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The Bulletin

The Bulletin is the official "members only" monthly publication of the Bar Association of Erie County. A tabloid-sized newspaper, The Bulletin contains news about the legal community in Western New York that can't be found elsewhere. From the latest legal updates to first-hand information on upcoming CLE programs, the publication keeps members abreast of Association events and activities. Members consistently list The Bulletin among the top three reasons for belonging to the Association. 

Advertising in the Bulletin

The Bar Association's official monthly publication offers a highly targeted and effective way to reach the legal community in Western New York. The Bulletin is circulated to over 3,000 individual attorneys, in addition to support staff, law firms, and other legal organizations. Readership studies show that the Bulletin is widely read by local attorneys and that the majority read each issue within a day of receiving it. Frequency discounts are available for those who advertise in five or more issues per year. 

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Click here to download an advertising contract

Send contracts and print-ready ads to Greg Hirtzel - ghirtzel@eriebar.org.

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Archived issues of The Bulletin are available online beginning with the January 2006 edition. Hard copies of articles published prior to January 2006 are available through the Association office. To view archives of some past issues of the Bulletin dating back to 1934 (provided by HeinOnline), please click here. The username is: ecba and password is: ecba2013 to access Bar Association of Erie County library. 

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Directory of Attorneys and the Courts

Every Western New York Lawyer Needs the Bar Association's Court Directory!

The Directory is an annual publication of the Bar Association of Erie County and serves as a desk reference for attorneys, paralegals and other support staff. The Directory contains a listing of all the attorneys in Western New York with addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses. It also includes a section on our local courts and related government offices. Approximately 8,500 copies of the Directory are distributed each year to the western New York legal and business communities.

The 2019-2020 Directory is now available for pre-order! Directories are $25 each plus shipping. 

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To submit a change of address for the Directory and Bar Association of Erie County database, please click here.  


PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OPINIONS

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Secure Pass ID Cards

Secure Pass IDs are available to all New York attorneys. The ID card is a voluntary program and will allow holders to enter New York State courthouses without having to pass through magnetometers, while maintaining the highest level of security for the facility. ID Cards will now remain valid for 5 years.

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Court Resources

The Office of Public Affairs of the New York State Unified Court System (USC) maintains an ongoing effort to increase awareness about court resources available to the public and the legal community.

New York State Court's Programs & Initiatives (hyperlink to www.nycourts.gov/ip ) an all-access on line guide to court resources. The Access to Justice Link allows users to download official court forms. The E-Courts Link provides information on how legal documents can be filed electronically. Also information on Jury Service, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Court Interpreting Services and other resources can be found here: www.nycourts.gov/ip

Expansion of Mandatory E-Filing (hyperlink to https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/HomePage ) Mandatory electronic filing has expanded as per recent legislation and administrative order of the Chief Administrative Judge. Please view the attached bulletin for details including courts, types of cases and dates when e-filing becomes mandatory.


Confidential Lawyer Succession Registry

What if? It's something most of us don't ask ourselves. It's not easy to consider circumstances that might interrupt one's ability to continue a law career. The reality is that accidents, illness, disability and sudden death do occur.

The Erie County Bar Foundation assists attorneys and their families during times of crisis and coordinated an effort to resolve these recurring emergencies by creating a Confidential Lawyer Succession Registry.

A brief registry card is filled out by each attorney naming a "designee attorney." These cards are returned to the Bar Association and the information is entered into a data base. The originating attorney is given a four-page document on which to record confidential office information, which will then be shared with the designee. The form is meant to be kept on file and includes information such as where active files are located, who has access to those files, the name of the person who has passwords for the computer, combinations, keys, where outstanding billing for client matters can be found. IOLA, escrow and operating account information and the like. That document is held in safekeeping by the "designee attorney."

To be added to the registry, download and fill out the information below. Please feel free to contact Anne Noble for more information at 852-8687.

Confidental Lawyer Succession Forms


Links

Helpful links within the legal community


Veteran's Legal Services Referral List

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Disaster Recovery Plans

The documents below delineate our policies and procedures for technology disaster recovery, as well as our process-level plans for recovering critical technology platforms and the telecommunications infrastructure. These documents summarize our recommended procedures. In the event of an actual emergency situation, modifications to these documents may be made to ensure the physical safety of our people, our systems and our data. 

Our mission is to ensure the information system updtime, data integrity and availability, and business continuity.

The document links below list procedures for both large law firms and solo/small law firms.

Disaster Recovery Plan - Law Firm

Disaster Recovery Plan - Solo and Small Law Firm


Legal Organizations 2019-2020

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