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For the Public/Public Info

From the People's Law Series, to Mock Trial, from the Genesee Justice Foundation to other philanthropies, the GCBA has served our community for 100 Years. Our Members are as committed to assisting the public as they are to serving their profession.

1. Clients Rights:

Statement of Clients Rights

  • 1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.
  • 2. You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).
  • 3. You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
  • 4. You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory.
  • 5. You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly.
  • 6. You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.
  • 7. You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).
  • 8. You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
  • 9. You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • 10. You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Section 1210.1 of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Division (22NYCRR§1210.1)

2. Fee Dispute

The New York State Court System has established a Statewide Fee Dispute Resolution Program (FDRP) to resolve attorney-client disputes over legal fees through arbitration (and in some cases mediation). For your convenience, the following link provides extensive information on this process. http://www.nycourts.gov/admin/feedispute/

3. Community and Business Services

Speakers Bureau Request/Lunch with a Lawyer

At the GCBA, our members are always looking for new and creative ways to connect with the community. Many times, our members are available free of charge to give dynamic and informative presentations on a variety of legal topics at meetings of community, business, civic, philanthropic and fraternal organizations. Presentations can be tailored to the specific interests of your members. Many times, these educational sessions can be done at the work site for employees during their lunch hour.  Employees are encouraged to bring their lunch when attending a presentation. Presentations last approximately 30-45 minutes, including a question-and-answer period. To request a speaker or Lunch with a Lawyer, please contact the GCBA President. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks before your meeting date. You will receive confirmation with the attorney’s name and contact information. Please understand that based on resources and timing, the GCBA may not be able to accommodate all requests and all presentations are strictly at the discretion of the GCBA and presenting attorney. Views expressed by speakers are their own and not those of the GCBA.

Public Education Seminars

The People's Law Series community education seminars on legal issues of concern to the general public are held several times each year at GCC. Seminar presentations deal with topics to interest a wide range of audience: criminal laws, elder law, family and matrimonial law, civil actions; and a host of others.

Lawyer Referral Services

While the GCBA does not have a formal lawyer referral service, our online directory sets forth the areas of practice for each member.  This can significantly narrow your search for an attorney in the area of law in which you need advice or counsel.  Please be advised that your use of the online directory is subject to the GCBA's ATTORNEY ADVERTISING and Liability Disclaimer.

4. Mock Trial

The GCBA invites local public and private high schools to participate in the Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament. The Competition is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Citizenship and Education, The New York Bar Foundation, the New York State Education Department, and local county bar associations throughout the State. It is the largest mock trial competition in the nation.

Students take on the role of either attorney or witness during the competition. The Genesee County competition (which consists of the following counties :Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) consists of four rounds. Two teams advance to the final round with the winner moving on to the Regional Competition. A Statewide Competition is held in Albany each year in May.

The GCBA’s competition receives outstanding support from the judiciary, members of the local bar association and court system personnel. The individual trials are judged by sitting Judges from our City, County, Family and Supreme Courts and seasoned local practitioners. Numerous local attorneys and teachers also devote many hours to help prepare the students for the competition. There is a marked increase in the poise, confidence and public speaking ability that is gained by the students who participate in the event. It also provides them an excellent insight into how our legal system operates.

The final event of the GCBA Competition is the Law Day Dinner where the students and their teacher-coaches are guests of the GCBA and Kiwanis Club of Batavia and special recognition is given to the students for their participation. An award plaque is presented to the GLOW county championship team.

5. Law Day

Law Day is an annual event originally conceived in 1957 when the American Bar Association President envisioned a special day to mark the legal community's commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first law day and in 1961 and Law Day became official when congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Law Day is not just for Lawyers. It is a day to be celebrated by all Americans. Each year the GCBA and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia observe this tradition by honoring members of the community in law enforcement and participating agencies for their commitment to the rule of law. Information regarding the annual Law Day events is released in late march of each year. Come and celebrate the rule of law.