THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, JUNE 9
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Representing Clients in Federal & State Criminal Tax Investigations: Defense Strategies & Prosecution Initiatives Every Attorney Needs to Know

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
A Special Screening of the Award-Winning Short Film Le Refuge and Q&A with Filmmakers and Cast


TUESDAY, JUNE 10

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE
Current Governance Issues in Coops & Condos

9 AM – 11 AM, Event

Intensive Resume Workshop

1 PM – 5 PM, CLE

Hot Topics In Derivatives 2014: Hear From The Experts

6 PM – 9 P
M, Event
The Spectrum of Parental Alienation and Estrangement: Challenges for Mental Health Professionals, Attorneys & the Court


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2014

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM, Event
Teleconference: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Speaks on Multiemployer Plan Insolvency Issues


THURSDAY, JUNE 12
9 AM – 11 AM, Event
Cover Letter Writing Workshop

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Intermediate Concepts in Drafting Contracts

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Roundtable: Tremors or Earthquakes: Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Patent Law Cases and Congressional Response 2013-2014

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Animal Sacrifice, Religion and the Law -- The Practice of Using Chickens as Kaporos

     AROUND THE BAR

On June 3rd, the City Bar presented the Henry L. Stimson Medal to outstanding Assistant U.S. attorneys from the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. The medal is awarded in honor of Henry L. Stimson, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District from 1906 to 1909 and as President of the Association from 1937 to 1939. From left: Hon. Paul A. Engelmayer, United States District Judge, S.D.N.Y., speaker; Mark R. Hellerer, Chair, Stimson Medal Committee, moderator; Gail Matthews, Civil Division, E.D.N.Y.; Daniel Silver, Criminal Division, E.D.N.Y.; Benjamin H. Torrance, Civil Division, S.D.N.Y.; Guruanjan Singh Sahni, Criminal Division; S.D.N.Y.; Debra L. Raskin, President, New York City Bar Association.



On June 3rd, the City Bar presented its Municipal Affairs Awards to recognize outstanding achievement as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. The awards were presented by Hon. John G. Koeltl, United States District Judge for the S.D.N.Y., and the winners were addressed and congratulated by Corporation Counsel Zachary W. Carter. From left: Shanel Spence, Tort Division; Lori Barrett, Contracts and Real Estate; Hon. John G. Koeltl; William Vidal, Commercial and Real Estate; Cathleen A. Clements, Chair, New York City Affairs Committee; Zachary W. Carter; Brenda Cooke, Special Federal Litigation; Erin Gover, Family Court; and Michelle Benedetto, Bronx Tort Division.


On June 4th, a diverse group of experienced diplomats, lawyers and scholars explored the legal and policy implications of the recent events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, including issues related to self-determination, secession, international intervention and annexation. From left: Christopher P. DeNicola, Council on International Affairs; Mark A. Meyer, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in New York; Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations; Bettina B. Plevan, Chair, Council on International Affairs; and Christopher J. Borgen, Associate Dean for International Studies and Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law.

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     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY
Ethics Opinion: Use of a Virtual Law Office
Given the lower overhead, improved encryption systems, expansion of mobile communication options, availability of electronic research and the ease of storing and transmitting digital documents and information, the Virtual Law Office (VLO) is becoming an increasingly attractive option for attorneys throughout the country. In Formal Ethics Opinion 2014-2, the Committee on Professional Ethics addresses the following questions: 1) is a New York attorney permitted to use the street address of a VLO located in New York State as a principal law office address for purposes of Rule 7.1(h), even though most of the lawyer's work is done at another location; and 2) is a New York lawyer permitted to use the street address of a VLO on business cards, letterhead and law firm website. The Opinion concludes that a New York lawyer may designate the street address of a VLO as the principal law office address for the purposes of Rule 7.1(h). In addition, the lawyer may use the VLO address on business cards, letterhead and law firm website. The Opinion also advises that New York lawyers who use a VLO must comply with all other ethical obligations, including duties under Rules 1.4, 1.6, 5.1, 5.3, 7.1(a), 7.1(h), 7.5(a)(4), 8.4(a) and 8.4(c).

Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013
The Committee on Nonprofit Organizations expresses support for A.9600/S.7341, which would delay the effective date of a number of sections of the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 until March 31, 2015. Delaying the effective date would give boards of not-for-profit corporations time to adopt policies, recruit additional directors and ensure that they can adequately staff committees and have sufficient independent and unrelated party directors, and revise their governance documents. A delay would also allow more time for the Attorney General to provide guidance in implementing the Act, and for the Legislature to make corrective amendments. In addition, the report includes a number of specific recommendations to reflect properly the goals that the law espouses. The changes include revisions to address substantive issues that have arisen from the new requirements put in place by the Act and other changes of a more technical nature.

Family Leave Benefits
The Committee on Sex and Law expressed support for A.1793-B/S.4742-B, which would expand Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) to provide limited wage replacement for individuals who need to take family leave from the workplace. Currently, TDI covers leave related to a worker's own illness or injury, including pregnancy and childbirth, but does not cover any form of leave related to the care of others. The proposed legislation, the report notes, is critical to the health, well-being and economic security of New York's working families, as it will provide partial wage replacement to workers who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.
     CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Law Journal, June 9, 2014
City Bar Ethics Rule Supports Use of Virtual Law Office

"A lawyer may use the street address of a 'virtual law office,' or VLO, as a 'principal law office address' as contemplated in the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, the New York City Bar Association said in a new ethics opinion. In Opinion 2014-02, the bar's Committee on Professional Ethics said Rule 7.1, which governs attorney advertising and requires disclosure of a physical address, would not be undermined, and in fact would be advanced, by the use of a VLO."

New York Law Journal
, June 4, 2014

City Bar Launches LGBT Advocacy Project

"The City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit arm of the New York City Bar Association, will begin representing low-income, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers with their civil legal needs, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Tiger Baron Foundation....[The project] was launched in response to the expansion of federal benefits for gays and lesbians and marriage equality for same-sex couples....The advocacy project seeks to provide legal relief for low-income LGBT clients by matching them with pro bono lawyers."

New York Law Journal, May 27, 2014
Study Urges Reform of Broken Disciplinary System

"The professional discipline committees of the New York State Bar and New York City Bar
Association
have also questioned some aspects of the attorney discipline system, and in a letter to the Administrative Board of the Courts last year urged authorities to adopt a Fourth Department practice in which it publishes details of private sanctions without the name of the offending attorney."

  

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