12 PM – 1:45 PM, Event
Diversity Fellowship Program Annual Luncheon
(see full list of 2014 Fellows here)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Current State of Bail Practice in New York For Criminal Practitioners [registration closed]

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Turning Point Careers: Taking the Next Step

6:30 PM – 9 PM, Event
Veteran Affairs General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to Speak at the City Bar

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Event
Nuts and Bolts of Re-entry into the Legal Profession

6 PM – 8:05 PM, CLE

Current Legal Ethical Issues

6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event

Ending Revenge Porn: Privacy Protections and Legal Remedies

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Three Years Later: Yes, There Is A Will, But Is There A Way?

9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Lobbying 101: Having a Voice in New York City, Albany & Washington, D.C.

6 PM – 8 PM, Event
General Counsels Diversity and Inclusion Forum

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
An Introduction to the Probate Process & How to Avoid It

6:15 PM – 8 PM, Event
Halliburton: Argument, Policy, and What Might Happen Next?

8 AM – 9:30 AM, Event
How to be an Effective Leader In-House

9 AM – 4 PM, CLE
Negotiation Skills & Strategies for Everyday Bargaining

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Salsa & Cha-Cha at the City Bar – Lawyers Connect First Thursdays Series


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was the keynote speaker at the City Bar Center for CLE's 2nd Annual Institute on Not-for-Profit Law on April 24th.


Mark G. Peters, appointed as New York City's Commissioner of the Department of Investigation by Mayor Bill de Blasio, spoke at a meeting of the City Bar's Criminal Law Committee, joined by members of a number of other committees, on April 21st.

The Civil Court Committee was pleased to have two guest speakers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at its April 2014 meeting. Tom Pahl (left) and Evan White, from the CFPB's Office of Regulations, gave a detailed presentation on the Bureau's enforcement actions and rule making, among other efforts, related to consumer debt collection and debt repair. 


The New York City Bar Association's Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards, which will be presented at the 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, June 18th. The award recognizes the critical role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community. The award recipients embody the City Bar's Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, disability and marital and parental status. The 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award recipients are:

Michelle J. Anderson
, Dean, CUNY School of Law

Joseph M. Drayton
, Partner, Cooley LLP

Natalia Martín & Karla G. Sanchez
, Co-founders, “Cafecitos Network”


For more information about the winners, click here. Tickets to the Celebration Dinner may be purchased on the City Bar’s website. For further information please contact Clare Plunkett at (212) 382-6772 or

    LAW WEEK 2014

The City Bar's Legal Referral Service, together with the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program, is holding free legal information fairs in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens this week in observance of National Law Day, marking the 20th anniversary of City Bar participation. The annual events offer residents the opportunity to learn about their legal rights and discover whether they have a legal issue and when to consult with a lawyer. Lawyers will be available to provide basic information and advice on such issues as landlord/tenant disputes, immigration, discrimination, starting a small business, estate planning, small claims court, divorce and family law, and more.


Tuesday, April 29, 11 AM – 2 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall/Columbus Park, 360 Adams Street


Wednesday, April 30, 11 AM – 2 PM
Queens Civil Court, 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard


Thursday, May 1, 11 AM – 2 PM
New York County Civil Court, 111 Centre Street


Friday, May 2, 11 AM – 2 PM
Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse

For more information on Law Week or National Law Day activities, please contact Amanda Busch at 212-382-4716 or


As a benefit of membership, the City Bar offers its members, along with their friends and family, the opportunity to rent space at the House of the Association on weekends. From cocktail parties to weddings, this beautiful and historic building is the ideal location for any reception or event. Working with Abigail Kirsch Catering, we offer guests a unique and cost-effective experience right here in the heart of Manhattan.

If you are interested, please contact Abigail Kirsch Catering at 212-696-4076 or, or Nick Marricco at 212-382-6637 or More information on the building and space rental is available here and here respectively.


Washington Blade, April 24, 2014
U.S. groups file briefs in Colombia marriage case

"Two U.S. legal groups on Thursday filed briefs with Colombia’s high court that urge it to recognize two same-sex couples’ right to marry. The New York City Bar Association cites last year's U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 in a brief filed with the country's Constitutional Court on behalf of Luis Felipe Rodriguez Rodas and Edward Soto of Cali and Julio Albeyro Cantor Borbon and William Alberto Castro of Bogota who challenged Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez Maldonado’s efforts to nullify their unions. It also notes that no federal court has ruled in support of state gay nuptials bans since the landmark decisions."

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