IN THIS ISSUE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Justice Center News
Upcoming Program Highlights
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
9 AM – 11 AM,
Event
Intensive Resume Workshop

9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
A “How To Guide” To Basic Derivatives & Structured Products


6 PM – 8 PM, Event
The Art of Conversation

6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Books at the Bar – Mismatched: How Affirmative Action Hurts the Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It

6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Enforcing Money Claims Pre- & Post-Judgment: Turning Your Judgment into an Actual Financial Recovery

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
You’ve Passed the Bar: Now What? Stepping Up Your Job Search: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates


THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
4 PM – 6:30 PM,
Event
Italy and the US: Doing Business Cross Borders In 2013 (Registration Now Closed)


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Insurance Law: The Basics



FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Compensation Issues for Charitable Organizations

Around the Bar
Professional Development Workshop Series


On January 17th, nearly 200 attorneys gathered for the first program in the 2013 Professional Development Workshop Series, “Writing Online About the Law” with Ross Guberman. This annual series, which runs through May, is free to City Bar members and CLE credit is available for many of the workshops.

Justice Center News
Taking Action in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
In commemoration of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, in collaboration with Pfizer Legal Alliance, hosted “Take Action: Stop Human Trafficking Now,” a panel discussion at the New York City Bar Association on January 14th. A recurring theme during the panel discussion, which centered on ways pro bono efforts can assist in the fight against modern day slavery, was the scarcity of criminal prosecutions in trafficking cases. The consensus was that this gap heightens the need for civil litigation cases to be brought on behalf of trafficking victims, as civil litigation can be a powerful avenue for survivors to reclaim their rights and sense of justice in cases where prosecutors decline to prosecute.


Read more.

Upcoming Program Highlights
Doing Business in Developing Countries: The Importance of the Rule of Law
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
For lawyers who represent clients in cross-border transactions and international investment disputes involving developing countries, the rule of law plays an indispensable role. At both the national and international levels, the rule of law is required to provide fair, stable, and predictable frameworks for corporations doing business in developing countries. The U.N. General Assembly has recognized the importance of the rule of law to international commerce and development, declaring it “essential for sustained and inclusive economic growth, sustainable development, the eradication of poverty and hunger and the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development.” Our panel will present several perspectives on the rule of law and doing business in developing countries, and will include presentations on international transactions, international investment disputes, and the United Nations’ Rule of Law Initiative.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

The Dangers of Rights Lawyering in China and the Role of American Law Firms: A Conversation with Chen Guangcheng and Professor Jerome Cohen; Presentation of City Bar Honorary Membership to Chen Guangcheng
Thursday, February 7, 6 PM – 8 PM
Human rights lawyers and legal advocates in China are routinely intimidated by officials simply because they represent clients whom the government regards as objectionable. Lawyers have been arrested, detained, had their licenses to practice law suspended or revoked, and have even been physically abused, despite protections in Chinese law for lawyers. In this climate, what is the role of foreign law firms with a presence in China? How can American lawyers stand up for their Chinese colleagues? This panel will feature the comments and experience of well-known human rights defender and legal advocate Chen Guangcheng. At the event, Mr. Chen will be presented with Honorary Membership by the City Bar for his extraordinary personal courage in employing the law to advance the public interest.


For more information or to register for this event, click here.

City Bar in the News
New York Times, January 19, 2013

After Escape, Mother Struggles With Son’s Health
“In 2010, Ms. Oke decided that to stay safe, she and her son, Izaiyah, 7, who has autism and severe allergies, had to leave home and enter a shelter for domestic violence victims…Ms. Oke believed their stay would be temporary. Instead, shelter life took on a sense of permanence – Ms. Oke and Izaiyah have been in six shelters in nearly three years, she said. It has left her feeling that there is no escape. And the stress of their many moves has severely exacerbated Izaiyah’s conditions.…In order to create what she called a ‘sensory friendly’ environment for Izaiyah at their current shelter, Ms. Oke turned to one of her few avenues of support. She has received help from the City Bar Justice Center, which provides legal assistance to low-income clients and is a partner with the Children's Aid Society on advocacy matters.”


New York Law Journal, January 14, 2013

Bar Center Hires Attorney to Coordinate Sandy Efforts
“The City Bar Justice Center has hired Victor Tello, previously an assistant corporation counsel for the New York City Law Department, to coordinate efforts to mobilize and train volunteer lawyers for Hurricane Sandy cases. The position is projected to last one year. So far, the main concerns are related to FEMA applications and insurance disputes, he said. ‘There’s going to continue to be a significant need for help from the legal community,’ Tello said.…The Justice Center, in partnership with other legal services providers, has trained more than 400 volunteer lawyers on Sandy-specific matters. Its pro bono volunteers have helped more than 120 people at clinics attended by victims.”

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