IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, APRIL 23
6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Visitation: Need, Wants, and Realities


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
You Don’t Practice Criminal Law & You Get That Midnight Phone Call…New York Criminal Practice 101


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
LGBT Rights as Human Rights: Recent Legal Developments in Africa



TUESDAY, APRIL 24
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM,
Event
Hot Topics in Patent Law – Women in IP Series


8:30 AM – 10 AM,
Event
Client-Centric Communications – Smart Marketing Series


9 AM – 10:30 AM,
Event
Job Search Networking and Interviewing


12 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Annual Luncheon of the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers


6 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Family Health Care Decisions Act and Surrogate Decision Making Under the Statute


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Domestic Trademark Clearance & Registration: Pointers & Pitfalls


7 PM – 9 PM,
Event
American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM,
Event
CPLR 3211(a)(1) and (a)(7) Dismissal Motions: Pitfalls and Pointers


6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Representing the Aging LGBT Population: Issues in Health Care & Housing

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
For International LL.M. Students and Attorneys: Navigating the US Legal Market and Planning Your Career

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Talent Night on the City Bar Stage


THURSDAY, APRIL 26
9 AM – 5:15 PM,
CLE
Talk Your Way to the Top of the Profession! Public Speaking for Lawyers


6 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children



FRIDAY, APRIL 27
8:30 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
22nd Annual Current Issues in Insurance Regulation 2012

Around the Bar
Across the Legal Pond


On April 16th, the City Bar welcomed delegates from the Bar Council of England and Wales, and the two organizations discussed several areas of mutual interest. The meeting was co-hosted by City Bar President Sam Seymour and Bar Council Chairman Michael Todd QC.

Recent Committee Activity
Mandatory Mediation for Employment Discrimination Cases
The Committee on Labor and Employment Law sent a letter to the Southern District of New York expressing its thoughts and experiences with the Southern District of New York's mandatory mediation program for employment cases. The program provides that all employment discrimination cases, other than cases involving violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, will automatically be referred to mediation. Among the issues raised in the letter are that under the program it can take over a month for a mediator to be assigned a case, there are too few offices for the number of mediations that are being conducted, and non-employment law practitioners are often assigned to mediate employment law cases.

City Bar in the News
United States Department of Justice Blog, April 18, 2012

New York-Area Law School Clinics Assist Individuals Filing Claims under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
“To ensure that the claim-filing process was accessible, transparent, and easy to navigate, the VCF established a streamlined online filing system and encouraged claimants to register and submit their claims electronically…But the administrators of the VCF and the Department’s Access to Justice Initiative (ATJ) knew some potential claimants might not have easy access to computers or might be uncomfortable with technology. Those claimants, as well as people who were not proficient in English, could benefit from direct assistance, so the VCF and ATJ reached out to the New York public interest legal community. Building on the success of the work of Lynn Kelly of the City Bar Justice Center establishing clinics for VCF claimants staffed by volunteer attorneys, David Udell of the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School (NCAJ), suggested that law students might also be able provide similar assistance.”


Newsday, April 16, 2012

Aid Offered for 9/11 Health Claims Process
“Metropolitan area law schools and the City Bar Justice Center are offering free clinics to help people with health issues from the Sept. 11 attacks file federal compensation claims. So far, the Justice Center has helped 94 clients at three clinics since last fall, executive director Lynn Kelly said Friday. The service offers a one-hour free consultation with a lawyer about eligibility for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and a “road map” for how to apply. Those using the service, Kelly said, include many cleanup workers and small business employees who worked near Ground Zero. Many asked how to prove they were there. “The clinics…[are meant] to help people puzzle through how they will prove their eligibility,” Kelly said. The VCF reopened last year after Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, expanding the scope of the original fund. The next clinic is May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New York City Bar Association.”


Daily Mail (London), April 14, 2012

Miriam Clegg Paid £400 an Hour by Mining Giant Accused of Trampling on Rights of Saharan Tribesmen
“The company [OCP] is at the centre of international controversy over the treatment of the Sahrawi nomadic tribesmen of the Sahara. Morocco, which runs the mining firm, annexed Western Sahara, where the tribesmen live, in 1975, enabling it to seize the world’s biggest phosphate reserves worth billions of pounds. It embarked on a ruthless campaign of forced removals of Sahrawis to refugee camps and Moroccans were brought in to run the mines. The United Nations has called for the ‘illegal occupation’ of Western Sahara to end and demanded the Sahrawis are given a vote on independence. Morocco has failed to comply with both requests…Morocco is also at risk of losing a valuable EU deal on fishing rights off the Western Sahara coastline as a result of the human rights row. The EU cannot agree whether to insert a line in the agreement calling on Morocco to respect human rights in the region. A report by the New York City Bar Association said Morocco should be banned from getting EU money for fishing rights without giving some of it to the Sahrawis.”

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