BLJ: Streamlining the arbitration process

An arbitration case typically involves cases of documents and evidence, with each set of participants receiving paper copies. When a participant needs a specific document, he or she must go into a banker’s box and retrieve the specified document. It can be a time-consuming and confusing process. In an effort to streamline the arbitration process, Jack W. Hunt & Associates Inc. started using technology and software to cut down on the time and paper needed to conduct a session. Using a combination…

BLJ: Felon-turned-lawyer tells his story

More than 100 students from area public and private schools received a lesson on the Constitution last week at the Robert H. Jackson Courthouse in Buffalo, a lesson that is sure to leave an indelible impression. The students, mostly juniors and seniors, barely stirred as attorney TheArthur Duncan II presented “Locked Up and Locked Out: A Second Chance,” his life story. He told the students how far he has come since early 2000 when he was sentenced to three years in federal prison for drug-related…

BLJ: The intrigue of international acquisitions

When a company is interested in acquiring a corporation that conducts international business, a lot of time and money is spent on making sure the buyer isn’t purchasing more problems than it bargained for. In the case of one Western New York business, a Texas-based company it was eyeing may be worth the headache, said James Wholey, a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. “The company they want to acquire does basic stuff; it’s kind of a parts-type business,” he said. “They sell in some pretty…

BLJ: Gala to mark law school’s 130th year

The University at Buffalo School of Law will celebrate its 130th anniversary with a gala at the Buffalo Club on Oct. 14. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m.. The club is located at 388 Delaware Ave. Included will be class reunions for twos and sevens, as well as an opportunity to welcome the new dean, Aviva Abramovsky. While the weekend will play host to the class reunions, the gala is open to alumni, faculty, students and guests. Tours of O’Brian Hall will run from noon to 1 p.m. and from…

BLJ: Clark recalled as one of the ‘true greats’ in area legal scene

Frank Clark, who served as Erie County district attorney for three terms spanning 12 years, died Sept. 22 after a long illness. He was 74. Clark was the second-longest-serving DA in county history. He assumed office in 1997 and served through 2008. The Brooklyn native moved to Buffalo with his family in the late 1940s and graduated from Canisius High School in 1960. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University in 1964 and went on to the University at Buffalo School of Law, graduating…

BLJ: NYCLU report says record keeping must improve

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report last week alleging that police departments statewide are not responding to Freedom of Information Law requests in a timely or appropriate manner, thereby eroding transparency in the agencies. The report also outlines a number of steps that police departments, local governments and the state Legislature should make in order to remedy the issue. “Communities across New York have little access to information about how their police departments…

Buffalo Law Journal’s 2017 Legal Elite Top 10

The annual Legal Elite is upon us. As part of that comes the Top 10, a list compiled by the Buffalo Law Journal of attorneys who are some of the most respected and experienced names in the business. The process to select the Top 10 was peer-driven, based on nominations from the Western New York legal community. On this year’s list are several repeat honorees but there are a number of newcomers, as well. They are well-known arbitrators, trial attorneys and corporate attorneys. Several run their…

Legal pros nominate peers for annual ‘Elite’ feature

Getting my first issue of Legal Elite under my belt has been a great experience. Receiving your nominations for the best of the best in Western New York’s legal community has been exciting and educational. We hope the effort shines through and that we truly have honored some of the area’s most-respected attorneys. The format didn’t change much this year, as preparation for this edition started barely after I had two months on the job. I’m sure that next year we’ll take a look at what could…

Legal Elite’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Edward Cosgrove

As the oldest of nine children from a working-class neighborhood in Lackawanna, Edward Cosgrove knew that getting an education would be important. At 83, he still puts that education to use, working 50 to 60 hours a week at his law firm and maintaining the vitality of a man half his age after practicing law for 54 years. “It’s a gift from God,” he said. “Not many people my age can do what I do every day.” Many of his high school classmates retired years ago. “I’m still going, and…

Notebook: Legal beat everything it’s cracked up to be

It’s been nearly five months since I started as editor of the Buffalo Law Journal and it’s been quite an experience so far. I can say without hesitation that the legal beat is unlike any other beat I’ve covered in my journalism career, and the more I get into it, the more fascinating it becomes. I’ve learned a lot, but there’s one thing that sticks out above and beyond anything else: The passion that the legal community puts into their jobs is infectious. I have been blown away by the…