Hearing Tuesday At Court Of Appeals On Civil Legal Services For The Poor

October 25, 2015 Nemes Legal

ALBANY Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese and Rabbi Scott Schpeen of Churchgoers Beth Emeth in Albany will be amongst the witnesses testifying Tuesday at an unique hearing at the Court of Appeals on the problem of civil legal services for the poor.The hearing, from 10 am to noon, will be before Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman; and Karen Peters, the administering justice of the Albany-based Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, Third Department; the states primary management judge, Lawrence Marks; and New york city State Bar Association President David Miranda.Increasing civil legal services for the bad has been a trademark of Lippmans period because he became the chief judge in 2009. Lippman will leave the bench at years end because he will have reached the compulsory retirement age of 70. It is the third of 4 such hearings being held statewide.Lippman will report the conclusions to the state Legislature and make recommendations for funding to narrow exactly what he called the justice gap.

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