IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   

This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, JULY 30
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Employment Law Essentials: Practical Tips & Latest Developments



WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
iPad for Transactional Lawyers



THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Ethics & Professionalism: Best Practices for Attorneys (Video Replay)

Around the Bar

Akin Gump hosted the City Bar’s annual “Diverse Career Opportunities for Your Law Degree” program on July 23rd, as part of the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program. The program featured a panel with, from left, Linda Green, Chief Administrative Officer, New York City Department of Education; Richard Best, Chief Counsel, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Cory Greenberg, Director of Business Affairs, Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.; and Robert Ernst, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Verizon. After the panel discussion, students formed small groups to talk with more than 30 attorneys who volunteered to share their career background and advice.

Recent Committee Activity
Publishing Redacted Summaries of Private Discipline
The Committee on Professional Discipline joined with the New York State Bar Association to send a letter to Chief Judge Lippman and the presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions urging that the disciplinary and grievance committees in the State adopt a policy of periodically releasing short summaries of private letters of caution, admonitions and reprimands that are appropriately redacted to obscure the identity of the attorney, but sufficiently detailed to identify the conduct and Rule(s) of Professional Conduct at issue. This recommendation, the letter notes, would serve the public interest and benefit the bar without unduly burdening the Committees.

Closing Guantanamo
Through the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, the City Bar issued a statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommitee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights regarding the closing of Guantanamo and the national security, fiscal and human rights implications of doing so. The statement was issued in connection with a Subcommittee hearing on the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility. Serious concerns about the facility and its handling of detainees have been raised since the facility was opened, including abusive interrogation methods and the continued detention of individuals who cannot hope to see justice done. In addition, Guantanamo serves as a galvanizing symbol for recruiting legions of young potential terrorists who focus their anger and actions against the United States. The statement urges Congress and the Administration to take all necessary actions to close the Guantanamo detention facility and provide due process and fair treatment to all detainees in accordance with the basic principles on which this nation was founded. The statement contains a number of specific recommendations regarding the various categories of detainees, and also addresses the military commissions process.

City Bar in the News
Am Law Daily, July 23, 2013

Meet Robert Khuzami, Kirkland’s New $5 Million Man
“In an August 2009 speech marking his first 100 days as head of enforcement, Khuzami had tough words for many of his former Wall Street colleagues among a packed reception hall of some 500 people at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, warning that a period of aggressive enforcement was at hand after the excesses of the previous decade. Asked about the challenges he faced in joining the SEC at a time when most of the attention focused on the regulator was negative, Khuzami says he takes pride in helping forge a response to the criticism in a ‘way that was thoughtful, responsible, and fulfilled our duty to investors.’”

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