IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011
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 25
6 PM 8 PM, Event
The Egyptian Revolution and Its Implications for an Awakened Middle East: A Conversation


6 PM 9 PM, Event
End-of-Life: What You Should Know


6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Federal Litigation and Securities Regulation AFTER MORRISON: Current Developments & Transnational Strategies



TUESDAY, APRIL 26

8:30 AM 9:30 AM, Event
Women in IP Breakfast Series: Hot Topics in Privacy


9 AM 11 AM, CLE
Sovereign Immunity: Recent Developments and Global Perspectives


6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event
Reconciling Rights: Balancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Civil Rights with First Amendment Religious Protections


6 PM 9 PM, CLE
New York City's Efforts to Green Its Building & Energy Codes: What Lawyers & Real Estate Professionals Need to Know



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
8:30 AM 10:30 AM, CLE
Current Governance Issues in Coops and Condos

6 PM 8 PM, Event
Experience in Implementing the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities


6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues



THURSDAY, APRIL 28
8:30 AM 10:15 AM, Event
Implementing Project Management to Advance Your Career

12:30 PM 2 PM, Event
Family and Divorce Mediation: Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money


12:30 PM 7:30 PM, CLE
8th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions


6:30 PM 7:30 PM, Event
The Year of the Rabbit: Why Laws Make Rabbits the Unluckiest of Popular Pets


7 PM, Event

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Stop, Look, and Listen for Lawyers



FRIDAY, APRIL 29

8 AM 5 PM, CLE
8th Annual Institute on Tax Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions


9 AM 11 AM, Event

Rights and Responsibilities of Domestic Workers and Their Employers

Around the Bar
City Bar Hosts Special Meeting on Chinese Lawyers


Following the March 15th letter sent by the City Bar to China’s Ministry of Justice, concerned lawyers gathered in the Stimson Room on April 20th to discuss what further steps can be taken in response to the harsh treatment of lawyers in China. On the panel were Jerome A. Cohen of NYU Law School and the Council on Foreign Relations; moderator Stephen L. Kass, Chair of the Council on International Affairs; Scott Greathead of Wiggin & Dana and the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers; Hualing Fu, Professor of Law at Hong Kong University; and Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch.

Developing Tomorrow's Bar

On April 20th, more than 100 high school juniors and seniors met with career counselors from local law schools and HR Directors from law firms for the City Bar’s Pre-Employment Training. The students are all applicants for the City Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, which matches high-achieving inner-City public high school students with legal employers for the summer and provides additional programs to assist students in pursuing academic options and a possible legal career.

Recent Committee Activity
Access to Counsel for Guantanamo Detainees
The Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law drafted a letter, signed by City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour and sent to Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, criticizing the Protective Order and Procedures for Counsel Access to Detainees Subject to Military Commission Prosecution at the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Order and Procedures “so infringe on the attorney-client relationship as to make effective and zealous advocacy impossible,” states the letter, which urges that the Office of Chief Defense Counsel be involved in creating a revised order that “protects national security information in the context of fair and just military commission protections.”

National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape

The Committee on Corrections submitted comments to the Department of Justice on its proposed National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape, 28 C.F.R. Part 115. The comments urge the Department to reconsider certain aspects of its proposed National Standards. As drafted the proposed National Standards: 1) fall short of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission’s recommended standards; 2) fail to provide real protection to victims of custodial sexual violence and abuse; 3) apply only to jails and prisons, and not to persons in immigration detention; and 4) include no requirement for affirmative investigations of sexual abuse, relying instead on prisoner complaints.

City Bar in the News
New York Times, April 20, 2011

Missing in Action - by Linda Greenhouse
Last September, President Obama nominated a New York lawyer, Caitlin Halligan, to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit formerly occupied by John RobertsíK.So what could Republican senators possibly hold against her? Nothing, it turns out, except excellence and career potential.…A National Review blogger was reduced to accusing her of “left-wing extremism” for having been one of three dozen members of a committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York that issued a report in early 2004 critical of the Bush administrationíŽs Guantanamo Bay detention policies.…I turned to the conclusion on page 153 to see how exactly how extreme it was. Anyone who finds the concluding paragraphs to represent left-wing extremism has been living in a different universe: “The Constitution is not a ‘suicide pact,’ as a Supreme Court justice once famously declared. But neither is it a mere compact of convenience, to be enforced only in times of civic tranquility. It should take far more than the monstrous brutality of a handful of terrorists to drive us to abandon our core constitutional values. We can effectively combat terrorism in the United States without jettisoning the core due process principles that form the essence of the rule of law underlying our system of government.”

National Law Journal, April 18, 2011
The Ethical Implications of Outsourcing
Outsourcing has always been and will always be a contentious issue, but in the legal industry it also raises ethical questions – the answers to which are not altogether clear.…The formalistic standard draws the ethical line at where the outsourced work is performed and who performs it. For example, the New York City Bar concluded that it is unethical, absent a specific agreement with the client, to add a surcharge to some outsourced work because “[b]y definition, the non-lawyer performing legal support services overseas is not performing legal services.”


Time Out New York, April 22, 2011

Balancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights with First Amendment Religious Protections (Event Listing)
It might seem cut-and-dried that religion should have nothing to do with laws governing rights of LGBT people, but things are rarely simple in American law. Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D., moderates this forum sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Committee.

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