THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, MAY 19
9 AM – 5 PM, CLE
3rd Annual White Collar Crime Institute


TUESDAY, MAY 20
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Event
Committee on Women in the Profession: Women in IP Breakfast Series - IP "Trends" in Social Media

9 AM – 4:40 PM, CLE

Trademark Talk: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Trademark Law

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Annual Meeting of the Association

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE

Ethics for Litigators


WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
9 AM – 5 PM, CLE
16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Corporate & Litigation (Register for Both Days) (Day 1 Only)

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

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Who Are We to Judge?: LGBT Diversity in the New York Judiciary

6:30 PM – 9 PM, Event/CLE
"22 Lewd Chinese Women" – Trial Re-enactment


THURSDAY, MAY 22
8:30 AM – 10 AM, Event
Session 2: A Little Bit of Planning Maximizes Results – Smart Marketing Series

7 PM – 9 PM, Event
Mindfulness, Aikido and Conflict Resolution: An Interactive Workshop for Lawyers – Contemplative Lawyers Group

     AROUND THE BAR


On May 14th, former Bolivian President Carlos Mesa gave the Fourth Annual Daniel Ferrere Memorial Lecture on "Bolivia's Present and Future: Institutional, Economic and Foreign Investment Perspectives." Photo by Peter Doyle.

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     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY
Unfinished Business Doctrine

The Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization filed an amicus brief in the New York State Court of Appeals in Geron v. Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The brief seeks to address the question of whether under New York law a client matter that is billed on an hourly basis is the property of a law firm such that upon dissolution and in related bankruptcy proceedings, the law firm is entitled to the profit earned on such matters as the unfinished business of the firm. The brief argues the unfinished business doctrine should not apply to hourly fee matters and that applying the doctrine improperly treats the clients of a dissolving law firm as property of the firm, devalues the attorney-client relationship, and subordinates the interests of its clients to those of its creditors. The brief urges the Court to hold that the application of the unfinished business doctrine to hourly fee engagements is improper under New York law and public policy.


Fees for Dog Licenses

The Animal Law Committee presented testimony before the New York City Council with regard to A.2046/S.5048, which would allow New York City to set the amount of fees for dog licenses, allow for higher fees for unsterilized dogs, and set a fine for violating the license requirement. While the Committee supports the bill in the testimony, it recommended that the bill be amended to provide that the sole purpose of funds raised through licensing fees be animal shelter-related.

    CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

Democrat & Chronicle, May 15, 2014
Now the dead, and their finances, can rest in peace

"State court administrators recently adopted a new rule that limits public access to some filings in Surrogate Court, the court responsible for handling estate cases and proving wills valid so property can be passed to an heir....The rule, which took effect in late February, is being billed as an anti-identity theft measure. But it has gotten pushback from open records advocates who contend it runs the risk of violating the basic tenet that court information in New York should be accessible to the public. One argument, made by the New York City Bar's Committee on Communications and Media Law, was that the rule shifted the presumption of openness to one favoring sealing records."


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