IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law

Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
Member Benefit Update
   
This Week at the City Bar
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
12:30 PM – 2 PM,
CLE
SEC Whistleblower Initiative: Update & Perspective


FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen: Drafting Advice From a Litigator


Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law

Justice Ginsburg: The Uniqueness of Her Voice
Please join the City Bar on February 13 at 6 PM, as Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and former Judge, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, delivers the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law. She is also the author of In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, which documents her struggle to succeed personally and professionally as she fought her way through the “boys’ club” while working on benchmark cases. At the Lecture Justice Ginsburg will be presented with the Association Medal for her exceptional contributions to the honor and standing of the bar in this community.


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Recent Committee Activity
Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda
In a letter to the President of Uganda, the Committee on African Affairs expressed opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2012 (the “Bill”), which imposes harsh penalties--reportedly including the death penalty--for homosexual activities. The Bill, the letter notes, threatens the fundamental rights and freedoms of LGBT individuals and Ugandan organizations that support LGBT rights. The Bill also violates the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and the Government’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Passage of the Bill would undermine the rule of law in Uganda by ignoring the country’s pre-existing legal obligations, which it is duty-bound to uphold. The letter calls upon the Government to promptly oppose the passage of the Bill and, if passed, urges the President of Uganda not to sign it.

The Rule of Law
In a letter to President Obama, the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law offered suggestions regarding the detention, treatment, and trial of detainees, national security and the rule of law. During the administration’s first term, the letter notes, substantial progress was made on many of these issues but important unresolved issues still remain, including: 1) the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo; 2) that the United States observe clear, bright lines against torture; 3) developing clear, written, detailed standards to guide the decisions to use drone strikes; 4) the use of military commissions becoming institutionalized as a parallel system of justice over the long term; and 5) accountability for unlawful government conduct.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, December 20, 2012

Four Bar Groups Give Top Rating to Acosta
“With at least four bar groups rating the seven nominees for the Court of Appeals, Justice Rolando Acosto of the Appellate Division, First Department, is the only one to garner the highest possible assessment from the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Women’s Bar of the State of New York and the New York City Bar. Acosta this week was rated ‘well-qualified’ by the state bar, ‘highly qualified and commended’ by the women’s bar, ‘highly qualified and highly recommended’ by the trial lawyers and ‘exceptionally well-qualified’ by the city bar. He is the only candidate to obtain the top rating from all four of the groups.”

Member Benefit Update
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