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Professor Connors Tackles New York Civil Procedure Developments in Recent Article

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Professor Patrick Connors recently published the article “Tackling the Interplay of the Web and the Long-arm Statute, Among Other Issues” in the  New York Law Journal's Special Section entitled "Court of Appeals the Year in Review," which was included in with the Aug. 27 issue of the paper.

The piece addresses a selection of opinions handed down by the New York Court of Appeals that address some aspect of civil procedure, covering such issues as the five-day extension when the time to perform an act runs from the service of a paper delivered by mail; preliminary conference orders and delayed prosecution; the four-month statute of limitations that begins when an administrative decision becomes “final and binding;” and defamation on the Internet.

Scholarship by Professor Connors has been cited over 80 times by a variety of courts, including the New York State Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, dating back to 1995.

Professor Connors is the author of the McKinney’s Practice Commentaries for CPLR Article 31, Disclosure; Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates; Article 23, Subpoenas, Oaths and Affirmations; and Article 30, Remedies and Pleading. He is also the author of the Practice Commentaries for the New York Rules of Professional Conduct (available on Westlaw; in progress) and several articles in the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act.

For the New York Law Journal, Professor Connors is author of the New York Practice column and the annual Court of Appeals Roundup on New York Civil Practice. From 1992 through 2003, he was a reporter for the Committee on New York Pattern Jury Instructions, the panel of New York State Supreme Court Justices that drafts and oversees the frequent revisions of the standard jury charges in civil cases.

A frequent lecturer on New York Practice, professional ethics and legal malpractice, Professor Connors spends much of his time on the road, updating bar associations and other groups on developments in New York state law.

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