IN THIS ISSUE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013
From the President: Carey R. Dunne
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Join a Committee
Committee Seeking Members
Free Professional Liability Insurance Reviews
City Bar in the News
   

From the President: Carey R. Dunne
Membership, Leadership and Belonging


It will come as news to no one that being a member of the legal profession is not the secure vocation it used to be. While those in previous generations had a reasonable expectation of working for years, if not their whole careers, at the same firm, today such a scenario is more the exception than the rule. That’s why membership in a professional organization like the New York City Bar Association is more important than ever. In this era of digitization, globalization and disintermediation (that’s Latin for cutting out the middle man), the City Bar can be your professional home or, if need be, your port in a career storm.


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This Week at the City Bar
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Art Law 101: The Basics (Video Replay)



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
12 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Diversifying the Practicing Bar – How Law Schools Can Help
Public Affairs Luncheon


6 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Family Law: A Student Forum


7 PM – 9 PM,
Event
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Contemplative Lawyers Group


Around the Bar
Justice Ginsburg Award and Lecture


On February 13th, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (second from left) became the 23rd recipient of the Association Medal, which was established in 1951 to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the honor and standing of the New York Bar. Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and former Judge, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, delivered the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law. Joining them were Hon. Sidney H. Stein, United States District Judge, S.D.N.Y., and Chair of the City Bar’s Honors Committee (left) and City Bar President Carey R. Dunne.

Recent Committee Activity
Special Housing Units in Jails and Prisons
The Committees on International Human Rights and Corrections and Community Reentry wrote to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”) in support of a comprehensive review of DOCCS’s policies and procedures regarding punitive Special Housing Units in jails and prisons. The letter expresses concerns that segregation is too broadly employed as a disciplinary and administrative tool and that far too many inmates in New York are housed in such units. Also of concern are the length of stays in segregated housing and the proportionality between segregation sanctions and purported infractions. The committees urged that the review process be open and transparent, and that a timetable for the review process be publicized as soon as possible.

Animals Performing in Circuses
The Animal Law Committee issued a report in support of New York City Council bill Int. No. 49-2010, which would prohibit the display of any wild or exotic animal in New York City. Under the proposed legislation, “display” is defined as an exhibition, act, circus, ride, trade show, carnival, parade, race, photographic opportunity, performance, or similar undertaking in which animals are required to perform tricks, fight, or participate as accompaniments in performances for the amusement or benefit of an audience. The bill would exempt wildlife sanctuaries, accredited zoos and aquariums, institutions operated by the wildlife conservation society of New York, veterinarians, and laboratories from the prohibition. Though the Committee supports this legislation as drafted, the report expresses concern about using any animals in circus performances because all animals are susceptible to the stress inherent in performing tricks in front of large audiences and the stress of continuous travel and confinement, and asks that the Council extend the ban in the legislation to the fennec fox, which is one of the bill’s enumerated exceptions.

Join a Committee
Want to Serve on a Committee? Now is the Time to Apply
If you’re interested in serving on a City Bar committee, now is the time to apply, as committee members are generally appointed in the spring to begin serving a three-year term in September. If you haven’t thought about committee work, you should; committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done, and joining one can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, including some you might not anticipate. A list of City Bar committees, along with a brief description of their activities, where available, and committee applications can be found on the City Bar website.

Committee Seeking Members
The Senior Lawyers Committee is seeking applicants for membership. The Senior Lawyers Committee acts as the voice of senior lawyers within the City Bar. The Committee provides services for senior lawyers and conducts programs of interest to senior lawyers and the bar and legal community generally. The Committee through its monthly meetings offers its members an opportunity to network and engage in social discourse in a collegial atmosphere. If you are interested in applying, please email sglazer@nycbar.org.

Free Professional Liability Insurance Reviews Available Now
Marsh is now offering City Bar members free one-on-one sessions to review their lawyers professional liability insurance. To schedule an appointment, contact Christopher J. Vedral, Assistant Vice President, by email at chris.vedral@marsh.com or call 212-345-2423.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, February 13, 2013

NYC Bar Association Releases Legislative Priorities
“The New York City Bar Association is calling on state legislators to reject a proposed violent offenders registry, expand the worker’s compensation law to include time off to care for sick family members, and provide mortgage payment assistance to struggling homeowners. Those recommendations, among the group’s newest legislative priorities, were released Wednesday in a 60-page report. Others include giving judges more discretion to determine the length of probationary periods during sentencing and to designate juveniles ‘youthful offenders’ in a broader range of cases.”


New York Times, February 11, 2013

S.E.C.’s Revolving Door Hurts Its Effectiveness, Report Says
“The Project on Government Oversight, or POGO, a nonprofit watchdog group long critical of the revolving door, is set to release a study on Monday highlighting a pattern of S.E.C. alumni going to bat for Wall Street firms – and winning....The new report from the watchdog group may be a topic at a New York City Bar Association panel on the revolving door scheduled for Tuesday in New York, a debate for which Mr. Khuzami was initially scheduled. On Friday, Mr. Khuzami caused a stir among some fellow panelists when he withdrew, citing a ‘conflict.’ Mr. Khuzami later clarified it was a scheduling conflict, not a conflict of interest.”


New York Law Journal, February 8, 2013

Bloomberg Swears in 38 Judges
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Feb. 6 swore in 38 judges to serve in New York City’s Family, Criminal and Civil courts. The ceremony included the appointment of six new Family Court judges, nine new Criminal Court judges and six new interim Civil Court judges.…Bloomberg made the new appointments from three candidates nominated for each position by his Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. The committee recommends whether sitting judges should be appointed and the mayor makes the decision. All of the judges also have been found qualified by the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association.”

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