This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Reminder to Members: Statement of Client's Rights
Recent Committee Activity
Volunteers Sought for Monday Night Law
City Bar in the News

This Week at the City Bar

9 AM – 11:05 AM,
Current Legal Ethical Issues

6 PM – 8:30 PM,
When Coop & Condo Deals Go Bad: Effective Tools to Overcome 2013’s Trickiest Road Blocks

6 PM – 9 PM,
What It’s Really Like To Practice Law As a Woman

9 AM – 12 PM,
Enforcing Money Claims Pre- & Post-Judgment: Turning Your Judgment into an Actual Financial Recovery (Video Replay)

Around the Bar

Lisa Linsky of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and M. Dru Levasseur of Lambda Legal (center) were honored with the Art Leonard Pride Award at the City Bar’s annual reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month on June 25th. Joining them was Jordan Backman, Chair of the City Bar’s LGBT Rights Committee.

Tamra Taylor McDonald, a 2011 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program participant, greeted interns at her table, where they discussed technology use at the office, including phone usage, computer, internet, and email etiquette. Approximately 70 prospective interns participated in the orientation roundtables in preparation for placement with legal employers. The program will continue through August with weekly development programs, including a law class at Columbia University and a mock trial before a federal judge.

Reminder to Members: Statement of Client's Rights
This is a reminder that the Statement of Client’s Rights, which every attorney with an office in New York State must post in a manner visible to clients of the attorney, has been amended. The current language of the Statement can be found here.

Recent Committee Activity
A Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers
The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights drafted a brochure entitled Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Law for LGBT Workers. The brochure is designed to provide general legal information to LGBT individuals who may have questions about their workplace rights and employment laws applicable in New York City. The brochure also lists organizations, along with contact information, where LGBT employees may be able to obtain free legal advice to assist them with understanding their legal rights and potentially pursuing an unlawful employment discrimination claim.

Creation of an Inspector General
In a report to the New York City Council, the Committee on Civil Rights expressed support for Int. No. 1079, which would create an inspector general as part of the Department of Investigations to oversee the New York City Police Department. The legislation, the report notes, is a reasonable step and fills a much-needed gap in NYPD oversight. Specifically the bill would: 1) increase transparency in what the NYPD is doing, better allowing government officials to exercise their oversight; 2) be a mechanism to help better protect civil liberties; 3) increase public confidence in how the NYPD is carrying out policies that disproportionately affect minorities; and 4) allow for internal reform, as the inspector general would be able to work cooperatively with the NYPD to address any problems it identifies.

Bias-Based Profiling by Law Enforcement Officers
The Committee on Civil Rights issued a report expressing support for Int. No. 1080, which would amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relationship to prohibiting bias-based profiling by law enforcement officers. Specifically the bill would: 1) expand the categories of bias-based profiling prohibited beyond an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin to age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration or citizenship status, language, disability (including HIV), and housing status; 2) make it unlawful for law enforcement officers to intentionally engage in bias-based profiling or law enforcement activities that result in a disparate impact on individuals based on any of the prohibited characteristics; and 3) provide aggrieved individuals with a private right of action to seek injunctive and declaratory relief to enforce the prohibitions against intentional bias-based profiling and law enforcement activities resulting in a disparate impact on a prohibited basis.

Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act
The Committees on Criminal Courts and Corrections and Community Reentry issued a joint proposal to amend § 8-b of the New York Court of Claims Act. Section 8-b, known as the “Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act” (“UCIA”), provides a cause of action that permits people who have been wrongly convicted and imprisoned to seek compensation but, as drafted, excludes many deserving persons before they even get in the courthouse door. The proposed amendments would correct this problem by amending the UCIA to insure that: 1) so long as all statutory requirements are met, including a showing of innocence, an individual whose conviction is reversed on any ground will be eligible to recover and; 2) anyone who pled guilty or made a false exculpatory statement despite his or her innocence also would be eligible to recover, so long as all other statutory requirements are met.

Security Based Swaps
In a letter to the SEC, the Committee on Futures and Derivatives commented on the proposed Regulation SCI and proposed Rules 13n-6 and 822 in the context of their possible application to security-based swap data repositories (SB SDR’s) and security-based swap execution facilities (SB SEF’s). In the letter, the Committee notes its support for generally applicable and consistent principle-based rules, and urges that principles applicable to one type of system should be applicable to all types of systems unless such a difference is clearly warranted by the facts and circumstances.

Volunteers Sought for Monday Night Law
The NYC Bar Association’s Committee for Legal Services for Persons of Moderate Means in conjunction with the City Bar Justice Center is seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the Monday Night Law clinic, which begins its 23rd year in September. MNL is designed to address the public’s need for affordable and accessible legal assistance by providing clinics every Monday evening at the Association in which volunteers meet with clients who have been screened by the Association’s Legal Referral Service, which coordinates MNL’s scheduling. Volunteers must attend two training sessions in September and commit to attend the clinic one Monday evening per month from October 2013 through August 2014.

For more information about the program and how to apply, click here.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, June 26, 2013

City Bar Eyes Nonlawyer ‘Aides,’ ‘Technicians’ to Help the Poor
“The City Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility is recommending a role for nonlawyer courtroom aides in judicial and administrative hearings. The recommendations, released last week, come as state court officials are studying the feasibility of allowing nonattorneys to provide legal services to poor New Yorkers in simple civil matters.…the city bar’s professional responsibility committee said it was making its own recommendations ‘in view of the growing severity of the justice gap and the need to promote a broad-based discussion of solutions within New York’s organized bar.’”

New York Daily News, June 26, 2013

NYC Bar Association Backing City Council Bills to Rein In NYPD Stop and Frisk
“The New York City Bar Association came out in support of two bills to rein in the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk that are set to be voted on in the City Council later tonight.…In its report on the controversial profiling bill, the Bar Association wrote: ‘A private right of action is essential to holding the NYPD accountable for practices that have a disproportionate impact with no legitimate justification.’ ‘Without it, these practices will remain largely immune from legal challenge, as the ability of individuals to sue to enforce rules against discrimination is often the only effective and practical method to enforce civil rights laws.’”

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
, June 27, 2013

New York City Bar Releases LGBT Employment Rights Guide
“The New York City Bar Association has released a pamphlet entitled 'Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Law for LGBT workers,' which provides general legal information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who have questions about their workplace rights and employment laws applicable in New York City.”

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