IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
From the President: Carey R. Dunne
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   

From the President: Carey R. Dunne
Strategic Planning


I am proud to be President of a bar association that is prominent locally, nationally and internationally and that has earned great respect within the legal profession and in the wider community. To ensure that the Association maintains this role while providing support to its members and service to the profession and the public, our Executive Committee has been engaged in a strategic planning process. Its aim is to articulate the Association’s broad mission, understand how well we are addressing the mission and identify the major areas in which the Executive Committee should concentrate its efforts to enhance the Association.

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This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JUNE 18
6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Five From Five – Essential Practice Insights and Ethical Considerations in Article 10 Proceedings: The Top Five Picks from Five Viewpoints




TUESDAY, JUNE 19
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM,
Event
Luncheon with Judge Debra Ann Livingston


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
The Annual Reception and Cocktail Party Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2012


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Lawyers



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Hot Topics in Cooperatives & Condominiums 2012


6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Event
“The Conscience and Culture of a Prosecutor” – with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.



THURSDAY, JUNE 21
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Summer Associates Annual Reception


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Breaking Away from Your Desk – Women of Color Workshop Series


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Careers in Entertainment Law

Around the Bar
Legal Services Awards

On June 13th, the City Bar presented its 23rd Annual Legal Services Awards, recognizing attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York’s poor. From left: Carey R. Dunne, President, New York City Bar Association; Tracey Bing, Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit, Manhattan Legal Services; Jane Sujen Bock, Homeless Rights Project, The Legal Aid Society; Nelson Gutierrez, Elderly Project, Volunteers of Legal Service; Leah Margulies, Law Help/NY Project; Ivy Suriyopas, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund; Zerline Goodman, accepting for Michael Rothenberg of New York Lawyer for the Public Interest; Hon. Theodore Jones, Judge, New York Court of Appeals.

Recent Committee Activity
Endangered Species
The Committee on Animal Law sent a letter to the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service suggesting changes to the Service’s proposed amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices and for biological and trade information on species covered by CITES. The changes would provide further protections for the Asian and African elephant populations.

Syringe Exchange Programs
In joint letter to Congress the Committees on AIDS and Drugs and the Law expressed support for efforts to lift the congressional ban on the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs (SEPs). Studies have shown SEPs are effective in reducing HIV infection rates among injection drug users, promote public health and safety by taking syringes off the streets, and protect law enforcement personnel from injury. Removing the ban on federal funding, the letter notes, would allow state and local health departments the flexibility to use federal funds for syringe exchange to further prevent transmission of HIV in the United States and enable communities to determine which prevention methods are best suited to serve their needs.

Rights Defenders in Colombia
The Committee on International Human Rights sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Colombia expressing concern regarding the case of Monica Roa, a prominent women’s rights advocate in Colombia who currently faces a criminal complaint for slander filed by a senior official in the national Inspector General’s Office. This action, the letter notes, could have a chilling effect on rights defenders in Colombia, particularly those advocating for women’s rights. The letter urges the appropriate authorities to: 1) take the necessary measures to ensure that human rights defenders like Ms. Roa are able to seek judicial protection of fundamental rights without facing the possibility of criminal prosecution; and 2) take steps necessary to ensure Ms. Roa’s safety.

Excess Line Legislation
The Committee on Insurance Law issued a report on A.9783/S.6808, which would amend the New York Insurance Law by adding a new Article 58 authorizing domestic excess line insurance companies. The Excess Line Legislation was approved by the Senate on June 12, 2012, and is currently pending in the Assembly. The report expresses support for the Excess Line Legislation subject to the following amendments being made: 1) the new law should specify that except as set forth in new Article 58, domestic Excess Line insurers will be subject to all provisions of the New York Insurance Law; 2) the role of existing and future excess line brokers under the Excess Line Legislation needs to be clarified; and 3) the legislation should specify that New York intends for domestic express line carries to be eligible excess line nonadmitted carriers in other states.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, June 8, 2012
New York City Bar to provide career help to Dewey employees
By Nate Raymond
The New York City Bar Association is taking steps to help displaced Dewey & LeBoeuf employees prepare for new careers, following the law firm’s collapse last month.
The association is hosting two career-planning sessions this summer targeted at the hundreds of lawyers and staff laid off by Dewey & LeBoeuf. It is the first time in memory that the city bar has responded to a single law firm in crisis, a sign of the impact of Dewey’s failure on New York’s legal community. The first session, targeted at attorneys, is scheduled for July 10 and will feature a panel discussion on job search techniques and sessions with career advisers. A date for a second session, for Dewey’s support staff, still has to be set.

Law360
, June 8, 2012

NYC Bar Offers Career Support To Dewey Attys
By Sindhu Sundar
The New York City Bar Association will offer career support for attorneys who were casualties of the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP collapse, the association confirmed Friday, in a move its president called a “no-brainer” in the wake of the erstwhile BigLaw giant’s historic downfall spurred by mounting debt and partner defections.

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