NYSBA – Legal Services to Immigrants


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Joseph Napoli is a New York City-based attorney with the firm of Napoli Shkolnik and a professor at the St. John’s University School of Law. Throughout his career, attorney Joseph Napoli has been a member of various federal and local professional organizations, including the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

The NYSBA recently penned an open letter of support for New York governor Andrew Cuomo and his vision to ensure that immigrants facing potential legal hurdles are able to access the services they need to adequately defend themselves.

NYSBA’s Special Committee on Immigration Representation has studied this issue in depth over recent years. In 2012, the group authored a special report that concluded immigrants who are facing deportation often either cannot afford an attorney or are not familiar with how to actually retain one. The report also found that there is a small pool of lawyers actually equipped to handle these complex cases. That report can be found at www.nysba.org/immigrationreport.


ABA Presents Access Award to Sustainable Economies Law Center

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Sustainable Economies Law Center
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New York City attorney Joseph Napoli practices with the Napoli Shkolnik law firm, where he has worked for years in medical malpractice and product liability law. In conjunction with his career as an attorney, Joseph Napoli has maintained membership with the American Bar Association (ABA), which recently recognized the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) with the 2017 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access.

Based in Oakland, California, SELC is an organization that has committed itself to the mission of revitalizing local areas through grassroots efforts. The organization works to remove barriers that prevent access to legal tools for communities looking toward sustainability in their local industries.

Louis M. Brown, the ABA award’s namesake, worked for more than six decades to help provide greater legal access to people of middle and low incomes. The award is given to organizations who have committed themselves to those same principles. SELC was chosen from a group of 36 nominees from various areas, including the nonprofit sector, law schools, and other bar associations.

The ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services presented SELC with the award during its Midyear Meeting.

Practicing Your Serve to Be a Better Tennis Player

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As a partner at Napoli Shkolnik in New York City, Joseph Napoli represents clients in cases of environmental law, medical malpractice, personal injury, aviation accidents, and pharmaceutical litigation. Attorney Napoli Shkolnik won a reversal of a premises case in Newman V. Rockefeller Center at the New York State Court of Appeals. Outside of his work-related duties, he enjoys playing tennis.

To play a more efficient game of tennis, you should properly practice your serve. The first step is to position yourself as if you are in a normal serving stance. Once you are in position, place the racquet horizontally behind you, then let your racquet drop and bring it back up again. Once you repeat that motion a few times, turn your shoulders as you start to drop the racquet.

Avoid accelerating the racquet with your arm as it is still loose; your primary focus should be solely on your shoulder turn. The racquet will fly out itself from behind you.

Once you accomplish this, follow through again but lead with the racquet’s edge. Eventually, lead with the opposite edge and complete the follow-through.