THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
THURSDAY, APRIL 10
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Ethics & Professionalism: Best Practices for Attorneys 2014


FRIDAY, APRIL 11
8:30 AM – 1 PM, CLE
Current Issues in Insurance Regulation 2014

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music


     AROUND THE BAR


On April 3rd, the City Bar presented its Association Medal for "exceptional contributions to the honor and standing of the bar in this community" to Hon. Leonard B. Sand, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. From left: Hon. Sidney H. Stein, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and Chair of the City Bar's Honors Committee; Hon. Leonard B. Sand; Carey R. Dunne, City Bar President; and Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. To read Judge Stein's remarks honoring Judge Sand, click here.



The Bernard Botein Medal, named in honor of the former Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division and former City Bar President, was presented on March 31st to First Judicial Department personnel "for outstanding contributions to the administration of the courts." From left: Debra L. Raskin, incoming City Bar President; award winners Jane Schreiber, Director of the Office of the Attorneys for Children; Andrew T. Williams, Matrimonial Court Officer; Tracy Pardo, Chief Clerk of Bronx Civil Court; George Cafasso, Chief Clerk of New York City Family Court; and Justin Barry, Chief Clerk of New York City Criminal Court. Far right: First Department Presiding Justice Luis A. Gonzalez.


Conductors Rebecca Patterson (L) and Kathryn Schneider (R) take a bow in front of the combined New York City Bar and Chicago Bar Association choruses at their first joint concert at the City Bar on March 28th. Photo by Bruce Rubenstein; for more photos, click here.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Capital Requirements
In a letter to the National Futures Association (NFA), the Committee on Futures and Derivatives provided comments on proposed changes with regard to the CPO/CTA capital requirement and customer protection measures ("the Notice"), on the question of the NFA's authority to impose a capital requirement on its commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) members. The Committee commented that while it supports the goal of protecting the assets and interests of customers of CPOs and CTAs, neither the Commodity Exchange Act nor the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's designation of the NFA as a registered futures association specifically confers authority on the NFA to create capital requirements for CPOs and CTAs. Therefore, the issues raised in the Notice should be initiated with Congress and the CFTC in the first instance, and the NFA should consider the issues of legal authority and legal process before undertaking any action pursuant to the Notice.

Western Sahara
For several years, the City Bar has been on record as supporting the expansion of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor or report on human rights violations both in the territory of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco and by the Polisario. Recent credible reports have found that Moroccan security forces continue to engage in torture, beatings and other mistreatment of detainees, particularly those accused of participating in pro-independence activities, in addition to other violations of human rights. There are also reports of violations of human rights in the Polisario-controlled camps. In light of these reports, the Committee on United Nations sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations urging that that the Secretary-General and members of the United Nations Security Council expand MINURSO's mandate to include monitoring and reporting of human rights violations.

    MEMBER MOVES & MILESTONES

Robert J. Brown has started his own practice, the Law Office of Robert J. Brown, PLLC. He was previously a Partner at Mendes & Mount LLP....Lisa E. Cleary has been named Co-Chair and Managing Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP....Steven B. Malech has been named Chair of Wiggin and Dana LLP’s Probate Litigation Practice.

Switching firms or made partner? Won an award? Send your news to MemberNews@nycbar.org; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street eNews or on the website.

    SEEKING LEGAL SERVICES AWARD NOMINATIONS

The New York City Bar Association is still accepting nominations for the 25th Annual Legal Services Awards. You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding lawyers and non-lawyers who have directly provided free legal services to indigent clients on a full-time basis. Letters of nomination should fully identify the nominee and describe why the nominee is deserving of the Award. Nominees should have provided these legal services for at least five years. The Association will honor the winners in June.

Please address nomination letters to the Legal Services Awards Committee, Executive Director's Office, New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036; fax (212) 398-6634. Nomination forms are available here. For more information, contact Weintana Abraha at (212) 382-6624 or wabraha@nycbar.org. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, April 11, 2014.

    HOST AN EVENT AT THE HOUSE OF THE ASSOCIATION

As a benefit of membership, the City Bar offers its members, along with their friends and family, the opportunity to rent space at the House of the Association on weekends. From cocktail parties to weddings, this beautiful and historic building is the ideal location for any reception or event. Working with Abigail Kirsch Catering, we offer guests a unique and cost-effective experience right here in the heart of Manhattan.


If you are interested, please contact Abigail Kirsch Catering at 212-696-4076 or chedin@abigailkirsch.com, or Nick Marricco at 212-382-6637 or nmarricco@nycbar.org. More information on the building and space rental is available here and here respectively.

    CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Law Journal, April 3, 2014
The N.Y. Uniform Commercial Code Comes of Age

"The 2010 UCC [Uniform Commercial Code] amendments have prompted New York legislators and commercial law experts alike to take a closer look at this unfortunate state of affairs. That focus has given rise to an effort to bring the New York statutes into the 21st century through an aptly (and somewhat ambitiously) piece of legislation entitled the Omnibus Uniform Commercial Code Modernization Act (the Modernization Act)....The Modernization Act has the full support of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws (the NYC Bar Committee), which has closely monitored, reviewed, analyzed and issued a number of reports and recommendations on proposed revisions to the UCC."


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