This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Nominating Committee Nominees Announced
Seeking McDonald Award Nominations
City Bar in the News
This Week at the City Bar
6 PM – 9 PM,
Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM,
Plan for Professional Success: Wisely Select and Develop Your Legal Career Path
2013 Professional Development Workshop Series

12:30 PM – 2 PM,
Tax 2013 – What Next…The Resolve of the “Fiscal Cliff”
Small Law Firm Luncheon

6 PM – 9 PM,
Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Litigation 2013

6:30 PM – 8 PM,
The Financial Crisis and the “Revolving Door”

6 PM – 8:45 PM,
The Scope of Attorney–Client Privilege

7 PM – 8 PM,
Around the World with Gilbert & Sullivan & Friends
The Blue Hill Troupe

Around the Bar
Chen Guangcheng Presented with Honorary Membership

On February 7th,Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese legal activist and Distinguished Visitor at NYU Law School's U.S.-Asia Law Institute, was presented with City Bar Honorary Membership by Hon. Sidney H. Stein, United States District Judge, S.D.N.Y., and Chair of the City Bar’s Honor Committee. Mr. Chen is the 63rd person to receive the honor since it was first bestowed in 1918.

Recent Committee Activity
New York State’s Judiciary Budget
The Council on Judicial Administration issued a report recommending that the Legislature adopt the Judiciary’s 2013-2014 Budget Request en toto. According to the Report, the Budget carefully balances the need to meet the courts’ constitutional obligation “to provide fair and timely justice for every New Yorker” with the realities of the current fiscal situation. The Report applauded the $15 million increase in funding for vitally needed civil legal services. It also discussed some of the difficult choices the Budget reflects, and stressed that while the Budget provides the minimum funding the Judiciary needs, avoiding any reduction in the budget is crucial. The Report concludes by saying New York State’s already strained court system cannot continue to be expected “to do even more with even less.”

ADR in Matrimonial Cases
In a joint report, the Committees on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Matrimonial Law and Domestic Violence reviewed the proposal by the Office of Court Administration that would give judges the discretion to order alternative dispute resolution in matrimonial law cases. Though the committees could not reach consensus as to whether the court should have this discretion, they did agree that the proposed rule is insufficiently developed and does not provide adequate guidance regarding its implementation. The report offers a number of suggestions on how the rule could provide greater clarity and facilitate consistent implementation and recommends that any further iteration of the rule be made available for comment.

Nominees Announced for Nominating Committee
The following candidates have been nominated by the Executive Committee for election to five positions on the 2013-2014 Nominating Committee. Ballots will be sent to the membership. Those elected will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the City Bar on May 21, 2013. Pursuant to By-law XXIII, other nominations must be posted no later than March 26.

• Robert J. Anello
• Donald S. Bernstein
• Patricia M. Hynes
• Hon. Barbara S. Jones
• Peter M. Kougasian
• Mei Lin Kwan-Gett
• Myrna Perez
• Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter
• Hon. Stephen C. Robinson
• David A. Schulz

Seeking Nominations for Kathryn A. McDonald Award
The City Bar is now soliciting nominations for the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. This award recognizes the vital services of lawyers and non-lawyers who work in the Family Court in New York City. The winners will be honored by the Association at a reception at the City Bar on Monday, May 6, 2013.

Nominations can be submitted to the Office of the Executive Director. Details on the nominating process and a copy of the nomination form can be found here or by contacting Weintana Abraha, at 212-382-6624 or Nominations are due by March 15, 2013.

City Bar in the News
New Yorker, February 6, 2013

Whom Can the President Kill?
“It comes in a section in which the author of the document, which was given to members of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees last year-and obtained by Michael Isikoff, of NBC, on Monday-says that this power extends into every country in the world other than the United States, well beyond those where we are engaged in hostilities. The reference is to an address that John R. Stevenson, a State Department legal adviser, gave before the Association of the Bar in New York [sic] in May, 1970, to justify the Nixon Administration’s incursion into Cambodia.”

Bloomberg, February 4, 2013

Why the Justice Department Doesn’t Indict Banks
“Simon Johnson's column today focuses (as usual) on too-big-to-fail banks and asks who decided to make them immune from prosecution in the first place. He mentions a speech by Lanny Breuer, the outgoing head of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, who told the New York City Bar Association last September that decisions about whether to indict large corporations are the sorts of considerations that ‘literally keep me up night.’ Breuer’s speech received little attention last year. But it has been getting a lot lately -- ever since the PBS program ‘Frontline’ brought it up during a documentary last month called ‘The Untouchables,’ about the lack of significant criminal prosecutions related to the financial crisis.”

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