Monday, March 14, 2011
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
From the 44th Street Blog
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
Member Benefit Announcement
This Week at the City Bar
6 PM 8:30 PM, CLE
Enforcing Money & Other Judgments in Matrimonial Cases

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Using Your Law Degree for Something Other than Practicing Law: Exploring Non-Legal Roles Within Law Firms

12:30 PM 1:30 PM, Event
Career Search Group

6 PM, Event
Intelligent Interviewing: Telling Your Story, Selling Yourself

6 PM 8 PM, Event
Representation of Undocumented Children

6 PM 8 PM, CLE
Making Your Case: The Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Employment Litigation

9 AM – 11:45 AM, CLE
Real World Document Drafting®: Drafting Indemnification & Hold Harmless Provisions (Co-Sponsored with ALI-ABA)

12:30 PM 2 PM, Event
Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm

1 PM 3:45 PM, CLE
Real World Document Drafting®: Drafting Confidentiality Provisions & Non-Disclosure Agreements (Co-Sponsored with ALI-ABA)


9 AM 12:30 PM, CLE
Privacy & Data Security Law: Cloud Computing, Security Breaches & More

Around The Bar
City Bar Law School Tour Continues

City Bar President Sam Seymour spoke with Hofstra Law students on March 9th on the importance of increasing law student and young lawyer membership in the Association. View more
photos here.

From the 44th Street Blog
City Bar Accepting Nominations for 22nd Annual Legal Services Awards
The New York City Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 22nd Annual Legal Services Awards. The award is designed to recognize the efforts of lawyers and non-lawyers who have, for an extended period during their career, devoted themselves to the provision of free civil legal services on a full-time basis to indigent persons. Read more here.

Recent Committee Activity
Generation Skipping Transfer Tax

The Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts Committee and the Estate and Gift Taxation Committee issued a joint report in support of suggested modifications to Section 2-1.13 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (“EPTL”). Section 2-1.13 was enacted in 2010 in response to the repeal of the federal estate tax for decedents dying in 2010 and the repeal of the generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax in 2010. However, the report notes, with the passage The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 additional modifications to Section 2-1.13 are necessary to effect consistency.

The Independence of the Venezuelan Judiciary
The Committee on International Human Rights filed an amicus brief in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Mercedes Chocrón Chocrón v. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The brief urges the court to reinforce the rule of law and the independence of the Venezuelan judiciary by declaring that Venezuela may not deprive judges, including temporary and provisional judges, of the right to due process guarantees and judicial protection by summarily removing them from their posts without prior notice or a fair hearing, just cause, and the right to seek effective recourse from an impartial and independent tribunal previously established by law. The brief argues that the Court should grant the application of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to find Venezuela responsible for violations of Articles 8 and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights and to order Venezuela to provide the relief requested.

City Bar in the News
Latin Lawyer, March 10, 2011
Women's Lawyer Organisation Launches in Chile
A group of women lawyers in Chile have set up an organisation that seeks to promote the
rights of women lawyers and their participation in the workplace, and the wider world….The association, which includes lawyers from firms such as Claro y Cia and Eyzaguirre y Cia, will be officially inaugurated on the 6th of April at the Latin Lawyer-sponsored Women and Law Firms event in Santiago, which is being organised by the New York City Bar Vance Center and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Chile’s law department.

New York Law Journal, March 8, 2011
Katzmann Awarded for Steps to Improve Process for Aliens
Judge Katzmann launched his challenge to bring attorneys on board to solve this problem during a 2007 speech at the New York City Bar, “The Legal Profession and the Unmet Needs of the Immigrant Poor.” In his speech, he noted that the Second Circuit’s caseload had virtually doubled as a consequence of immigration appeals, with the court at that time handling between 32 to 48 immigration cases per week. Put another way, the circuit received about 21 percent of the more than 12,000 petitions for review filed each year nationwide. In his lecture he cited a study undertaken by several experienced immigration attorneys that found that 10 law offices, most with just one attorney, had nearly 35 percent of the petitions for review pending in the Second Circuit on April 21, 2005, and that the total for top 20 offices was 46.5 percent. The study noted that several of these solo practitioners each had more than 100 cases pending for review.

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