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Same Sex Partners

Letter to City Council re: Resolution 0591-2004, supporting passage of the federal Permanent Partners Immigration Act ( "PPIA" ) of 2003 ( PDF format )

Same Sex Spouses/Permanent Partners, Recognition of in Family Reunification Immigration Laws

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 Marriage

"Why Should New York Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples?" (May 2011) ( PDF format )
1324 Reasons for Marriage Equality in New York State ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief filed in the Columbian Constitutional Court regarding the right to same-sex marriage for citizens of Columbia (April 2010) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hernandez v. Robles ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Hernandez v. Robles (filed in the NYS Court of Appeals, April 2006) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Langan v. St. Vincent's Hospital of New York ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Lewis v. NYS Department of Civil Services filed in New York State Court of Appeals (September 2009) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Samuels v. New York State Department of Health ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Shields v. Madigan ( PDF format )
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 )
Letter to NYS Senators on the Marriage Equality Act - S.4401 (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples in New York ( PDF format )
Memorandum in Support of Marriage Equality (June 2011) ( PDF format )
Report on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on the Marriage Equity Act - A.7732/S.4401 (May 2009) ( PDF format )
Rodas v. Notaria Cuarta del Circuito de Cali, et al. (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Same-Sex Marriage in New York ( PDF format )
Statement in Support of the Marriage Equality Act (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Testimony Before the New York State Senate Regarding Civil Marriage for Same Sex Couples ( PDF format )

Same-Sex Marriage, Recognition of Marriages Performed in Other Jurisdictions

Amicus Brief: Matter of the Estate of H. Kenneth Ranftle (New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, October 2010) ( PDF format )
Scope of Gubernatorial Authority to Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions and Other Substantial Legal Equivalents of Marriage Contracted Outside of New York State (June 2008) ( PDF format )
Testimony on the proposed enactment of Section 3-207.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York which would require the City Clerk to provide the public with information regarding NYS's recognition of marriages between same-sex couples performed in other domestic or international jurisdictions (June 2010) ( PDF format )

Same-Sex Partners, Immigration Benefits

Report on The Uniting American Families Act of 2009 - H.R.1024/S.424 (June 2009) ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York City Council in support of Resolution No. 2172 which would call upon the U.S. Congress to pass the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (October 2009) ( PDF format )

Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Comments on Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 - Certification of Disclosure in Companies' Quarterly and Annual Reports ( PDF format )
Comments on Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ( PDF format )
Comments on Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002-Additional Comments by the Committee on Investment Management Regulation ( PDF format )
Comments on Sections 404, 406 and 407 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 - Disclosure Required in Companies Quarterly and Annual Reports ( PDF format )
Comments to the SEC on the Certified Shareholder Report to be Filed on Proposed Form N-CSR, the Scope of the Certification Requirement, the Uniform Application of the Certification Requirement and the Disclosure Controls and Procedures Mandated Thereby ( PDF format )
Comments to the SEC Urging They Defer Adoption of Any Additional Rules Under Section 307 Until After the Commission Has Had the Opportunity to Observe the Impact of the Rules it Has Already Adopted (April 2003) ( PDF format )

Sealing of Criminal Records

Report proposing legislation that would allow for the sealing of records containing certain arrest, petty offense, and youthful offender information (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Report regarding A.7624/S.4841 which would allow for complete sealing of criminal records for a defendant whose case was dismissed at arraignment or earlier where the accusatory instrument was legally insufficient (May 2011) ( PDF format )


Secondment of law firm attorneys; association with a law firm


File No. S7-38-04; Release Nos. 33-8501; 34-50624; IC-26649; International Series Release No. 1282 Securities Offering Reform ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )
Letter to the SEC on Proposed Rule Regarding Standards Relating to Listed Company Audit Committees ( PDF format )
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 and Exchange Commission

Letter to the SEC on the Proposed Release of Comment Letters and Responses ( PDF format )

Securities Related Litigation

Coordinating Related Securities Litigation ( PDF format )


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

Senate Confirmation

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

Senior Citizens

Comments on Proposed New York State 2009 Executive Budget (March 2009) ( PDF format )

Sentencing Enhancements

Letter to Department of Justice re: Requested Revision to Title 9 of the United States Attorneys’ Manual (December 2014) ( PDF format )

Sentencing Guidelines

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 )

Separate Entity Rule

Motorola v. Standard Chartered (New York Court of Appeals) (July 2014) ( PDF format )


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

Service Animals

Access Rights of People with Disabilities and their Service Animals
Proposed amendments to State law definitions of guide, hearing and service dogs (Reissued January 2011) ( PDF format )
Report on A.876-A/S.1314-A concerning the use of service animals by individuals with disabilities (February 2015) ( PDF format )
Report on A.7958/S.3866 which would create a new definition for a “three-unit service dog team” (May 2014) ( PDF format )
Report regarding A.5788/S.4317 which would amend definition of guide, hearing and service animal under State law (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )

Service of Papers

Report on A.6835/S.4578 which would amend the CPLR to permit service upon an attorney from outside the state by regular mail and to require a stipulation be signed by the party to be served before fax service can be utilized (May 2012) ( PDF format )

Setoff Rights

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


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 )
Report on Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (April 2013) ( PDF format )

Settlements, Judicial Rejection of

Report on the impact of the SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. decision (August 2012) ( PDF format )

Sex and 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 Offender Management Treatment Act

Amicus Brief: Mental Hygiene Legal Services v. Schneiderman (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, October 2011) ( PDF format )

Sex Offenders

Report on A.4591-A/S.3138-A which would require the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to consult a “validated risk instrument” when making its recommendation to courts regarding the appropriate risk level of a sex offender (Reissued June 2014) ( PDF format )
Statement on Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders: Senate Bill S6325 and Assembly Bill A09282 ( PDF format )
Statement on the Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders: Comments on the newly adopted Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (Senate Bill S3318 and Assembly Bill A6162) ( PDF format )

Sex Trafficking

Recommendations to Enhance Criminal Procedure Law § 440.10(1)(i), Regarding the Vacatur of Prostitution and Trafficking-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on A.2240-D/S.5879-B, the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (May 2014) ( PDF format )
Report on A.7670/S.4429 which would amend the criminal procedure law in regard to victims of sex trafficking convicted of prostitution offenses (March 2010) ( PDF format )

Sexual Education

Report regarding The Healthy Teens Act - A.2856/S.1342 ( PDF format )

Sexual Orientation

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 )

Sexuality Education

Letter to Public Officials Regarding Connecting Sexual Violence with the Need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (December 2014) ( PDF format )
Testimony Re: City Council Legislation Concerning Information and Services to Reduce College Sexual Assault (February 2015) ( PDF format )

Sexually Exploited Children

Report expressing support for the Assembly version of Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act (A.5258-A) which would permit sexually exploited children to receive vital social services rather than face prosecution, potential jail time ( PDF format )

Shareholder agreements

The Enforceability and Effectiveness of Typical Shareholders Agreement Provisions (December 2009) ( PDF format )

Short-Term Borrowing

Comments to the SEC on proposed amendments to Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Affecting Disclosures of Short-Term Borrowings (File No. S7-22-10) (November 2010) ( PDF format )

Short-Term Loans

Report on the Short-Term Financial Services Loan Act (A.7047/S.3841) which would allow check cashing establishments to make loans of between $300 and $2,000 to consumers (June 2011) ( PDF format )

Short-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rental Bills A.7848/S.5039 and A.7495/S.5637 (June 2014) ( PDF format )

Sierra Leone

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 )
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 )
Second letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the wake of a newly elected Liberian president reiterating 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 )

Small Law Firms

Best Practices for Solos and Small Firms in the Current Economy (May 2011) ( PDF format )

Smaller public companies

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 )

Solid Waste Management

Comments on Proposed Solid Waste Management Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement ( PDF format )
Letter to Mayor Bloomberg regarding undertaking an analysis of the New York City's Solid Waste Management Plan ( PDF format )

Solitary Confinement, City Jails

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 )

South Africa, Republic of

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 )

Sovereign Debt

Governing Law in Sovereign Debt: Lessons from the Greek Crisis and Argentina Dispute of 2012 (February 2013) ( PDF format )


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

Special education

Report on A.8398/S.5636 concerning special education programs and services and the implementation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (June 2009) ( PDF format )

Sperm Donation

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 )

Sri Lanka, Judicial Independence in

Letter to Sri Lanka re: Judicial Independence (November 2012) ( PDF format )

State Government

"Road map" of new New York State Senate Rules (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Letter to the NYS Legislature regarding reforms to the State Legislature committee process (November 2009) ( PDF format )
Letters to the New York State Legislature regarding rules reform (December 2010) ( PDF format )
Supporting Legislative Rules Reform: The Fundamentals ( PDF format )
Testimony before the New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules Reform (February 26, 2009) ( PDF format )
Testimony from the Committee on State Affairs on Legislative Rules Reform, December 8, 2004 ( PDF format )
The New York State Budget Process and the Constitution:Defining and Protecting the Delicate Balance of Power ( PDF format )
Transition report to Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo regarding government ethics reform (December 2010) ( PDF format )

State Secrets

Amicus Brief: Center for Constitutional Rights v. Bush (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, June 2006) ( PDF format )
Amicus Brief: Khaled El-Masri v. United States of America (U.S. Supreme Court, August 2007) ( PDF format )
Statement on Pending Legislation Addressing the State Secrets Privilege ( PDF format )
Supplemental Statement on Pending Legislation Addressing the States Secrets Privilege (May 2010) ( PDF format )

Statement on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Age of Criminal Responsibility (October 2014) ( PDF format )

Stem Cell Research

Letter re: S.471, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 ( PDF format )
Letter to the Empire State Stem Cell Board on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research (May 2008) ( PDF format )

Stop and Frisk

Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices (January 2014) ( PDF format )
Letter to New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, regarding the Rand Report and Stop-and-Frisk practices (December 2007) ( PDF format )
Report on Int. No. 1080-2013 which would amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to prohibiting bias-based profiling by law enforcement officers (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Report on the NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Statement Concerning the New York Police Department's Stop-and-Frisk Practices (April 2009) ( PDF format )

Student Loans

Law School Debt and the Practice of Law ( PDF format )

Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender-Based Violence Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa ( PDF format )

Substantive Consolidation Opinions

Special Report on the Preparation of Substantive Consolidation Opinions ( PDF format )

Succession Rules

Letter to the Governor’s Office urging reforms to the succession rules in New York State ( PDF format )


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

Summary Prospectus

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 )

Summons Parts

Testimony before the NYC Council on Examining the Operations of New York City’s Summons Courts (December 2014) ( PDF format )

Supermax Confinement, Prisons

Supermax Confinement in U.S. Prisons (September 2011) ( PDF format )

Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Report on A.10784/S.7787 which would amend the insurance law to provide all motor vehicle policy holders with Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (SUM) coverage with the choice to opt out of such additional coverage after being informed of the benefits of extra SUM coverage (October 2012) ( PDF format )

Surrogate Decision Making Laws

Surrogate Decision-Making Improvement Acts (June 2014) ( PDF format )

Surveillance and Lawyer Client Communications

Amicus Brief: Clapper v. Amnesty International USA (U.S. Supreme Court, September 2012) ( PDF format )

Surveillance, Collection of Metadata

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. Clapper (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, March 2014) ( PDF format )


Further Utilizing the Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City, Better Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change (September 2011) ( PDF format )

Sustainable Development

Statement on Rio+20 Outcome Document “The Future We Want” (June 2012) ( PDF format )

Sustainable Development and Good Governance

Letter to the United Nations urging Member States to make governance a stand-alone goal in the Sustainable Development Goals and throughout the Post-2015 Development Agenda (September 2014) ( PDF format )

Sustainable Development Goals

Letter to United Nations re: Reducing Pollution as a Sustainable Development Goal (June 2014) ( PDF format )


Comments to the FTC and SEC on proposed rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ( November 2010) ( PDF format )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Letter to the SEC and CFTC on proposed rules concerning swaps dealers and major swap participants (February 2011) ( PDF format )
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 )


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 )


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 )
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 )

Syringe Exchange Programs

Letter to Congress on the Ending Federal Funding Ban for Syringe Exchange Programs (June 2012) ( PDF format )
Letter to Congress regarding the federal funding ban for syringe exchange programs (December 2009) ( PDF format )
Report on A.8396/S.5620 which would de-criminalize possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle that is lawfully possessed under New York’s public health laws but contains a residual amount of a controlled substance (Reissued March 2010) ( PDF format )

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