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Absentee Voting

Instituting No-Excuse Absentee Voting in New York (May 2010) ( PDF format )

Abuse and Neglect Proceedings

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 )

Access to Justice

Letter to Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services re: Immigration Issues (September 2013) ( PDF format )

Accessibility

Ensuring Accessibility for People with Disabilities in the Wake of Katrina and of Other Natural and Man-Made Disasters ( PDF format )

Accounting

Disclosure in Management's Discussion and Analysis About the Application of Critical Accounting Policies ( PDF format )

Accounting and Disclosure Requirements

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 Standards

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 )
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 )

Acid Violence

Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India and Cambodia (February 2011) ( PDF format )

Actual Innocence Act

Report in support of amending CPL §440 to provide for actual innocence claims (February 2012) ( PDF format )

Actual Innocence Claims

Amending Criminal Procedure Law Section 440 - Claim of Actual Innocence (March 2011) ( PDF format )

Administrative Adjudications, Right of Access

"If It Walks, Talks and Squawks . . ." The First Amendment Right of Access to Administrative Adjudications: A Position Paper ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: NYCLU v. New York City Transit Authority (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, October 2010) ( PDF format )

Administrative Procedure - NYC

Report on Ballot Proposals of the 2005 New York City Charter Revision Commission. One proposal would incorporate features of State law with respect to fiscal management and borrowing restrictions. A second proposal relates to the City's administrative justice system ( PDF format )
Testimony to NYC Charter Commission re: Creating Civil Legal Justice Coordinator Position ( PDF format )

Administrative Tribunals

Amicus Brief: Rothenberg v. NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, March 2011) ( PDF format )
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 )

Advisory Fees

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 )

Affordable Housing

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 )
Preserving Mitchell-Lama Housing Companies as Affordable Housing for the Future (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.5438/S.226 which would amend § 31 of the PHFL to expand the qualifying income range of eligible families for the Mitchell-Lama Program (June 2013) ( PDF format )

Afghanistan

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

African Growth and Opportunity Act

Strengthening The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Delivering on Africa’s Promise through NEPAD and the African Diaspora to Reinvigorate the Commercial Relationship Between the United States and Sub-Saharan African Countries (August 2013) ( PDF format )

Aggravated Family Offense

Report on A.1986-B/S.5822 which would create the crime of aggravated family offense (March 2012) ( PDF format )

AIDS/HIV

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

Report on A.7757-A/S.4484.A, A.7610/S.3293, A.7892-A/S.5660 and S.6734 regarding mandatory HIV testing in New York State (Reissued March 2010) ( PDF format )

Air Pollution

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 )

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Report on A.11273-A/S.7833-A concerning the adjudicating of a child (Person in Need of Supervision) to undergo alcohol and drug detoxification (June 2010) ( PDF format )
Report on A.9523-B/S.6361-B concerning youth drug and alcohol detoxification (April 2010) ( PDF format )

Alien Tort Statute

Amicus Brief: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (U.S. Supreme Court, June 2012) ( PDF format )
The Alien Tort Statute: Does it Authorize Federal District Courts to Entertain Claims by Aliens Alleging Torts in Violation of International Law Without Explicit Authorization of a "Cause of Action" in Another Federal Statute? ( PDF format )

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Composition of WTO Dispute Settlement Panels ( PDF format )
Mediation Standards Checklist

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Matrimonial Law Cases

Comments regarding the Office of Court Administration’s proposed rule on alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases (February 2013) ( PDF format )

Alternative Minimum Tax

Letter to Congress regarding the 2007 Reform of the Alternative Minimum Tax ( PDF format )

Americans with Disabilities Act

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 )

Animal Activists and Organizations

A.4884/S.2996 An Act to Amend the Agriculture and Markets Law in Relations to Unlawful Tampering with Animal Activities ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress on S. 1959, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress regarding The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, 18 U.S.C. § 43 (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Report expressing opposition to H.R. 4239, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) ( PDF format )

Animal Cruelty

A Guide to Reporting Suspected Animal Cruelty or Neglect in New York State (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Memorandum supporting S.2539/A.1641 which would amend the Agriculture and Markets Law to make it a class A misdemeanor to abandon an animal, whether such abandonment occurs in a public or a private place. This amendment is necessary because the current law only prohibits the abandonment of animals in public places ( PDF format )
Report in support of S.2439 which would require the case tracking database relied on by the FBI to include all animal cruelty offenses ( PDF format )
Report on A.259/S.3806 which would eliminate the requirement that the impounding organization petition the court to obtain reimbursement for the expense of caring for an abused or neglected animal (Reissued May 2011) ( PDF format )
Report on A.775-B/S.4463 the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill (Reissued February 2014) ( PDF format )
Report regarding A.238/S.4347 which would expand the existing definition of aggravated cruelty to animals (Reissued June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report regarding A.2596-A/S.1079-A which would increase the criminal penalties for the intentional infliction of serious injury or death to a police animal (Reissued May 2013) ( PDF format )

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Amicus Brief: Blum v. Holder (U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, July 2013) ( PDF format )

Animal Fighting

Prosecuting Animal Fighting and Live Animal Cruelty Depictions: Legal Issues Under New York and Federal Law (Reissued January 2014) ( PDF format )

Animal Rights

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Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition

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 )
Letter to the US Department of Agriculture concerning commercial bull-running events “The Great Bull Run” in the United States (March 2014) ( PDF format )
Letter to the US Department of Agriculture regarding promulgating standards for captive bears under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Report on Legislation to Prohibit the Display of Wild and Exotic Animals for Public Entertainment ( PDF format )
Report on New York City Council bill Int. No. 49-2010 which would prohibit the display of any wild or exotic animal in New York City (February 2013) ( PDF format )

Animals Used for Clothing

Letter to the FTC commenting on proposed amendments to regulations under the Fur Products Labeling Act (November 2012) ( PDF format )
Report on H.R.891/S.3610 which would amend the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act to require labeling of all fur products regardless of value. ( PDF format )
Report supporting A-4897 and S-3529 which would amend the Agriculture and Markets Law to penalize as a Class A misdemeanor the intentional killing or stunning of any fur-bearing animal by means of an electrical current ( PDF format )

Animals Used for Experimentation, including Medical Use of Animals

Comment on Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act ('Best Practices Act') (July 2010) ( PDF format )
Reissued Report commenting on the Great Ape Protection Act (December 2011) ( PDF format )

Animals Used for Experimentation, including Medical Use of Animals

Letter on proposed Ground-Based Studies in Neurobehavioral Biology ("Bergman Protocol") (March 2010) ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )
Memorandum supporting S.2517/A.1280 which would amend section 96-b of the Agriculture and Markets Law to provide for the mandatory revocation of licenses of operators of slaughterhouses upon the failure of three consecutive sanitary inspections ( PDF format )
Report commenting on the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 5852) (July 2008) ( PDF format )
Report expressing support for A.7402/S.3528 which would prohibit manufacturers and contract testing facilities from using traditional animal test methods for product safety testing when an alternative has been validated (May 2008) ( PDF format )
Report on S.1916/H.3295 the Chimpanzee National Sanctuary Systems (CHIMP Act) ( PDF format )
Report regarding S.4808/A.1163 which would amend the Public Health Law to prohibit manufacturers and contract testing facilities from using traditional animal test methods for product safety testing when an alternative has been validated and recommended by the ICCVAM (Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods) and subsequently adopted by the relevant federal agency ( PDF format )

Animals Used for Food, including Downed Animals

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 )
Memorandum opposing S. 3330-A/A. 6212-A which would amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to making it unlawful to force feed birds under certain circumstances unless it is modified to make the unreasonably long implementation period of 11 years shorter ( PDF format )
Report on a proposed amendment (also referred to as the Protect Interstate Commerce Act) to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2642) which would prohibit states from enacting laws governing the production or manufacture of any agricultural product that is intended for interstate commerce including food and animals raised for food (October 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.1076 concerning the tail docking of cattle (Reissued February 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.1656/S.4987 regarding the method of confinement of animals raised for food (Reissued May 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on H.R.3704 (Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act) which would amend the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 to ensure the humane euthanization of nonambulatory livestock (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Report on S.3352/A.10564 and S.7847/A.10843 which would alleviate some of the cruelty that exists with respect to nonambulatory and downed animals in agriculture ( PDF format )
Report on S.456 which would add the act of force feeding a bird, by hand or machine, for the purpose of fatty enlargement of such bird’s liver to the list of acts which constitute cruelty to an animal (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on S.619/H.R.1549, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 (PAMTA) (February 2010) ( PDF format )

Animals, Use at Circuses and Exhibitions

Report on A.5407/S.5971 which would amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to restricting the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Report on H.R. 3359 the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (January 2012) ( PDF format )

Anti Manipulation Rule

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 )
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-Human Trafficking

Letter to Governor Spitzer urging he sign into law with modifications A.8679/S.5902 anti-human trafficking legislation ( PDF format )

Anti-lapse Statute

Report on A.6555/S.4852 which would amend Section 3-3.3 of the estates, powers and trusts law, in relation to the disposition to issue or brothers or sisters of testator not to lapse and the application to class dispositions (Reissued May 2013) ( PDF format )

Antitrust

ANTITRUST "MARKET POWER" AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: WHY FTC AND DOJ ACTION IS NECESSARY ( PDF format )

Arbitration

Recommendations Regarding the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009, H.R. 1020 (July 2010) ( PDF format )
Statement Regarding the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009, H.R.1020/S.931 (October 2009) ( PDF format )

Arbitration Equitable Remedies

Lack of Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens as Defenses to the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards ( PDF format )

Arbitration Awards

Amicus Brief: U.S. Electronics, Inc. v. Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. (New York State Court of Appeals, May 2011) ( PDF format )
Report on A.7002-A/S.5798 regarding grounds for vacating an arbitration award on the basis of the partiality of the arbitrator (December 2011) ( PDF format )

Arbitration V Equitable Remedies

Amendment of New York Civil Practice Law and Rules Section 7502(c) to Permit Attachments and Preliminary Injunctions in Connection with National and International Arbitrations ( PDF format )

Arizona Statute SB 1070

Amicus Brief: State of Arizona v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court, March 2012) ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress regarding Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 and federal immigration reform (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Report on the Constitutionality of Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070 (July 2010) ( PDF format )

Arraignment

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

Art Authentication

Report recommending amendments to New York's Arts and Cultural Affairs Law related to opinions concerning authenticity, attribution and authorship of works of fine art (December 2013) ( PDF format )

Asset Backed Securities

Letter to the SEC Regarding Proposed Rule: Asset Backed Securities ( PDF format )

Asylum

Gender-Related Asylum Claims and the Social Group Calculus: Recognizing Women as a "Particular Social Group" Per Se ( PDF format )
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 )
Letter to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services commenting on the proposed changes to the affirmation asylum application procedures ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )

Attorney Accreditation

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 Conduct

Comments on the NY State Bar Association's Proposed Amendments to the New York Code of Professional Responsibility Rules 1.1-1.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5-3.9 and 8.1-8.4 (May 2006) ( PDF format )
Comments on the NY State Bar Association’s Proposed Amendments to the New York Code of Professional Responsibility Rules 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, and 6.1 – 6.5 (January 2007) ( PDF format )
Format Change for Standards of Attorney Conduct in New York ( PDF format )

Attorney-legislators

Reforming NYS's Financial Disclosure Requirements for Attorney Legislators (January 2010) ( PDF format )

Attorney/Client Confidentiality

Proposed Amendment to the Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6 - Authorizing Disclosure of Confidential Information of Deceased Clients (June 2010) ( PDF format )

Attorney/Client Privilege

Amicus Brief: Hepting v. AT & T Corp. (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, April 2007) ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress regarding the Proposed Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007 (S.186) ( PDF format )
Statement Regarding the US Department of Justice Final Rule Allowing Eaves Dropping on Lawyer/Client Conversations ( PDF format )

Attorneys Fees

Report on legislation amending Judiciary Law Sections 475 and 475-a (collectively, the “Lien Law”)(Reissued April 2011) ( PDF format )
Report proposing amendments to the Judiciary Law Sections 475 and 475-a (collectively, the “Lien Law”) (November 2008) ( PDF format )

Audited Financial Statements

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 )
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 )

Auditors

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 )
Second letter to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants commenting on their revised draft report on Auditor Attendance at Due Diligence Meetings with Underwriters ( PDF format )

Audits

Comments to PCOAB re: Proposed Auditing Standard V Reporting on the Elimination of a Material Weakness ( PDF format )
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 )
Letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Commenting on Release No. 2003-17, Proposed Auditing Standards ( PDF format )

Authenticity, Attribution and Authorship of Fine Art

Report on A.9016/S.6794 which would enhance protections under the law for authenticators (March 2014) ( PDF format )

Aviation Safety

Report on Aviation Safety


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