IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
New Committee Page: Business in Africa Law Project
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JANUARY 28
5 PM – 10 PM, Event
Final Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 1 of 4)



TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM,
CLE
Ethical Dangers of Lawyers Using Technology & Social Media

5 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 2 of 4)



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
5 PM – 10 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 3 of 4)



THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Professional Liability, Legal Ethics & Risk Management


4 PM – 7:30 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 4 of 4)

Around the Bar
Doing Business in Italy


On January 24th, Maria Teresa Cometto, of the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, interviewed Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO of Brooks Brothers, on “Italy and the U.S.: Doing Business Cross Borders in 2013.”

Recent Committee Activity
Redaction of Personal Identifying Information
In comments submitted to the Office of Court Administration, the Council on Judicial Administration expressed general support for the adoption of 22 N.Y.C. R.R. §202.5(e)(“Proposed Rule”), which would prevent the unnecessary disclosure of personal identifying information in papers filed in civil matters. The report set forth a number of suggestions on how to further improve the Proposed Rule, including: 1) urging that the Proposed Rule not serve to override or undercut the efficacy of the Chief Clerk Memorandum 172 (“CCM-172”), issued by the Chief Clerk of the New York City Civil Court, which requires the clerk to redact social security numbers from any document filed with the New York City Civil Court; 2) amending the definition of confidential personal information by deleting “a mother’s maiden name”; 3) that any sealing of documents containing confidential personal information pursuant to the Proposed Rule be in accordance with the current requirement of 22 NYCRR §216.1 that any sealing must be no broader than necessary to protect a threatened interest; and 4) special efforts to protect unrepresented and unsophisticated litigants from the risk of identity theft.


Sale, Trade or Distribution of Shark Fins
The Animal Law Committee issued a report in support of A.1769/S.1711, which would prohibit the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. Shark finning is banned in U.S. waters; however, there is no federal law that bars the sale or possession of a shark’s fin on land and in New York State shark fins are typically consumed by New Yorkers either in shark fin soup or as medicines that are illegally marketed to cure health problems such as HIV, cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes. In addition to expressing support for the legislation, the report urges that the following two amendments be made to the bill: 1) to provide a grace period that exceeds the shelf-life of dried shark fins; and 2) to omit the exemption for spiny dogfish and smooth dogfish.

Federal Legislation Concerning Animal Law Issues
In a letter to President Obama, the Animal Law Committee summarized the positions that the City Bar has recently taken on Federal bills and rulemaking and urged the Administration to consider these recommendations as the Administration’s objectives for the second term are developed. The letter touches on a broad range of concerns including: 1) the protection of elephants from extinction due to the ivory trade; 2) the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circus acts; 3) the treatment of downed animals; 4) the non-therapeutic use of antimicrobial animal drugs in food-producing animals; 5) the use of live animals to train members of the Armed Forces for treatment of combat-related injuries; and 6) the rules governing fur product labels.

New Committee Page: Business in Africa Law Project
The City Bar’s African Affairs Committee, through its Business in Africa Subcommittee, has launched a new online resource that focuses on legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to business in Africa. The resource will serve as a repository of original content and recommended reading designed to raise awareness about business in Africa among City Bar members and the wider community. To view the page, click here.

Committee Seeking Members
The United Nations Committee monitors developments in international law, legal issues, and norms that are of particular importance to the Community of Nations. We have a diverse membership made up of attorneys in both private and public practice. We are currently involved in projects relating to violence against women, the post-2015 development agenda, Internet freedom, and legal issues related to Western Sahara. The UN Committee hosts events with speakers active in the international community; we also prepare the Association’s weekly UN Update and draft letters and statements on timely issues of international law. For further information or to apply, please contact the Committee Secretary, Elizabeth Kimundi, at ekimundi@gmail.com.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, January 22, 2013

Updating N.Y. Trust Laws: Much Work Remains
“In May 2012, the EPTL-SCPA Legislative Advisory Committee sent its Sixth Report to the legislature. The Sixth Report recommended that the legislature enact a New York version of the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), as modified, by adding Article 7-A to the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL)…The Sixth Report was submitted to the legislature with the understanding that the Trusts and Estates Law Section, along with Committees of the New York City Bar (City Bar) and the Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee to the Office of Court Administration (OCA), would comment on the proposed legislation before any legislative action was taken.”

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