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The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.
 
Notice to the Bar - Rule 520.6 LL.M program of study
 

The Court of Appeals has amended section 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(d) of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law, which pertains to the LL.M. program of study that must be completed by applicants with a deficiency in their foreign legal education. The amendment clarifies that the LL.M. program must include, among other things, a minimum of six credits in courses that principally focus on subject matter tested on the New York State bar examination or the New York Law Examination, the 50-question exam that will become a requirement for admission once the Uniform Bar Examination is implemented in July 2016.

A copy of the order amending section 520.6 can be found below. Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.

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Notice to the Bar - Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals
 
The Court of Appeals has posted a brief video orientation for counsel regarding arguing at the Court of Appeals. The video is under 10 minutes and is designed for counsel that have not frequently argued at the Court. The video is located here: Video Orientation re Arguing at the Court of Appeals.
 
Notice to the Bar - Primary Election Appeals
 

The Clerks' Offices of the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division Departments release the following joint scheduling announcement:

The Departments have scheduled and reserved only the following dates to consider appeals related to the September 10, 2015 primary elections:

First Department - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
(Wednesday, August 19, 2015, if necessary)

Second Department - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
(Wednesday, August 19, 2015, if necessary)

Third Department - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fourth Department - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Court of Appeals has scheduled and reserved Tuesday, August 25, 2015 and, if necessary, Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to consider appeals and motions for leave to appeal related to primary election matters.

Because there is limited time available between the primary election sessions of the Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals, parties who seek to have matters placed upon the Court of Appeals motions or appeals calendars must contact the Court of Appeals Clerk's Office for filing instructions promptly (usually at the time the decision of the Appellate Division is made known).

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Notice to the Bar - Uniform Bar Examination
 

Upon recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the Court of Appeals has amended sections 520.2, 520.7, 520.8, 520.9 and 520.12 of the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR Part 520) to adopt the UBE, effective for the July 2016 administration of the New York State bar examination. Consistent with the Advisory Committee's recommendation, applicants who achieve a passing score on the UBE and seek admission in New York also will be required to complete two state-specific components: an online "New York Law Course" and a separate, online 50-question multiple choice exam, the "New York Law Exam." The Advisory Committee's report to the Court is available on the Committee's website here.

The Court also made a minor change to the Rules not related to the UBE. New language was added to section 520.16, pertaining to the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission, to clarify the date after which eligible pro bono work must be performed.

A copy of the order amending the Court's Rules is below.

Questions related to the rule change may be directed to the Court's Office for Professional Matters at (518) 455-7760.

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2014 New York State Court of Appeals Annual Report
 
The Court has released its 2014 Annual Report. It can be viewed on line here.
 
 

 
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