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Of Interest To NYSALJA Members
The National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary’s Midyear Conference is set for Sunday, April 6, 2014 through Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Hilton, Indianapolis, Indiana. Update: The schedule has been finalized and we’re informed by the Indiana Association for Administrative Law Judges that a postcard has been mailed to all members informing that early bird registration starts February 3, 2014.
In the meantime, reservations may be made at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotels and Suites, 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, by calling 317-972-0600. NAALJ has reserved a block of rooms for attendees at $129 per room, and $279 for a suite (king size bed and sofa bed).
In a recent Texas Court of Appeals decision, the court found that a mere Facebook friendship does not amount to a lack of impartiality by judge (Youkers v. State, 2013 WL 2077196 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 15, 2013). In Youkers, the assault victim’s father was Facebook friends with the judge presiding over Youkers’ trial. He sent the judge a private message requesting a lenient sentence for the defendant. The judge deemed the message an improper ex parte communication. He sent a reply informing that the message was a violation of ex parte rules, and then Read more