This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Ruling in Karen Atala v. Chile
Employers Needed: Thurgood Marshall Internship Program
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
This Week at the City Bar
5 PM – 7 PM,
Botein Awards

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Careers in ADR

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM,
IP in Bankruptcy: What to Expect and How to Protect Your Client

8:30 AM – 10 AM,
Growing Your Practice by Creating the Client-Centric Firm: Understanding the Whole Client

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Aviation Basics for the Non-Aviation Lawyer

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Careers in Technology Law: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Assisting the Aged: Careers for Attorneys in Elder Law

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM,
Nuts and Bolts of Re-entry

9 AM – 11:45 AM,
How to Draft & Use Indemnification Provisions to Protect Your Client’s Interests

1 PM – 3:45 PM,
Drafting Confidentiality Provisions & Non-Disclosure Agreements

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM,
Expanding the Pipeline to the Legal Profession for Diverse College Students & Recent Graduates

6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Vacating Prostitution-Related Convictions for Victims of Sex Trafficking

9 AM – 5 PM,
Hot Topics in SEC Enforcement: Investigations in a Time of Turmoil

7 PM – 10 PM,
The Life and Times of the Mighty Mini Mary Jo White – A Musical

Around the Bar
Doing Something About Human Trafficking

Suzanne Tomatore, Director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project and Co-Chair of the Freedom Network USA, opened the latter’s 10th Annual Conference on March 21st. The two-day conference featured presentations and workshops by experts on human trafficking issues for advocates, legal representatives, social service providers, government officials, prosecutors and law enforcement officers. The conference was co-sponsored by the City Bar Justice Center.

Ruling in Karen Atala v. Chile
The government of Chile must pay damages to a judge who was denied custody of her children because she is a lesbian, ruled the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in a case in which the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice coordinated the drafting and submission of an amicus curiae brief signed by the New York City Bar Association and over a dozen other organizations.

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2012 Thurgood Marshall Internship Program Seeking Employers
Employers are needed for the New York City Bar Association’s 2012 Thurgood Marshall Summer Internship Program, which places high achieving inner-city high school students in legal internships for the summer. Any employer interested in joining the program should contact Gabrielle Brown at 212-382-6713 or by e-mail. More information about the program, along with the 2012 Employer Registration Form, is available here.

Recent Committee Activity
Home Mortgage Bridge Loan Assistance

The Committee on Banking Law issued a report urging the adoption of the Home Mortgage Bridge Loan Assistance Act of 2012. The purpose of the Act, which the Committee has drafted, is to institute a program that will provide temporary and repayable financial assistance, through bridge loans, to homeowners experiencing temporary difficulty in paying their mortgage loans through no fault of their own. Empirical evidence reveals that many temporarily troubled mortgage borrowers prove able to retain their homes and pay off their mortgages in full, without a loan agreement modification, when offered bridge loan assistance. The proposal draws from the experience of a similar program in Pennsylvania, and includes an analysis of the annual value of loans for such a program in New York.

Violent Felony Offenders

The Committees on Criminal Courts and Corrections and Community Reentry issued a joint report opposing A.9019/S.3645-C (“Brittney’s Law”), which would create a registry for all violent felony offenders in New York State. The report opposes the proposed legislation for the following reasons: 1) the State will likely be subject to extensive and costly litigation to ensure that the constitutional rights of offenders are protected; 2) there is no empirical data that shows the legislation will be effective in deterring violent crime; 3) requiring immediate inclusion of 30,000 offenders, with an additional 8,000 to be added, could tax an already overburdened criminal justice system; and 4) the bill is extremely broad, the broadest in the country, and will dilute its effectiveness and waste law enforcement resources.

Practices at Grooming Facilities

The Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals issued a report in support of A.7502-B/S.5702-A, which would ban the use of a cage or box dryer that contains a heating element, if the heating element is turned on for the purpose of drying or aiding in the drying of companion animals. The use of a cage or box dryer that emits heat to assist in the drying of companion animals is inherently dangerous and, in many instances, has resulted in serious injury to and the death of such animals. The report notes that the legislation should be modified slightly to require that the use of such cage or box dryers be prohibited, rather than merely turned off, to avoid the chance that the heating element be inadvertently turned on.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, March 21, 2012

In an article for Thomson Reuters entitled DA Backs Tougher Domestic Violence Legislation, Dan Wiessner wrote, “Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday renewed his call for state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it a felony to commit multiple domestic violence offenses. Currently, offenders may only be charged with misdemeanors if they do not cause serious injury or death to a victim, regardless of the number of prior convictions. The proposal would create the felony crime of aggravated domestic violence for people convicted of at least two offenses in any five-year period…The New York City Bar Association this month released a memo in support of the bill, writing that ‘the felony level charge…will allow law enforcement to hold offenders responsible for repeatedly committing these offenses and possibly prevent further abuse.’”

WNYC, March 16, 2012

In an article for WNYC entitled Free Legal Help Offered to 9/11 Victims Seeking Compensation, Fred Mogul wrote, “People suffering from certain World Trade Center-related health conditions can get free legal help to apply for financial support. The free help from City Bar Justice Center in Manhattan, which held a one-day clinic this week and will host another one in May, is in contrast to a bevy of law firms which are hoping to win contingency fees representing people with World Trade Center health problems…‘Some of the questions we’ve been getting are things like: “My employer’s no longer in business; how can I show I worked there?” “I no longer have my W-2’s; how can I prove I was really employed in the cleanup effort?”’ said Lynn Kelly, executive director of the City Bar Justice Center. ‘All those things are really evidence questions, and lawyers are good at figuring out ways to establish proof.’ About 150 people attended this session and two earlier ones offered by the Justice Center.”

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