Committees Seeking Members

June 2010

City Bar Chorus
Housing Court Committee
International Business Transactions Committee
International Trade Committee
Sex and Law Committee
Women in the Courts Task Force

The 65+-voice City Bar Chorus is conducting its next auditions (brief, private, and low-pressure) incity bar chorus July and August 2010. Basses, baritones, and tenors are particularly welcome. We rehearse two or three Tuesday evenings per month, from 6:45 to 8:15 PM, in midtown Manhattan (Radio City/Rock Center area) to produce what our audiences describe as a pro-quality sound. We perform frequently, serving our community through concerts for audiences most in need of musical cheer and also singing for luminaries of the bench and bar. Music-reading or sight-reading ability is helpful but not required if you have a "good ear."  While many of our members have prior choral experience, some of our best performers got their start singing karaoke—or in the shower. In interested, please e-mail us at For more info, please visit our website at


The Housing Court Committee addresses all issues related to landlord/tenant litigation, including ethical duties of practitioners, current trends within the practice, the impact of self represented litigants upon practitioners and the court, as well as selection and efficacy of guardians ad litem.  Additionally, the Committee conducts community outreach.  To apply please contact the Chair, Joel Kullas, at

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The newly formed International Business Transactions Committee is seeking members.  The Committee's focus is on business transactions in the international arena.  It will cover such issues as: global corporate governance, cross-border financing and regulatory challenges, sovereign wealth funds, foreign investing, developments in other nations impacting business in the U.S., as well as many other international transactional issues. To apply, please contact Stephanie Glazer at 212.382.6664 or


citybar3The International Trade Committee is currently accepting applications for membership.  The Committee includes both practitioners and students of international trade. Recent topics the Committee has considered include  U.S. bilateral investment treaties, export control, intellectual property infringement actions in front of the International Trade Commission, and business in China.  For more information on the Committee's activities, please contact the Chair, Helena Sullivan, at  To become a member of the Committee, please contact Stephanie Glazer of Membership Services at

The Sex and Law Committee addresses issues pertaining to gender and the law in a variety ofcitybar2 areas, such as violence against women, reproductive rights, gender discrimination, poverty, matrimonial and family law, employment law, and same-sex marriage.  The Committee anticipates that its agenda for 2010-2011 will include the issues of paid family leave, reproductive rights in New York State, and civil rights for LGBT individuals. To apply please send your resume to the Chair, Rachel Braunstein, at

citybar1The Women in the Courts Task Force in recent years worked to address issues impacting women as litigants, with a special emphasis on language access in the courts. In the coming year, the Task Force looks to broaden its focus to cover issues related to women's role as courtroom advocates and judges, potentially exploring issues such as potential bias against female litigators and the dearth of women judges in certain parts of New York. To apply please contact the Chair, Reema Abdelhamid, at 212.336.4198 or


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