IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
2012-2013 New York State Budget
Committees Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, APRIL 10
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Copyright Basics for New Practitioners & Non-Specialists



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
Ethics & Professionalism for New Attorneys


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Everything You Wanted to Know About Becoming an Assistant United States Attorney but Were Afraid to Ask

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Brand “You”: Setting Yourself Apart with Personal Branding

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Discussion with William Gould, Author of Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil


THURSDAY, APRIL 12
12:30 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Family and Divorce Mediation: Expand Your Practice by Adding a Role as Consulting Attorney While Helping Clients Save Money


6 PM – 7:45 PM,
CLE
A Practical Guide to “Living Wills” Under Dodd-Frank For Financial Institutions & Those Who Advise Them


6 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Succession Rights & the Marriage Equality Act


6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Event
How to Find a Clerkship: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates


7 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Contemplative Lawyers Group: Mindfulness in Law Practice



FRIDAY, APRIL 13
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Selected Ethics Issues in Mediation & Settlement Negotiations

Around the Bar
City Bar Hosts 7th Annual Justice Center Gala


The 7th Annual City Bar Justice Center gala on April 4th honored BNY Mellon and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service. The Meeting Hall, Reception Area and adjacent rooms were filled to capacity with supporters, partners and friends of the Justice Center, as funds were raised to support the mission of providing legal representation and access to justice to those who cannot afford a lawyer.

2012-2013 New York State Budget
On March 30th, Governor Cuomo and the leaders of the Legislature announced passage of the 2012-2013 New York State budget. The City Bar supported a number of aspects of the budget, which are highlighted here.

Committees Seeking Members
The Chamber Music Committee is seeking new members for 2012-2013. Members of the Committee organize one recital per month at the House of the Association. All recitals are on Fridays and start at 6pm. We are looking for a new Treasurer, whose duties are to attend each recital and collect the monthly donations, and a new Social Media Administrator, who will work with the City Bar to set up and maintain a Facebook page with information about each recital. Please contact Shari Alexander at ChamberMusic@nycbar.org if you are interested.

The Senior Lawyers Committee welcomes applicants for membership. The Committee’s mission is to provide services for senior lawyers; conduct programs for assistance to and of interest to senior lawyers; consider and promote programs for the benefit of the bar, law schools, law students, and the community, utilizing the services and experience of senior lawyers, both on a volunteer or compensated basis; and to act as the voice of senior lawyers within the City Bar. Those interested in applying should email the Chair, Jerome Rosenberg, at jrresq@aol.com or the Secretary, Doris Keeley, at CF030900@aol.com.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, April 4, 2012

Litigation Funding for Firm Not Usury: Judge
“In a 2011 ethics opinion, the New York City Bar Association cautioned lawyers against entering into ‘unlawful’ funding arrangements, but stopped short of weighing in on whether non-recourse agreements were usurious per se. The opinion cited a 2005 Nassau County ruling, Echeverria v. Estate of Lindner, in which a judge found a non-recourse agreement with a plaintiff constituted a loan, and was therefore usurious.”


Thomson Reuters, April 2, 2012

New York Tests Solution for ‘Shadow’ Foreclosure Docket
“On March 28, the Unified Court System proposed the creation of a special calendar to identify inactive residential mortgage foreclosure actions that have been filed with county clerks, but never officially activated on the court docket. The proposal gives judges the power to schedule a settlement conference or take other action to move the cases forward…Steve Kayman, a Proskauer Rose attorney who chairs the New York City Bar Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosures, praised New York court administrators for their ‘proactive, outside-the-box’ proposal. ‘The court system is reaching out to these cases to try to ameliorate the hardships this shadow inventory is causing to homeowners and society at large,’ Kayman said. ‘We’re not going to deal with the shadow inventory as well as the regular inventory if we can’t get these cases resolved or moved along.’”


Bloomberg, March 30, 2012

SEC Weighs Sanctions for Lawyers Who Advise on Fraudulent Deals
“U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators are considering extending the reach of enforcement actions in cases involving complex financial transactions to lawyers who provided the legal advice on fraudulent deals, an agency official said…Mark Schonfeld, a former SEC attorney who is now a partner at law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP (1128L) in New York, said the agency’s willingness to litigate cases based solely on claims of negligence is ‘dangerous ground to start treading on as an enforcement agency.’ Schonfeld also spoke at the event, a conference on securities law enforcement sponsored by the New York City Bar Association.”

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