IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JANUARY 30
4 PM – 10 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 62nd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 1 of 4)


TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
4 PM – 10 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 62nd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 2 of 4)


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Public & Private High Growth Companies: Corporate & Securities Law Issues for Internet, Fashion, Health Care & More

4 PM – 10 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 62nd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 3 of 4)


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
4 PM – 10 PM,
Event
Final Rounds of the 62nd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 4 of 4)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Are You Practice-Ready?



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the-Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits
& More (Both Days)
(Day 1 Only)

Around the Bar
Death Panel, the Good Kind

On January 25th, a panel examined the death penalty in New York, where, despite the penalty’s having been effectively abolished, there are currently more death penalty cases pending than ever before and more federal death penalty cases than any other state. From left: Russell T. Neufeld, Law Office of Russell Neufeld; Kevin Carwile, Chief, Capital Case Unit, Department of Justice; Chair, Attorney General’s Review Committee on Capital Cases, Department of Justice; Richard Jasper, Law Office of Richard Jasper; Hon. John Gleeson, U.S. District Judge, E.D.N.Y.; Jean D. Barret, Moderator, Ruhnke & Barrett; Capital Resource Counsel Project

Recent Committee Activity
The Rights of Workers
The Committee on Labor and Employment Law drafted a brochure, Rights of Workers Dealing with Serious Health Conditions, Illnesses or Disabilities in the State of New York, as a resource for employees and to educate workers about work-related injuries, Workers’ Compensation, non-work related injuries, Disability Benefits, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The brochure also provides contact information for the related New York State and New York City government offices.

Use of Exotic Animals
The Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals issued a report in support of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R.3359), which would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions. Specifically the bill would prohibit an exhibitor from allowing the use of exotic or wild animals in an animal act if the animal was traveling in a mobile housing facility at any time within 15 days prior to the animal act, unless the use falls within certain exceptions. The report details many of the instances of documented abuse of these animals and notes that existing state and federal law does not provide for effective protection of their welfare.

City Bar in the News
Staten Island Advance, January 22, 2012

Getting a Divorce? Better Not Be in a Hurry
Divorce cases are among the most gut-wrenching and contentious on Staten Island court dockets, and to the dismay of litigants and their lawyers, they’re taking longer to resolve. Budget cuts and layoffs in the court system are prime culprits for the delays, although the sagging economy also plays a role, say lawyers…According to the New York City Bar Association, the state judiciary, last year, was subjected to a $170 million budget cut. About 8 percent of its workforce, or 1,300 employees, left the courts due to early retirements and layoffs. As a result of those reductions, all courtrooms throughout the state must stop all activities at 4:30 p.m., including trials, settlement conferences and meetings with lawyers.


New York Law Journal, January 20, 2012

NYCLA Is Latest Bar Organization to Express Concern About Cutbacks
For the third time in little more than one week, a major New York bar association is reporting that $170 million in cuts has taken a heavy toll on the state’s courts. The report by a task force of the New York County Lawyers’ Association released on Jan. 19 came to many of the same conclusions as the other recent studies on the court system following the 2011 cutbacks. NYCLA, the New York City Bar (NYLJ, Jan. 10) and the New York State Bar Association (NYLJ, Jan. 19) all have found that the cutbacks have significantly compromised court operations. They have cited, among other effects, greatly increased workloads for remaining court personnel, trials taking longer, arrest-to-arraignment times often exceeding constitutional standards and lines lengthening outside courthouses.

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