IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Committee News: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
Seeking McDonald Award Nominations
Join a Committee
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, MARCH 4
6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Advancing at Your Firm – Career Management Tips for Junior Associates



TUESDAY, MARCH 5
8 AM – 9:45 AM,
Event
Morning Conversation for Women of Color: Should I Hang Out My Shingle? How to Make it Work Going Solo

6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Liberalism Undressed
Books at the Bar


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
International Judgment Enforcement: Recovering Hidden Assets



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
9 AM – 12:15 PM,
CLE
Estate Planning Basics – Law Review CLE


1:15 PM – 4:30 PM,
CLE
Everything You Ever wanted to Know About Litigating a Case in Probate Court – Law Review CLE


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
The Art of Schmoozing



THURSDAY, MARCH 7
8 AM – 9:45 AM,
Event
Legal Project Management: A New Model for Enhancing Profitability & Your Competitive Edge – Women Partners Workshop Series


6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
ERISA Litigation: A View From Both Sides of the Bar on Key Developments in 2013


7 PM
– 8:30 PM,
Event
Strengthening the International Legal Framework for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Opportunities and Gaps


FRIDAY, MARCH 8
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
Hot Topics in SEC Enforcement: Whistleblowing, Insider Trading, FCPA & More

Around the Bar
The Future of Marijuana Laws in the U.S.


In the wake of the recent marijuana legalization measures passed in Colorado and Washington, the Committee on Drugs & the Law presented a panel discussion called “U.S. Marijuana Laws: What Does the Future Hold?” last week. From left: Doug Greene, Advisor, Committee on Drugs & the Law; Co-founder, Cures not Wars; Member, Board of Directors and Legislative Director, Empire State NORML; Zarah Levin-Fragasso, Member, Committee on Drugs & the Law; Heather J. Haase, Chair, Committee on Drugs & the Law; Senior Counsel, Carlton Fields, P.A.; Legal Advisor, Harm Reduction Coalition; Susan Guercio, Member and former Chair (2009-2012), Committee on Drugs & the Law; Counsel, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Adam Scavone, Student Member and Committee Secretary, Committee on Drugs & the Law; Founder, Brooklyn Law School Students for Sensible Drug Policy; Director, New York Cannabis Alliance; Noah Potter, Member and former Chair (2006-2009), Committee on Drugs & the Law; Author, New Amsterdam Psychedelic Law Blog

Committee News
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
Kudos to the Domestic Violence Committee for its work in connection with the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act, which passed the House last week and will become law with President Obama’s anticipated signature. The reauthorized bill contains several provisions for which the Committee advocated, including protections for LGBT individuals and immigrants. The legislation ensures that VAWA will continue to be an important tool for lawyers in helping victims, including at our own City Bar Justice Center.

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 wabraha@nycbar.org. Nominations are due by March 15, 2013.

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.

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