IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Special Website Notice for City Bar Members
Recent Committee Activity
New Member Benefit
City Bar in the News
   

This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JUNE 3

6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
Ethics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Smart Phone, Tablet, Blog, Social Network…



TUESDAY, JUNE 4
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2013: “The” Program for Attorneys, Experts, Arbitrators & Mediators


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Henry L. Stimson Medal Presentation


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Current Developments in Copyright Law 2013


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Roles for Lawyers at Law Schools and Universities



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
12:15 PM – 2:15 PM,
Event
2013 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Luncheon

5:15 PM – 7 PM,
Event
Public Service for Experienced Attorneys: Finding and Making the Most of Volunteer Opportunities






THURSDAY, JUNE 6
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM,
Event
Necessary Elements for an LLC Operating Agreement: Protecting Minority Interest Members and Majority Interest/Manager Members


9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
Third Annual Law Firm CFO/CIO/COO Forum


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
An Evening with the New York City Mayoral Candidates
[‘Sold out.’ Only those who have pre-registered may attend.]



FRIDAY, JUNE 7
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
“Marriage Equality” – The 2nd Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments

6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music



MONDAY, JUNE 10
9 AM – 5:15 PM,
CLE
Talk Your Way to the Top of the Profession! Public Speaking for Lawyers

Around the Bar

On behalf of the New York LawHelp Consortium, LawHelpNY Project Director Leah Margulies (center) accepted a New York Bar Foundation Superstorm Sandy Grant presented by Christine Cioffi, President of the New York Bar Foundation, and Seymour W. James Jr., President of the New York State Bar Association. The Certificate accompanying the grant states, “In recognition of valuable contributions to facilitating the delivery of legal services in the community during a time of disaster.”




James J. Benjamin, Jr., Chair of the City Bar’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, moderated a May 28th panel called “Targeted Killings Away From a ‘hot’ Battlefield: Exploring the Legal Issues.”

Special Website Notice for City Bar Members
Through tomorrow, June 4, the New York City Bar Association will be upgrading our member database. During this time, members and customers will not be able to:
• Log into or access the members-only portion of the website
• Pay dues or join the Association online
• Access the remote library of forms and other material
• View the CLE Calendar
• Register online for a CLE program

To pay dues, or to join the Association, please contact the membership department at 212.382.6665 or membershipservices@nycbar.org. To register for a CLE program, please call 212.382.6663 or email cleprograms@nycbar.org. The Event Calendar and registration for Events will still be available online.

Upon completion of the upgrade, the major change you will see is that when registering for an event, you will be asked to sign in. If you are currently a member and/or have an account, you simply have to provide your User Name and password. If you do not have User Name/Password, you can easily create an account online. This information will allow us to serve you better and provide you with information that is most appropriate.

If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Membership Department at 212.382.6665 or membershipservices@nycbar.org. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this upgrade.

Recent Committee Activity
Pro Bono Reporting Requirement
The Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services wrote to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman commenting on the revisions to the lawyers’ biennial registration form, which require lawyers to disclose the number of pro bono hours they have provided in legal services to the poor, and total contributions made to legal services organizations serving the poor, during the reporting period. Though the Committee enthusiastically supports the adoption of these revisions, it is troubled that qualifying pro bono service is defined as “unpaid pro bono legal services to the underserved and to the poor.” This definition excludes legal services provided to nonprofit organizations that offer non-legal assistance to poor people or communities. The letter urges that the Office of Court Administration instead adopt the definition of pro bono legal services provided in Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct which is inclusive of “professional services to charitable, religious, civic and educational organizations in matters designed predominantly to address the needs of poor persons.”

Lawyer’s Duty with Regard to False Evidence
Formal Ethics Opinion 2013-2 issued by the Committee on Professional Ethics raises the question of what the duties of a lawyer are if a lawyer, a lawyer’s client, or a witness called by the lawyer offers material, false evidence in a proceeding before a tribunal, and the lawyer comes to know of the falsity after the proceeding has ended. The opinion concludes that a lawyers is obligated, under Rule 3.3(a)(3), to take “reasonable remedial measures,” which includes disclosing the false evidence to the tribunal to which the evidence was presented as long as it is still possible to reopen the proceeding based on this disclosure, or disclosing the false evidence to opposing counsel where another tribunal could amend, modify or vacate the prior judgment.

Rules Governing the Use of Isolated Confinement
In a joint letter to the New York City Board of Corrections (the “Board”), the Committees on Corrections and Community Reentry and International Human Rights urge that the Board initiate rulemaking in connection with a petition submitted to the Board, which calls for the adoption of rules governing the use of isolated confinement. Specifically the petition requests that the Board add a Chapter 5 to its Minimum Standards entitled “Isolated Confinement Minimum Standards.” As the use of isolated confinement increases in New York City’s correctional facilities, the letter argues, the acute need for some standards that govern this growing proportion of the prison population is more and more evident.

New Member Benefit
Point to Point Solution is one of the primary IT providers for lawyers and law firms in New York City. Point to Point Solutions is devoted to providing companies with dependable Managed IT Services at a predictable cost. Point to Point Solution (PTPS) is pleased to provide NYC BAR members with exclusive access to discounts on products and services. We know technology is the platform where your business runs and grows.

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City Bar in the News
New York Times, May 31, 2013

SAC Case Tests a Classic Dilemma
“Although they collectively are better off if neither cooperates, their individual self-interest dictates cooperation. That may be one reason that, when it comes to white-collar crime, ‘the overwhelming majority of people tend to cooperate, in my experience,’ said John F. Savarese, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and chairman of the New York City Bar Association's White Collar Criminal Law Committee. That’s certainly been the case in the current insider trading scandal. Of the 73 defendants who pleaded guilty or were convicted since 2009, only 10 have taken their cases to trial.”

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