Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Program Highlight: 2011 Professional Development Series
This Week at the City Bar

6 PM – 8:30 PM, CLE
Power of Attorney: What You Must Know About NYS Law After Revisions In 2010

8:30 AM 11:30 AM, CLE
1st Annual In-house/Outside Counsel Series: Reaching Common Ground

6 PM 8 PM, Event
Criminal Record Barriers to Higher Education: Scope of the Problem, Efforts at Solutions

6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Navigating Uncontested Divorces with the New No Fault Grounds: Caveat Advocatus

6 PM 7:30 PM, Event
A Town Hall Meeting – Personal Income Tax Liability: Issues and Solutions

6 PM – 8:45 PM, CLE
Ethics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Cell Phone, BlackBerry, Blog, Social Network…

7 PM, Event
City Bar Contemplative Lawyers Group: Mindfulness in Law Practice

9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Off Label Marketing of Drugs & Devices

6 PM, Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
City Bar Goes Broadway with Performance of “The Last Lafayette”

On Friday night, the Entertainment Committee presented “The Last Lafayette,” a comedy with music. The show is based on the most scandalous murder trial in Canadian legal history, now set in New York, where a trial lawyer on the cusp of retirement becomes entangled with the “Client from Hell.” Written by Myron D. Cohen, with original music and lyrics by Peter W. Dizozza, Brian D. Graifman, and Nancy D. Zehner, the show was performed by members of the bench and bar for an audience of 250. In photo, front row left to right: Nancy D. Zehner, Rita Wasserstein Warner, and Martha Cohen Stine, Committee Chair. Back row left to right: Brian D. Graifman, Frances E. Scanlon, Clement J. Colucci, Kevin J. Nolan, Stewart D. Aaron, and Trey Sandusky.

Recent Committee Activity
New York Taxpayer Rights Advocate

In a letter to Governor Cuomo, the Committee on State and Local Taxation urges support for continuing the operation of the Office of the Taxpayer Rights Advocate as well as codifying the Office within New York's Tax Law. The Office, which is an independent office with the Tax Department, was administratively created in 2009 to assist taxpayers in resolving problems with the Tax Department, identify problems and legislative solutions, and work with the Tax Department to improve processes.

Termination of Tenancy Proceedings
In a letter to the NYC Housing Authority, the Committee on Criminal Justice Operations offered recommendations to improve the transparency of the procedures governing the use of stipulations to resolve administrative termination of tenancy proceedings arising out of allegations of criminal activity. The letter suggests that the Housing Authority take steps to better educate all stakeholders in the use of stipulations and that publications, websites and notices to tenants pertaining to termination proceedings be amended to include specific information on the stipulation process and the consequences of violating them.

Taxicab Accessibility
The Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities issued a report in support of legislation that will both improve taxicab accessibility for people with disabilities in the near term, and eventually result in a completely accessible taxicab fleet that provides full and equal access to transportation services to people with and without disabilities.

Taxation of Publicly Traded Partnerships
The report issued by the Committee on Taxation of Business Entities considers various issues arising under Section 7704 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as to which guidance is absent or lacks clarity, and examine whether or not to expand certain safe harbors for avoiding classification as a public traded partnership in light of recent legal and market developments.

Program Highlight
The Annual Professional Development Series Returns on January 26th
The New York City Bar is pleased to present the 2011 Professional Development Series. This innovative series, led by nationally recognized career consultants, provides attorneys with critical training to help them succeed as they transition into more senior roles. As always, the series will be free for City Bar members and attorneys from sponsoring law firms, and many of the workshops will provide 2.0 CLE credits.

Legal Project Management: The Keys to Success
January 26, 2011

An Objective Approach to Legal Editing
February 17, 2011

Connecting with Clients in a Loosely-Connected World
March 31, 2011

Implementing Project Management to Advance Your Career
April 28, 2011

Legal Project Management: A Case Study
May 19, 2011

Special thanks to the New York Law Journal and Sponsoring Law Firms:
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP * Chadbourne & Parke LLP * Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP * Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP * DLA Piper LLP (US) * Dorsey & Whitney LLP * Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP * Goodwin Procter LLP * Herrick, Feinstein LLP * Jones Day * Kelley Drye & Warren LLP * King & Spalding LLP * Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP * Moses & Singer LLP * New York City Law Department * Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP * Proskauer Rose LLP * Shearman & Sterling LLP * Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP * Winston & Strawn LLP

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