THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
12 PM – 2 PM, Event
Legal Challenges in Current Criminal Justice Policy - Public Affairs Luncheon


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
7 PM – 9 PM, Event
Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: Effectiveness or Enlightenment, or Both, or Neither?


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

     AROUND THE BAR


The City Bar welcomed New York City's new Public Advocate, Letitia James, at a breakfast meeting on February 12th. Read more.

The University of Georgia School of Law won the final round of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition, held on February 13th at the City Bar. From left: Hon. Edgardo Ramos, United States District Court, SDNY; Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Trudi Hamilton, Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Hon. Ellen Gesmer, New York State Supreme Court; Steven Strasberg, Emily Westbury and Ben Thorpe of the University of Georgia School of Law; Carey R. Dunne, President, New York City Bar Association; Hon. Judith J. Gische, Appellate Division, First Department; and Hon. Richard J. Sullivan, United States District Court, SDNY. Read more.

 
     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Military Justice Improvement Act
In a joint report, the Committees on Military Affairs & Justice and Sex & Law expressed support for the Military Justice Improvement Act (S.1752). The bill would amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice by placing authority to prosecute and make other key decisions for serious, non-military crimes in the hands of military prosecutors rather than the chain of command. The bill offers a unique opportunity to modernize the military justice system and address the epidemic of sexual assault in the military by improving the perceived fairness of courts-martial and ensuring justice and accountability, thereby strengthening confidence in the military justice system and encouraging more sexual assault survivors to report. This goes a long way to guarantee service men and women respect and dignity, preservation of basic freedoms, and safeguards of a justice system that protects their rights under the law.

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
The Committee on Federal Courts provided comments on the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure proposed by the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. The report does not address all of the proposed amendments of the Rules but rather comments on the proposed amendments which the Committee believes are the most significant, and those where the Committee can add something new to the discussion. The report expresses support for some of the proposed amendments to the Rules, supports others with proposed modifications or clarifying commentary, and opposes some of the proposed amendments. In particular, the report: 1) supports the proposed amendment of Rule 4(m), with a suggested modification; 2) supports the proposed amendments to Rule 26(b) regarding the scope of discovery, with suggested clarifying commentary; 3) supports the proposed amendment to Rule 26(d)(2) that would authorize early document requests; 4) opposes the proposed amendments to Rule 30 that would further limit the presumptive number and duration of depositions; 5) supports the proposed amendments of Rules 33 and 34, with modifications; 6) supports the proposed amendment to Rule 36; and 7) generally supports the goals of the proposed amendments to Rule 37 but suggests significant revisions to the pending proposals.

    MEMBER MOVES & MILESTONES

Brian H. Jaffe has started his own practice, the Law Office of Brian H. Jaffe, LLC. He was previously a Partner at Wilk Auslander LLP....Cynthia Rubin is now a Partner at Barton LLP. She was formerly at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP....Kathleen Scott has joined Norton Rose Fulbright’s New York office as Senior Counsel. She was previously at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Switching firms or made partner? Won an award? Send your news to MemberNews@nycbar.org; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street eNews or on the website.

    DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CHAMPION AWARD NOMINATIONS

The City Bar is now seeking nominations for the Annual Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. The award recognizes individuals whose actions and activities within the legal profession, particularly in New York City, embody the Statement of Diversity Principles by facilitating "diversity in the hiring, retention and promotion of attorneys and in the elevation of attorneys to leadership positions within our respective organizations." Criteria for nominations are available here. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 3, 2014.

Additional information and nomination forms can be found here. Materials can be submitted to Clare Plunkett, New York City Bar, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036; via email at cplunkett@nycbar.org; or via fax at (212) 869-2145.

    CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Times, February 10, 2014
Kagan Says Her Path to Supreme Court Was Made Smoother by Ginsburgˇ¦s

"They share New York City roots, a liberal outlook and a personal trainer. But a gap separates Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, one they explored during an often lighthearted joint appearance last week at the New York City Bar Association. Justice Ginsburg, 80, is the oldest member of the Supreme Court, and she came of age when many legal careers were closed to women. Justice Kagan, 53, is the court’s youngest member, and she seemed to have little trouble compiling a glittering résumé. She was the first female dean of Harvard Law School and the first female United States solicitor general. 'What explains this gulf between Justice Ginsburg’s experience and mine?' Justice Kagan asked. 'In large part the answer is simply Justice Ginsburg. As a litigator and then as a judge she changed the face of American antidiscrimination law.'"

New York Law Journal
, February 13, 2014

Lippman Proposes Student Pro Bono Program

"Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman proposed Tuesday allowing third-year law students to volunteer as 'Pro Bono Scholars' who would dedicate a large part of their final semester to serving low-income clients in return for accelerated admission to the bar. The program was the centerpiece of the chief judge's annual State of the Judiciary address...Carey Dunne, the president of the New York City Bar Association, said his group 'applauds' Lippman for the pro bono plan. 'This initiative is consistent with the recommendations in the recent report of the City Bar's Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession, which urged that law schools seek to provide 'practice ready' lawyers and that the third year of law school provide practical experience or otherwise better prepare graduates for their legal careers,' Dunne said in a statement."


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