuit that challenges the NYPD “stop and fr...
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Resisting Arrest Charges Dismissed in Brooklyn Family Court

On May 7, 2012, the Court in Matter of Victorino W., D-29783-11, dismissed two resisting arrest charges against two female students when it held there was insufficient evidence to show that neither of the two respondents knew they were being arrested.   The first student Victoria W. allegedly push...
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A loan is usurious and unenforceable if it seeks recovery of annualized interest rate in excess of 16 % from individual borrowers

The New York General Obligations Law provides that the legal rate of interest charged on a loan is six (6) percent per annum unless a different rate of interest is fixed under section 14 (a) of the Banking Law.  Section 14 (a) of the New York Banking Law holds that the maximum rate of interest [&he...
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Lenders that seek to recover compound monthly interest on loans for less than $250,000 are unenforceable and void

New York statutory law limits a lender’s ability to collect compound interest on any loan for $250,000 or less.  Indeed, “compound interest” is commonly defined as interest on interest or interest that is paid on both the principal and the previously accumulated interest.  “Compound intere...
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