This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News

This Week at the City Bar
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
The Connection Between Matrimonial Law & Trusts & Estates Law: The Essentials For Practitioners in These Practice Areas (Video Replay)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Eurozone Crisis: What Happened and What’s Next?

(Registration for this event is closed)

9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE
Using Bankruptcy to Retain Real Estate Ownership (Video Replay)

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Event
Re-entry Series: Self Assessment as a Critical Part of the Re-entry Process

9 AM – 12 PM, CLE

A Mediation Career: Getting Started (Video Replay)

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Event

Lunch with a Judge Hon. Raymond J. Lohier, Jr.

6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event

Conversation between Court Interpreters and Attorneys

9 AM 10:30 AM, Event
Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Lawyers

9 AM 12 PM, CLE

Employment Law Essentials: What New York Practitioners Need To Know About Leaves Of Absence, Overtime, Retaliation & More… (Video Replay)

12:30 PM 2 PM, Event

Untangling the “TAX KNOT” for the Small Law Firm and Solo Practitioner

9 AM 11:30 AM, CLE
When Real Estate Deals Go Bad: Effective Tools to Overcome 2011’s Trickiest Road Blocks (Video Replay)

Around the Bar
In the Legal Pipeline

College students and recent graduates attended the City Bar Student Pipeline Program’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series on January 3rd and 5th.

Recent Committee Activity
Judiciary Budget
The Council on Judicial Administration issued a report urging the Legislature to adopt the Judiciary’s 2012-2013 Budget Request in its entirety. The report states that the Judiciary Budget is a reasonable, practical document, which is responsive to the state’s current fiscal pressures, yet also addresses the need to provide meaningful access to the courts and to ameliorate some of the harmful effects of last year’s cuts. The report notes that the budget includes funding for judicial salary increases and requests $25 million for civil legal services funding, which is vital to address the unmet legal needs of the state’s most vulnerable individuals.

Committee Seeking Members
The Women in the Courts Task Force has worked to address issues impacting women as advocates and women as litigants. The Task Force has also done substantial work in the area of language access in the courts. The Task Force will be holding an informal meeting at M Bar (12 West 44th Street) from 6 PM–8 PM on February 15 as a way to introduce potential members to current Task Force members and further discuss the type of work the Task Force does. For more details, to RSVP and/or to apply to be a member on the Task Force please contact the Chair, Reema Abdelhamid, at 212-336-4198 or

City Bar in the News
New York Times, December 28, 2011
Apropos Appropriation
In March a federal district court judge in Manhattan ruled that Mr. Prince – whose career was built on appropriating imagery created by others – broke the law by taking photographs from a book about Rastafarians and using them without permission to create the collages and a series of paintings based on them.…At a debate about the Prince case at the New York City Bar Association last month Virginia Rutledge, an art lawyer and former general counsel for Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that advocates for more open copyright standards, said she believed that the problem facing the art world was as much a “cultural attribution crisis” as a legal crisis and that the problem could be at least partly addressed by cultivating a stronger climate of simple acknowledgement and credit.

New York Times, December 22, 2011

Blindsided by Financial Crisis, and Trying to Rebuild
Struggling to balance motherhood and work, Ms. Calder decided to make a change. Confident she would be able to find similar work closer to home, she left her job of four years in 2008. She was blindsided when the bottom fell out of the economy.…With no other options, Ms. Calder said, she and Orion entered New York City’s shelter system.…In May, she turned to the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless.…

International Business Times, December 20, 2011

Obama’s Overseas Corruption Busting Efforts Target Corporations, Executives
Business groups have long complained of the FCPA’s vagueries and wide scope that give regulators too much power in enforcement matters. Corporations say they are at a competitive disadvantage with foreign rivals who face no recourse for making kick backs…Despite the complaints, there is little they can do to fight the charges. The easiest course can be a deferred prosecution agreement, a deal that allows a company to pay a fine and avoid trial by promising to clean up its act. Without trials, though, there is little case law for attorneys or companies to study. “As a result…the enforcement agencies have broad power and discretion to enforce the FCPA as they determine appropriate,” the New York City Bar Association report said.

New York Times, December 20, 2011

Mad as Hell
Ellen Goodman, the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning former columnist, now retired, is busy these days with something called the Conversation Project, one of many nascent efforts to make the rigors of caregiving and advanced old age into a kitchen-table issue – not just a topic for policy wonks and health care professionals…Ms. Goodman believes we have arrived at a cultural tipping point with regard to caregiving, and I cannot help but wonder if she is right…The New York City Bar Association is sponsoring a series of forums and eventually a treatise – a call to arms – that will urge professionals “to take a more active role in helping themselves, their families, clients, patients and public to prepare for the future.”

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