NYLJ: City, 18-B Lawyers, Judge Meet for Settlement Talks

07/29/2010

Acting Supreme Court Justice Anil C. Singh yesterday hosted a conference in his Manhattan courtroom to determine if a settlement can be reached in a lawsuit brought by New York City's five borough bar groups to block the city from implementing a plan to shift most of 44,000 cases handled by private assigned counsel for indigent criminal defendants to institutional providers. The settlement discussions ended after more than an hour, with the judge setting Tuesday for oral arguments in New York County Lawyers' Association v. Bloomberg, 107216/10, unless a settlement is reached beforehand.

Yesterday's conference was attended by Shari Hyman, the city's deputy criminal justice coordinator, and the city's lawyer, Assistant Corporation Counsel Thaddeus Hackworth. The bar groups' were represented by David M. Siegal, Jonathan D. Pressment and Kendyl T. Hanks of Haynes and Boone. The presidents of four of the borough bar plaintiffs were also present: James M. Kobak of the New York County Lawyers' Association; Andrea E. Bonina of the Brooklyn bar; Christopher M. DiLorenzo of the Bronx; and Chanwood Lee of Queens.

Excerpted from New York Law Journal. For full text, click here. (Subscription required.)

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