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May 15, 2001

2001.05.15: ALAA Delegate Council Bulletin #77

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ALAA Delegate Council Bulletin #77

Agenda: Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 6:30 p.m. Sharp

•Estimated length: 1 hour.

•All ALAA members welcome (only elected representatives may vote).

•Free pizza/soda.

1. Adoption of DC Minutes for March 20, 2001 and April 30, 2001 (attached).

2. Political Action (15 minutes).

2.1. City elections.

2.2. Charleston 5 case (see http://www.ilwu.org/index_coalition.htm).

3. Criminal Funding (15 minutes).

3.1. FY02 budget.

3.2. Staffing.

3.3. Litigation.

4. Collective Bargaining (5 minutes)(see attached materials).

5. Internal Business (20 minutes).

5.1. Election of Part-Timer representative to Executive Board. Nominee (closed as of May 8, 2001): Laura Porter (CDD-Manhattan).

5.2. Bylaw Revision Committee. Following UAW response to ALAA bylaws, EB proposes formation of new committee to consider further amendment of bylaws, made up of the Secretary-Treasurer and one representative from each Vice-Presidential constituency.

5.3. UAW audit (materials will be distributed at meeting).

Minutes of ALAA Delegate Council: March 20, 2001

Legend: Black=Present; Gray=Absent; Lowercase=Alternate; Parens=Other ALAA Members

Executive Board

President: LETWIN

Secretary-Treasurer: ALBRO

Recording Secretary: HITCHCOCK

VP–CAB/CAP/Fed: BLUM, P. (Acting), A1: Vacant

VP–CDD/Bx: GELTMAN, A1: Vacant

VP–CDD/Bk: ZUSS, A1: *Torres, A2: *Korotzer

VP–CDD/M: GEIDA, A1: Mulligan

VP–CDD/Qns: POPPER, *A1: Byrne

VP–Civil: HOLDER; A1: Vacant

VP–JRD: HOCHBERG, A1: Vacant

VP–Vol. (CLO): BING-HAMPSON, A1: Rosa-Rios, A2: Vega, A3: Edwards

ACLA: *CODLING

Aff. Action: VACANT

Health & Safety: *KOROTZER

Health: *SMITH

Junior: *HUGHES

Lesbian & Gay: *BAHR

Senior: *TORRES

*Nonvoting in this capacity

Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB)

COHEN, FABIANO, GRAVES, HARPAZ, HOPKIRK, LANDAU, LITTLE, PETERS, A1: Taglieri, A2: Blum, P, A3: Sender

Capital Defender Division

VACANT

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Bronx

BxA: ROGERS, SIM, A1: Rush-Fox, A2: Montoya, A3: Roman

BxB: GARCIA, GURWITCH, A1: Meyerson, A2: Peppito, A3: Warshowksy

BxC: ABBANDANDO, BOMBA, A1: Rudin, A2: Beltre, A3: Kelly

BxD: FOLLETT, IPPOLITO, A1: Sturman, A2: Albo, A3: Follett

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Brooklyn

BK1: BAKER, BELL, A1: Costigan, A2: Newton, A3: Dinjian

BK2: ANGRISANI, ASHWORTH, A1: Korotzer, A2: Pitts, A3: Wright

BK3: RITTER, SHEEHAN, A1: Alzugaray, A2: Flanders, A3: Morris

BK4: PELLEGRINO, CASHMAN, A1: Kurtz, A2: Rudnick, A3: Rahall

BK5: DAVILA, PRATT, A1: Newman, A2: Wasserman, R.

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Manhattan

M1: DALEY, NEVINS

M2: GROSS, NARRA

M3: BAHR, SCHWARZ, A1: Michaeu

M4: MARON, MULLIGAN, A1: Shapiro

M5: ROBERTS, SOTO

M6: AFFLER, WRIGHT, A1: Zablocki

Spec Lit: WASSERMAN

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Queens

Q1: GRUNDSTEIN, MORRISON, A1: Linneman, A2: Vacant

Q3: FREDERICK, KNIGHTLY, A1: Haase, A2: Savage, A3: LoPiccolo

Q4: AUSTIN, DIFLUMERI, A1: Byrne, A1: Auguste, A3: Horowitz

Civil Division

Aging: BOEHM, A1: Hosannah, A2: Bart, A3: Durham

Appeals/HRP: GOLDFEIN, KELLEHER, A1: Goldiner, A2: Bock

Bronx: FRIEDER, STOLLER, A1: Goetz

Brooklyn Neighborhood Office (BNO): PIZZIMENTI, ROSENBERG

Far Rockaway: SHORTELL, A1: Dierking, A2: Fielding

Harlem: SACKEY, A1: Shaeffer, A2: Barbosa

Immigration: FLOYD-MAYER, A1: Navarro

Lower Manhattan Neiborhood Office (LMNO): RHULEN, A1: Bodden

Queens: FLORES, A1: Mombrun, A2: Kim, A3: Friedheim

Staten Island: MARCUS, A1: Sanchez, A2: McCann

(Davol)

Federal Defender Division

Appeals & SDNY: STATSINGER

EDNY: PADDEN, Solotaroff

Juvenile Rights Division (JRD)

Appeals/Spec Lit: EGGER, A1: Rosenbloom

Bronx: ROMAN, A1: Abbey, A2: Nevergold

Brooklyn: KARASYK, A1: Koslow, A2: Baum, A3: Nolan

Manhattan: LAMB, MARTIN, A1: Pappadopoulos

Queens: BOWLER, SCREEN, A1: Mittler, A2: Chiu

Staten Island: LEE

Parole Revocation (PRDU)

LOPEZ

Prisoners Rights Project

ZELERMYER, A1: Beritan

Volunteer Division/(Community Law Office)

MARIS, CODLING, A1: Epstein, *A2: Edwards

NB: Italics=Adopted motion

1. Prior Minutes. MOTION (Torres/Narra): Adopt Delegate Council minutes of January 30, 2001 (passed unanimously).

3. Political Action.

2.1. Drop the Rock. Albro urged members to participate in March 27 ALAA/1199/LAS lobby and protest in Albany to repeal Rockefeller Drug Laws.

2.2. Mayor’s Race. Albro reported on process by which UAW may endorse mayoral candidates. Several members called for early endorsement of candidate Mark Green.

4. Criminal Funding.

3.1. Staffing. Letwin reported ongoing discussion of need to reduce CDD/CAB workload in light of budget cuts. MOTION (Torres/Popper): Hold special DC within next month to discuss CDD/CAB workload/staffing problems, preceded by boro/office level meetings to consider alternative steps (passed: unanimously).

3.2. Litigation. Letwin reported on efforts to schedule Giuliani deposition.

5. Collective Bargaining.

4.1. Bargaining Proposals. Letwin reported on inclusion of additional items in draft contract proposals. MOTION (Albro/Blum): Adopt draft contract proposals submitted by the Executive Board (attached)(passed: unanimously).

6. Internal Business.

5.1. Election to Vacant Executive Board Positions (by secret written ballot) .

5.1.1. Health Benefits: Kathryn Smith (24), Barbara Byrne (18).

5.1.2. Health & Safety: Daniella Korotzer (30), Tom Bomba (12).

5.2. Bylaw Amendment for Part-timer Representation. Final consideration of proposed bylaw amendment to add part-timer representative to the Executive Board. MOTION (Goldiner): Add part-timer representative to the Executive Board (passed: 27-0-4).

ALAA Bargaining Proposals

Adopted March 20, 2001

1. Salaries.

1.1. Increase salaries to achieve ADA comparability; across-the-board increases and additional senior steps.

1.2. Increase comp/vacation buy-back.

2. TransitCheks.

2.1. Permanent contractual benefit.

2.2. Individual option to purchase additional TransitCheks on pretax basis.

3. Pension.

3.1. Increase contributions.

3.2. Fixed contribution schedule.

3.3. More individual investment options.

4. Health Insurance.

4.1. Unified management/staff attorney plans.

4.2. Retiree coverage.

4.3. Opposite-sex domestic partner coverage.

4.4. Increase dental/vision benefits.

4.5. Lower doctor visit and R/X co-pays.

4.6 Contagious disease inoculation.

4.7. Cover birth control pills.

4.8. Cover removable prosthetic devices.

4.9. Permit faxed claim forms.

5. Life Insurance.

5.1. Increase benefit.

5.2. Implement individual option to supplementary group coverage by a date certain.

6. Long-Term Disability.

6.1. Increase benefit.

6.2. Investigate individual option to buy additional coverage on tax-free basis.

7. Loan Forgiveness Fund.

8. Time-Off.

8.1. Paternity benefits for both parents in two-staff attorney households.

8.2. Sick leave to care for ill family members/domestic partners.

8.3. Comp/vacation donations to other staff.

8.4. Personal/religious floating holidays.

8.5. Increase non-CDD personal days.

8.6. Comp. days for non-CDD staff attorneys.

8.7. Comp. time in all divisions for mandatory after-hours work.

8.8. Reasonable exceptions to private practice ban during leaves of absence.

9. Part-Time Work.

9.1. Annual step increases.

9.2. Fully-paid health benefits.

9.3. Consistent policy across divisions.

9.4. Increase number of slots.

10. Expense Allowances.

10.1. Increase arraignment cab fare, and extend to other assignments.

10.2. Meal allowance for other off-hour assignments.

10.3. Paid local bar association dues.

10.4. Foreign language training and/or class reimbursement.

11. Quality of Representation.

11.1. Standardize CDD felony certification.

11.2. Attorney:support staff ratios.

11.3. Stronger workload protection.

11.4. Union input on responses to oversight committee reports.

M E M O

To: Executive Board

Fr: Michael Letwin

Re: Activation of Bargaining Subcommittees

Da: May 9, 2001

Listed below are the bargaining subcommittees established by last night’s EB. Each convener (**) should hold meetings between her subcommittee and Theresa, et al (preceded by ALAA caucuses) to explore areas of agreement; the subcommittees will be asked to report the results of these meetings at the June 12 EB.

Compensation/Expenses (Prop. #1-2, 10)

Albro**

Bing-Hampson

Byrne/Popper

Hughes

Mulligan

Zuss

Benefits/Insurance (Prop. #3-7)

Albro

Blum

Holder

Smith**

Torres

Work Schedules (Prop. #8-9)

Bahr

Codling**

Part-Timers

Popper

Quality of Representation (Prop. #11)

Geida

Hochberg

Korotzer

Letwin**

Mulligan

Narra

Zuss

Minutes of Special ALAA Delegate Council: April 30, 2001

Legend: Black=Present; Gray=Absent; Lowercase=Alternate; Parens=Other ALAA Members

Executive Board

President: LETWIN

Secretary-Treasurer: ALBRO

Recording Secretary: HITCHCOCK

VP–CAB/CAP/Fed: BLUM, P. (Acting), A1: Vacant

VP–CDD/Bx: GELTMAN, A1: Vacant

VP–CDD/Bk: ZUSS, A1: *Torres, A2: *Korotzer

VP–CDD/M: GEIDA, A1: Mulligan

VP–CDD/Qns: POPPER, *A1: Byrne

VP–Civil: HOLDER; A1: Vacant

VP–JRD: HOCHBERG, A1: Vacant

VP–Vol. (CLO): BING-HAMPSON, A1: Rosa-Rios, A2: Vega, A3: Edwards

ACLA: *CODLING

Aff. Action: VACANT

Health & Safety: *KOROTZER

Health: *SMITH

Junior: *HUGHES

Lesbian & Gay: *BAHR

Senior: *TORRES

*Nonvoting in this capacity

Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB)

COHEN, FABIANO, GRAVES, HARPAZ, HOPKIRK, LANDAU, LITTLE, PETERS, A1: Taglieri, A2: Blum, P, A3: Sender

Capital Defender Division

VACANT

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Bronx

BxA: ROGERS, SIM, A1: Rush-Fox, A2: Montoya, A3: Roman

BxB: GARCIA, GURWITCH, A1: Meyerson, A2: Peppito, A3: Warshowksy

BxC: ABBANDANDO, BOMBA, A1: Rudin, A2: Beltre, A3: Kelly

BxD: FOLLETT, IPPOLITO, A1: Sturman, A2: Albo, A3: Follett

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Brooklyn

BK1: BAKER, BELL, A1: Costigan, A2: Newton, A3: Dinjian

BK2: ANGRISANI, ASHWORTH, A1: Korotzer, A2: Pitts, A3: Wright

BK3: RITTER, SHEEHAN, A1: Alzugaray, A2: Flanders, A3: Morris

BK4: PELLEGRINO, CASHMAN, A1: Kurtz, A2: Rudnick, A3: Rahall

BK5: DAVILA, PRATT, A1: Newman, A2: Wasserman, R.

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Manhattan

M1: DALEY, NEVINS, (Anderson, Wool)

M2: GROSS, NARRA

M3: BAHR, SCHWARZ, A1: Michaeu

M4: MARON, MULLIGAN, A1: Shapiro

M5: ROBERTS, SOTO

M6: AFFLER, WRIGHT, A1: Zablocki

Spec Lit: WASSERMAN

Criminal Defense Division (CDD)-Queens

Q1: GRUNDSTEIN, MORRISON, A1: Linneman, A2: Vacant

Q3: FREDERICK, KNIGHTLY, A1: Haase, A2: Savage, A3: LoPiccolo

Q4: AUSTIN, DIFLUMERI, A1: Byrne, A1: Auguste, A3: Horowitz

Civil Division

Aging: BOEHM, A1: Hosannah, A2: Bart, A3: Durham

Appeals/HRP: GOLDFEIN, KELLEHER, A1: Goldiner, A2: Bock

Bronx: FRIEDER, STOLLER, A1: Goetz

Brooklyn Neighborhood Office (BNO): PIZZIMENTI, ROSENBERG

Far Rockaway: SHORTELL, A1: Dierking, A2: Fielding

Harlem: SACKEY, A1: Shaeffer, A2: Barbosa

Immigration: FLOYD-MAYER, A1: Navarro

Lower Manhattan Neiborhood Office (LMNO): RHULEN, A1: Bodden

Queens: FLORES, A1: Mombrun, A2: Kim, A3: Friedheim

Staten Island: MARCUS, A1: Sanchez, A2: McCann

(Davol)

Federal Defender Division

Appeals & SDNY: STATSINGER

EDNY: PADDEN, Solotaroff

Juvenile Rights Division (JRD)

Appeals/Spec Lit: EGGER, A1: Rosenbloom

Bronx: ROMAN, A1: Abbey, A2: Nevergold

Brooklyn: KARASYK, A1: Koslow, A2: Baum, A3: Nolan

Manhattan: LAMB, MARTIN, A1: Pappadopoulos

Queens: BOWLER, SCREEN, A1: Mittler, A2: Chiu

Staten Island: LEE

Parole Revocation (PRDU)

LOPEZ

Prisoners Rights Project

ZELERMYER, A1: Beritan

Volunteer Division/(Community Law Office)

MARIS, CODLING, A1: Epstein, *A2: Edwards

NB: Italics=Adopted motion

1. Introduction. Letwin explained the purpose of this special meeting to address CDD/CAB staffing/workload in light of ongoing budget crisis.

2. Background & Context. Letwin and Albro reviewed the following.

2.1. City budget & LAS Council testimony.

2.2. Litigation.

2.3. Mayoral elections.

3. Response.

3.1. Central Report. Letwin reported that ALAA representatives from CDD and CAB met with divisional and central management on April 3 to express need for plan to reduce CDD intake, and on Executive Board discussion about how to survive coming year through (1) Boro-specific plans to reduce intake to acceptable work levels; (2) Management shoulder fair burden (e.g., vacation schedules, DATs, etc.); (3) End petty harassment by management.

3.2. Local Reports. In discussion of each CDD boro, representatives reported that Manhattan and Brooklyn are in particularly acute workload crisis. Blum reported that CAB faces challenge of reversing dramatic reduction of case assignment by the appellate divisions.

3.3. MOTION: Affirm ALAA’s support for immediate implementation of the following steps necessary to weather the current budget/staffing crisis in CDD and CAB: (1) Boro-specific measures that reduce CDD workload to levels at which attorneys can provide ethical, high-quality legal representation in each case; (2) Assumption of fair workload burden by CDD supervisors (e.g., priority for staff attorney vacation requests, handling of additional work assignments, etc.); (3) Supportive and respectful treatment of staff attorneys by managers in the course of daily interaction; (4) Prompt, aggressive, proactive responses by CDD management to abuse of staff attorneys by judges, DAs, and/or other court personnel (e.g., violation of 1 a.m. end to night arraignments, contempt/disciplinary threats, etc.); (5) Fostering of mutual support amongst, rather than competitive comparison between, staff attorneys in various criminal offices and/or divisions. The above position will be pursued at both office and citywide levels. (Passed: Unanimously.)

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