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50 Nassau Law. 1 (2000-2001)

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The Journal of the Nassau County Bar Association

September 2000
Warshawsky honred
Justice Ira 8 Warshawsky will
be honored by the Former
Assistant District Attorneys of
Nassau County with the organiza-
tion's Frank A. Gulotta Award on
Oct. 27 at the annual dinner to be
held at the Sail Harbor in Bayvile.
Matthew Fuscillo, former law
speretary to Judge Jed Otenstein,
wiu receive the association's
Distinguished Service Award for
service to the criminal bar by a
court employee.
For further information about
the dinner or the journal, please
call Marc Gann at (516) 294-0300
Learn ethics at lunch
On Oct. 4. the Nassau Academy
of Law will offer a lunchtime pro-
gi., covering Ethical Rules and
Issues In Marketing: From
Adverssing - to the Intnet
Including Mailings and Seminars.
from1230pm to2pm atthe
Nassau County Bar Association in
Mineola The discussion will also
cover do's and don'ts In collecting
your fees
The program will provide 1.0
hours credit In ethics.
Advance registration Is
required. There is a fee of $3.
For more information or to
register, call the Nassau Academy of
Law at (516) 747-4464.
Pro        Uln 2000
One of the major activities of
the Nassau County Bar Association
Is the Probonothon, through which
private Bar donations are solicited
toward administration oi the
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Members are asked not only to
help work the phones for at least
one two-hour stint on Oct 3 or 4,
but also to recruit other volunteers
among colleagues.
See PRO, Page 15A
Academy el Law .... 12A-13A
Calendar ............ 22A
Classified ........... 23A
Committee News ... 18A,19A
Demus Doings ......... 4A
From the President ...... 4A
In Brief .............. 8A
Picture Page ......... 16A
We Care  ............ 14A

wwwnassaubanorg

Vol. 50, No. 1

New domestic violence services Comments on

By RHODA SELVIN
assau County indigent victims of
spousal abuse found a new service
for obtaining a divorce when, on Dec.
1, .999, Nassau-Suffolk Law Services
opened its Domestic Violence Unit to
clients. A successful gi ant proposal to the
U S Department of Justice, Office of
Justice Programs, submitted jointly by
La% Services and the Nassau County
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, pro.
sided the funds for this long-sought opera-
tion
The new unit:s to staff attoneyb,
assisted by a paralegal, provide replesen-
tation in ulnorce actions to victims of
domestic violence  ho %%ere hell.d to
orders of piotection and referred to the
unit by the coalition Since these referrals
were previously moved to the head of the
Volunteer Lawyers Project's long waiting
list fo matriiomal the nex' procedure
wilt considerably shorten the waiting tme
for clients seeking representation for
divorces in wich domestic violence is not
an issue. VLP will still be involved to some
extent, hoaever, it will be retponsible for
recruiting volunteer, expenc -iced litigators
to assist the unit's staff in the more com-
plex litigated cases.
In its first seven months, the Domestic
Violence Unit has provided crucial - and
gratifying - assistance to many victims of
abuse.
One client had been so severely beaten
by her husband that she lost several teeth.
' hrough the efforts of a unit staff member,
Courtroom llehaviop - Page 5

ON THE UAb': Ptismeny.
the client was referred to an organzation
called, Give Back a Smile A volunteer
dentist will repair the damage to her
mouth and, it is hoped, to her self esteem
Another victim of spousal abuse was
seeking a divorce from her husband, who
was In jail for threatening her with a gun.
See SERVICL, Page 9A

change in jury
instructions
State seeks input on presumption
of inpocence, reasonable doubt
By MARC C. GANN
The Committee on Criminal Jury In-
structions has proposed changes to the
Pattern Jury Instructions for use in all
criminal trials in New York state on the
issues of the Presumption of Innocence and
Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
The committee is seeking comment froia
the Bench and Bar since the proposed
changes modify the defation of principles
that are the foundation of our criminal jus-
tice system and which have been univer-
sally used for such a long period o time
Comments must be received by Sept. 15,
2000 and should be addressed to Judge
Steven W Fisher, co-chair, Committee on
Criminal Jury Instructions, 88-11 Sutpain
Blvd., Jamdaka, NY. 11435.
The full text of the proposed changes can
be found in the Court Notes of the New York
Law Journal for Aug. 3, 2000 1 strongly
encourage all practitioners to review the
proposals and either comment directly to
the committee or to me as chair or the
NCBA Criminal Courts Law and Procedure
Committee. The most significant aspect of
the propeed changes relates to the definition
See TRIAL, Page S15A

Nassau Lawyer under new direction ABA saying

nder the direction of a new pubhiher   Publ.cations CommitWeo luncheon meeting
and a new editor-in cuef, the Nassau  last month. Consistent with the renewed
Lawyer launches its 2000-01 season  vigor of the editorial staff is the vibrant
with this issue. The new                             new look of the publication,
pulisher is John Kominicki                          which is duo to a four-color
of Dolan Media, the parent                          pnnting process
company of Long Island                                Iie format of the Nassau
Lsisness News. The new                               Lawvr has undergone chan.
editor-in-chief is Richard D                         ges as well, most notably
Cellins, n former asqislant                          evinced by a spited commit-
histnet attoiney who is now                          meat to publishing substan-
practicing criminal defense                          tive articles from the broad
in the Carlo Place law finn                          diversity of the association's
of Cellins, McDonald &                               members. It is hoped that
Gann.                                                all those who have con-
Recently, many energetic                           tnbuted regularly in the past
new members have joined                              will continue to express them-
the editorial staff. The              ,              selves here, even as the pubh-
heightened interest in the                           cation pursues its prionty
publction resulted in the
largest turout in years at a  Editor Collins and Meng.     See NEW, Page 11A

no to MDP-
at least now
By A THOMAS LEVIN
t the innual meeting of the American
Bar Association beld in New York City
in July, the ABA louse of Delegates,
led by the New York state delegation, delv.
ered a strong message to the ABA leadership
and the Big tive accounting firms. By a
margin of 314-106, the House of Delegates
rejected the ABA leadership's proposal to
endorse non-lawyer ownership of law firms,
and defeating attempts to leave the subject
See ABA, Page 11A

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