IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
2012 Legislative Wrap-up
Recent Committee Activity
Volunteer Mediators Needed
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, JULY 10
5:30 PM – 7 PM,
Event
The Future of Money Market Funds – A Video Conference



WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Hot Button Issues of Legal Ethics


12 PM – 1 PM,
Event
Health Care Reform, SBCs and Uniform Glossaries, Oh My! – Questions and Answers with Heather Raeburn and Elena Lynett of DOL’s EBSA – A Teleconference


1:30 PM – 7:30 PM,
Event
Annual Post-Conviction Capital Defense Attorney Training Program



THURSDAY, JULY 12
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
16 Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Ethics Skills & More (Register for Both Days) (Day 1 Only)


6 PM – 9 PM,
Event
What It’s Really Like to Practice Law as a Woman

Around the Bar
Municipal Affairs Awards


On June 27th, the New York City Bar Association presented its annual Municipal Affairs Awards, honoring outstanding achievements of Assistant Corporation Counsels. From left: Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Brian Francolla, Special Federal Litigation Division; Toni Gantz, Legal Counsel Division; Andrea O'Connor, Legal Recruitment Department; Andrew Lipkin, Senior Counsel, Tax and Bankruptcy Division; Jasmine Georges, Administrative Law Division; Meredith Salvaggio, Family Court Division; Michael Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, City of New York; Carey Dunne, President, New York City Bar Association.

2012 Legislative Wrap-up
The 2012 legislative session wrapped up on time and without much fanfare on June 21st, and with it the City Bar saw significant progress on many of the bills its committees proposed or supported. City Bar committees issued 32 new and updated legislative reports over the past six months, in addition to continuing to advocate for prior existing positions.

Read more.

Recent Committee Activity
Human Rights in Syria
In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, the Committee on International Human Rights urged the Council to refer promptly the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The escalating violence continues to be well documented by independent human right monitors and only threatens to worsen, and because Syria has not ratified the Rome Statute, any crimes committed by the Syrian government against its citizens threaten to go unpunished. Referral to the ICC, the letter notes, would lead to an investigation of alleged crimes covered by the Statute, a determination whether prosecutions against Syrian officials or rebel leaders are warranted and, if so, trial before the ICC.

Humane Euthanization of Nonambulatory Livestock
The Committee on Animal Law issued a report in support of H.R.3704, the Downed Animal and Food Safety Act, which would ensure the humane slaughter of nonambulatory livestock. Enacting the legislation, the report argues, would be a step toward reducing the food safety risks and the animal suffering related to the treatment of downed cattle at covered entities. While supporting the bill, the Committee recommends that: 1) the legislation specify that animals which must be moved for testing be rendered unconscious by a method that would cause them to remain unconscious until death; and 2) a more specific definition of and method for unconsciousness be added with regard to those instances in which downer animals absolutely must be moved.

NYC Policies Toward Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS

In a letter to the New York City Council, the Committee on AIDS expressed opposition to a number of policy changes within the HIV/AIDS Services Administration division of the Human Resources Administration of New York City, including: 1) new substance use screening policies; 2) the reduction in payment of apartment-rental brokers’ fees; and 3) the security deposit voucher system. These proposed changes, the Committee argues, would jeopardize the health and wellness of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and significantly increase costs of the city budget.

Volunteer Mediators Needed
The Complaint Mediation Panel, run by the Committee on Professional Discipline, has expanded and is in need of additional mediators. It is seeking members interested in serving as volunteer mediators in confidential disciplinary matters referred to the City Bar Complaint Mediation Panel by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee. A typical mediation concerns a dispute or disagreement between a client-complainant and his or her attorney that the Disciplinary Committee believes can amicably be resolved without the need for a formal investigation. The Complaint Mediation Panel maintains a list of mediators, who are selected as necessary on a rotating basis. Applicants should have significant past experience acting as mediators or representing parties in mediation. Interested persons should email a letter or resume describing their mediation experience to Elizabeth Dorfman, the Complaint Mediation Staff Coordinator, at edorfman@nycbar.org.

Committee Seeking Members
The International Environmental Law Committee is accepting applications for membership for the 2012-2013 year. The Committee addresses a wide range of environmental, sustainable development, and human rights issues. In the past year, the Committee submitted a statement on behalf of the Association to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, addressed a letter to the State Department on the Keystone Pipeline, and co-sponsored with the Environmental Law Committee (ELC) a panel on climate change and the NYC transportation system. Other work has included comments on the EU’s new fisheries policy and on U. S. ratification of the Convention on the Law of the Sea. The committee’s events have included a panel on sustainable agriculture and another on environmental law in Latin America (co-sponsored with the ELC), a panel on environmental law in China, a speaker from the IT industry who described reforms designed to avoid buying minerals from sources that are implicated in human rights abuses in central Africa, and a presentation by an attorney who prosecuted a ring of illegal lobster importers under the Lacey Act. In the coming year the Committee will continue with these issues and start some new projects, including collaborations with other Association committees and the Vance Center for International Justice. To apply, contact the Committee’s incoming chair, Mary Lyndon, at lyndonm@stjohns.edu.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, July 3, 2012
Interview: Carey Dunne, New York City Bar Association President
“In May, Carey Dunne began a two-year term as the 66th president of the New York City Bar Association, taking over the reins of the 23,000-member bar group from outgoing president Samuel Seymour. Dunne is the head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s litigation practice and sits on the firm’s three-member steering committee. He joins a long list of Davis Polk partners to hold the city bar presidency, including Allen Wardwell, John Davis and the firm’s founding partner, Francis Bangs. Reuters sat down last week to catch up with Dunne.”


New York Law Journal, July 2, 2012

Head of New Financial Services Agency Plans to Keep His Distance from Entities He Regulates
“Benjamin Lawsky, New York State’s first superintendent of financial services, called for a more arms-length relationship between financial regulators and those they regulate and for more contact between regulators and consumers in a public speech at the New York City Bar’s headquarters on June 28. The speech, titled “Financial Regulation in a Post-Financial Crisis Era,” gave a broad outline of how Lawsky saw the mission of the agency, which was created last fall by merging the state’s banking and insurance departments.”


Corporate Counsel
, June 27, 2012

Women GCs Are Networking Their Way to the Top
“The importance of professional networking, both to advance one’s own career and to further equality between the sexes at top companies, was a key theme on Monday at a panel discussion on the rise of women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies, presented by the New York City Bar Association. The panel was led by Allstate general counsel Michele Coleman Mayes and SNR Denton partner Kara Baysinger, co-authors of a book on the topic, Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500.”

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