IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Committee Seeking Award Nominations
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, APRIL 29

1 PM – 3:45 PM,
CLE
Drafting Confidentiality Provisions & Non-Disclosure Agreements (Co-sponsored
with ALI-CLE)


6 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Training for Volunteers to Provide Basic Consumer Debt Collection Legal Advice


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Whither India?



TUESDAY, APRIL 30
12 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Diversity Fellowship Program Annual Luncheon


6 PM – 8:05 PM,
CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues - Professor Stephen Gillers


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Sockpuppets, Astroturf, and Flogs: Deceptive New Media Practices


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Recent En Banc Federal Circuit Cases: Clearer Law or Confusion?



THURSDAY, MAY 2
8:30 AM – 10 AM,
Event
What is Defensible when the Technology Keeps Changing? Current Topics in eDiscovery

6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Consumer Fraud: What to Look Out for and How to Protect Yourself
Law Week Public Forum


6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
Securities Litigation: Updates on Developments Post-Morrison



FRIDAY, MAY 3
9 AM – 1 PM,
CLE
Sweepstakes, Promotions, & Marketing Laws: Comprehension & Compliance

Around the Bar
Beyond the Battlefield


A commercial model drone was on display on April 24th as a discussion called “Beyond the Battlefield: The Development of Drones for Civil Applications” explored the legal issues surrounding the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into civilian life.

Recent Committee Activity
Western Sahara
The Committee on the United Nations sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary General urging that the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) be expanded to include the monitoring and reporting of human rights violations both in the territory of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco and the refugee camps at Tindouf governed by the Polisario. The letter follows up on a letter sent in 2010, which notes that only through the reporting of a reputable neutral party with a daily presence in these locations would the United Nations and the international community be able to receive information that was complete and credible. The letter also states that reporting on such issues is standard practice in United Nations peacekeeping missions and there is no justification for eliminating this function from MINURSO’s mandate.

Human Rights in Northern Ireland

In a letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, the Committee on International Human Rights urges that the U.K. government reconsider its decision to end its investigation into the killing of Patrick Finucane, a prominent Northern Ireland civil rights lawyer. The letter notes that the review by the U.K. government followed a disappointing method of investigation and fails as an effective public investigation by an independent official body. The review, among other problems, lacked the power to compel testimony; relied on evidence presented by only 11 people, without opportunity for cross-examination; and provided no means for the family or members of the public to see the documents examined or challenge their contents.

Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards
The Capital Punishment Committee is seeking nominations for the Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards. The Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award will be given to a practitioner in New York who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime commitment to capital defense work, whether as counsel for a capital defendant or as an advocate for reform. The Pro Bono Award will be given to a practitioner, team of practitioners, or law firm in New York that has made a substantial contribution to representing one or more death-row inmates or to the abolition of the death penalty within our criminal justice system on a pro bono basis.

Letters of nomination should be submitted to John Howley by email on or before May 17, 2013. The letter should include the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of the nominee and nominator. It should also state whether the nominee is being proposed for the Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award or Pro Bono Award, and provide a detailed description of the basis for the nomination.

Recipients of the award will be announced at the annual habeas corpus training program hosted by the New York City Bar Association on July 15, 2013.

Click here for additional information.

City Bar in the News
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 24, 2013

City Bar: A Dynamic Leader Steps Down
The Editor interviews Barbara Berger Opotowsky, Executive Director, New York City Bar Association ( “City Bar”).
Editor:
Barbara, it is hard to believe that you are retiring. Tell us about your career at the City Bar. Opotowsky: I don't think of it as retiring. I'm just starting a new chapter, and we will see where that leads. As you know, since you have been involved for many years, the City Bar is an extraordinary institution, and it has been a privilege to serve here. It speaks out whenever and wherever in the world something of interest to lawyers happens. Those leaders whom we attract and who speak on behalf of City Bar are incredibly knowledgeable and have the highest values. To be a part of that group has been a very meaningful and challenging experience, especially since the world has changed so dramatically in the 15 years I have been here.”

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