IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, APRIL16, 2012
From the President: Samuel W. Seymour
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   

President's Letter
State of the City Bar


As I look back on my two-year term as President of the New York City Bar Association, I’m grateful to those who have made my tenure personally and professionally satisfying, namely the Association’s extraordinary membership, staff, and Executive Committee. The scope and scale of the work that gets accomplished at the City Bar, year in and year out, is truly remarkable.

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This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, APRIL 16
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
What Attorneys Need to Know to Successfully Navigate Green Construction & Leasing Issues for Their Clients


6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Event
The Daniel Ferrere Memorial Lecture: Building a Law Firm in South America’s Largest Economy



TUESDAY, APRIL 17
6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
Arbitrating Labor Cases Post 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
The Challenges of Regulatory Implementation Faced By Private Investment Funds & Their Managers


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Careers in Real Estate

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
New Proposals to Regulate Brady Disclosure: A Panel Discussion


THURSDAY, APRIL 19
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM,
Event/CLE
Managing by Influence to Build Loyalty – 2012 Professional Development Workshop Series


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


1 PM – 6:30 PM,
CLE
The 9th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions: New Approaches for the Economic Recovery (Register for Both Days) (Day 1 Only)


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Forty Years of Title IX: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in Schools


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Challenges Facing the U.S. Navy’s Legal Community



FRIDAY, APRIL 20
8:30 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
The 9th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions (Day 2 Only)


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
Speed Networking at the City Bar


Over 100 attorneys attended Thursday Night’s Lawyers Connect Speed Networking Event. Participants were paired for eight rounds of six-minute sessions, based on interest expressed in 17 practice areas. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, look for another evening of speed networking at the City Bar in the future.

Recent Committee Activity
Freedom of Information in Chile
The Committee on Communications and Media Law and the Vance Center for International Justice submitted an amicus brief in the Matter of the Constitutionality of Section 2 of Article 5 of the Access to Public Information Law to the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Chile. The case concerns a request under Chile’s freedom of information laws for access to certain e-mails sent to and from Chilean government e-mail addresses. This submission provides an overview of how U.S. freedom of information laws have been interpreted with regard to electronic communications, in the hope that it might be of assistance to the Constitutional Tribunal in its deliberations in this case. The brief notes that the purpose of the U.S. freedom of information laws is to promote the fundamental principle that citizens have a right to access their government’s public documents, while balancing the government’s ability to operate and privacy of governmental employees. Although there is variation in transparency laws across the fifty states and the U.S. federal government, there is a strong presumption in favor of disclosure and a clear trend in favor of public disclosure of government communications involving official business, whether or not those communications are in electronic or physical form and made to or from government computer systems.

City Bar in the News
Downtown Express, April 12, 2012

Plenty of Free Legal Help for V.C.F. Applicants
“Individuals who fell ill from 9/11 and are seeking financial compensation have plenty of free legal help they can count on. That was the message delivered at Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee meeting on Monday, where Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum discussed the assistance available to applicants who don't necessarily have private legal backing to fill out their V.C.F. applications…Since late last year, the V.C.F. has held three pro-bono legal clinics at metropolitan-area law schools and institutions. This week, the Fund is holding a three-day clinic at Cardozo Law School, and on Mon., May 7, the Fund will host a session at the New York City Bar Association. The attorneys and law school students that conduct the sessions help people fill out the necessary paperwork to apply for compensation.”

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