By Elizabeth Stull
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Lawyers Working Nights
BROOKLYN - Brooklyn lawyers have been working nights to keep up-to-date on the latest
developments in their legal practice areas, and earn their (required) credits of continuing legal
Almost every night this week and throughout the past month, the Brooklyn Bar Association has
been hopping with programs in diverse areas ranging from criminal practice to predatory lending,
from family law and child custody, to elder law.
Anthony Annucci, deputy commissioner and counsel of the New York State Department of
Correctional Services spoke about sentencing and post-sentencing issues at the Brooklyn Bar
Association, Monday. That program was sponsored by the Kings County Criminal Bar Association
and attended by many leading criminal attorneys, including Roger Adler and Barry Kamins, and
many asked questions about how to better help their clients through the system. Gary Farrell,
KCCBA president, considered the program a success.
Earlier this month, Howard Krooks and Bernard Krooks, of Littman Krooks, LLP, discussed
proposed changes to elder law statutes.
They explained why the New York State Bar Association has taken the unusual step of hiring a
lobbyist to block proposed changes to Medicaid that would virtually eliminate spousal refusal and
effectively change the “look-back” period from three years to five years, among other things.
Bernard Krooks then described potentially helpful amendments to Article 81 of the Mental
Hygiene Law and measures that would strengthen powers of attorney, such as a state law
requiring banking institutions to recognize the short form POA, and another law that would grant
the attorney-in-fact the ability to pay medical bills.
Lawyers are required to zealously advocate for their clients; they are also forbidden from
perpetrating a fraud on the court. This tension in the ethical rules can cause a crisis of conscience
for a diligent lawyer