MONDAY, JUNE 2
6 PM – 9 PM, CLETUESDAY, JUNE 3
Ethics In The Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Smart Phone, Tablet, Blog, Social Network
6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event
Plan Mediation in Bankruptcy
6 PM – 8 PM, EventWEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
Henry L. Stimson Medal Presentation
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
The Multi-State Trusts & Estates Practice: How Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey & Pennsylvania Laws Affect New York T&E Practitioners
8:40 AM – 5 PM, CLETHURSDAY, JUNE 5
4th Annual Law Firm CFO/CIO/COO Forum
6 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
International Law and Crisis in Ukraine: A Roundtable Discussion
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Art of Schmoozing
6 PM – 9 PM, CLEFRIDAY, JUNE 6
Current Developments in Commercial Division Practice
9 AM – 11:45 AM, CLEMONDAY, JUNE 9
Persuasion Skills for Women Attorneys
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Chamber Music Committee's Recital
On May 28th, Steve Banks (right), the newly appointed Human Resources Administration Commissioner and former Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, spoke at the City Bar about the future of HRA under Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration. Pictured with him is Pete Kempner, Chair of the City Bar's Social Welfare Law Committee.
City Bar Welcomes Report Finding Appointed Immigration Counsel
Would Pay for Itself
Ann Rappleye Joins City Bar as Director of Continuing Legal Education
|Federal Securities Fraud Class Actions
The Supreme Court's anticipated decision in Halliburton II will be a landmark event in the world of class action securities litigation. In its report, The Possible Impact of Hallibuton II on Securities Class Action Litigation, the Committee on Securities Litigation provides an overview of the issues before the Supreme Court in that case, followed by a concise explanation of the history and key concepts most relevant to the current debate, including the efficient capital markets hypothesis, the fraud-on-the-market presumption, and the legal landscape in which the Supreme Court recently granted certiorari. The report then seeks to identify and analyze the potential implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Halliburton II.
Settlement-Related Disclosure in the Commercial Division
In a joint report, the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and the Council on Judicial Administration expressed opposition to the Office of Court Administration's proposed amendment to 22 NYCRR § 202.70(g) (Commercial Division Rule 8(a)) as it relates to settlement-related disclosure. The proposed amendment would add settlement-related disclosure to the list of topics that counsel are required to discuss prior to the preliminary conference. The report notes that Commercial Division Rules already make clear that disclosure in aid of settlement is among the subjects about which the parties should consult in advance of the preliminary conference if either party believes that such disclosure might be appropriate or helpful. Requiring the parties to discuss this subject in advance of the preliminary conference, the report argues, will only serve to invite disputes, including disputes over issues such as whether a party violated the rule by simply refusing to have as thoroughgoing a discussion about settlement-related discovery as its adversary would have liked.
Assignment of Cases to the Commercial Division
The Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction expressed opposition to the Office of Court Administration's proposed amendment of 22 NYCRR § 202.70(d) (Rule of the Commercial Division) as it relates to the assignment of cases in the Commercial Division. The proposed amendment would require that, absent good cause shown, a party wishing to have a case assigned to the Commercial Division must file a Commercial Division RJI within 90 days of service of the Complaint. In the report, the Committee argues that, if the parties are content to conduct discovery without such involvement and do not have any issues that actually require judicial resolution, there is no reason to penalize them by making a Commercial Division assignment unavailable simply because they were able to proceed for some time without the aid of the courts.
Consumer Credit Cases
In a joint report, the Committees on Civil Court and Consumer Affairs expressed support for the Office of Court Administration's proposed reforms for consumer credit cases, which include: 1) adoption of statewide affidavit forms for use in seeking entry of default judgments; 2) expansion of notice requirements to defendants; and 3) adoption of pro se court forms currently used in New York City. Together, the report states, the proposed reforms will help ensure that plaintiffs meet the required evidentiary requirements for entry of default judgments and will facilitate the fair administration of justice in these cases by improving access to the courts for unrepresented defendants. In their comments, the Committees recommended several changes to make the proposed reforms more effective.
Instant Run-off Voting
In a joint report, the Committees on Election Law and New York City Affairs expressed support for A.7013-A/S.6862, which would implement instant run-off voting for the primaries for citywide office in New York City. The bill would allow voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference on their ballot during the primary. Under the legislation, if the candidate with the most votes garners less than 50% plus one vote of the votes, the two candidates with the most votes proceed to a second round of ballot-counting. In this second round, each ballot is counted as a vote for whichever of the two advancing candidates is ranked higher by that voter. The candidate with the most votes in the second round would be declared the winner of the run-off. This approach, the report argues, would save New York City considerable time, resources and money over conducting the run-off election now required by law if no candidate for citywide office receives 40% of the vote in the primary, while at the same time ensuring that the candidate ultimately elected in a primary has significant support from her/his party.
ERISA Fee Disclosure
New York Times, May 29, 2014
New York Law Journal, June 2, 2014
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