THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Human Rights and International Sporting Events: Russian Anti-Gay Legislation, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and Next Steps


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
8 AM – 10 AM, Event
New York Environmental Year in Review

9 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE/Event

Litigation Regarding Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

6 PM – 7:30 PM, Event

Bar @ the Bar

6 PM – 8:05 PM, CLE

Current Legal Ethical Issues

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

Taking & Defending Depositions: Strategic Tips & Techniques

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Careers in Elder Law


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
8 AM – 9:30 AM, Event
Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements - Enforcement and Defense Pointers

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider

7 PM – 8:15 PM, Event

Starting a Career in Sports & the Law


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, CLE/Event
Professional Presence: Communicating with Confidence

9 AM – 11 AM, Event

Cover Letter Writing Workshop (Rescheduled from 1/22)

12:30 PM – 2 PM, Event

Mind Your Own Business (Three Part Series): The Path to a Sustainable Practice

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

Insurance Law: The Basics

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

I'm Not Retiring: Transitioning to an Encore Career

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Forum on International Criminal Investigations

7 PM – 8 PM, Event

The Blue Hill Troupe: The Heart of the Matter--With Gilbert & Sullivan and Friends

    CITY BAR RELEASES 2014 STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

The New York City Bar Association has released its 2014 State Legislative Agenda. This agenda represents only a portion of the dozens of positions generated by our committees over the course of each legislative session. It focuses on issues that are relevant to the current legislative debate or of particular importance to the City Bar, as well as legislative proposals drafted by our committees. Read more.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Recommended NYC Policies Regarding HIV/AIDS
In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, the Committee on AIDS recommended a number of issues for his Administration to address regarding persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York City, including: (i) providing affordable housing protection and increasing rental assistance levels; (ii) eliminating restrictions on the use of federal funds for landlord/tenant proceedings; and (iii) prohibiting the use of condoms as evidence in prosecutions.

Recommended NYC Policies Regarding Domestic Violence
The Committee on Domestic Violence also wrote to the de Blasio Administration, identifying the following as key issues for the administration to focus on in the context of adopting a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence: (i) promoting collaboration among agencies regarding U-visa certification policies; (ii) protecting domestic violence victims’ access to public housing; (iii) creating supervised visitation centers in each borough; (iv) implementing teen dating violence education and school safety policies; and (v) improving the relationship between social welfare agencies and survivors of domestic violence.

Publication of International Arbitration Awards
Publication of arbitral awards and other decisions has become more common but is not without controversy. The trend toward more publication has the potential to change, for good or ill, many things traditionally associated with international arbitration, including confidentiality, concentration of knowledge and expertise in a more or less defined group, and the extent to which arbitral decisions and awards should have persuasive or precedential effect. To better inform the arbitration community, the Committee on International Commercial Disputes surveyed ten major international arbitration institutions to gather information on their differing publication policies and practices. The report presents and summarizes the survey results.

Advisals to Non-Citizen Defendants
The Committees on Immigration & Nationality Law, Criminal Courts, and Criminal Justice Operations issued a statement applauding the NY Court of Appeals decision in People v. Peque, Diaz, & Thomas, requiring a judge to advise a non-citizen criminal defendant that pleading to a felony may result in deportation. The Committee urged trial and appellate courts to extend the Peque ruling to misdemeanors and violations, and urged the State Legislature to amend New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 220.50(7) (regarding advisals to defendants) to include misdemeanors and violations, and to authorize automatic vacatur if the record establishes that the court failed to issue the statutory warning.

Anti-Homosexuality Legislation in Uganda
In a letter to the President of Uganda, the Committee on African Affairs urged him not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (the “Bill”) that was passed by Parliament in December, and to return it to Parliament for reconsideration. The Committee stressed that the criminalization of homosexuality and organizations that support LGBT rights, the exclusion of LGBT people from full and equal participation in Uganda’s democracy, and the draconian penalties in the Bill (including life imprisonment) run counter to fundamental human rights principles. The Bill also violates Uganda’s Constitution and the country's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

    SEEKING MCDONALD AWARD NOMINATIONS

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 Thursday, May 29, 2014.

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 on the Association's website or by contacting Weintana Abraha, at 212-382-6624 or wabraha@nycbar.org. Nominations are due by March 25, 2014.

    CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

Law360, February 19, 2014 (subscription required)
NYC Bar Backs Tougher Ethics Laws, Women's Equality Bill

"A legislative blueprint published Wednesday by the New York City Bar Association shows the group backs stronger public ethics laws, a women's equality agenda that sharply divided the Legislature last year and a $130 million loan program for state homeowners having trouble paying their mortgages. The 24,000-member group said its priorities were focused 'on issues that are relevant to the current legislative debate or of particular importance to the City Bar,' noting also that it helped draft the mortgage bridge loan bill, S. 5035."

New York Law Journal
, February 21, 2014

New Trial Ordered for Suspect Tricked Into Confessing

"The Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a homicide conviction in a case where police used deception and subterfuge to trick an upstate man into confessing to the murder of his 4-month-old baby. In a unanimous decision, the court said the sheer volume of the deceptive techniques used by Troy police to obtain a confession from Adrian Thomas overwhelmed the defendant's free will and rendered his statement involuntary. The court suppressed the statement and granted the defendant a new trial....the Thomas case generated a plethora of amici in support of the defendant—the New York City Bar, American Psychological Association, Legal Aid Society and New York Law School Post Conviction Innocence Clinic all submitted briefs in support of Thomas."


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