IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Committee Seeking Members
Statement of City Bar President on Ethics Agreement
City Bar in the News
   

This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JUNE 6

9 AM 6:30 PM, CLE
The First Annual Law Firm CFO/CIO Forum


6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Back to Basics: Real Estate Valuation Principles for the Legal Professional



TUESDAY, JUNE 7
9 AM 12:30 PM, CLE
6th Annual Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues


12:30 PM, Event
Lunch with a Judge: Hon. Joan Madden


6 PM, Event
Henry L. Stimson Medal Presentation


6:30 PM 8 PM, Event
Patents Committee Roundtable



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
9 AM 12 PM, CLE
Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2011: The Program for Attorneys, In-House Counsel, Experts, Arbitrators & Mediators


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Legal Career Planning: Thinking Outside the Box



THURSDAY, JUNE 9
8:30 AM 12:30 AM, CLE
Current Issues in D&O Liability and Insurance 2011

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event
Workshop III: Rainmaking - Women of Color Workshop Series



FRIDAY, JUNE 10

9 AM 5:30 PM, CLE
Futures & Derivatives 2011: Impact of New Legislative & Regulatory Reforms

Around the Bar
Kickoff to Summer

On June 2nd, the City Bar Lawyers Connect/First Thursdays program celebrated the start of summer with a reception. See more photos here.

Recent Committee Activity
Reforming New York's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
In a letter to the New York State Attorney General, the Committee on Non-Profit Organizations noted that there is urgent need to reform the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of New York (N-PCL), as many nonprofit organizations are now choosing to incorporate outside of New York rather than be governed by New York’s outdated law. The Committee offered to assist in the development of proposals and recommendations for reform. While supporting “the virtues of a re-write of the N-PCL,” the Committee alternatively offered amendments to specific provisions of the current law pending any total revision.

Microstamping Ammunition
The Committee on Criminal Justice Operations issued a report expressing support for the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2011, which would require semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in New York State on or after January 1, 2013, be capable of microstamping ammunition. Microstamping is a revolutionary forensic technology that produces an identifiable alpha-numeric and geometric code onto the rear of the cartridge casing each time a semiautomatic pistol is fired. The proposed legislation would require that such a code be made to appear on at least two locations of each expended cartridge case, and that such code identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol. Such ballistic identification markings, the report argues, will aid law enforcement officials in their investigations of homicides and other gun-related crimes.

Committee Seeking Members
The Domestic Violence Committee addresses ongoing issues relating to domestic and gender-based violence in New York, through policy advocacy, amicus work, and attorney and public education. To apply, please contact the Chair, Sandra Park, at spark@aclu.org.

Statement of City Bar President on Ethics Agreement
The New York City Bar Association is pleased to support the agreement on ethics reform announced today [June 3]. The current framework for financial disclosure and enforcement of New Yorkˇ¦s ethics laws are in great need of repair, and New Yorkers have a right to be outraged by the continuing series of transgressions and scandals involving elected and other officials. The agreement makes great strides toward providing the transparency and accountability that the public is entitled to. We are particularly pleased that the legislation for the first time will require disclosure of legislatorsˇ¦ clients, something we have argued is both necessary and fully in keeping with ethical responsibilities. While we would have preferred a still broader disclosure regime, this approach will provide meaningful information with which the public can examine legislatorsˇ¦ outside activities in relation to what their responsibilities are to the people of this State.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, June 6, 2011
Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree on Ethics Reform
Legislators who are attorneys will have to disclose their legal clients and those of their firms if those clients are doing business with the state, are involved in proceedings before state agencies or are seeking to get legislation passed under an agreement on ethics reforms announced Friday by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders.…In a separate statement, the president of the New York City Bar, Samuel W. Seymour of Sullivan & Cromwell, also said he favored the ethics agreement. “We are particularly pleased that the legislation for the first time will require disclosure of legislators’ clients, something we have argued is both necessary and fully in keeping with ethical responsibilities,” he said. “While we would have preferred a still broader disclosure regime, this approach will provide meaningful information with which the public can examine legislators’ outside activities in relation to what their responsibilities are to the people of this state.” A spokesman for the city bar said the group favored the disclosure of all clients of legislators or their firms, even those who have no dealings with the state.


Reuters, June 3, 2011
Ethics Deal to Shed Light on Lawmakers’ Legal Clients
A groundbreaking proposal to fight corruption in Albany would require extensive new disclosures from law firms and lawmakers whose clients seek to do business with New York’s state government.…Under current law, lawmakers who also serve as consultants have been required to turn over certain information about their clients and outside income. But the disclosure rules have never extended to the approximately 17 percent of Albany lawmakers who also work as lawyers, according to a recent task force report from the New York City Bar Association.…Samuel Seymour, the president of the New York City Bar Association, said his group would have preferred an even more extensive disclosure regime but felt generally that “this approach will provide meaningful information with which the public can examine legislators’ outside activities in relation to what their responsibilities are to the people of this state.”

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 31, 2011
New York City Bar Association Announces 2011 Kathryn A. McDonald Award Winners
The New York City Bar Association announced the winners of this year’s Kathryn A. McDonald Awards, which are presented annually for excellence in service to the Family Court. This year's honorees, Melissa Beck and Virginia Gippetti, are individuals who have dedicated their abilities and leadership skills throughout their careers to the family court and the population it serves. Ms. Beck is the chief executive officer for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT). Ms. Gippetti currently serves as the director of data analysis for the New York City Family Court.

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