FROM THE PRESIDENT: CAREY R. DUNNE

Beyond November: The City Bar and a New Mayor


Last June, I wrote about the New York City Bar Association’s extensive policy recommendations for New York City’s mayoral candidates leading up to the election in November. Based on the collaborative effort of over two dozen City Bar committees, we issued a 95-page report from the perspectives of lawyers who work daily on issues vital to the City's welfare.  In that June column, I stated my aspirations for this report: "We hope it will inform the public dialogue as the campaign continues between now and November." Now that we are nearing the one-year anniversary of our report’s release, I would like to update you on our continuing efforts. Read more.

     THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
8:30 AM – 10 AM, Event
Smart Marketing Series (Session 1): Niche Marketing: What It Is. Why It Works


THURSDAY, APRIL 17
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM, CLE/Event
Implementing Project Management to Advance Your Career

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Trusts Created by Corporations and Partnerships: Something You May Not Have Considered but Need to Know – The Mortimer H. Hess Lecture

6:30 PM, Event

The International Criminal Court & Africa: Legitimate Concerns? Selective Justice? Impunity and the Way Forward

7 PM – 9 PM, Event

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Mindfulness in Law Practice


     AROUND THE BAR


On April 9th, the ninth annual City Bar Justice Center gala raised a record $1.3 million as it honored UBS and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for their commitment to pro bono and public service. From left: Bret I. Parker, Executive Director, New York City Bar Association; Mei Lin Kwan-Gett, Chair, City Bar Fund Board; Brent Taylor, Acting Americas General Counsel and Wealth Management Americas General Counsel, UBS; Jonathan M. Moses, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center; Carey R. Dunne, President, New York City Bar Association. Photo by Rick Kopstein.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Letters of Engagement Should Include ADR Options
The Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution submitted a proposal to New York State Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti recommending that Part 1215 of Title 22 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York be amended to require that attorney engagement letters inform clients about the information on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options and programs available on the New York State Unified Court System's website. The proposal is intended to promote knowledge of ADR options and ensure clients are informed about these alternatives. According to the committee, mediation and alternative dispute resolution programs benefit both the court system and potential or actual litigants and under the right circumstances ADR programs are appropriate tools to help address a huge volume and wide panoply of disputes in the judicial system.


    CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

Connecticut Law Tribune, April 9, 2014
Editorial: Time To Serve Clients Of Modest Means

"Much has been written about the simultaneous shortage of employment opportunities for lawyers and affordable legal services for persons of moderate means. Less has been said about the opportunities that this market situation might provide for addressing both of those problems. A recent report by the New York City Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession, entitled 'Developing Legal Careers and Delivering Justice in the 21st Century,' notes 'the irony that, at a time of widespread hand-wringing about the supposed "oversupply" of lawyers in our profession, and at a time when law-graduate unemployment is at an all-time high, tens of millions of Americans in all areas of the country have important unmet legal needs.'"

 

Westfair Online (Westchester Business Journal), April 7, 2014
New York lobbyists saw record earnings in 2013

"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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