Guest Lecturer Larry Yellon at Greater NY Paralegal Association

On February 16, 2017, the newly formed Greater New York Paralegal Association was honored to host its first guest lecturer, Larry Yellon, President of the New York State Professional Process Server Association (NYSPPSA), 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) and the owner of Intercounty Judicial Services for 39 years. His presentation covered the emerging history of process serving throughout the United States and brought to our attention the complexities of service of process under statutory and interpretive law pursuant to CPLR §308 and §311. Mr. Yellon discussed the case law regarding suitable age for proper service as cited in Bossuk v. Steinberg 58 N.Y.2d 916, 918 and the case law regarding doorman/security guard service in DuPont v. Chen 41 N.Y.2d 794. It was also fascinating to learn about the Appellate Division decisions upholding proper service regarding personal service in Spector v. Berman 119 A.D.2d 565 and presumption of mailing service in Strober King v. Merkley 266 A.D.2d 203. This presentation captured our attention from start to finish and left us in disbelief regarding the new process serving standards that social media has created for our society. It is hard to believe that service can now be successfully effectuated through Facebook if it can be established that someone has been consistently active on the website. Service can also now be effectuated by electronic mail if it can be established that communication has been active and constant between two parties. For paralegals, this information will be extremely useful when preparing cases for trial.

A significant win for process servers in New York was achieved this year when Governor Cuomo signed into law New York Bill S2991A, which makes the physical assault of a process server a second degree Class D felony. Mr. Yellon was instrumental in this legislation being passed which protects process servers from the dangerous situations they encounter on a daily basis, including not only physical assaults but confrontations with weapons, injuries sustained from being chased and injuries caused by animals that are purposely released.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry Yellon for sharing his knowledge with us and look forward to inviting him to future meetings as our association grows.