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40 Nassau Law. 1 (1992)

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President Levin Attends ABA House Of Delegates Mid-Year Meeting

NCBA President im L.evin recently at-
tended the American Bar Association
House of Delegates meeting in DallasTEras,
onFebruary3 and 4, as therepresentativeof
the Nassau County Bar Association. Dur-
Ing this meeting, the House considered a
number of Items affecting lawyers around
the natlon.
One principal subject ofdiscussion was a
recommendation by the Bevely Hills Bar
Association that theABA support theadop-
tion of laws legalizing euthanasia. This
recommendatiop was voted down by an
overwhelming majority of the House of
Delegates.
Also a prime focus at the meeting was a

report from an ABA Commission recoin.
mending model rules fortheoperation of at.
tomey disciplinary panels ineachState.The
more controversial parts of this report
.commended that attorney disciplinary pro.
ceedings be open to the public, that all
documentsinsuch proceedings also beopen
to the public, from the filing of a complaint
about an attorney, and that each State
establish procedures for ranidomaudits ofat-
tomey trust accounts. After extensive debate,
the House voted by a wide margin to adopt
a recommendation that attorney discip-
linary proceedings remain confidential, and
that such pro-. edings be open to the public
(and the media) only upon a finding that
probable cause exists to Institute formal

charges against an attorney. The random
audit recommendation was approved by a
narrow margin.
The Househeard an address from United
Stat.ChiefJustice William Rehnquist.con.
cerning his efforts to reduce the amount of
litigation in the federal courts, primarily by
limiting federal jurisdiction. In other pro.
ceedinzs, the Nominating Committee
nominated William Id. Ill, of Atlanta,
Georga. as President-Elect of the ABA for
1992-1993, and Samuel Smith, of Miami,
Florida, as Secretary-Elect for 1991-1994.
The formatelectons forthese positions wil
be held at-the ABA Annual Meeting in
August 1992.

Board VotesAction On County Clerk Delays; Urges Restoration Of Probation Services

At the February Board of Directors
mLming, PresidentTm Levin informed the
Board that the backlogintheCountyclerk's
officehad gotten worseduringtheprevious
month. The delays in processing index
number applrations have Increased from
one-half-day to eight days. The backlog of
orders andjudgments awaiting entry has In-
creased from eight weeks to eleven weeks,
and the delay In entry of matrimonial
judgments has Increased from three weeks
to nearly five weeks. After consideratlon of
this news, and legal advice regarding the
viability of ;udicial remedies for the situa-

lion, the board overwhelmingly voted to
authorize the Executive Committee to take
appropriate action, including litigation If
necessary, to resolve this troublesome
situation.
The Board also unanimously endorsed a
resolution by Past President Frank E. Tan.
nelli expressing strong support for the
Nassau County Probation Department,
recogniingitsimpotancein thedeliveryof
essential criminal justice services, and re-
questing the Board of Supcrvisors to main-
tan funding of the Probation Department
to ensure the quality of justice.

Er. net Agoglia, chairof the Court Con-
gcstion Thsk Force Subcommittee on Jury
Selection Procedures addressed the Board
with respect to the recommendations of the
Task Force. The Board endorsed proposals
intended to expedite and improve the jury
selection process. The recommendations will
be forwarded to Administrative Judge
McGinity, in hopes that the courts will im-
plement these suggestions.
In other business, the Board heard reports
from President-Elect Andrew Simons regar-
ding the recent Nationat Conference o Bar
Presid,.ts meeting, and from Executive

Director Deena Ehrlich about the National
Association of Bar Executives meeting.
President Levin reported on the recent
meetings or the New York State Bar House
of Dclegatcsand theAn'erican BarAssocia-
tion Houseof Dclegates. The Board atsoap-
proved action to expand the Founder's
Room, with the expenses or this project to
be paId from funds presemtlyavailablem the
Bar's capital reserve fund.
Thenext regulai mctingof the Board of
Directors Is March 10, 1992.

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Additional Reduction In Document Room Hours
Severe budget cuts by the Nassau County Board of Supervisors have resulted in the
layoff of 53 employees in the County Clerk's office, as of January 17, 1992.
Effective immediately, the County Clerk Document Room will be o' only from
9 a.m. to I p.m. each day.
If Orders to Show Cause are required at other hours, the papers wilt be accepted at
the Supreme Court Motion Clerk's Office.
This schedule will remain in effect until further notice.
See the Centerfold
4for
Nassau Academy of Law
Program Descriptions and
Registration Forms
For Upcoming Seminars
The Nassau Academy of Law Is attempting to use the Nassau
Lawyer as a vehicle for disseminating information and
r.-gistration for our seminars.
We anticipate that eventually all information about the Nassau
Academy of Law seminars will appear in the Nassau Lawyer
only, rather than through individual mailings.
Please use the handy registration form in the centerfold to
pre-register.

A. THOMAS LEVIN

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