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Lack of Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens as Defenses to the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards ( PDF format )
Arbitration Equitable Remedies | International Commercial Disputes

Law Firm Internet Websites; Law Firm-Sponsored Internet Discussion Area; Provision of Law-Related Services Over the Internet; Communication by Unencrypted E-mail
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Law Firm Mergers
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Law School Debt and the Practice of Law ( PDF format )
Student Loans | Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

Lawyer and Law Firm Affiliations; "Of Counsel" Relationships Between Lawyers and Law Firms; Group Advertising; Firm Names; Letterhead
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Lawyer's ability to represent a trade association as well as clients with interests adverse to individual members of the association
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Lawyer's obligations regarding disposition of original Wills held for safekeeping where the testator cannot be located and the lawyer is retiring or the firm is dissolving
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Lawyer's right to engage in activity or express a personal viewpoint which is not in accordance with a client's interests
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Lawyers' and law firms' selection and advertising of internet domain names
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Lawyers’ Statement of Principles Regarding China (October 2011) ( PDF format )
China | International Human Rights

Legal Analysis of Certain Provisions of the National Security (Legislative Provision) Bill Pending Before the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ( PDF format )
Hong Kong | International Human Rights

Legal Employers Taking the Lead: Enhancing Employment Opportunities for the Previously Incarcerated ( PDF format )
Prisoner reentry into the workforce | Employment Opportunities for the Previously Incarcerated Task Force

Legal referral services
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Legislation regarding youthful offender status (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Youthful Offender Status | Juvenile Justice

Letter Accompanying the Association's Report on the Provision of the Proposed Hong Kong National Security Act ( PDF format )
Hong Kong | International Human Rights

Letter and report to Congress urging amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, March 2007 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | International Human Rights / International Law / Military Affairs and Justice / Civil Rights

Letter brief regarding the Matter of S-E-G- (Before the Board of Immigration Appeals) (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Refugee status | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter commenting on a proposed new risk-based capital adequacy framework (CAF) ( PDF format )
Capital Adequacy Framework | Futures and Derivatives

Letter Commenting on the Hedge Fund Report of the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission ( PDF format )
Hedge Funds | Private Investment Funds

Letter Commenting on the Scope of the WTC Memorial and Redevelopment Plan GEIS ( PDF format )
New York Rebuilding | Downtown Redevelopment, Task Force

Letter Expressing Concern over Continued Detention of Svetlana Bakhmina, Deputy General Counsel to YUCOS ( PDF format )
International Human Rights | International Human Rights

Letter expressing opposition to proposed legislation (A.11715/S.8661) which would provide two new additional opportunities for review of a trial judge’s voir dire rulings September 2008 ( PDF format )
Voir Dire | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter from the Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities to the Joint Legislative Conference Committee on HAVA, May 2004 ( PDF format )
HAVA | Election Law

Letter from the Election Law Committee to the Joint Legislative Conference Committee on HAVA, June 2004 ( PDF format )
HAVA | Election Law

Letter in support for Senator Leahy’s Amendments 6 and 7 to the Boarder Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744 , which would include same sex spouses and permanent partners in family reunification immigration laws (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Same Sex Spouses/Permanent Partners, Recognition of in Family Reunification Immigration Laws | Civil Rights / Immigration and Nationality Law / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights / Sex and Law

Letter in support of A5805/S1099 which would amend the Lien Law to cover hybrid public/private projects ( PDF format )
Construction | Construction Law

Letter in Support of H.R. 952, which Would Ban US Involvement in Extraordinary Rendition ( PDF format )
Extraordinary Rendition | International Human Rights

Letter on budget bill A.9710-A/S.6610-A which would amend NY Tax Law § 951(a) in relation to the amount of the unified credit against the estate tax (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Estate Tax | Estate and Gift Taxation / Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts

Letter on International Violence Against Women Act (September 2012) ( PDF format )
Violence Against Women | African Affairs

Letter on proposed Ground-Based Studies in Neurobehavioral Biology ("Bergman Protocol") (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Animals Used for Experimentation, including Medical Use of Animals | Animal Law

Letter providing comments on the American Bar Association report recommending a Model Rule regarding disclosure of legal malpractice insurance ( PDF format )
Legal Malpractice Insurance | Professional Responsibility

Letter providing comments on the proposed rules for justices of the commercial division ( PDF format )
Commercial Division | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter re: City Council Resolution 0591-2004: Endorsement of Permanent Partners Immigration Act ( PDF format )
Immigration | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter re: S.471, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 ( PDF format )
Stem Cell Research | Federal Legislation

Letter Regarding A.11398/S.1745-A Which Calls For an Increase in the Number of Judges in the New York City Civil Court (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Civil Court Judges | Civil Courts

Letter regarding A.8957, which would increase the number of Family Court judges (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Family Court Judges | Children, Council on

Letter regarding A.9576/S.7078 which would provide that an application by a foreign business organization to conduct business in New York would constitute consent to the general jurisdiction of the courts of New York for all actions against that organization (June 2014) ( PDF format )
Foreign Business in New York | Banking Law

Letter Regarding Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Concerning Electronic Discovery ( PDF format )
Electronic Discovery | Federal Courts

Letter regarding enforcing and monitoring worker's rights at the NYU Abu Dhabi Campus and the Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi Site (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Worker Rights | International Human Rights

Letter regarding notification of the Expressing at Work Bill in materials distributed to new mothers in maternal health care facilities (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Women in Workforce | Sex and Law

Letter regarding proposed revisions to the Rules of the State of New York Commission on Judicial Nominations (September 2009) ( PDF format )
Judicial Nominations, Commission on | Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter regarding the Standing Administrative Order which provides that all employment discrimination case, other than cases involving violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, will be automatically referred to mediation (April 2012) ( PDF format )
Employment Discrimination | Labor and Employment Law

Letter regarding the threats and intimidation of lawyers in Cambodia (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Cambodia | International Human Rights

Letter regarding the unlicensed private possession of wildlife (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter regarding the worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Marine Animals | Animal Law

Letter Supporting the Proposed Amendment to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Concerning the Citation of Unpublished Opinions ( PDF format )
Unpublished Opinions | Federal Courts

Letter to the IRS highlighting inconsistencies in two recently issued Private Letter Rulings which set forth the calculation method of the income interest upon early termination of a net income with makeup charitable remainder unitrust (NIMCRUT) ( PDF format )
Charitable Remainder Trust | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to all nations that have not adopted the Optional Protocol urging them to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (October 2012) ( PDF format )
Child Soldiers | African Affairs

Letter to Assembly Member Gottfried regarding the implementation of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) for dually eligible Medicaid recipients (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Managed Long Term Care |

Letter to Assembly Member Gottfried regarding the implementation of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) for dually eligible Medicaid recipients (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Managed Long Term Care | Legal Problems of the Aging

Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Urging he withdraw the proposed order restricting attorney-client relations at the Detention Camp at Guantanamo Bay ( PDF format )
Civil Liberties/Security | Civil Rights / International Law

Letter to Attorney General Holder regarding the law governing targeted killings (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Targeted Killings | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Attorney General-Nominees Alberto Gonzales Posing Questions Regarding Bush Administration Legal Positions on Detainees ( PDF format )
Gonzales Attorney General Nomination | International Human Rights / International Law / Military Affairs and Justice / Civil Rights

Letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair regarding the Patrick Finucane case urging an open and transparent public inquiry in the case pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act of 1921 ( PDF format )
Northern Ireland | International Human Rights

Letter to Bureau of Labor Statistics re: decision to discontinue collecting data on women workers in the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey after July 2005 ( PDF format )
Women in Workforce | Sex and Law

Letter to Chief Administrative Judge Pfau regarding putting safeguards in place for the use of JHOs (May 2008) ( PDF format )
Judicial Hearing Officers | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to Chief Judge Kaye commenting on the July 2006 OCA reporton the Commercial Division Focus Groups ( PDF format )
Commercial Division | Judicial Administration, Council on / State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to Chief Judge Lippman regarding the definition of pro bono under 22 NYCRR Part 118 which requires lawyers to disclose the number of pro bono hours provided during the reporting period (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Pro Bono Reporting Requirement | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to China Justice Minister re: Arrest and Detention of Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (August 2014) ( PDF format )
China | International Human Rights / Vance Center for International Justice

Letter to City Council re: Resolution 0591-2004, supporting passage of the federal Permanent Partners Immigration Act ( "PPIA" ) of 2003 ( PDF format )
Same Sex Partners | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Commissioner Rose Pierre-Louis of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence offering policy recommendations concerning domestic violence issues (February 2014) ( PDF format )
NYC Policy Recommendations | Domestic Violence

Letter to Congress and the Ambassador of War Crimes at the U.S. State Department urging the expeditious prosecution of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré ( PDF format )
Chad | International Human Rights

Letter to Congress commenting on certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act being considered by the Conference Committee, reflected in bills passed by the House and Senate, H.R. 3199 and S. 1389. H.R. 3199 and S.1389 ( PDF format )
Terrorism | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress Commenting on Electronic Surveillance Legislation S.2453, June 2006 ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress commenting on S.1253, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 ("NDAA") (July 2011) ( PDF format )
Detainees | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Congress discussing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3782) and the RESTORE Act (H.R. 3773), both of which are intended to replace the Protect America Act and provide protections against warrantless electronic surveillance of Americans (October 2007) ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress endorsing the amendment proposed by Sen. Graham to S.2400, Defense Authorization Act, which would allow the Judge Advocates to advise their command without political pressure ( PDF format )
Judge Advocates | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress express concern that the Conference Report on the proposed Patriot Act reauthorization bill fails to ameliorate the most serious threats to civil liberties in the original Patriot Act, February 2006 ( PDF format )
Terrorism | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress expressing concern regarding the Uniting and Strengthening America Act of 2001 ( PDF format )
Detainees | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress expressing concerns regarding the Graham-Levin-Kyl Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill ( PDF format )
Terrorism | President

Letter to Congress expressing concerns with several provisions of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Immigration Reform | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress expressing opposition to the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 (November 6, 2007) ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress expressing serious concerns with the Graham Amendment and the indefinite detention of persons whose status as an enemy combatant has not been adequately examined as well as the treatment of those detainees. ( PDF format )
Terrorism | President

Letter to Congress expressing support for H.R. 1540, the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act of 2007 (CRTRA) ( PDF format )
Taxation | Labor and Employment Law

Letter to Congress expressing support for H.R. 2015, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) ( PDF format )
Discrimination | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Congress expressing support for S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Violence Against Women Act | Domestic Violence

Letter to Congress expressing support for S.2450 which would amend the Federal Rules of Evidence by adding Rule 502 which addresses the effect of disclosure of privileged materials in federal courts and proceedings before federal offices and agencies ( PDF format )
Disclosure of privileged materials | Federal Courts

Letter to Congress expressing support for the passage of H.R.1227, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005 ( PDF format )
Genetic information | Science and the Law

Letter to Congress expressing support of the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1281) ( PDF format )
Voting | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress on amending SB 744, the Immigration and Modernization Act, so that former child soldiers are not barred from gaining any status in the United States (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Child Soldiers | African Affairs / Immigration and Nationality Law / International Human Rights

Letter to Congress on Appointment of Counsel for Children and Rollback of the Protections of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Children in Removal Proceedings | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress on H.R. 157, H.R. 665 and S. 160 which would extend voting rights to Representatives from the District of Columbia (August 2010) ( PDF format )
Voting Rights | Federal Legislation

Letter to Congress on H.R.1932 the Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011 (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Detention of Noncitizens | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress on S. 1959, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Animal Activists and Organizations | Animal Law / Civil Rights

Letter to Congress on S.3394 which would conform privilege non-waiver provisions (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Banking Law

Letter to Congress on S.744 concerning proposed amendments which would reverse advances in reducing detention and providing due process and appointed counsel (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Detainees, Right to Counsel | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress on the Administration’s amended military Commissions Act of 2006, September 27, 2006 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | International Human Rights

Letter to Congress on the Ending Federal Funding Ban for Syringe Exchange Programs (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Syringe Exchange Programs | AIDS / Drugs and the Law

Letter to Congress opposing H.R. 3041, the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Consent Decrees | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress opposing legislation that would allow the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act requirements to be waived in schools accepting a child displaced by Hurricane Katrina ( PDF format )
Education | Education and the Law

Letter to Congress opposing proposed Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (S.489/HR1229) ( PDF format )
Consent Decrees | Civil Rights / Federal Legislation

Letter to Congress opposing S.1711 which would grant the Environmental Protection Agency unprecedented legal authority to ignore federal and state environmental laws for a period of 18 months after it takes effect in order to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina ( PDF format )
Environmental Law | Environmental Law

Letter to Congress re: Sentencing Guidelines Provisions of "Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005" ( PDF format )
Sentencing Guidelines | Criminal Law

Letter to Congress Regarding "Free Flow of Information Act of 2005" (H.R. 581/S. 340) ( PDF format )
First Amendment, Reporter’s Privilege | Communications and Media Law

Letter to Congress regarding a number of bills currently pending in the Senate all of which would restrict federal court jurisdiction over various types of cases and constitutional issues ( PDF format )
Jurisdiction Stripping | Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter to Congress regarding amendments to 28 U.S.C.§1408 which governs the laying of venue for bankruptcy cases (August 2011) ( PDF format )
Business Bankruptcy Venue Rules | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to Congress regarding Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 and federal immigration reform (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Arizona Statute SB 1070 | Immigration and Nationality Law / Inter-American Affairs

Letter to Congress regarding enacting implementing legislation (S. 1870) for The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Hague Child Support Convention | United Nations Committee

Letter to Congress regarding H.R.4764 (The Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill) that would provide a 5.9 percent increase in funding for the federal judiciary for the 2004-2005 fiscal year ( PDF format )
Federal Courts | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to Congress regarding holding the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) accountable for its promise to continue housing women prisoners from the Northeast at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Female Inmates | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to Congress regarding proposed legislation on electronic surveillance (S.2453 and S.2455), April 2006 ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding proposed legislation on electronic surveillance (S.2453, 2455 and 3001 and H.R. 5825), September 2006 ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding reinstating the state death tax credit at the federal level. ( PDF format )
Death Tax | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to Congress regarding S 2977/HR 4556 which would terminate Department of Justice funding intended to further the prosecution of non-citizen suspected terrorists in an Article III court of the US that could potentially be prosecuted by a military commission (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Terrorism Prosecutions | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force / International Human Rights / Military Affairs and Justice / International Affairs, Council on / Federal Legislation

Letter to Congress regarding S.3182 which would eliminating the ground combat exclusion policy for female members of the Armed Forces (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Women in Combat | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress regarding S.744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” as it relates to reducing the detention rates of non-citizens (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Detention of Noncitizens | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress regarding S.744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” as it relates to the right to counsel for indigent individuals in deportation hearings (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Detainees, Right to Counsel | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Congress regarding Section 102 of H.R. 4156 (The Orderly and Responsible Redeployment Appropriations Act of 2008) which would establish the United States Army Field Manual FM2-22.3 Human Intelligence Collector Operations as the standard for interrogation by all government personnel ( PDF format )
Interrogation | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding Section 1116 (which would terminate funding for the transfer of a non-citizen to the US) of the 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Detainees, Prosecution of | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Congress regarding Sections 1112 and 1113 of the 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) which would effect the use of funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Detainees | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Congress regarding the 2007 Reform of the Alternative Minimum Tax ( PDF format )
Alternative Minimum Tax | Personal Income Taxation

Letter to Congress regarding The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 43 (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Animal Activists and Organizations | Animal Law / Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding The Equal Access to Tax Planning Act of 2011 (S.139) and Section 14 of The Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23) (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Tax Patents | Estate and Gift Taxation / Personal Income Taxation / Taxation of Business Entities

Letter to Congress regarding the establishment of a professional advisory panel with a mandate to advise Congress about the appropriate means to establish a military commission system to respond to the Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ( PDF format )
Civil Liberties/Security | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress regarding the federal funding ban for syringe exchange programs (December 2009) ( PDF format )
Syringe Exchange Programs | AIDS / Drugs and the Law

Letter to Congress regarding the Federal tax code and renewable energy (January 2009) ( PDF format )
Renewable Energy | Energy

Letter to Congress regarding the FISA Amendments Act (June 2008) ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding the HIV Nondiscrimination in Travel and Immigration Act of 2007 - S.2486 ( PDF format )
AIDS/HIV | AIDS

Letter to Congress regarding the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Violence Against Women | African Affairs

Letter to Congress regarding the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1461 disqualifing certain non-profit organizations from participating in a federal grant program designed to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income families ( PDF format )
Affordable Housing | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress regarding the Military Commissions Act of 2006, September 27, 2006 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress regarding the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 ("NDAA") (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Detainees | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to congress regarding the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009 (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Derivatives | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to Congress regarding the Proposed Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007 (S.186) ( PDF format )
Attorney/Client Privilege | Criminal Law

Letter to Congress regarding the Shaheen Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would extend military healthcare coverage for abortions in cases of rape or incest (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Military Healthcare Coverage | Sex and Law / Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress regarding the Smarter Sentencing Act, HR 3382/S.1401 (June 2014) ( PDF format )
Mandatory Minimum Sentences | Federal Courts

Letter to Congress supporting S.185 which would amend the Military Commissions Act and the Detainee Treatment Act by deleting the section that stripped the courts’ jurisdiction to entertain habeas petitions from alien detainees held as "enemy combatants", May 16, 2007 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress supporting the holding of broad oversight hearings in the Senate to review the current state of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice ( PDF format )
Department of Justice | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress supporting to the movement to amend, or in a limited fashion delay the effectiveness of, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 in light of the recent tragedies caused by Hurricane Katrina ( PDF format )
Bankruptcy | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to Congress to urging opposition to the Administration’s proposed military Commissions Act of 2006 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress urging Congress take immediate action to eliminate provisions of the Military Commissions Act and the Detainee Treatment Act that strip the courts’ jurisdiction to entertain habeas petitions from alien detainees held as "enemy combatants", April 3, 2007 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging hearing on Don't Ask Don't Tell ("DADT") (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights | Civil Rights / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights / Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress urging opposition to any companion bill to H.R. 4844 because it would unfairly suppress voting, and is unnecessary to prevent voter fraud ( PDF format )
Voting | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging opposition to HR 3138 which would expanded Executive surveillance powers through amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, August 2007 ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging opposition to the Administration’s issuance of a revised Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation ( PDF format )
Terrorism | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress urging opposition to the two substitute versions of H.R. 5825, one reported out by the House Intelligence Committee and a second reported out by the House Judiciary Committee (September 26, 2006) ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging ratification of the 1997 Protocol (Annex VI) relating to the treaty known as the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships which would establish certain limits on air emissions from large ocean-going vessels ( PDF format )
Air Pollution | International Environmental Law

Letter to Congress urging rejection of the military appropriations bill that would remove from the United States courts the authority to consider a habeas petition from any alien detainee being held by the Secretary of Defense as an enemy combatant. ( PDF format )
Terrorism | President

Letter to Congress urging support for the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (H.R. 9) ( PDF format )
Voting | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging support for the Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (S.2703) ( PDF format )
Voting | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging support of HR 4213, the Elimination of Barriers for Katrina Act, which would allow all victims of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Rita, even those who have a prior drug conviction, to obtain important federal benefits ( PDF format )
Drug Offenders | Drugs and the Law

Letter to Congress urging that hearings be convened to consider charges that trials of Guantanamo detainees for war crimes may be subject to improper political influence, and that the chain of command for the military commissions process has been improperly centralized. ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Congress urging that the appropriations restriction that limits how Legal Services Corporation grantees may spend their funds from state and local governments as well as private donors be repealed ( PDF format )
Legal Services, Funding of | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to Congress urging that the McCain Amendment which seeks to codify and preserve long-established basic standards of treatment for enemy detainees by the United States Government in times of war be included in H.R. 2863, the Fiscal Year 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Conference Report ( PDF format )
Terrorism | Federal Legislation / Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Congress urging that the position held by a recently retired judge of the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York be reinstated and that adequate resources be established to allow the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court, including the Clerk of Court Office, to continue to function at the same pace and with the same diligence as in the past (September 2012) ( PDF format )
Bankruptcy Court (SDNY) | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to Congress urging that they give consent to the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ( PDF format )
Environmental Law, Marine | International Environmental Law

Letter to Congress urging the opposition of a final Conference Report that cuts services to children who rely on Medicaid for health care coverage ( PDF format )
Health Care | Children, Council on

Letter to Congress urging the opposition of the amendment to S.236 proposed by Senator Kyl which would broaden Section 798(a) of Title 18 of the United States Code ( PDF format )
Disclosure of Classified Information | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging the opposition of the enactment of the Patriot Act reauthorization bill reported by the Conference Committee since it fails to meaningfully ameliorate many of the most serious threats to civil liberties in the original Patriot Act ( PDF format )
Terrorism | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging the passage of H.R.3734 and S.1867, the Displaced Citizens Voter Protection Act of 2005 ( PDF format )
Voting | Civil Rights

Letter to Congress urging they conduct a searching inquiry into the case of American citizen, Mr. Amir Mohamed Meshal, who has been held for almost three months in secret detention in Ethiopia. ( PDF format )
Ethiopia | International Human Rights

Letter to Congress urging they take up and approve Treaty Doc. 103-39: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ( PDF format )
Marine Environment | International Environmental Law / Environmental Law

Letter to Congressional Subcommittee on the Constitution Opposing House Joint Resolution 56 Which Would Federalize a Traditional State Function of Defining and Interpreting What Constitutes a Marriage ( PDF format )
Same-Sex Marriage | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Department of Defense regarding Protective Order Governing Counsel Access to Detainees (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Detainees, Representation of | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Dr. Mitchell Reiss, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland requesting that every effort be made to ensure that the devolved government in Northern Ireland is restored in the near future ( PDF format )
Northern Ireland | International Human Rights

Letter to E-discovery Working Group of the New York State Unified Court System on Electronic Discovery in the New York State Courts (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Electronic Discovery | Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter to Egyptian President Morsi on his November 2012 Constitutional Declaration (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Egypt | International Human Rights

Letter to Frank Macchiarola, Commissioner of the 2003 Charter Revision Commission, Providing Preliminary Comments ( PDF format )
Charter Commission | New York City Affairs / Election Law / Government Ethics

Letter to Governor and Legislative Leaders re: Budget Amendment Impact on New York System Benefit Charge and Renewable Portfolio Standard ( PDF format )
Energy Projects | Energy

Letter to Governor and Legislative Leaders re: Budget Amendment Impact on the New York System Benefit Charge and Renewable Portfolio Standard (March 2008) ( PDF format )
Energy Projects | Energy

Letter to Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders requesting the status of the appointment of a panel to review the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and Legislative Ethics Commission (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Public Ethics, Joint Commission on | Government Ethics

Letter to Governor Cuomo concerning the State Budget provisions related to the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program | Children, Council on

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important issues affecting children to be considered during his term (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Children | Children, Council on

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important steps New York State can take to modernize and enforce New York's civil and human rights laws during his term (February 2011) ( PDF format )
New York State's Civil and Human Rights Laws | Civil Rights

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting some of the most important issues related to domestic violence in New York State to be considered during his term (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Domestic Violence | Domestic Violence

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting women's reproductive rights and implementation of expressing at work legislation as issues to be considered during his term (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Women's Rights | Sex and Law

Letter to Governor Cuomo offering its views regarding important policy decisions facing the administration that will effect the lives of New York’s residents and its animals (May 2011) ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to Governor Cuomo on restoring state aid to New York City schools (March 2013) ( PDF format )
New York City Schools | Education and the Law

Letter to Governor Cuomo on the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (S.5845/A.8072) (July 2013) ( PDF format )
Non-profit Revitalization Act | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding continued funding in the New York State budget for Prisoners' Legal Services (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Prisoners Legal Services | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Taxation - Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate | State and Local Taxation

Letter to Governor Elect Eliot Spitzer highlighting important issues to be considered during his term Including advocating for federal legislation that creates effective greenhouse gas caps; modifying Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law so citizens are not denied standing if they cannot demonstrate harm different from the public at large; ensure more effective delivery of the Brownfield Opportunity Grants; and require an environmental life-cycle analysis as a component of the development of solid waste management plans ( PDF format )
Environmental Law | Environmental Law

Letter to Governor Elect Eliot Spitzer highlighting important issues to be considered during his term including the trafficking of human beings for sexual and labor servitude; the ability of nursing mothers to express breast milk while at work; and the delivery of balanced sex education programs to teenagers in school ( PDF format )
Sex and Law | Sex and Law

Letter to Governor Elect Spitzer providing recommendations for several key actions designed to promote a cleaner, reliable, cost-efficient and intelligent energy future for New York State ( PDF format )
Energy | Energy

Letter to Governor Elect Spitzer urging that New York State cease its current practice of terminating Medicaid eligibility for individuals incarcerated in state and local correctional facilities ( PDF format )
Prisons | Corrections and Community Reentry / Health Law / Mental Health Law / Social Welfare Law

Letter to Governor Eliot Spitzer expressing concern over the spiraling number of public authorities and the fact that these public authorities are unaccountable to the public ( PDF format )
Public Authorities | State Affairs

Letter to Governor George E. Pataki Regarding New York State's Implementation of the Federal Help America Vote Act "HAVA" ( PDF format )
Election Law | Election Law / State Affairs

Letter to Governor Pataki and Legislative Leaders expressing opposition to proposed amendments to the New York State Finance Law (S.6459-C/A.9559-B) which would subject funds generated through the Systems Benefit Charge Program and the Renewable Portfolio Standard to the annual state appropriations process ( PDF format )
Energy Projects | Energy

Letter to Governor Pataki asking that he urge the New York State Legislature to immediately a judicial salary increase with a corresponding mechanism that provides for future periodic increases for New York State’s judges (November 2006) ( PDF format )
Judicial Salaries | President

Letter to Governor Pataki expressing opposition to S.6831/A.10399 which would amend the Limited Liability Company Law and the Partnership Law relating to sanctions for non-publication of notices (April 2006) ( PDF format )
Limited Liability Company Law | Private Investment Funds

Letter to Governor Pataki in support of S. 5786/A.7603-A which would modify Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law making environmental impact statements available on the internet ( PDF format )
Environmental Impact Statements | Environmental Law

Letter to Governor Pataki Reauthorization of Article X of the Public Service Law governing the process for the siting of electric generation facilities in New York ( PDF format )
Energy | Energy

Letter to Governor Pataki Regarding Article X of the Public Service Law Governing the Process for the Siting of Electric Generation Facilities in New York ( PDF format )
Power Plants | Energy

Letter to Governor Pataki regarding S.00085 and A.7383 expressing opposition to certain amendments to the limited liability company law and partnership law relating to the publication of notices ( PDF format )
Limited Liability Company Law | Corporation Law

Letter to Governor Pataki Regarding S.5902/A.11205 Expressing Opposition to Certain Amendments to the Limited Liability Company Law and Partnership Law Relating to Publication of Notices ( PDF format )
Limited Liability Company Law | Private Investment Funds

Letter to Governor Pataki Regarding the Use of Liberty Bonds to Finance a Power Plant in Queens ( PDF format )
Construction | Downtown Redevelopment, Task Force

Letter to Governor Pataki Regarding Welfare-Related Proposals in the Executive Budget ( PDF format )
Welfare | Social Welfare Law

Letter to Governor Pataki urging him to sign S. 7616 which would prohibit the knowing possession, sale, barter, transfer, exchange or import of certain wild animals as pets ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter to Governor Pataki urging in accordance with the mandate in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State the state ascertain the actual cost of providing a sound and basic education in New York City ( PDF format )
Education | Education and the Law

Letter to Governor Paterson and the NYS Legislature regarding the NYS Judiciary budget (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Budget - NYS Judiciary | Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter to Governor Paterson in support of legislation to create a special commission on judicial compensation (November 24, 2010) ( PDF format )
Judicial Salaries | President

Letter to Governor Paterson regarding funding of IOLA and Civil Legal Services in the 2010-2011 Judiciary and State budgets (March 2010) ( PDF format )
IOLA | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to Governor Paterson regarding the provisions in Article 7 budget legislations which impact children and families (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Children | Children, Council on

Letter to Governor Patterson regarding financial reductions to the State's budget (August 2008) ( PDF format )
Child Welfare | Children, Council on

Letter to Governor Patterson regarding S.5920-A/A.00246B which would prohibit the issuance of licenses to new slaughterhouses located within 1,500 feet of residential properties ( PDF format )
Animals Used for Food, including Downed Animals | Animal Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer commenting on the new proposed constitutional amendment, Governor’s Program Bill No. 26 re redistricting (January 2008) ( PDF format )
Redistricting | Election Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer commenting on the recently released Executive budget and urging continued support for child welfare programs and the Family Court ( PDF format )
Family Court and Family Law | Family Court and Family Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer expressing concern over proposed budget cuts in two animal welfare laws, the Animal Population Program and the Pet Dealer Licensing Law ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer highlighting issues that should be a priority of the administration ( PDF format )
Poverty | Social Welfare Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer highlighting issues that should be given priority by the administration including children, families, family court and juvenile justice ( PDF format )
Children | Children, Council on

Letter to Governor Spitzer highlighting the most critical issues effecting New York's health care system ( PDF format )
Health care system | Health Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging greater diversification of New York State’s judiciary through the appointment and election of members of the LGBT and other under-represented populations (February 2008) ( PDF format )
Diversity on the Bench | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging he sign into law with modifications A.8679/S.5902 anti-human trafficking legislation ( PDF format )
Anti-Human Trafficking | Sex and Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging his administration to consider a number of issues that are of major concern to New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS ( PDF format )
AIDS/HIV | AIDS

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging the adoption of safe harbor legislation for employers that hire ex-offenders after receiving a valid Certificate of Rehabilitation ( PDF format )
Ex-offenders | Labor and Employment Law

Letter to Governor Spitzer's office regarding Rockefeller drug law reform (February 2006) ( PDF format )
Rockefeller Drug Law | Criminal Justice Operations

Letter to His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President, Islamic Republic of Iran urging the release of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari from Evin Prison ( PDF format )
Iran | International Human Rights / United Nations Committee

Letter to His Excellency Hojjatoleslam val Moslemin Sayed Mohammad Khatami President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Regarding the Imprisonment of Two Lawyers Which Appears to be Solely as a Result of Their Actions as Lawyers Defending Their Clients ( PDF format )
Iran | International Human Rights

Letter to Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts, expressing concerns about Section 202.8(h) of the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts which mandates that lawyers remind judges in writing when a submitted motion has not been decided within 60 days (" Rule 23"). ( PDF format )
Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to incoming New York City mayor Bill de Blasio offering views on an array of policy decisions facing the incoming administration (November 2013) ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to IOLA regarding proposed amendment to Section 7000.9(b)(1) of Title 21, NYCRR (January 2010) ( PDF format )
IOLA | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to Jeffery Kover, US Department of State, Regarding UNCITRAL Model Legislation Provision on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects ( PDF format )
UNCITRAL | Project Finance

Letter to Joseph E. Schmitz, Inspector General, Department of Defense, on enemy prisoners of war and other detainees ( PDF format )
Prisoners of War | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Judge Pfau concerning the proposed Rule on the Preservation of Evidence (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Evidence, Preservation of | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to Judge Pfau regarding Proposed Revisions to CPLR 3101(d)(1) (July 2010) ( PDF format )
Expert Discovery | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Stop and Frisk | Civil Rights

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding the appointment of a new Charter Revision Commission (January 2010) ( PDF format )
Charter Commission | Administrative Law / Election Law / Government Ethics

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Regarding the Right to March in New York City ( PDF format )
Demonstrations | Communications and Media Law

Letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding undertaking an analysis of the New York City's Solid Waste Management Plan ( PDF format )
Solid Waste Management | Environmental Law

Letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining a number of recommendations on current land use issues affecting law and policy in New York City (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Land Use Planning and Zoning | Land Use Planning and Zoning

Letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining a number of recommendations on gender related issues affecting law and policy in New York City (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Gender Related Issues | Sex and Law

Letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining recommendations on issues concerning the protection of the civil rights and civil liberties of New Yorkers (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Civil Liberties | Civil Rights

Letter to Mayor de Blasio re: Policy Recommendations Concerning AIDS (February 2014) ( PDF format )
NYC Policy Recommendations | AIDS

Letter to Mayor de Blasio regarding Int. 292-2014 which requires the NYC Department of Correction to post quarterly reports online about the people who are placed in solitary confinement at city jails (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Solitary Confinement, City Jails | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to Mayor de Blasio regarding needed policy changes to establish equal rights and protections for LGBTQ New Yorkers (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee opposing provisions of the SAFE Act that would restrict local efforts to limit the impact of immigration detainers on criminal justice resources (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Immigration Detainers | Criminal Courts / Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Michael Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, regarding the Election Modernization Task Force ( PDF format )
Election Procedures | Election Law

Letter to New York City Office of Emergency Management Regarding the need for Emergency Procedures for the Benefit of Animals in Times of Crisis ( PDF format )
Companion Animals/Pets | Animal Law

Letter to New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, regarding the Rand Report and Stop-and-Frisk practices (December 2007) ( PDF format )
Stop and Frisk | Civil Rights

Letter to New York Medical College urging it discontinue the use of live dogs in physiology and surgery laboratories on legal, scientific, and ethical grounds. ( PDF format )
Animals Used for Experimentation, including Medical Use of Animals | Animal Law / Health Law

Letter to newly elected Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf urging that Liberia request Nigeria to promptly surrender former Liberian President Charles Taylor to the Special Court of Sierra Leone ( PDF format )
Sierra Leone | International Human Rights

Letter to NYC Council Speaker Miller urging that the City enact the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act (Intro 22-A) ( PDF format )
Discrimination | Civil Rights

Letter to NYC Counseil Speaker Gifford Miller commenting on the proposed energy Efficiency and Green Building Legislation (Intro. No. 324) ( PDF format )
Green Building | Energy / Environmental Law

Letter to NYC Housing Authority urging that it continue and strengthen efforts to ensure that its policies most effectively help battered women seek and maintain safety ( PDF format )
Domestic Violence | Domestic Violence / Sex and Law

Letter to NYS house leaders regarding the adoption of statute based on the Uniform Fradulent Transfer Act (December 2006) ( PDF format )
Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization / Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws

Letter to NYS Senators on the Marriage Equality Act - S.4401 (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Same-Sex Marriage | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to OCA commenting on the Advisory Committee on Civil Practice's proposed Rule 216.2 which addresses privacy concerns in the filing of papers in civil proceedings (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Consumer Debt | Civil Courts

Letter to OCA Commenting on Various Provision in the Report of the NYS Unified Court System Issued in January 2004, Entitled "The Future of Pro Bono in New York" ( PDF format )
Pro Bono | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to OCA responding to an inquiry from the Commission on the Jury regarding juror privacy and the right of access to judicial proceedings ( PDF format )
Juror Privacy | Communications and Media Law

Letter to OECD on the Entitlement of Collective Investment Vehicles for Tax Treaty Benefits - Treaty Eligible State Investors (October 2008) ( PDF format )
Tax Treaties - Collective Investment Vehicles | Taxation of Business Entities

Letter to President Bush expressing concern over the arrest and imprisonment of Mikhail Trepashkin, a Russian lawyer ( PDF format )
Russia | International Human Rights

Letter to President Bush Regarding United Nations Charter Obligations Regarding Iraq ( PDF format )
Iraq | International Affairs, Council on

Letter to President Elect Obama Offering Recommendations Regarding Detention and Trial of Detainees ( PDF format )
Detainees | President / National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to President George W. Bush Regarding Human Rights and Security of Women and Girls in Afghanistan ( PDF format )
Afghanistan | International Human Rights

Letter to President George W. Bush Regarding the Inaugural Session of the International Criminal Court ( PDF format )
International Criminal Court | International Law

Letter to President George W. Bush Regarding the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 ( PDF format )
Health Care | African Affairs

Letter to President George W. Bush Regarding the Volcker Commission Report ( PDF format )
Federal Courts | Federal Courts

Letter to President Mugabe of Zimbabwe regarding government-sponsored attacks against the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) ( PDF format )
Zimbabwe | International Human Rights / African Affairs

Letter to President Musharraf of Pakistan urging the rule of law be restored (January 2008) ( PDF format )
Pakistan | International Human Rights

Letter to President Obama offering suggestions regarding the detention, treatment, and trial of detainees, national security and the rule of law (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Rule of Law | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to President Obama re: Release of Guantanamo Detainees Cleared for Release, and Closure of the Facility (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Guantanamo | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to President Obama regarding denials of due process for immigrant mothers and children detained in New Mexico (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Access to Justice for Immigrant Detainees | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to President Obama regarding designating Pakistan for temporary protected status under the Immigration and Nationality Act (September 2010) ( PDF format )
Pakistan | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to President Obama regarding indefinite or prolonged detention without trial (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Detainees | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to President Obama regarding the nomination of minority candidates to United State Attorney positions ( PDF format )
Diversity in the Profession | Minorities in the Courts

Letter to President Obama regarding the routine granting national interest waivers and other exemptions to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 to governments that recruit and use child soldiers (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Child Soldiers | African Affairs

Letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. obligation under international humanitarian law to provide non-discriminatory medical care to women and girls raped and impregnated in armed conflict (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Non-Discriminatory Medical Care | International Affairs, Council on

Letter to President Obama summarizing City Bar positions on important policy decisions facing the administration regarding animal-related issues (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to President Obama to Designate Philippines for Temporary Protected Status (November 2013) ( PDF format )
Philippines, Temporary Protected Status | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to President of Egypt re: Public Assembly Law (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Egypt | African Affairs / International Human Rights

Letter to President of Philippines Regarding Attempted Assassination of Romeo Capulong ( PDF format )
Philippines, Human Rights in | International Human Rights

Letter to President of Uganda re: Anti-Homosexuality Bill (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Uganda | African Affairs

Letter to President of Uganda re: Human Rights Violations (June 2014) ( PDF format )
Uganda | African Affairs / International Human Rights / Vance Center for International Justice

Letter to President of Ukraine regarding Draft Law No. 8711 which would threaten the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) and Ukrainian individuals and organizations that support LGBT rights (October 2012) ( PDF format )
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Ukraine | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron regarding the government’s decision to end its inquiry into the killing of Patrick Finucane (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Northern Ireland | International Human Rights

Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron regarding the government’s inquiry into the killing of Patrick Finucane (May 2012) ( PDF format )
Northern Ireland | International Human Rights

Letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair regarding the Patrick Finucane case urging that the United Kingdom initiate an inquiry in the case under the Tribunal of Inquiry Evidence Act of 1921 ( PDF format )
Northern Ireland | International Human Rights

Letter to Professor Jose Alverez supporting the Resolution passed by the American Society of International Law on the Use of Armed Force and the Treatment of Detainees ( PDF format )
Detainees | International Human Rights

Letter to Representative Edward Markey supporting HR 4674 which would end the extra-judicial transfer of individuals to countries in which they may be tortured or subject to cruel inhuman punishment ( PDF format )
Extraordinary Rendition | International Human Rights

Letter to SEC Requesting Guidance re: Retention and Production of e-mail by Investment Advisers ( PDF format )
Investment Advisers | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to Secretary of Defense Gates regarding procedures for Military Commissions, January 9, 2007 ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates regarding statements made by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, Charles D. Stimson, at an interview with federal news service on January 11, 2007 ( PDF format )
Department of Defense | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice expressing concerns over Nigeria's failure to surrender former Liberian President Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone and to urge strong leadership by the United States government on this issue ( PDF format )
Sierra Leone | International Human Rights

Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressing concern over human rights abuses in Ethiopia ( PDF format )
Ethiopia | International Human Rights

Letter to Secretary of State Rice Recommending that the US Representative to the UN Security Council Vote to Refer the Darfur Situation to the International Criminal Court ( PDF format )
Darfur | International Human Rights

Letter to Secretary of State, Colin Powell, urging that the United States co-sponsor and vote in favor of the resolution on Human Rights and Sexual Orientation to be offered by the government of Brazil at the session of the United Nation's Committee on Human Rights ( PDF format )
Sexual Orientation | International Human Rights

Letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Proposed Section 1037 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (May 2010) ( PDF format )
Detainees, Right to Counsel | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Senate Expressing Concern re: Rejection of Adegbile Nomination (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Senate Confirmation | Capital Punishment

Letter to Senate Opposing the Bankruptcy Venue Bill (Fairness in Bankruptcy Litigation Act of 2005) ( PDF format )
Bankruptcy Legislation | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to Senate supporting passage of sections 1031 and 1033 of S. 1197, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Detainees | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to Senator Bruno supporting Timothy's Law, enacting mental health insurance parity in New York State ( PDF format )
Insurance Law | Mental Health Law

Letter to Senator Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, President of the Senate of Chile, expressing support for the appointment of Judge Carlos Cerda Fernandez to the Supreme Court of Chile ( PDF format )
Chile | President

Letter to Senator Joseph Bruno, State Senate Majority Leader, Regarding United Nations Consolidation Project ( PDF format )
United Nations | United Nations Committee

Letter to Senator Schumer expressing opposition to S. 1088 which would remove to a very substantial extent the federal courts' ability to grant relief when presented with meritorious federal habeas corpus petitions ( PDF format )
Habeas Corpus | Capital Punishment

Letter to Senators Clinton and Schumer thanking them for their support of the need for passage of the funding request of the Legal Services Corporation and noting the continued importance of adequate legal services funding especially in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster ( PDF format )
Legal Services Corporation | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to Senators Schumer and Clinton commenting on pending legislation that would negatively affect immigrant communities ( PDF format )
Immigration Reform | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Senators Schumer and Clinton urging that they ensure that Congress allocates $10 million of funding pursuant to "America's Law Enforcement and Mental Health Project" ( PDF format )
Mental Disabilities | Mental Health Law

Letter to Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the NYS Assembly, Regarding the New York City Administration for Children's Services Budget ( PDF format )
Child Welfare | Children, Council on

Letter to Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi opposing the inclusion of Section 2107(d) in S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which would deny Non-Citizens who legalize their immigration status Social Security credit for previously unauthorized work (March 2014 ( PDF format )
Immigration Reform | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to Sri Lanka re: Judicial Independence (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Sri Lanka, Judicial Independence in | International Affairs, Council on / United Nations Committee

Letter to State Assembly Urging that Capital Defender Office not be Eliminated ( PDF format )
Capital Punishment | Capital Punishment

Letter to Stony Brook University Medical School urging it discontinue the use of live dogs in physiology and surgery laboratories on legal, scientific, and ethical grounds ( PDF format )
Animals Used for Experimentation, including Medical Use of Animals | Animal Law / Health Law

Letter to Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services re: Immigration Issues (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Access to Justice | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the ABA commenting on the ABA's draft report on proposed changes to the Code of Judicial Conduct ( PDF format )
Judicial Conduct | Professional Ethics / Government Ethics / Professional Responsibility / Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter to the ABA in support of the ABA Litigation Section’s opposition to the Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Proceedings Act proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) ( PDF format )
Child Client | Children, Council on

Letter to the ABA Joint Commission on Evaluation of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct commenting on the Commission's proposed changes to Canons 1 and 2 ( PDF format )
Judicial Conduct | Professional Ethics / Government Ethics

Letter to the ABA Section on Litigation commenting on the draft Model Act Governing Representation of Children in Abuse and Neglect Proceedings (March 2009) ( PDF format )
Abuse and Neglect Proceedings | Children, Council on

Letter to the ABA Urging the ABA House of Delegates to Support the Reintroduction of the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act (CRTRA) in Congress ( PDF format )
Taxation | Labor and Employment Law

Letter to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts proposing amendments to Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which would provide non-parties served with Rule 30(b)(6) deposition subpoenas greater protections against undue burdens (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Deposition Subpoenas | Federal Courts

Letter to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts regarding Proposed Amendment to Rule 68 and Recommendation for Further Study (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Settlements | Federal Courts

Letter to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts commenting on whether or not problems in practice exist under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) that would best be addressed through an amendment to the Rule or whether continued development of case law would suffice ( PDF format )
Discovery | Federal Courts

Letter to the All China Lawyer Association expressing concern over the recent intimidation of lawyers in China following their public commitment to provide legal services to individuals detained following protests in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). ( PDF format )
China | International Human Rights

Letter to the All China Lawyers Association expressing concern over reports by lawyers in China of increased harassment in the course of their work. (July 2, 2009) ( PDF format )
China | International Human Rights

Letter to the All China Lawyers Association regarding reports by lawyers in China of increased harassment in the course of their work ( PDF format )
China | International Human Rights

Letter to the Ambassador of Iran concerning human rights violations against sexual minorities in Iran ( PDF format )
Iran | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations expressing concern with the incarceration of defense lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Iran | International Human Rights

Letter to the Ambassaodr to the United Nations expressing concern over the situation in the Darfur region in Sudan. ( PDF format )
Sudan | African Affairs

Letter to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants commenting on their draft report on Auditor Attendance at Due Diligence Meetings with Underwriters ( PDF format )
Auditors | Financial Reporting

Letter to the American Securitization Forum commenting on the RMBS Disclosure Package (August 2008) ( PDF format )
Securitization | Structured Finance

Letter to the Attorney General's Office endorsing the Attorney General's Legislative Program Bill #63-05 which would amend New York Executive Law regarding the solicitation of charitable contributions ( PDF format )
Charitable contributions | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services regarding the proposed removal of HIV from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” (August 2009) ( PDF format )
AIDS/HIV | AIDS

Letter to the CFTC commenting on the CFTC's proposed rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (September 2010) ( PDF format )
Swaps | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General providing initial comments on the Attorney General’s Program Bill, S.B. 7431, The Non-Profit Revitalization Act which would simplify and modernize aspects of New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (September 2012) ( PDF format )
Non-profit Revitalization Act | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the Chief Administrative Judge commenting on the proposed amendment to 22 NYCRR § 118.2(b)(1) which would allow members of the New York Bar who have certified that they are "retired" to provide the Chief Administrator with either a Post Office Box address or active email address as an alternative to public disclosure of their home addresses (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Retired Lawyers | Professional Discipline

Letter to the Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Department urging the Department re-adopt Letters of Caution as a non-disciplinary measure for resolving disciplinary complaints (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Letters of Caution | Professional Discipline

Letter to the Chief Judge of the State of New York and others addressing the challenges facing the New York City Courts in the wake of the surge in residential mortgage foreclosure actions (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Residential Mortgage Foreclosures | Residential Mortgage Foreclosures, Task Force / Judicial Administration, Council on

Letter to the City of New York Department of Health supporting the Bureau of Vital Statistics initiation of a process to improve its policy regarding the requirements for changing ones birth certificate sex, and urging the Department to adopt a standard that allows for the applicants medical providers to make the determination of when sex-reassignment care is completed, rather than focusing on specific procedures. ( PDF format )
Gender Transition | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to the Commander-in-Chief Bahrain Defense Force regarding the rule of law and the rights of lawyers in Bahrain to practice their profession and to carry out their professional duties to clients free of government interference (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Bahrain | International Human Rights

Letter to the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century expressing concern that the forthcoming Commission recommendations ( PDF format )
Hospitals | Health Law

Letter to the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene urging revision of the birth certificate policy in regards to gender designation (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Gender Transition | Association (reflects input from a number of committees)

Letter to the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission expressing support for the proposal to amend the rules governing advertising by commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors ( PDF format )
Commodity Trading Advisor, Advertising by | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission commenting on the use of the term “notional amount” in recent regulation and the issues arising in the calculation of “notional amount” (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Swaps | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission commenting on whether there are any conflicts between the criteria and relief in Advisory 18-96 and Commission Regulation 4.13(a)(4), Electronic Filing of Part 4 Exemptions ( PDF format )
Electronic Filing | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission expressing concerns about the proposed amendments to Commission rules 4.26 and 4.36 concerning the electronic filing of disclosure documents by commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors ( PDF format )
Electronic Filing | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in support of the Commission's proposal to define the term "client" of a commodity trading advisor in a new Commission rule ( PDF format )
Commodity Trading Advisor | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission offering comments on the proposing release Harmonization of Compliance Obligations for Registered Investment Companies Required to Register as Commodity Pool Operators (May 2012) ( PDF format )
Commodity Pool Operators | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding implementation of the Commission's Dodd-Frank Rules (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Exemptive Relief | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding the Commission’s proposal to amend its governing commodity pool operator periodic account statements and annual financial reports (March 2009) ( PDF format )
Commodity Pool | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala regarding the suspension of the trial of Efrain Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Guatemala | International Human Rights / Inter-American Affairs

Letter to the Department of Agriculture offering recommendations on a variety of topics the Department should consider as it develops policies relating to non-human animals (February 2009) ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to the Department of Correctional Services Urging Them to Reconsider Their Opposition to the Committee's Request to Visit Prison Law Libraries and Work with the Committee in Improving Correctional Services to Inmates ( PDF format )
Prisons | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Department of Defense regarding the Order Governing Written Communications Management for Detainees Involved in Military Commissions (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | National Security and the Rule of Law, Task Force

Letter to the Department of Defense requesting that the Department provide for a period of public comment on the draft Manual for Military Commissions ( PDF format )
Military Commissions | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the Department of Education regarding the automatic termination of teachers with a felony conviction (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Teachers | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the ability of health care providers, insurers and health care institutions to refuse to provide health care services (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Health Care | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding visitation rights for same-sex domestic partners and other non-related visitors of hospital patients (Proposed Rules 42 CFR 482.13(h) and 42 CFR 485.635(f) (August 2010) ( PDF format )
Hospital Visitation Rights - Domestic Partners | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights / Health Law

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security commenting on proposed changes to 8 CFR Part 1001 as they pertain to deciding asylum cases based on the "social group" ground of refugee protection (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Asylum | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security commenting on the proposed rule regarding professional conduct of pro bono service providers (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Pro Bono Attorneys | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding mandatory detention under the Immigration and Nationality Act (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Detention of Lawful Permanent Residents | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the Department of Justice commenting on the proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Prison Rape | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Department of Justice commenting on the proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape in light of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Amador et al. v. Andrews et al. (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Prison Rape | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Department of Labor commenting on the definition of the term "fiduciary" under ERISA (January 2011) ( PDF format )
ERISA | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the Department of Labor expressing concern over the Department of Labor’s announcement that the DOL will be auditing all PERM applications based upon a suspicion that attorney involvement in recruiting may have tainted labor market tests required under PERM. ( PDF format )
Permanent Employment Certification | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the Department of the Treasury Commenting on Proposed Amendments to 31 CFR Part 10, Tax Shelter ( PDF format )
Tax Shelters | Personal Income Taxation

Letter to the Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office commenting on the evolving role of the federal government in insurance regulation due to the passage of Dodd-Frank (December 2011) ( PDF format )
Insurance Regulation | Insurance Law

Letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs commenting on the proposed rules for Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys; Agent and Attorney Fees ( PDF format )
Attorney Accreditation | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee expressing support for the reinstitution of the rule which would permit the issuance of a Letter of Caution in attorney disciplinary matters ( PDF format )
Letters of Caution | Professional Discipline

Letter to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services outlining key recommendations supported by the City Bar that would protect the social welfare and equal participation of all New Yorkers (February 2014) ( PDF format )
NYC Policy Recommendations | Association (reflects input from a number of committees)

Letter to the Director of the SEC regarding the Securities Act of 1933, private offering reform ( PDF format )
Private Offerings | Financial Reporting / Securities Regulation

Letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA) expressing support for Dr. Craker to be registered by the DEA as a bulk manufacturer of marijuana as it is consistent with "the public interest" as that term is used in 21 USC 823(a) ( PDF format )
Medical Marijuana | Drugs and the Law

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, published July 21, 2007 regarding the compromise surveillance legislation ( PDF format )
Electronic Surveillance | Civil Rights

Letter to the Empire State Stem Cell Board on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research (May 2008) ( PDF format )
Stem Cell Research | Bioethical Issues

Letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission commenting on the Commission’s Proposed Rulemaking to revise its Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations and interpretive guidance – RIN 3046-AA85 (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Americans with Disabilities Act | AIDS / Civil Rights / Labor and Employment Law / Legal Issues Affecting People With Disabilities

Letter to the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees commenting on the draft guidelines for reviewing applications for compensation and reimbursement of expenses filed under 11 U.S.C. Section 330 by attorneys in larger Chapter 11 cases (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Bankruptcy, Professional Fees | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees commenting on the draft guidelines for reviewing applications for compensation and reimbursement of expenses filed under 11 U.S.C. Section 330 by attorneys in larger Chapter 11 cases (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Bankruptcy, Professional Fees | Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization

Letter to the FDIC urging that IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust) accounts be covered by the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP), regardless of the amount in the account (November 2008) ( PDF format )
IOLTA | President

Letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons regarding plans to convert the FCI Danbury, the only federal facility for women post-sentencing in the Northeast, into a men’s prison (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Female Inmates | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) offering comments on the FIO’s Report to Congress on the U.S. and Global Reinsurance Market (August 2012) ( PDF format )
Reinsurance | Insurance Law

Letter to the Federal Reserve Regarding (Docket No. OP-1158) Anti-Tying Restrictions ( PDF format )
Bank Products | Banking Law

Letter to the Federal Reserve requesting that they issue a final version of its proposed interpretation and supervisory guidance on the Anti-Tying Restrictions on Section 106 of the Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970 ( PDF format )
Bank Products | Banking Law

Letter to the Federal Reserve System regarding capital and accounting standards for certain insurers under the Collins Amendment of Dodd-Frank (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Insurers, Accounting Standards For | Insurance Law

Letter to the Federal Trade Commission commenting on the proposals concerning the prohibitions on market manipulation and false information in Subtitle B of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Anti Manipulation Rule | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Federal Trade Commission commenting on the revised proposals concerning the prohibitions on market manipulation and false information in Subtitle B of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Anti Manipulation Rule | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Federal Trade Commission offering comments on a proposal by the FTC regarding market manipulation and false information (October 2008) ( PDF format )
Market Manipulation | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board commenting on the revised exposure draft of proposed amendments to FASB Statement No. 140 relating to the transfer of financial assets ( PDF format )
Financial Assets | Structured Finance

Letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board commenting on File Reference No.2013-300, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Going Concern Presumption (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Going Concern Presumption | Financial Reporting

Letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board commenting on the Board’s proposal which would provide greater disclosure of certain loss contingencies ( PDF format )
Loss Contingencies, Disclosure of | Financial Reporting

Letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board commenting on the FASB's proposal relating to disclosure of certain loss contingencies (File Reference No.1840-100) (September 2010) ( PDF format )
Accounting Standards | Financial Reporting / Securities Regulation

Letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board Responding to a Request for Information Dated April 9, 2004 Re Setoff and Isolation ( PDF format )
Setoff Rights | Banking Law

Letter to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. commenting on Proposed Amendments to FINRA Rule 5122, Private Placement of Securities (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Private Placement of Securities | Securities Regulation

Letter to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the regulation of the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Electronic Cigarettes | Bioethical Issues / Health Law

Letter to the Free Software Foundation urging that given the increased use of open software in business and commercial use that the rules governing such software be clarified ( PDF format )
Open Source Software | Information Technology

Letter to the FTC commenting on proposed amendments to regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Animals Used for Clothing | Animal Law

Letter to the FTC commenting on proposed rulemaking regarding federal speculative position limits applicable to exempt and agricultural commodities (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Independent Account Controllers | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the FTC urging 1) clarity with respect to eligible contract participant status and provision relating to swap position limits; and 2) temporary expemtive relief for transactions currently covered by certain Commodity Exchange Act sections (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Swaps | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the Governor’s Office urging reforms to the succession rules in New York State ( PDF format )
Succession Rules | Election Law

Letter to the Heads of State of the Member States of the African Union regarding its recommendation for a hybrid court for Sudan (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Sudan | African Affairs / International Affairs, Council on / International Human Rights

Letter to the HRSA noting that the narrow definition of legal services funded by the Ryan White CARE Act is depriving persons living with HIV/AIDS of crucial support services (December 2010) ( PDF format )
AIDS/HIV | AIDS / Social Welfare Law

Letter to the INS opposing the Interim Rule which bars the release of the identity or other information relating to Service detainees being housed or otherwise maintained in non-federal facilities ( PDF format )
Detainees | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the INS urging that the current custody procedures which specify the period of time in which the INS must make a determination following an arrest without a warrant not be amended ( PDF format )
Detainees | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur Recommending that the UN Refer the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court ( PDF format )
Darfur | International Human Rights

Letter to the Iranian Ambassador expressing concern that statements made by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, may be in violation of international law ( PDF format )
Iran | International Human Rights

Letter to the IRS commenting on Prop. Treas. Reg. § 1.67-4 which deals in part with methods for reasonably estimating the portion of a bundled fee that is attributable to “investment advice” and therefore potentially subject to the 2-percent floor (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Trustee, Commission of a | Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts

Letter to the IRS commenting on (Notice 2012-40) whether the use-it-or-lose-it rule as applied to health care flexible spending arrangements (Health FSAs) should be modified (August 2012) ( PDF format )
Health Care Flexible Spending Arrangements | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the IRS commenting on Foreign Account Tax Compliance under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 as it relates to trusts and trust beneficiaries (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Foreign Trusts | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS Commenting on Gift Tax Consequences of Trust Employing Distribution Committee ( PDF format )
Private Letter Rulings | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS commenting on longevity annuity contracts (QLAC's) (May 2012) ( PDF format )
Qualifying Longevity Anbuity Contracts | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the IRS commenting on Notice 2010-6 (Correcting Documentary Failures Pursuant to Section 409A) (May 2010) ( PDF format )
Compensation Plans | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the IRS commenting on Notice 2011-82 which concerns estate planning techniques for the creation of trusts upon the death of the first spouse to die (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Deceased Spousal Unused Exclusion Amount (DSUEA) | Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts / Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS commenting on propose regulations which pertain to the required reporting of foreign financial assets on Form 8938 (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Foreign Trusts | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS Commenting on Proposed Regulations Revising the Definition of Income Under Section 643(b) ( PDF format )
Taxation | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS commenting on Proposed Treas. Reg. Section 1.67-4 & Notice 2008-32 which addresses the exception to the 2-percent of adjusted gross income floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions for certain costs that are paid or incurred in connection with the administration of an estate or a trust and requests comments concerning certain aspects of the Proposed Regulations, including the use of safe harbors and reasonable estimates by fiduciaries for unbundling fiduciary fees. ( PDF format )
Fiduciary Fees | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS commenting on the proposed Treasury Regulation 1.67-4 ( PDF format )
Trusts and Estates, Administration of | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS concerning group health plans and health insurance coverage relating to status as a grandfathered plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (August 2010) ( PDF format )
Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the IRS on Notice 2011-101 which requests comments on the income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax issues and consequences arising from a transfer by a trustee of all or a portion of the principal of an irrevocable trust to another irrevocable trust (April 2012) ( PDF format )
Decanting | Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts / Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS on the resent disqualification of taxpayers who have previously been accepted into the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Offshore Accounts, Disclosure of | Personal Income Taxation

Letter to the IRS on the safe harbor for determining the affordability of employer-sponsored health coverage for purposes of the shared employer responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Car Act (December 2011) ( PDF format )
Health Plans and Health Insurance Coverage | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the IRS providing comments on the proposed revenue ruling regarding the estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer and income tax issues that are associated with the establishment and administration of trust companies that are family-owned or controlled (private trust companies) (November 2008) ( PDF format )
Private trust companies | Estate and Gift Taxation

Letter to the IRS regarding proposed changes in regulations governing political candidate-related activity by Section 501(c) organizations (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Non Profit Organizations, Candidate Related Political Activities | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the Joint Committee on Local Rules of the EDNY and the SDNY urging that in all cases involving pro se litigants, counsel attach copies of decisions cited in their memoranda of law or other pleadings when those decisions are unreported and/or available solely in electronic databases ( PDF format )
Pro Se Litigants | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the Legislature expressing opposition to the Governors proposal to eliminate coverage of mental illness, alcoholism, and substance abuse treatment services from Family Health Plus ( PDF format )
Mental Disabilities | Mental Health Law

Letter to the Legislature regarding amending the New York Limited Liability Company Law and New York Revised Limited Partnership Act to eliminate newspaper publication requirements (October 2012) ( PDF format )
Publication Requirements | Real Property Law

Letter to the Legislature Urging the Consideration of Access for People With Disabilities, Poll Working Training and Public Education as they Implement the Help America Vote Act in New York State ( PDF format )
Voting | Legal Issues Affecting People With Disabilities

Letter to the Mayor's Committee on Consolidation of Administrative Tribunals regarding the transfer of certain administrative tribunals or types of cases into the Office of Administrative Tribunals and Hearings (OATH) (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Administrative Tribunals | Administrative Law

Letter to the Mayor, Corporation Counsel and Schools Chancellor regarding Education Policy Recommendations (March 2014) ( PDF format )
NYC Policy Recommendations | Education and the Law

Letter to the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe concerning the arrest and detention of the human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Zimbabwe | African Affairs / International Human Rights

Letter to the Minister of Justice of Maldives expressing concern for the arrest and detention of Mr. Nasheed and others on charges of terrorism ( PDF format )
Maldives | International Human Rights

Letter to the Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Swaziland regarding the arrest and conviction of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Swaziland | African Affairs / International Human Rights / Vance Center for International Justice

Letter to the Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China expressing concern over reports that lawyers in various parts of China have been harassed, beaten, and detained at the hands of agents of the government (March 2011) ( PDF format )
China | International Affairs, Council on

Letter to the Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China expressing concern over reports that lawyers in various parts of China have been harassed, beaten, and detained at the hands of agents of the government (March 2011) (Chinese Translation) ( PDF format )
China | International Affairs, Council on

Letter to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws commenting on the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act ( PDF format )
Charitable organizations | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regarding fire safety standards in animal housing facilities (May 2014) ( PDF format )
Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues | Animal Law

Letter to the National Futures Association (NFA) commenting on the NFA’s authority to impose a capital requirement on its commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor members (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Commodity Pool Operator/Commodity Trading Advisor | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services supporting the agency’s collaboration with the Nurse-Family Partnership ( PDF format )
Teenage Mothers | Family Court and Family Law

Letter to the New York City Board of Corrections regarding the adoption of rules governing the use of isolated confinement (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Prisoners, Isolated Confinement of | Corrections and Community Reentry / International Human Rights

Letter to the New York City Council expressing concern about the amendment to Title 38 of the Official Compilation of Rules of the City of New York which defines "parade" ( PDF format )
Parades | Civil Rights

Letter to the New York City Council on Proposed Intro No.906-A which deals with requiring income and expenses statement from property owners for tax assessment purposes (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Property Tax Assessments | Condemnation and Tax Certiorari

Letter to the New York City Council regarding Intro. No. 632 which would amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to unlawful discriminatory practices (July 2011) ( PDF format )
Unlawful Discrimination | Civil Rights

Letter to the New York City Council regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Immigration Detainers | Criminal Courts / Civil Rights / Immigration and Nationality Law / Domestic Violence / Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the New York City Department of Finance on the Proposed Amendments to Section 11-208.1 of the Administrative Code ( PDF format )
Electronic Filing | Condemnation and Tax Certiorari

Letter to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene supporting the Department’s goal of updating and amending Article 207 of City’s Public Health Code ( PDF format )
Gender Transition | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights

Letter to the New York City Tax Commission commenting on proposed amendments which seek to regulate the conduct of non-attorney representatives appearing before the Tax Commission ( PDF format )
Condemnation and Tax Certiorari | Condemnation and Tax Certiorari

Letter to the New York Department of Financial Services concerning proposed amendments to Insurance Regulation 52, Holding Companies (June 2014) ( PDF format )
Insurance Regulation, Holding Companies | Insurance Law

Letter to the New York Department of Financial Services on proposed regulation regarding enterprise risk management and own risk and solvency assessment (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Own Risk and Solvency Agreement | Insurance Law

Letter to the New York State Administrative Board urging the Uniform Rules be amended to expressly include e-discovery as a subject at preliminary conferences and proposing suggested language for such an amendment ( PDF format )
Electronic Discovery | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to the New York State Attorney General noting the need to reform New York State laws affecting nonprofits, suggesting specific reforms and offering to work with any working group which would be formed to develop reform proposals (May 2011) ( PDF format )
Non-Profit Organizations | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the New York State Bar Association offering comments on the NYSBA Business Law Section’s proposal to revise the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law ( PDF format )
Not-for-Profit Corporation Law | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision regarding a comprehensive review of the Department’s policies and procedures regarding punitive Special Housing Units (February 2013) ( PDF format )
Prisons, Special Housing Units | International Human Rights / Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commenting on the recently proposed brownfield regulations ( PDF format )
Land Use Planning and Zoning | Environmental Law / Land Use Planning and Zoning

Letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation supporting in general the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New York ( PDF format )
Greenhouse Gas | Environmental Law

Letter to the New York State Education Department urging the Department to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of Prison Health Services, Inc. (PHS) ( PDF format )
Mental Disabilities | Mental Health Law

Letter to the New York State Legislature commenting S.8166, The Viatical Settlements Act which would amend the New York Insurance Law to expand the current regulation of sales of life insurance policies insuring terminally or critically ill insureds prior to death to cover "life settlements", which are sales of life insurance policies insuring persons who are not critically ill ( PDF format )
Life Insurance | Insurance Law

Letter to the New York State Legislature expressing support for A.9807-B which would increase the basic welfare grant for needy New Yorkers ( PDF format )
Welfare | Social Welfare Law

Letter to the New York State Legislature urging that it enact a judicial salary increase for New York State judges (April 2007) ( PDF format )
Judicial Salaries | President

Letter to the New York State Legislature urging that it enact a judicial salary increase with a corresponding mechanism that provides for future periodic increases for New York State’s judges (March 2008) ( PDF format )
Judicial Salaries | President

Letter to the New York State Legislature urging that it pass legislation providing for judicial raises during the present legislative session ( PDF format )
Judicial Salaries | Litigation

Letter to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services regarding the Standards for the Provision of Adolescent Services for Foster Care Youth (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Foster Care | Children, Council on / Children and the Law / Family Court and Family Law

Letter to the New York State Office of Court Administration urging that funding for lawyers assistance programs be re-established in the Judiciary Budget (November 2013) ( PDF format )
Lawyers Assistance Program, Judiciary Budget | Lawyers Assistance Program

Letter to the New York State Senate and Assembly regarding funding of Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York (October 2009) ( PDF format )
IOLA | Pro Bono and Legal Services

Letter to the New York Stock Exchange proposing a revision to the rules regarding board of director oversight of risk management (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Oversight of Risk Management | Financial Reporting

Letter to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) commenting on the proposed revisions to the Guidelines for Commodity Pool Programs ( PDF format )
Commodity Pool | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the NYC Council commenting on recent policy changes in the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) division of the Human Rights Administration (June 2012) ( PDF format )
HIV Related Law and Policy Issues | AIDS

Letter to the NYC Department of Health offering to assist the newly formed Advisory Board to promote the health, safety and well-being of licensed horses in revamping the existing laws governing the carriage horse industry in New York City (September 2007) ( PDF format )
Equine Issues | Animal Law

Letter to the NYC Housing Authority regarding termination of tenancy proceedings (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Termination of Tenancy | Criminal Justice Operations

Letter to the NYS Assembly Codes Committee urging consideration of the Innocence Project’s model legislation aimed at improving the preservation of biological evidence ( PDF format )
Evidence, Preservation of | Criminal Justice Operations

Letter to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation commenting on the proposed amendments to NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures ( PDF format )
Environmental Permits | Environmental Law

Letter to the NYS Department of Health urging the Department to reconsider 10 NYRR Section 52-3.4(a)(8) and 52-8.5 which prohibit any man who has had oral or anal sex with another man in the preceding five years from anonymously donating sperm ( PDF format )
Sperm Donation | AIDS

Letter to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance commenting on draft amendments to the Offer in Compromise Regulations (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Offer in Compromise Regulations | State and Local Taxation

Letter to the NYS Legislature regarding A.1393, the Online Consumer Protection Act (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Consumer Protection | Information Technology

Letter to the NYS Legislature regarding A.6959, deaccessioning by museums located in New York State (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Museums | Art Law

Letter to the NYS Legislature regarding reforms to the State Legislature committee process (November 2009) ( PDF format )
State Government | State Affairs

Letter to the NYS Legislature urging that legislation be sponsored that would add an additional energy allowance to NYS's public assistance grant ( PDF format )
Welfare | Social Welfare Law

Letter to the NYS Office of Mental Health expressing concerns regarding Part 550 of 14 NYCRR, the Fingerprinting Regulations ( PDF format )
Mental Disabilities | Mental Health Law

Letter to the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) urging OTDA to withdraw its proposal to amend section 350.4(a)(7) of 18 NYCRR which would require a family in receipt of Family Assistance ("FA") to wait a minimum of 45 days after their FA relief has expired before becoming eligible to receive Safety Net Assistance ("SNA") ( PDF format )
Family Assistance | Social Welfare Law

Letter to the NYS Unified Court System commenting on a proposed amendment to 22NYCRR § 137.1(b) which would exclude from the Fee Dispute Resolution Program any matters involving disbarred, resigned or suspended attorneys (May 2012) ( PDF format )
Fee Dispute Resolution Program | Professional Discipline

Letter to the NYSBA Regarding Their Report on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice ( PDF format )
Multi-Jurisdictional Practice | Professional Discipline

Letter to the Office of Court Administration commenting on the new Request for Judicial Intervention Form (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Request for Judicial Intervention | State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction

Letter to the Office of Court Administration regarding a proposal to amend the Criminal Procedure Law to codify claims of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel | Criminal Courts / Criminal Justice Operations

Letter to the Office of the NYS Attorney General commenting on the Attorney General’s Program Bill S.B.7431 (the “Non-Profit Revitalization Act”) (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Non-profit Revitalization Act | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the Parole Board commenting on proposed regulations implementing the 2011 amendments and adding two factors that should consider in making parole decisions (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Parole Regulations | Corrections and Community Reentry

Letter to the President of Colombia expressing concern that recent statements made by him are inconsistent with international standards that safeguard the independence of lawyers and judges ( PDF format )
Colombia | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of Kenya urging the Government of Kenya to support an independent and impartial judiciary in the Republic of Kenya (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Kenya | African Affairs

Letter to the President of Nigeria expressing opposition to Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Nigeria | African Affairs / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights / Sex and Law

Letter to the President of Pakistan expressing concern of the suspension of Chief Justice Chaudhry ( PDF format )
Pakistan | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of Pakistan urging the Pakistani government to comply with its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ( PDF format )
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of Spain regarding the indictment of Magistrate Judge Baltasar Garzón (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Spain | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt regarding human rights and the rule of law as it relates to the sentences handed down to the leader of and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Jazeera journalists (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Egypt | African Affairs / International Human Rights / Vance Center for International Justice

Letter to the President of the European Commission regarding Serbia's application to join the European Union (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Serbia | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of the Republic of Cameroon concerning the arrest, detention without charge and reported torture of Enoh Meyomesse a writer and former presidential candidate (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Cameroon | African Affairs

Letter to the President of the Republic of Colombia regarding the case of Monica Roa, a prominent women’s rights advocate in Colombia currently facing a criminal complaint for slander (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Colombia | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda expressing concern over reports that the Rwandan Government is recruiting children under the age of 18 to support troops of the M23 rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Child Soldiers | African Affairs / Children and the Law / International Human Rights

Letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda regarding the arrest of Professor Peter Erlinder (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Rwanda | African Affairs / International Human Rights

Letter to the President of the Republic of South Africa expressing concerns over recent detentions and beatings of leader of the Movement for Democratic Change ( PDF format )
South Africa, Republic of | African Affairs

Letter to the President of the Republic of the Congo expressing concern about the case of Ms. Nlandu ( PDF format )
Congo, Republic of | International Human Rights / African Affairs

Letter to the President of the Senate of Nigeria expressing concern over a bill pending before the National Assembly, The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act ( PDF format )
Nigeria | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of Uganda expressing grave concern over the arrest and detention of political opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye in particular the circumstances surrounding the upcoming trials of Dr. Besigye and his co-defendants in civilian and military courts ( PDF format )
Uganda | African Affairs

Letter to the President of Uganda expressing opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2012 (December 2012) ( PDF format )
Uganda | African Affairs

Letter to the President of Uganda regarding Anti-Homosexuality Bill (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights | African Affairs

Letter to the President of Venezuela regarding the continuing incarceration of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni by the Venezuelan government (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Venezuela | International Human Rights

Letter to the President of Zimbabwe regarding the intimidation of and criminal charges against Arnold Tsunga, a human rights lawyer with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights ( PDF format )
Zimbabwe | International Human Rights

Letter to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia expressing concern over the arrest and detention of human rights attorney Daniel Bekele ( PDF format )
Ethiopia | African Affairs

Letter to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey expressing concerns regarding the maintenance of the rule of law and the targeting and detention of lawyers in Turkey (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Turkey | International Human Rights / European Affairs

Letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on possible revisions to the PCAOB standards related to reports on audited financial statements (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Audited Financial Statements | Financial Reporting / Securities Regulation

Letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) regarding an auditor’s responsibilities concerning information in certain documents containing audited financial statements and related reports (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Audited Financial Statements | Financial Reporting

Letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Commenting on PCAOB Release No. 2003-17; Rulemaking Docket Matter No. 008 Proposed Auditing Standard - An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting Performed in Conjunction with an Audit of Financial Statements ( PDF format )
Audits | Financial Reporting

Letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Commenting on Release No. 2003-17, Proposed Auditing Standards ( PDF format )
Audits | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC and CFTC on proposed rules concerning swaps dealers and major swap participants (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Swaps | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the SEC commenting on amendments to the proposal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to adopt new FINRA Rule 5123 (Private Placement of Securities) (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Securities | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on an array of current issues relevant to the investment management industry (February 2009) ( PDF format )
Investment Management Regulation | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on File No. S7-18-09 - Political Contributions by Certain Investment Advisers (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Pay to Play | Investment Management Regulation / Private Investment Funds

Letter to the SEC commenting on File Number S7-40-10, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Conflict Minerals | International Human Rights

Letter to the SEC commenting on its proposed recommendations for changes in the current regulatory system for smaller companies under the securities laws of the United States ( PDF format )
Smaller public companies | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC Commenting on Possible Changes to the Proxy Rules ( PDF format )
Proxy Rules | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933 which would implement Section 201 (a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 ( "JOBS Act") and eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising (October 2012) ( PDF format )
JOBS Act | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed amendments to rules relating to credit ratings disclosure (File No. S7-24-09) and concept release on possible rescission of rule 436(g) under the Securities Act of 1933 (File No. S7-25-09) (December 2009) ( PDF format )
Credit Ratings | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed amendments to the disclosure requirements for executive and director compensation, related party transactions, director independence and other corporate governance matters and security ownership of officers and directors ( PDF format )
Executive Compensation | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed recommendations to alleviate unnecessary burdens on independent directors of investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 ( PDF format )
Independent Directors | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed Regulation SCI and proposed Rules 13n-6 and 822 in the context of their possible application to security-based swap data repositories (SB SDR’s) and security-based swap execution facilities (SB SEF’s) (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Swaps | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed revisions to the Cross-Border Tender Offer, Exchange Offer and Business Combination Rules and Beneficial Ownership Reporting Rules for Certain Foreign Institutions ( PDF format )
Cross Border Rules | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC Commenting on Proposed Rules 15B(a)1-1 through 15B(a) 1-7 Regarding Registration of Municipal Advisors (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Municipal Advisors | Non-Profit Organizations

Letter to the SEC commenting on proposed rules to revise the accelerated filer definition and accelerated deadlines for filing periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ( PDF format )
Accounting and Disclosure Requirements | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC commenting on Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Conflict Minerals | Financial Reporting / International Human Rights / Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposal by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to adopt new FINRA Rule 5123 (Private Placement of Securities) (November 2011) ( PDF format )
Securities | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposal regarding disclosure of compensation of directors serving on special committees of boards of directors ( PDF format )
Boards of Directors | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposal to develop additional guidance for management regarding its evaluation and assessment of internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) ( PDF format )
Financial Reporting | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposal, Acceptance From Foreign Private Issuers of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance With International Financial Reporting Standards Without Reconciliation to US. GAAP ( PDF format )
Financial statements | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposed NASD Rule 2290 Regarding Fairness Opinions in Corporate Control Transactions (May 2006) ( PDF format )
Corporate Control Contests | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposed pay ratio disclosure (File No. s7-07-13) (December 2013) ( PDF format )
Pay Ratio Disclosure | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC commenting on the proposed rules and amendments entitled, “Exchange-Traded Funds”, Securities Act Release Nos. 33-8901 ( PDF format )
Exchange-Traded Funds | Private Investment Funds

Letter to the SEC Concerning (File No. S7-14-03; Release No. 34-48301) Disclosure Regarding Nominating Committee Function and Communications Between Security Holders and Boards of Directors ( PDF format )
Corporate Governance | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC expressing concern that reporting companies may not be prepared to meet the aggressive timetable for the mandated use of interactive data ( PDF format )
Interactive data | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC in response to Release No. 33-8982, Roadmap for the Potential Use of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance wit International Financial Reporting Standards by U.S. Issuers (April 2009) ( PDF format )
Accounting Standards | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC Letter to the SEC commenting on File Number S7-40-10, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Conflict Minerals | International Human Rights

Letter to the SEC offering comments to the proposed amendments which seek to enhance the disclosure provided to investors in registered open-end management investment companies ( PDF format )
Summary Prospectus | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC on File No S7-21-11, Implementing Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Comments on Disqualification of Felons and Other Bad Actors from Rule 506 Offerings (August 2011) ( PDF format )
Disqualifying Securities Offerings | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC on File No. S7-35-11 Treatment of Asset Backed Issuers under the Investment Company Act (November 2011) ( PDF format )
Investment Securities | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC on Proposed Rule Regarding Standards Relating to Listed Company Audit Committees ( PDF format )
Securities | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC on the proposed amendments (File No. S7-30-09) to Rule 163 under the Securities Act of 1933 which would allow well-known seasoned issuers to test the market via underwriters or dealers further facilitating registered offerings (January 2010) ( PDF format )
Registered Offerings | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC on the Proposed Release of Comment Letters and Responses ( PDF format )
Securities and Exchange Commission | Financial Reporting / Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC providing comments on File #265-24, Report on Improvements to Financial Reporting (April 2008) ( PDF format )
Financial Reporting | Financial Reporting

Letter to the SEC providing comments on regulatory initiatives under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act) (May 2012) ( PDF format )
JOBS Act | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC providing comments on Title 1: Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act) (May 2012) ( PDF format )
JOBS Act | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC providing comments on Title V: Private Company Flexibility and Growth of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act) (June 2012) ( PDF format )
JOBS Act | Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC Regarding File No. S7-43-02; Release No. 33-8145, 34‑46788 Proposed Rule: Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures ( PDF format )
Mergers and Acquisitions | Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Control Contests

Letter to the SEC Regarding Independent Directors of Investment Companies ( PDF format )
Investment Companies | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC Regarding Investment Company Governance ( PDF format )
Investment Companies | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC regarding Money Market Fund Reform, Amendments to Form PF, SEC Release No. 33-9408 (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Money Market Mutual Funds | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC Regarding Proposed Amendments to Rule 10b-18 and Purchases of Certain Equity Securities by the Issuer and Others ( PDF format )
Securities | Corporation Law

Letter to the SEC regarding proposed rule (File No. S7-11-09) on money market fund reform (September 2009) ( PDF format )
Money Markets | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC regarding proposed rule (File No. S7-15-10) on Mutual Fund Distribution Fees (November 2010) ( PDF format )
Mutual Funds | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC regarding proposed rule changes by the NASD relating to the implementation date of notice to members ( PDF format )
Trail Commissions | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the SEC Regarding Proposed Rule: Asset Backed Securities ( PDF format )
Asset Backed Securities | Financial Reporting / Securities Regulation

Letter to the SEC regarding Release IC-29592 which would remove references to credit ratings in Rules 2a-7 and 5b-3 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Credit Ratings | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC regarding the notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of proposed rule changes relating to the treatment of commodity pool trail commissions ( PDF format )
Trail Commissions | Futures and Derivatives

Letter to the SEC setting forth a proposed policy and a set of procedures which would reasonably ensure the proper retention of e-mail containing Rule 204-2 information. ( PDF format )
Investment Advisers | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the SEC urging them to file an amicus brief in the case of J. & W. Seligman & Co. Incorporated v. Eliot Spitzer in order to articulate the scope of state regulators' authority under the ICA and the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (NSMIA)to investigate and litigate advisory fee issues. ( PDF format )
Advisory Fees | Investment Management Regulation

Letter to the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressing concern over the recent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Myanmar, and the ongoing detention of activists and monks there under abusive conditions and without access to counsel ( PDF format )
Myanmar | International Human Rights

Letter to the Secretary General of the UN regarding the responsibility to protect and the role of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide ( PDF format )
Genocide | International Human Rights / United Nations Committee

Letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) commenting on proposed amendments (File No. S7-04-08) by the Commission to amend Rule 12(g)under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which relates to foreign private issuers. ( PDF format )
Foreign Private Issuers | Securities Regulation

Letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) commenting on proposed amendments (File No. S7-05-08) by the Commission to the rules relating to foreign private issuer reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. ( PDF format )
Foreign Private Issuers | Securities Regulation

Letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the nomination of Robert M. Gates as Secretary of Defense ( PDF format )
Department of Defense | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Inter-American Convention | Inter-American Affairs / International Security Affairs / Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the Task Force on the National Environmental Policy Act commenting on its draft report and recommendations to improve the National Environmental Policy Act ( PDF format )
Environmental Law | Environmental Law

Letter to the U.S. Department of Labor urging that the ninety-day waiver of the affirmative action requirements of Executive Order 11246 that the Deputy Assistant Secretary granted on September 9 to companies awarded federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina relief activities be rescinded ( PDF format )
Discrimination | Civil Rights

Letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the VA’s reported exclusion of outside non-partisan voter-registration assistance at federally financed nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and shelters for homeless veterans. ( PDF format )
Voter Registration | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commenting on Service's proposed amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the African lion be added as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter to the UN Secretary General regarding peacekeeping in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Western Sahara | United Nations Committee

Letter to the UN Secretary General regarding peacekeeping in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (March 2010) ( PDF format )
Western Sahara | African Affairs / International Human Rights / United Nations Committee

Letter to the UN Security Council urging the Security Council to refer the continuing deterioration of the human rights in Syria to the International Criminal Court (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Syria | International Human Rights

Letter to the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law on how laws and law enforcement can facilitate or substantially change the trajectory of the HIV epidemic (October 2011) ( PDF format )
AIDS/HIV | AIDS

Letter to the United Nations Secretary General urging that the Secretary-General and members of the United Nations Security Council expand MINURSO's mandate to include monitoring and reporting of human rights violations (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Western Sahara | United Nations Committee

Letter to the United Nations Security Council urging the Council to refer reported gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian government against civilians to the International Criminal Court for investigation (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Syria | International Human Rights

Letter to the United State Department of the Interior urging action be taken to prevent or delay the extinction of endangered species and to ensure that their habitat is preserved (February 2009) ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter to the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board commenting on proposed amendments to the New York Private Housing Finance Law aimed at improving the regulation and operation of housing development fund companies (HDFCs) (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Low Income Cooperatives | Housing and Urban Development

Letter to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services commenting on the proposed changes to the affirmation asylum application procedures ( PDF format )
Asylum | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, expressing concern with a new procedure which would place all appeals that include an asylum, withholding of removal or Convention against Torture claim on a Non Argument Calendar ( PDF format )
Asylum | Immigration and Nationality Law

Letter to the US Department of Agriculture commenting on proposed amendments to the Animal Welfare Act regarding the handling of big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates (October 2013) ( PDF format )
Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition | Animal Law

Letter to the US Department of Agriculture concerning commercial bull-running events “The Great Bull Run” in the United States (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition | Animal Law

Letter to the US Department of Agriculture regarding promulgating standards for captive bears under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition | Animal Law

Letter to the US Department of Commerce Regarding the State Uniform Commercial Code Exception in Electronic Signatures in the Global and National Commerce Act ( PDF format )
Uniform Commercial Code | / Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws

Letter to the US Department of Labor commenting on the proposed amendment relating to reasonable contract or arrangement under Section 408(b)(2) of ERISA – Fee Disclosure (May 2014) ( PDF format )
ERISA, Fee Disclosure | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Letter to the US Department of State regarding new policy adopted by the Response Team of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls concerning inquiries from external legal counsel (December 2008) ( PDF format )
Trade Controls | International Trade

Letter to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York urging that all attorneys be permitted to bring wireless enabled PDA's and cellular phones into the SDNY courthouses ( PDF format )
Courthouse Policy | Federal Courts

Letter to the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding a proposal to remove the Gray Wolf for the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (October 2013) ( PDF format )
Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species | Animal Law

Letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey requesting review of the Board of Immigration Appeals decision in the Matter of A-T- (female genital mutilation) ( PDF format )
Asylum | International Human Rights

Letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury commenting on the EU-U.S. Dialogue Project’s Technical Committee Reports Comparing Certain Aspects of the Insurance Supervisory and Regulatory Regimes in the European Union and the United States (October 2012) ( PDF format )
Insurance Regulation | Insurance Law

Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding military aid and human rights issues in Uzbekistan (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Uzbekistan | International Human Rights

Letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Nomination of William J. Haynes to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ( PDF format )
Torture, U.S. Use of | International Law

Letter to United Nations re: Reducing Pollution as a Sustainable Development Goal (June 2014) ( PDF format )
Sustainable Development Goals | International Environmental Law / Vance Center for International Justice

Letter to US Secretary of State re: UN Responsibility for Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Haiti | International Affairs, Council on

Letter to William Haynes, General Counsel, US Department of Defense Commenting on Military Commission Instruction - Crimes and Elements for Trials by Military Commissions ( PDF format )
Military Affairs and Justice | Military Affairs and Justice

Letter to William Perkins,chair, NYC Council Committee on Governmental Operations Supporting Intro. No. 382-a, A Bill to Amend the NYC Campaign Finance Act ( PDF format )
Campaign Finance | Election Law

Letter urging an increase in the number of Family Court judges in New York City and New York State (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Family Court Judges | Children, Council on

Letter urging the ABA House of Delegates to support the enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) (January 2010) ( PDF format )
Uniform Collaborative Law Act | Alternative Dispute Resolution

Letter expressing support of S.2207-C which addresses the inhumane and unjust treatment of prisoners with psychiatric disabilities ( PDF format )
Prisoners with Mental Disabilities | Mental Health Law

Letterhead; Limited Liability Partnership
Ethics | Professional Ethics

Letters to oil companies Total SA, Tullow Oil and CNOOC Limited urging that in compliance with Uganda’s freedom of information laws they state publicly that they will not oppose public disclosure of the production sharing agreement with the Ugandan government (January 2012) ( PDF format )
Uganda | African Affairs / International Human Rights

Letters to the New York City District Attorneys expressing support for New York City’s e-arraignment program ( PDF format )
Arraignment | Criminal Justice Operations

Letters to the New York State Legislature regarding rules reform (December 2010) ( PDF format )
State Government | State Affairs

Limiting the scope of an attorney's representation to avoid client conflicts
Ethics | Professional Ethics


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