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Blog Addresses Staffing/Temp Worker Placement and Prior Criminal Convictions

Staffing Company Provides Insight for Employers on Benefits of Being “Felon Friendly” An Illinois-based human resource organization is encouraging employers to consider the benefits of being “felon-friendly” in filling their staffing needs – and has published a blog providing an overview of why employers should consider hiring those with a prior conviction. In the blog, […]

Rick Collins, Marc Gann and David Torreblanca Attend the 140th NY State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City

CGMB lawyers Rick Collins, Marc Gann and David Torreblanca attended the 140th Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) last week, joining with more than 5,000 members from around the state and beyond. Held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, Rick, Marc and David participated in key section and […]

Missouri Expands Criminal Record Expungement While New York Lags Behind

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law a vast expansion of the state’s expungement law, making more people eligible to have their criminal records sealed when the law takes effect in 2018. Under the current law in Missouri, only certain convictions related to financial or property damage crimes were eligible for expungement, with a […]

Marijuana and Conditional Criminal Record Sealing in New York

As the year comes to a close and with November’s election behind us, it’s time to check in on where things stand with the push to legalize marijuana in various states across the country. Ballot initiatives seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were decided on by voters in five states, with the initiatives […]

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Partners Named to 2016 Lists of New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Rick Collins, Marc Gann Named to this Year’s List of “NY Metro Super Lawyers” and Gerard McCloskey, David Barry Named to List of “Rising Stars” Rick Collins and Marc Gann, founding partners at the Mineola, Long Island law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, have each been named New York Metro Super Lawyers […]

Appeals Court Overturns Federal Judge’s Expungement of “Jane Doe’s” Conviction

Court Says Federal Law Doesn’t Give Judges the Power to Expunge Convictions Unlike many states, New York doesn’t have an expungement law to give second chances to deserving Americans with past criminal convictions. Sadly, neither does the federal court system. The issue of criminal record sealing and expungement of convictions made news nationwide recently, when […]

Marc Gann to Be Honored at Nassau County Bar Association’s 2016 We Care Golf and Tennis Classic on Monday, July 25th

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Founding Partner Marc Gann, a past president of the Nassau County Bar Association, will be honored at the Nassau County Bar Association’s 21st Annual WE CARE Golf and Tennis Classic being held on Monday, July 25th. The 2016 WE CARE Golf and Tennis Classic will be held at both the […]

“Banning The Box” on College Applications

Move to “Ban the Box” in Higher Education, including SUNY Schools, Continues to Gain Ground The move to encourage colleges nationwide, including those in New York, to re-evaluate questions pertaining to an applicant’s criminal history continues to gain ground – with recent developments and media attention shedding some much-needed light on this important issue. With […]

Rick Collins to Serve as Program Co-Chair at Spring Meeting of the NY State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section from May 21 – 22

Rick Collins will be serving in the role of program co-chair at the upcoming Spring Meeting of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, taking place this year from May 21st through May 22nd at the Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk. Rick, a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Criminal Justice […]

Hofstra Law Mock Trial Team, Coached by Partner Gerard McCloskey, Wins Tiffany Cup at 2016 National Trial Competition

Team Named Number One Ranking Team in their Region in Prestigious National Competition Held in Dallas A Hofstra Law School mock trial team coached by Gerard McCloskey, a partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry and adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School, has recently returned from the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition in Dallas […]


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