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Join Us in New York for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention
The SDNY Chapter warmly welcomes you to the Big Apple this September, where, for the first time in its 90-year history, the FBA will hold its Annual Meeting and Convention.


The Magisterial Eye of the Marvelous Magistrate Judge Hon. Robert M. Levy
Before attending NYU Law School, the now Hon. Robert M. Levy was seriously considering becoming a professional photographer, taking seminars with such noted photographers as Ansel Adams, Lisette Model, and Lee Friedlander. He ultimately chose the law as his profession, but never abandoned photography
An Overview of ADR Programs within the New York City-Based Courts of the Second Circuit, with a Focus on Mediation
When members of the federal bar think of the Second Circuit courts based in the New York City area, large, complex, commercial, or historically groundbreaking litigation is likely the first thing that comes to mind.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York: The First 100 Years and Beyond
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently celebrated its 225th anniversary, and much has been written of late about the court and its history.
The Yellow Cab: A NYC Icon on the Skids
Thousands of NYC cabbies are facing financial ruin. Many are too old to rebuild or even to work again. Several have taken their own lives. The culprit is the recent precipitous drop in the value of taxi medallions, which stripped many of not only their livelihoods but also their homes and life savings.
Illustrating Justice: A View of the U.S. Distric Court for the SDNY from the Gallery
To say that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) "is the pre-eminent trial court in the land" is a bit of an understatement.
Women of the Mother Court
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), colloquially known as the "Mother Court," is the oldest federal court in the United States.
Access to Justice for the Pro Se Litigant in Mediation: A New York City Experience
Justice Black in Gideon V. Wainwright stated that "reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him" and in the process he raised the awareness of his long-held belief that indeed there is a gap in access to justice in the United States.
Activist Sites of NYC
As many readers of The Federal Lawyer head to the New York Marriott Hotel in downtown New York City for the 2018 Federal Bar Association Annual Convention, they will be staying only a stone's throw from the "Freedom Tower" and newly built skyscrapers surrounding it.
Admiralty Law and the Federal District Courts of New York Go Hand in Hand
Borrowing from the remarks of Hon. Charles S. Haight Jr. at the 225th anniversary of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), on Nov. 4, 2014: "The fascination of admiralty law has the power to attract previously untutored converts."
Fashion Law: A Multifaceted Practice
Fashion law is an often misunderstood area of the law, as complex as the diverse practice areas that it encompasses. From manufacturing to retail, fashion technology, distribution, innovation, privacy, and sustainability, the issues range from the mundane to novel issues of law.
John Feerick: The 25th Amendment with the Man Who Lived Through it All
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While many know what the amendment set forth - rules for presidential succession - fewer are aware of the personalities that made it happen.