New York signs stronger gun-control measure into law. Here’s what will change.

New York already had some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation, which were passed in January 2013 in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 26 children and staff.

But the new laws will bolster existing ones and close what state leaders viewed as loopholes that included allowing the Buffalo shooter to slip through the state’s Red Flag statute that should have detected his racist social media rants and led to the removal of his weapons.

The Buffalo shooting, in particular, was personal to Hochul: It is her hometown.

She and other Democratic leaders who control state government called on other states to act. Some, including Democratic-led California and New Jersey, are considering strong gun laws.

“Thoughts and prayers won’t do it, but strong action will,” Hochul urged, adding in a message to members of Congress, where gun-control has stalled: “Heaven help you if you look at those images and don’t have a change of heart.”

The Red Flag law in New York will be expanded to allow more people, including health-care professionals, to file risk orders that could lead to weapons confiscations from potentially dangerous people. And it requires, rather than allows, law enforcement to seek an order if credible information is provided.

Semi-automatic rifles, which already difficult to obtain in New York, will added to the list to the weapons requiring a permit and will only be available to those over age 21.

Another bill would ban the

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How To Protect Law Clerks From Harassment

gavel Workplace Harassement text on Document and gavel isolated on office desk.  Law conceptSome judges believe they are above the law. That’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few months, as I’ve been advocating for judicial accountability and workplace protections for judiciary employees. News reports about judicial misconduct have been trickling out — judges are trying to conceal the results of a workplace culture assessment, focusing on the “leak” of a survey rather than the troubling results and refusing to attend workplace conduct training. Anecdotally, mistreated law clerks reach out to me every day to report judicial misconduct.

I submitted a Statement for the Record for a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing in March 2022 to lend my support to the Judiciary Accountability Act (JAA) (HR 4827/ S. 2553), legislation that would extend Title VII protections to judiciary employees. Since then, I’ve been writing and speaking about this issue. Now, I’m launching a nonprofit to tackle these issues full time — to protect judiciary employees and hold judges accountable.

After the hearing, I shared my story of harassment and retaliation by a former DC Superior Court judge in numerous forums. I speak publicly about my experience for several reasons. First, I want to combat the toxic culture of silence in the legal community that discourages law clerk reporting. Furthermore, I aim to empower others to speak out, stand up for themselves, file complaints, and remove more abusers from positions of power, in the judiciary and in other industries. Additionally, I want law clerks who have faced — or are currently

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Elon University / Today at Elon / On Residency at Chandler & Schiffman, PA with Andy Mason L’22

An Elon Law residency-in-practice at a prominent Greensboro real estate law firm offered William “Andy” Mason L’22 an insider’s view on the many legal and financial details that shape the way in which properties are purchased and sold.

For some people, practicing law is a lifelong dream.

William “Andy” Mason L’22 is not one of those people.

Mason attended Christopher Newport University in his native Virginia with the intent of going into business. There was just one issue: he really doesn’t enjoy math.

Reading? Writing? Research? Now those are fun – and they’re skills that make for a good attorney. After talking with the father of a childhood friend, Mason set his sights on a legal education, and his time at Elon Law already has led him to a practice area that blends his legal interest with his earlier passion for business: real estate law.

Mason answered questions recently about working with attorney Adelia T. Schiffman on real estate closings during a 2022 Winter Trimester residency at Chandler & Schiffman, PA in Greensboro, and his plans to practice law in North Carolina following his December graduation.

This is the third in a series of conversations with Elon Law students in the Class of 2022 completing their residencies-in-practice throughout the winter and spring trimesters.

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Tell us a little bit about your daily responsibilities at the firm.

The firm I work at is purely transactional. Almost exclusively what we do is real estate closings. It’s my job to communicate, whether with

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