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Cambodia

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

Cameras in the Courtroom

Report expressing support for A.3950/S.2067 which would permit news coverage by audio-visual means of courtroom trials in New York State ( PDF format )

Cameroon

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 )

Campaign Finance

Comments on Amendments Proposed by the Campaign Finance Board, December 2004, Regarding the reporting of employment information and contributions by limited liability corporations and partnerships ( PDF format )
Comments on NYC Campaign Finance Board Proposed Rules Regarding Reporting and Treatment of Contributions (12/04) ( PDF format )
Comments on Rules Proposed by the Campaign Finance Board, July 2004 ( PDF format )
Contributions to Campaigns of Candidates for Surrogate and Appointments by Surrogates of Guardians Ad Litem
Dollars & Democracy: A Blueprint for Federal Campaign Finance Reform - Part I
Dollars & Democracy: A Blueprint for Federal Campaign Finance Reform - Part II
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 Reform

Testimony before the NYC Campaign Finance Board commenting on the NYC Campaign Finance Program which seeks to reduce the corrupting effect of large campaign contributions to public officials, encourage candidates to run for public office who would otherwise lack the resources to do so and to motivate public participation in the electoral process ( PDF format )

Canned Hunting

Report in support of S.784/A.2612 which would extend the prohibition on conducting a canned hunt in a confined area of less than 10 acres to conducting one in a fenced or other area from which there is no means for such animal to escape ( PDF format )
Report on A.3772/S.3426 which would remove the ten-acre limitation for “canned hunting” activities and prohibit the killing of any non-native big game mammal in an enclosed space or other area of any size from which there is no means for such animal to escape (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.5220/S.2085 which amend New York Tax Law to exempt animals killed at game hunting facilities from sales and compensating use tax (Reissued May 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on H.B. 1411/S.B. 843, an Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes which would prohibit the use of live animals, including wild birds, for targets at trap shoots and block shoots (May 2010) ( PDF format )

Capital Adequacy Framework

Letter commenting on a proposed new risk-based capital adequacy framework (CAF) ( PDF format )

Capital Punishment

Amicus Brief, People v. Shulman ( PDF format )
Empire State Injustice: Based Upon a Decade of New Information, A Preliminary Investigation of How New York's Death Penalty System Fails to Meet Standards for Accuracy and Fairness ( PDF format )
Letter to State Assembly Urging that Capital Defender Office not be Eliminated ( PDF format )
Statement to the Obama Administration’s transition team regarding application of the federal death penalty (December 2008) ( PDF format )
Statement urging that the NYS Legislature not rush into reinstating the death penalty but rather first study the practical consequences and costs of capital punishment ( PDF format )
The Pataki Administration`s Proposals to Expand the Death Penalty
Transcript of Association program on "Catholic Lawyers and the Death Penalty," featuring Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and Capital Defender Kevin Doyle, held at Fordham University School of Law, 9/8/2004 ( PDF format )

Capital Requirements

Comments to the International Association of Insurance Supervisors Regarding Requirements for Global Systemically Important Insurers (January 2014) ( PDF format )

Certification of State Law

Report and Recommendations on Second Circuit Certification of Determinative State Law Issues to the New York Court of Appeals

Chad

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 )

Charitable contributions

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 gifts

Follow-up letter to the US Senate Committee on Finance regarding the Committees December 2006 report on certain provision of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 relating to charitable gifts ( PDF format )
Report commenting on certain provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 relating to charitable gifts of fractional interests in tangible personal property ( PDF format )

Charitable organizations

Letter to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws commenting on the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act ( PDF format )
Report on the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act ("UPMIFA") (April 2009) ( PDF format )

Charitable Remainder Trust

Comments on Revenue Procedure 2005-24 which provides a safe harbor rule pursuant to which a spousal right of election will be disregarded for purposes of determining whether a charitable remainder annuity trust ("CRAT") or a charitable remainder unitrust ("CRUT") meets the requirements of Internal Revenue Code 664(d)(1)(B) or (d)(2)(B), respectively, from the trusts inception. ( PDF format )
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 )

Charter Commission

Ballot Proposals of the 2003 New York City Charter Revision Commission ( PDF format )
Letter to Frank Macchiarola, Commissioner of the 2003 Charter Revision Commission, Providing Preliminary Comments ( PDF format )
Letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding the appointment of a new Charter Revision Commission (January 2010) ( PDF format )

Charter Revision Commission

Issues for Consideration by the Charter Revision Commission (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Statement to the 2010 Charter Revision Commission Regarding Consolidation of Administrative Tribunals (August 2010) ( PDF format )

Check Cashing

Report on A.1113-A/S.3999-A (the Short-Term Financial Services Loan Act) which would allow check cashers to make small, short-term loans (April 2013) ( PDF format )

Child Client

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 Custody

Amicus Brief filed with the Intern American Commission on Human Rights in the Matter of Atala. The brief argues that the Chilean Supreme Court's denial of custody to Ms. Atala of her children solely on the basis of her sexual orientation is discriminatory and violates her rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Atala v. The State of Chile (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, September 2011) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Atala v. The State of Chile (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, September 2011) in Spanish ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Debra H. v. Janice R. filed in New York State Court of Appeals, July 2009 ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Merits Brief, Debra H. v. Janice R. filed in New York State Court of Appeals (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Report in support of legislation which would amend the Domestic Relations Law and Family Court Act to require a court, prior to issuing any order of custody and/or visitation, to review child abuse and maltreatment, orders of protection, warrants of arrest and sex offender registries (A.7329/S.4877) ( PDF format )

Child Custody & Visitation

Comments on the Office of Court Administration’s Proposal Regarding Access to Forensic Evaluation Reports in Child Custody and Visitation Cases (March 2013) ( PDF format )

Child Internet Luring Laws

Report on A.2483/S.1096 which would create the crime of luring or enticing a child on the internet (July 2011) ( PDF format )

Child Protective Placement/Foster Care

Report on A.7598/S.5456 regarding the notice of indicated reports of child maltreatment and changes of placement in child protective and voluntary foster care (June 2011) ( PDF format )

Child Soldiers

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 )
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 )
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 )
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 Support

Amicus Brief: H.M. v. E.K. filed in the New York State Court of Appeals (December 2009) ( PDF format )

Child Welfare

Letter to Governor Patterson regarding financial reductions to the State's budget (August 2008) ( PDF format )
Letter to Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the NYS Assembly, Regarding the New York City Administration for Children's Services Budget ( PDF format )

Child, Destitute Children

Report on A.7836-A/S.5694-A and A.8339/S.5745 which would bring children who come into the custody of local social services districts under the jurisdiction of the Family Court (July 2011) ( PDF format )

Childcare Assistance

Report on A.3498/S.2275 which would require that local social services districts notify the Office of Children and Family Services 90 days before the effective date of a planned across-the-board reduction in eligibility or increase in co-payments for childcare assistance (May 2013) ( PDF format )

Children

Letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting important issues affecting children to be considered during his term (January 2011) ( PDF format )
Letter to Governor Paterson regarding the provisions in Article 7 budget legislations which impact children and families (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Letter to Governor Spitzer highlighting issues that should be given priority by the administration including children, families, family court and juvenile justice ( PDF format )
Statement to the Obama Administration's transition team regarding services for at-risk children and families (December 2008) ( PDF format )

Children with Disabilities

Report supporting S.7469/A.10071 (“P.J.’s law”) which would require school-bus drivers and attendants transporting children with disabilities to complete training in children’s special needs ( PDF format )

Children with Mental Disabilities

Report supporting the passage of "The Children's Mental Health Act of 2006" (A.9649/S.6672), which would provide for the establishment of a children's mental health plan ( PDF format )

Chile

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, Freedom of Information Laws

Amicus Brief: In the Matter of the Constitutionality of Section 2 of Article 5 of the Access to Public Information Law filed in the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Chile (April 2012) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: In the Matter of the Constitutionality of Section 2 of Article 5 of the Access to Public Information Law filed in the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Chile, Spanish (April 2012) ( PDF format )

China

Council on International Affairs Title...Report of the Association's Mission to China December 6 - 17, 2009 (May 2010) (to be published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law) ( PDF format )
Lawyers’ Statement of Principles Regarding China (October 2011) ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )
Letter to the All China Lawyers Association regarding reports by lawyers in China of increased harassment in the course of their work ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )

Choice of Court Agreements

Report on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements ( PDF format )

City Bar Fund Annual Report

City Bar Fund Annual Report 2002-2003 ( PDF format )

City University of New York

Part 1: Remediation and Access: To Educate the Children of the Whole People
Part 2: Governance and Funding: "By the Popular Will, Not by the Privileged Few"

Civil Court Judges

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 Legal Services Funding

Testimony by City Bar President Samuel Seymour at the Chief Judge's Hearing on Civil Legal Service (September 2011) ( PDF format )
The RFP Process for Judiciary Funding for the Provision of Legal Services to Low-Income New Yorkers (April 2011) ( PDF format )

Civil Liberties

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/Security

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. Department of Defense (US Ct of Appeals, Second Circuit, September 2006) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Bismullah v. Gates (U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, May 2007) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Gonzales v. ACLU (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, August 2005) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, December 2004) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (US Supreme Court, January 2006) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, (U.S. Supreme Court, January 2006) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, on a petition for certiorari (US Supreme Court, September 2005) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Jose Padilla v Donald Rumsfeld ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Padilla v. Hanft (Fourth Circuit) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Padilla v. Hanft (U.S. Supreme Court) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Padilla v. Rumsfeld, (US Supreme Court, April 2004) ( PDF format )
Association letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding USA Patriot Act hearings ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )
Senate Armed Services Committee Questions for the Record at the Hearing on July 19, 2006 on whether to continue to receive testimony on military commissions in light if the Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, responses by the Chair of the Committee on Military Affairs and Justice ( PDF format )

Claim Construction

Amicus Brief: Lighting Ballast v. Philips Electronics (U.S. Court of Appeals Supreme Court Federal Circuit, June 2013) ( PDF format )

Class Actions

Consumer Class Actions in New York ( PDF format )
State Class Actions: Three Proposed Amendments to Article 9 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules ( PDF format )

Client Conflicts

Formal Opinion 2005-05: Unforeseeable Concurrent Client Conflicts

Climate Change

A Guide to Understanding Climate Change Legislation (March 2008) ( PDF format )
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Principles (December 2009) ( PDF format )
Statement to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton regarding approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (October 2011) ( PDF format )

Cloning

Statement in Opposition to a Federal Legislative Ban on Therapeutic Cloning ( PDF format )

Cloud Computing

The Cloud and the Small Law Firm: Business, Ethics and Privilege Considerations (November 2013) ( PDF format )

Collateral Sources

Report on A.4354/S.1544 which would eliminate the favorable exception to the collateral source rule for plaintiffs who are public employees ( PDF format )
Report on S.4080-A/A.7504-A which would exempt all settlements from collateral source offsets (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Report supporting S. 5555/A.8114 which would amend the civil practice law and rules to exempt all settlements from collateral source offsets in tort claims for personal injury, property damage or wrongful death, and in related subrogation claims ( PDF format )

Collective Bargaining

Position paper in opposition to the National Labor Relations Board's interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act regarding collective bargaining and the threat of terrorist attacks ( PDF format )

Colombia

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 )
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 )

Commercial Division

Letter providing comments on the proposed rules for justices of the commercial division ( PDF format )
Letter to Chief Judge Kaye commenting on the July 2006 OCA reporton the Commercial Division Focus Groups ( PDF format )

Commercial Division, Case Assignment

Comments on Proposed Amendment to 22 NYCRR § 202.70(d) (Rules of the Commercial Division), Relating to the Assignment of Cases to the Commercial Division (May 2014) ( PDF format )

Commercial Division, Settlement-Related Disclosure

Comments on Proposed Amendment to NYCRR § 202.70(g) (Commercial Division Rule 8 (a)), Relating to Settlement-Related Disclosure (May 2014) ( PDF format )

Commercial Rent Control

Report on City Council Legislation regarding Commercial Rent Control (July 2010) ( PDF format )

Commodity Pool

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 )
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 Operator/Commodity Trading Advisor

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 Operators

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 Trading Advisor

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, Advertising by

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 )

Common Interest Privilege

Recommendations that State Civil Courts Adopt the Common Interest Privilege

Community Benefit Agreements

The Role of Community Benefit Agreements in New York City's Land Use Process (March 2010) ( PDF format )

Companion Animals/Pets

A.6158-A/S.4278 Animal population control program (June 2009) ( PDF format )
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 )
Microchipping Dogs & Cats (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Prohibiting the sale of puppies and kittens bred from puppy and kitten mills (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Providing For Your Pets In The Event of Your Death or Hospitalization (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Report expressing support for A.7147/S.6046 which would prohibit dogs from being tethered for more than six hours in any twenty-four hour period (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Report expressing support for New York City Council proposed ordinance (Int. 0425-2010) which would prohibit pet owners from restraining animals outdoors for longer than three hours in any continuous twelve hour period (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Report in support of The "Pet Safety and Protection Act" (S.714/HR1280) ( PDF format )
Report on a Proposal 1986 to Treat Charitable Remainder Pet Trusts in a Similar Manner to Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts ( PDF format )
Report on A. 5449-A/S.5433-A which concerns the treatment and disposition of lost, stray or homeless animals (February 2012) ( PDF format )
Report on A.1123/S.1700 which would provide that commercial dog breeders are only exempt from New York State licensing, vaccination and control regulations where the breeder “sells dogs exclusively to USDA registered research facilities (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.1643/S.2336-A which would create first and second degree felony offenses for the theft of a companion animal or pet (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.1655-A/S.4799 which would expand the definition of the term “pet dealer” to include wholesale pet breeders, define the term “retail pet store,” improve humane housing and care standards for animals maintained by pet dealers, and add new record keeping, licensing and inspection provisions with respect to pet dealers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.2046/S.5048 regarding fees for dog licenses (Reissued May 2014) ( PDF format )
Report on A.311/S.558 which would amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to fire hazard safety standards for animal housing maintained by pet dealers and A.312/S.559 which would to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to requiring certain pet dealers to maintain an automatic dialing device to facilitate automatic notification in the event of a fire emergency ( PDF format )
Report on A.3906/S.1028 which would impose a twelve-percent surcharge on pet dealers for the sale of animals and products (Reissued February 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.5985-A/S.3070-A which would amend EPTL Section 7-8.1 to eliminate the 21 year limit for the duration of pet trusts (January 2010) ( PDF format )
Report on A.7285-B/S.5392-A regarding the regulation and treatment of breeding dogs (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Report on A.738/S.1922 which relates to the sale of unweaned baby birds by pet dealers (March 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.739-D/S.6769-C which would prohibit piercing and tattooing of companion animals except in certain specified cases (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )
Report on A.740-A/S.3753-A which would authorize municipalities to enact local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing pet dealers and concerning public health, safety, and consumer protection relating to the sale of dogs and cats by pet dealers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.7502-B/S.5702-A which would ban the use of a cage or box dryer which contains a heating element if the heating element is turned on for the purpose of drying or aiding in the drying of a companion animal (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Report on A.9449-D/S.6412-D requiring the release of a shelter animal to a rescue group upon request of the rescue group prior to euthanasia of the animal (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Report on H.R.847/S.395 (“The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act”) which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to expand the definition of the term dealer to include high volume retail breeders, improve exercise standards for animals maintained by dealers, and add new licensing provisions with respect to dealers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on NYS legislation requiring the installation and testing of fire equipment and sprinkles systems for animal housing maintained by pet dealers (Reissued March 2014) ( PDF format )
Report proposing legislation which would eliminate the 21-year limit for the duration of pet trusts (November 2008) ( PDF format )
Report supporting A.1839/S.3167 which would establish Senior Pet Companionship Programs ( PDF format )
Report supporting H.R. 3858 (Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act) which seeks to amend current law to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency ( PDF format )
Report supporting S.7691/A.10767 which would amend the Family Court Act and Criminal Procedure Law, in relation to animals being protected under the provisions of a court order of protection ( PDF format )
Support to proposed amendments to NYC regulations on spaying and neutering (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Health on Resolution No. T2013-6368 which calls on the NYS Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.740/S. 3753 which would authorize municipalities to enact local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing pet dealers and concerning public health, safety, and consumer protection relating to the sale of dogs and cats by pet dealers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York City Council on A.2046/S.5048 regarding New York City fees for dog licenses (May 2014) ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene on permitting animals off-leash in parks ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, February 22, 2007 commenting on the current policy of permitting off-leash exercise and socialization for dogs in designated parks ( PDF format )
Testimony on NYC legislation re: Microchipping Pets, Spay & Neutering Regulations and Prohibiting Sales from Puppy and Kitten Mills (April 2014) ( PDF format )

Compensation Plans

Letter to the IRS commenting on Notice 2010-6 (Correcting Documentary Failures Pursuant to Section 409A) (May 2010) ( PDF format )

Condemnation and Tax Certiorari

Comments on Recommendations to Eliminate the Potential for Future Corruption in the Real Property Assessment Unit of the NYC Department of Finance ( PDF format )
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 )

Condoms as Evidence

Report on A.2736/S.1379 which would prohibit police and prosecutors from introducing condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses in criminal proceedings (April 2013) ( PDF format )

Confidential Personal Identifying and Financial Data

Comments on proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR § 207.64 of the Uniform Rules for Surrogate’s Court (December 2013) ( PDF format )

Confidentiality

Formal Opinion 2005-3: Voluntary Attorney Testimony Concerning Former Clients

Confidentiality Agreements

Model Confidentiality Agreement ( PDF /Word )
Model Form of Reciprocal Confidentiality Agreement (June 2011) ( PDF /Word )
Model Form of Unilateral Confidentiality Agreement (June 2011) ( PDF /Word )

Conflict Minerals

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 )
Letter to the SEC commenting on Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (December 2010) ( PDF format )
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 of Interest

Advanced Waivers of Future Conflicts: Multiple Representations; Informed Consent; Waiver of Conflicts
Corporate Legal Departments and Conflicts of Interest between Represented Corporate Affiliates

Congo, Republic of

Letter to the President of the Republic of the Congo expressing concern about the case of Ms. Nlandu ( PDF format )

Congressional Ethics

Report on the Creation of an Independent Ethics Commission, August 2007 ( PDF format )

Consent Decrees

Letter to Congress opposing H.R. 3041, the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (March 2012) ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress opposing proposed Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act (S.489/HR1229) ( PDF format )

Consignment

Report on A.8604-B/S.4988-B which would correct certain deficiencies in provisions of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law ("NYACAL") that are applicable to consignments of works of art to art merchants by artists, their heirs and their personal representatives (Reissued May 2012) ( PDF format )
Report Recommending Amendments to Articles 11 and 12 of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law (NYACAL) (July 2010) ( PDF format )

Constitutional Convention

Report of the Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Covention (June 1997) ( PDF format )

Construction

Alternate Methods of Public Works Procurement ( PDF format )
Letter in support of A5805/S1099 which would amend the Lien Law to cover hybrid public/private projects ( PDF format )
Letter to Governor Pataki Regarding the Use of Liberty Bonds to Finance a Power Plant in Queens ( PDF format )

Construction Procurement Laws

"Building in the 21st Century" Public Construction Law Reform and Opportunities for Savings, Record of Program Proceedings that took place on November 25, 2008 ( PDF format )
21st Century Construction 20th Century Construction Law ( PDF format )
21st Century Construction 20th Century Construction Law: An Update (March 2011) ( PDF format )
21st Century Construction, 20th Century Construction Law: An Update (February 2014) ( PDF format )
After having commented on the Preliminary Report in February 2009, letter providing additional comments to the State Asset Maximization Commission on its now Final Report (October 2009) ( PDF format )
Comments to the State Asset Maximization Commission: Modernizing Public Construction Procurement for New York's Public Owners - If Not Now, When? (February 2009) ( PDF format )

Consumer Credit Cases

Comments on Proposed Reforms Relating to Consumer Credit Cases (May 2014) ( PDF format )

Consumer Debt

Amicus Brief: Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. King (January 2010) ( PDF format )
Comments on proposed amendment to adopt the use of forms for default applications in consumer debt cases (December 2013) ( PDF format )
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 Financial Protection Bureau

Letter to Congress on S.3394 which would conform privilege non-waiver provisions (December 2012) ( PDF format )

Consumer Protection

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

Contract of Sale - Real Property

Model form of Contract of Sale -- Office, Commercial and Multi-Family Residential Premises plus Commentary ( PDF format )

Contractors, Accrual of Claims

Proposed amendment to the Public Authorities Law clarifying that with regard to School Construction Authority projects the statutory limitation period governing a contactor’s claim right does not being until a request for payment has been denied in writing (July 2011) ( PDF format )

Contractors, Accrual of Claims

Report on A.5443/S.3551 which would amend the public authorities law to clarify that the statutory limitations period governing a contractor’s claim and action against the New York City school construction authority arising out of contracts rights does not begin to accrue until such time as a request for payment has been denied in writing (Reissued April 2013) ( PDF format )

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

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 )

Conviction Review

The Conviction Review Unit and Conviction Integrity Review Procedures (July 2014) ( PDF format )

Cooperative Apartment Purchase/Sale

Memorandum in opposition to proposed local law, Intro. 504, that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to require apartment cooperative boards to set forth in writing specific reasons for withholding consent to the sale of an apartment ( PDF format )

Copyright Law

Comments to Copyright Office re: Notice of Inquiry Regarding the Problem of Orphan Works ( PDF format )

Corporate Agreements, Sample Contract Boilerplate

Sample Contract Boilerplate (March 2013) ( PDF format )

Corporate Bankruptcy

Corporate Bankruptcies: Trends in Asset Sales and Liquidations (March 2010) ( PDF format )

Corporate Control Contests

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

Comment re: Notice to Members 04-83 - Request for Comment on Whether to Propose New Rule That Would Address Conflicts of Interest When Members Provide Fairness Opinions in Corporate Control Transactions ( PDF format )
Comments to NASD re: on Whether to Propose New Rule That Would Address Conflicts of Interest When Members Provide Fairness Opinions in Corporate Control Transactions ( PDF format )

Corporate Ethics

Corporate Ethicsin an Age of Steroids ( PDF format )

Corporate Governance

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 )
Report of the Task Force on the Lawyer's Role in Corporate Governance ( PDF format )

Corporate retirement programs

Employer Stock Litigation: The Tension Between ERISA Fiduciary Obligations and Employee Stock Ownership ( PDF format )

Court Restructuring

Report on the Merger of the Bronx Supreme and Criminal Courts (June 2009) ( PDF format )
The Chief Judge's Court Restructuring Plan, with Certain Modifications, Should be Adopted

Courthouse Policy

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 )

Credit Ratings

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 )
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 )

Criminal Liable Laws

Amicus Brief: Emilio Palacio Urrutia et al v. The Republic of Ecuador (Inter- American Commission on Human Rights, March 2013) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Emilio Palacio Urrutia et al v. The Republic of Ecuador (Inter- American Commission on Human Rights, March 2013) (Spanish) ( PDF format )

Cross Border Rules

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 )

Custodial interrogations

Report on A.4721/S.1267 which would require electronic recording of custodial interrogations in felony cases (Reissued February 2013) ( PDF format )

Custodial Rights

Report on A.7189-A/S.2094-A which would amend the Domestic Relations Law to enable extended family members to intervene in matrimonial actions seeking custodial rights bases upon a claim of extraordinary circumstances (Reissued June 2013) ( PDF format )

Cyberbulling of Minors

Comments on S.6132-A/A.8978-A which would protect minors against the practice of cyberbullying (November 2012) ( PDF format )


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