IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
In-House Counsel Must Register if Not Admitted in NY
Small Firm Mentoring Circles
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   

This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, JULY 23
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Current Ethical Issues In the Practice of Securities Law


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Representing a Buyer or Seller of an Ongoing Business: Drafting & Negotiating Techniques Every Attorney Should Know



WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Practical Skills, Ethics & More…(Day 2 Only)


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Supreme Court: A Year In Review



THURSDAY, JULY 25
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Super Search Engine Strategies for Discovery, Trial Preparation, and to Successfully Complete Transactions

1 PM – 4 PM,
CLE
The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Investigative Research Strategies for the Legal Professional

Around the Bar

The Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards were presented on July 15th at the City Bar. The awards honor Dean Redlich’s legacy by recognizing those members of the New York bar who have emulated his life-long dedication to challenging the death penalty. Eleanor Jackson Piel, second from right, received the Distinguished Service Award, while James W. B. Benkard of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, second from left, received the Pro Bono Award. They were joined by Carey R. Dunne, City Bar President, and Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the State of New York.


On July 17th, the City Bar’s LGBT Rights Committee sponsored a panel discussion called “Outlaws and Out Lawyers: Advice for New Attorneys” to explore what it means for lawyers to be out in the workplace today. From left: Richard Bettan, Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP; Robyn Gigl, Partner, Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP; Gina Bonica, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Alliance Healthcare Services; Scott Kohanowski, Staff Attorney, City Bar Justice Center; Sunu Chandy, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Jordan Backman, Chair, LGBT Rights Committee.


Over 120 students, recent graduates, and practicing attorneys gathered at Thursday night’s Careers in Immigration, part of the 2013 Summer Series. Professor Lenni Benson, Chair of the City Bar’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, moderated the panel, which was followed by roundtable discussions led by Professor Benson and eight other Immigration Law Practitioners. Don’t miss the final program in the Series, Careers in Compliance, on August 13th.

In-House Counsel Must Register if Not Admitted in NY
If you are working in New York State as an in-house counsel and are not licensed to practice in New York State, you must register as an in-house counsel. The New York State Legislature has amended several sections of the Judiciary Law, effective November 1, 2013, to clarify the activities considered unauthorized practice of law and to enhance criminal penalty for certain violations (L. 2012, c. 492 as amended by L. 2013 c. 22). Part 522 of the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals allows in-house counsel not admitted in New York State to register as in-house counsel, and there are reciprocity arrangements with 44 states. Under section 522.7 of the rule, failure to register constitutes professional misconduct. For more information and instructions on how to register, visit the NYCourts.gov In-House Registration page here.

Small Firm Mentoring Circles
After a great first year, the City Bar is again offering Mentoring Circles for small firm and solo practitioners to provide members with a confidential and more personal forum that allows the groups to hone law practice development and management skills, build relationships, expand referral networks, and engage in substantive discussions. Circles are being offered in the following areas: Litigation, Corporate Practice, General Practice, Family Law, Immigration Law and Intellectual Property. The Circles will begin meeting in September and meet once a month through June. Each meeting will begin with a 30-minute reception where members of all Circles can network and meet with one another, followed by individual breakouts for each Circle lasting about one hour. Mentoring Circles are open only to City Bar members who are small firm and solo practitioners, and the annual cost of participation is $200. Please register here; additional information is available here.

Recent Committee Activity
Funding for the Repair of Religious Facilities
The Committee on Civil Rights expressed opposition to H.R. 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, which would authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue direct grants to fund the repair and reconstruction of houses of worship and other religious facilities. Providing federal grants to repair or rebuild houses of worship or other religious facilities violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution because the principal or primary effect is to advance religion by authorizing the federal government to use public funds to pay the costs and associated expenses of exclusively religious organizations and facilities. The report urges that because the legislation violates the Establishment Clause as well as existing Supreme Court precedent, it should not be enacted into law.

Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013
In a letter to Governor Cuomo, the Committee on Non-Profit Organizations urged that S.5845/A.8072, the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, be signed into law. Current nonprofit laws in New York include many archaic provisions that are confusing and burdensome, causing many newly-formed New York-based nonprofits to incorporate under the laws of other states, thereby limiting supervision of such nonprofits by New York authorities. The bill remedies many of the weaknesses in the current law and strengthens New York law to enhance governance and accountability, while also reducing costs for many nonprofits by raising the revenue threshold for required annual financial audits to be more consistent with the thresholds in other states. The Committee noted that it will be proposing technical corrections to certain provisions adopted in the Act, as well as additional ideas for nonprofit reform, for consideration after the Act becomes law.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, July 17, 2013

Ethics in Use of Social Media as Investigatory Tool
“For practitioners in New York, the Philadelphia Bar’s opinion must be compared with New York City Bar Formal Opinion 2010-2 (September 2010). While that opinion concurred that an attorney may not use deception to access information from a social networking site, unlike the Philadelphia Bar, it concluded that an attorney or an investigator hired by the attorney, may, using their real name and profile, send a friend request in order to obtain information from an unrepresented person's social network site without disclosing the reason for the request.”

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