Ethics and Professionalism in Court and Online

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This two (2) credit transitional CLE course will be taught by the Honorable George Marlow, former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division and Professor Jeremy Feinberg, a professor of Ethics at Columbia Law School. Judge Marlow is the New York State Judicial Ethics Chairperson and Professor Feinberg is the Statewide Special Counsel for Ethics and the Commercial Division at New York’s Office of Court Administration.

This course will focus on the ethical obligations and rules of professional responsibility to be followed by attorneys practicing in the State of New York.  Issues relating to the use of the internet to research jurors, parties and witnesses will be discussed as will the use of social networks in providing legal advice and advertising for legal services.  The course will also focus on the ethical duties and risks of concern to attorneys utilizing new technological advances such as the Cloud.

MCLE Credit:  Ethics and Professionalism – 2.0  

About the Speakers:

Jeremy Feinberg, Esq., Columbia Law School

Jeremy R. Feinberg is the Statewide Special Counsel for Ethics at New York’s Office of Court Administration.  In that capacity, he oversees the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center and provides ethics training, support and advice to the approximately 15,000 non-judicial employees of the Unified Court System.  He also serves as one of the staff counsel to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, the panel of judges that provides ethical advice and opinions for all members of the New York State Judiciary.

Mr. Feinberg frequently lectures on legal ethics at CLE programs around the state and contributes writings on ethics issues to the New York Professional Responsibility Report.  He has served as a guest lecturer and instructor at a number of New York area law schools. He has been a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, Council on Judicial Administration and Committee on Professional Discipline.  He was also a member of the New York State CLE Board. Mr. Feinberg is also OCA’s Statewide Special Counsel for the Commercial Division.  In that role, he provides support and assistance to all of the Commercial Division courts throughout New York, and serves as a liaison between the Bench and the commercial Bar.

Before joining OCA in January 2006, Mr. Feinberg was a senior litigation associate at the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP where he handled sports law, commercial litigation, and ethics matters for the firm’s clients.  He served as law clerk to Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, from December 1996 to December 1998.  He is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University School of Law and a 1992 graduate of Columbia College.

Hon. George D. Marlow, Chair of the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics

The Honorable George D. Marlow received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University in 1963, and went on to obtain his juris doctor from St. John’s University School of law in 1966. Before starting his judicial career, Justice Marlow worked as a Queens County Assistant District Attorney and from 1971 to 1975 he was an Assistant District Attorney in Dutchess County. From 1976 to 1979 he was the Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt.

Justice Marlow first joined the judiciary as Town Justice in Poughkeepsie, which position he held from 1980, to 1983.  He then sat as a Dutchess County Family Court Judge from 1984, to 1992.  From 1993, to 1999, he was a Dutchess County Court Judge.

In 1996, he was named co-chair of the New York State Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and the New York State Capital Case Judicial Resource Committee.  He has been a member of the Ethics Committee since its creation in 1987, becoming co-chairperson in 1996, and chairperson in 2006.  He was also named to the Commission on Fiduciary Appointments and the Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections.

In 1997, he was an Acting Supreme Court Justice in Kings County.  That same year he received his Masters of Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada.  The next year he presided over one of New York’s first death penalty trials.

Justice Marlow has been a member of the Mid-Hudson Women’s Bar Association for more than twenty-five years and is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations’ Dispute Resolution Committees and the Justice Brandeis H.V. Law Society.  He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals and has many published opinions and other writings.  Since retiring from the bench he has taught judicial and attorney ethics and is counsel to Gellert & Klein where he focuses his practice on Mediation and Arbitration.

He continues as the New York State Judicial Ethics Chair and provides confidential ethics advice to all 3,600 judges in New York State upon request.

WBASNY is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. All programs are transitional. Financial hardship scholarship: Full and partial scholarships for these programs based on financial need are available. A written request must be forwarded to the WBASNY President, at Post Office Box 936, New York, NY 10024-0546. All requests are confidential.

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