A tribute to Albany Law School’s Emeritus Professor David D. Siegel

The Albany Law School community is deeply saddened by the loss of Distinguished Professor Emeritus David D. Siegel, a beloved member of the Albany Law School faculty for more than four decades and a titan in the field of New York Practice.   Professor Siegel’s work since the 1970’s had a huge impact on New York law, as well as on the law school’s reputation,” said Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews. “We will dearly miss him.”

“We will remember him with fondness and as a wonderful friend and colleague whose impact was pervasive and deep.  His incredible imprint still informs the work we do at the Law School.”

Albany Law School’s alumni and the NYLJ remembers our dear friend and colleague:

David Siegel, Author of New York Practice, Dies at 82
By Tania Karas, New York Law Journal, October 10, 2014


David Siegel, a longtime Albany Law School professor who was considered the state’s foremost authority on New York civil practice, died Thursday at home in North Egremont, Mass., after years of declining health. He was 82.

Siegel was best known as the author of “New York Practice,” a treatise on civil procedure known to every lawyer who practices in New York. Originally published in 1978, the book is now in its fifth edition. For 37 years, Siegel wrote and edited the New York State Bar Association’s New York State Law Digest, which reports on notable Court of Appeals opinions, and authored numerous commentaries on civil and federal practice.

Beginning in 1993 he published “Siegel’s Practice Review,” a four-page monthly newsletter that summarized developments in New York civil practice. Its last issue ran in March 2014.

Siegel was also one of the longest-standing members and former chairman of the Unified Court System’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice, which recommends changes to civil procedure for adoption by the state Legislature.  Continue reading

Free International Food Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga’s First Annual International Flavor feast  - Enjoy FREE Food, Drinks and Entertainment.

Sample food from: France, Germany, Belgium, Jamaica, Italy, Korea, Thailand and Japan, Faroe Island, Mexico Ireland and Peru.   For a List of participating restaurants:  Click Here 


Six (1L & 2L eligible) Fellowships/Scholarships with Fall application deadlines: The New York Bar Foundation

 For more details, Visit their New Website at:  www.tnybf.org

The Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship—deadlines for submission 11/30/14 : The $6,000 fellowship will take place at a New York public interest legal or charitable organization.  The student will assist the organization’s general counsel (or other similar individual holding a counsel position) with matters relating to counsel or advice to the organization.  The Program shall operate during the summer of 2015.  Continue reading

Book Series Event on October 2 @ 4pm: “The Burglary”, by Betty Medsger

The Burglary j. edgar hoover

Location:  Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Free Parking available in our Holland Avenue lot.

Hiscock & Barclay Women’s Forum 2014 – A Free Fall Event on October 2nd @ 5:30pm

oct 2

Invites You To

Taste the Flavors of the Fall

Thursday, October 2, 2014
5:30-8:00 PM

 Albany Institute of History & Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

You are welcome to extend this invitation to other women professionals.
Free parking is available in the lot behind the Institute or at the Maiden Lane Parking Garage at 111 Washington Avenue.  If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Collins at jcollins@hblaw.com.

Click here to RSVP

2L & 3L Scholarship: $2,500 NY Foundation Bar Scholarship, Apply by Nov. 30th

The New York Bar Foundation is accepting applications for The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship.

A completed application and supporting documentation as detailed in the guidelines must be submitted to The New York Bar Foundation on or before Sunday, November 30, 2014.     The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2014-2015 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2014-2015 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.   Students also may access the application and guidelines at http://www.tnybf.org/fellandschol/   Continue reading

Shanah Tovah~

Learn the history behind this Hebrew blessing/greeting:

The Ashkenazi common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is שָׁנָה טוֹבָה “Shanah Tovah“, which, in Hebrew, means “[have a] good year” or similar greetings. Thus, in Yiddish the greeting is אַ גוט יאָר “a gut yor” (“a good year”) or אַ גוט געבענטשט יאָר “a gut gebentsht yor” (“a good blessed year”). Sephardic Jews traditionally say “tizku l’shanim rabot” or “[anyada buena, para] munchos anyos“, in Ladino, both of which mean “[have a good year for] many years”.

Serious greetings and blessings, based on the nature of the day, commonly used among religiously observant Jews are כְּתִיבָה וַחֲתִימָה טוֹבָה “Ketivah VaChatimah Tovah” which means “[may you be] written/inscribed and sealed [for a good new year i.e. by God].” After Rosh Hashanah ends, the greeting is abbreviated to גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה “G’mar Chatimah Tovah” (“[may you be] finally sealed [for a] good [year by God]“) until Yom Kippur. After Yom Kippur is over, until Hoshana Rabbah, as Sukkot ends, the greeting is גְּמָר טוֹב “Gmar Tov” (“[a] good conclusion [of God's judgment]“).   Continue reading