IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar Chorus Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, JUNE 25
9 AM – 11 AM,
Event
Intensive Resume Workshop 2012


9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
“Marriage Equality” – The Paper Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments (Register for Full Day) (Morning Session Only) (Afternoon Session Only)


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500




TUESDAY, JUNE 26
9 AM – 10 AM,
CLE
Managing The Corporate Message From A Legal Perspective (Video Replay)


10 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Navigating A Corporate Crisis (Video Replay)


11 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Advising the Board and Senior Management (Video Replay)



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
The Ethics Game Show


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



THURSDAY, JUNE 28
8 AM – 9:15 AM,
Event
Updates on E-Discovery That Every State Court Practitioner Should Know


6 PM – 7:30 PM,
Event
Address By Benjamin Lawsky


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
A Mediation Career: Moving Forward to the Next Level


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Careers in Health Law – City Bar Summer Series


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Old MacDonald’s Top Secret Factory Farm: The Impact of “Ag Gag” Laws on Private Property Interests, Animal Welfare, Public Health, and Free Speech

Around the Bar
Address By Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.


On June 20th, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. spoke at the City Bar. The title of his address was “The Conscience and Culture of a Presecutor.” Watch the video here.

Recent Committee Activity
Enhanced Expert Disclosure
The Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction expressed support for a proposed amendment to Uniform Trial Court Rule 202.70(g) relating to enhanced expert disclosure in the commercial division. Though the Committee recommends adoption of the Proposal, the comments note several ways in which the Proposal differs from previously proposed expert disclosure rules, and the importance of ensuring that the important goal of liberalizing expert disclosure is balanced, where needed, against the burden disclosure could impose on litigants.

Sustainable Development
In a joint statement, the Committees on International Environmental Law, Environmental Law, International Human Rights, and United Nations, and the Council on International Affairs commented on the United Nations Outcome Document entitled “The Future We Want.” Though the Outcome Document lays out important steps for promoting and implementing sustainable development and environmental protection, the committees note that it inadequately addresses a number of important issues including: displacement of populations due to climate change and development of a reliable funding mechanism to finance adaptation to climate change.

Child Soldiers

In a letter to President Obama, the Committee on African Affairs urged that that the Administration reverse its position of routinely granting national interest waivers and other exemptions to the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) penalties or, in the alternative, to condition aid on countries’ taking measurable steps to eradicate the practice. The penalties set forth in the CSPA are intended to help end the illegal use of children in armed forces and these waivers, the Committee argues, undermines the spirit of the CSPA as well as the United States’ legal obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Custodial Rights to Relatives of Parents

The Committee on Matrimonial Law expressed opposition to A.10218A/S.1749C, which would amend the Domestic Relations Law to extend the right to petition for custodial rights to the parents’ relatives within the third degree of consanguinity. While the Committee supports the bill’s intent to ensure that children are protected from the trauma of being placed in the foster care system when there are relatives who can provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child, the Committee notes that the bill is overly broad in scope, would further burden the court system, and provides an opportunity for exploitation of the legal process by family members in situations where the child is living with both parents in an intact marriage, and in circumstances where custody is shared by the child’s parents.

Alien Tort Statute

The Committee on International Human Rights submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. The case involves the question of whether and under what circumstances the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States. The ATS, the brief notes, serves an important function in providing redress to victims and civil accountability for serious human rights abuses, and federal court jurisdiction of ATS claims for gross misconduct abroad furthers the development of fair and consistent standards for liability for conduct that violates the law of nations. The brief concludes that the ATS does grant federal courts jurisdiction over civil claims for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States, and that the decision of the Second Circuit to the contrary should be reversed, or vacated, and the case remanded.

City Bar Chorus Seeking Members
The 80+ voice New York City Bar Chorus is conducting its next auditions (brief, private and low-pressure) in Summer 2012 for its 20th Anniversary Season. We are especially seeking tenors and baritones! Our repertoire features sophisticated arrangements of great songs ranging from the Beatles, Queen and Christina Aguilera, to jazz and gospel, to South Pacific, Rent and Wicked. We rehearse two or three Tuesday evenings per month, from 6:45 to 8:15 PM, in midtown Manhattan (Radio City/Rock Center area) to produce what our audiences describe as a professional-quality sound. We perform frequently as a goodwill ambassador of the New York City Bar, serving our community by bringing music to people in group residences and medical facilities and also singing for luminaries of the bench and bar. We also provide a forum for legal professionals to meet and sing together in a warm, fun and supportive environment offering many social and business networking opportunities. Prior choral or a cappella experience is preferred but not mandatory. Music-reading or sight-reading ability is helpful but not required if you have a “good ear.” You also don’t have to be a salesperson – unlike other choruses, we don’t require members to sell tickets, and annual dues are modest.

To hear/see us in action, click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gpmOhq7dX8. Visit us at www.citybarchorus.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/citybarchorus. If interested in auditioning, please e-mail us as soon as possible at membership@citybarchorus.org.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, June 21, 2012
Manhattan DA Speech Spotlights Integrity of Convictions
“Since 2010, when Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance created a unit tasked with preventing wrongful convictions, his office has received 118 post-conviction claims of innocence for possible review. And while the program has resulted in a handful of vacated convictions, it also has informed the way that his office approaches every prosecution, he said during a speech delivered at the New York City Bar Association on Wednesday night.”


Thomson Reuters, June 21, 2012

Lien Legislation Clears NYS Lawmakers
“New York state lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow attorneys to place liens on out-of-court settlements and arbitration awards. Section 475 of the state Judiciary Law, known as the Lien Law, currently permits attorneys to attach liens in ‘an action, special or other proceeding in any court or before any state, municipal or federal department, except a department of labor.’…Supporters of the measure, including the New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association, say the bill would fix an inequity in the Lien Law, which was written before arbitration and mediation became commonplace.”


New York Law Journal
, June 21, 2012

New York’s Proposed UCC Amendments: Back to the Future
“A new push in Albany is expected to update New York’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), the backbone of New York’s commercial laws. The updates would harmonize New York’s version of the UCC with the code utilized by most other states, decades after many of the revisions were first proposed and implemented outside of New York…An “Omnibus Uniform Commercial Code Modernization Act” is now being prepared by legal staff of the New York Senate and Assembly in conjunction with the legislative staff of the New York City Bar and the city bar’s Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws, of which the authors are members.”

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