IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Observing Military Commissions in Guantánamo
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Seeking Volunteers for Bronx CLARO Program
Save the Date: Address by Lanny A. Breuer
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Successful Art Succession: Estate Planning and Practical Issues for Collectors
(Video Replay)


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
9 AM – 4:30 PM,
CLE
1st Annual White Collar Crime Institute (Video Replay)


THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Starting a Virtual Law Firm: Social Media, Tax, Employment & Other Issues
(Video Replay)

Observing Military Commissions in Guantánamo
The New York City Bar Association has been active in observing and commenting on Military Commission proceedings in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In the past year, the City Bar successfully applied for regular observer status and sent an in-person observer to six proceedings, including arraignments, pre-trial conferences, and a guilty plea. Each time a military charter flight has left from Andrews Air Force Base, carrying prosecutors, military and civilian defense lawyers, habeas corpus counsel, their support teams, non-governmental observers, and members of the media, all bound to spend about a week at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, a City Bar member has been onboard.

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Around the Bar
Thurgood Marshall Internship Closing Ceremony


On August 7th, the City Bar hosted the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program Closing Ceremony. More than 200 attendees filled the meeting hall to hear keynote speakers John W. Marshall and Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Thurgood Marshall Program, which was created by former City Bar President John Feerick.

Recent Committee Activity
Rejection of SEC Settlements
The Securities Litigation Committee issued a report discussing the impact of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s decision in SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. In this case, the SDNY broke with longstanding judicial deference to SEC settlements and handed down an important and controversial opinion rejecting a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“CGMI”) on the grounds that it failed to adequately serve the greater public interest. The ruling directly challenges the fundamental assumptions behind the SEC’s approach to enforcement of the securities laws against ongoing businesses and financial institutions. This report discusses the issues raised by this opinion and the potential impact the opinion may have if it is upheld by the Second Circuit.

Human Rights in Cameroon
The Committee on African Affairs, in a letter to the President of the Republic of Cameroon, expressed concern over the arrest, detention, and reported torture of Enoh Meyomesse. Mr. Meyomesse is a writer and former presidential candidate, who is being detained without charge in a maximum-security prison that has been internationally criticized for its poor conditions. The letter calls upon the government to comply with its legal obligations to respect Mr. Meyomesse’s human rights and to free Mr. Meyomesse if all the charges have been dropped, and if the charges have not been dropped, to ensure that he is given a speedy hearing with full due process protections, including the right to counsel, and that he receive the medical care to which he is entitled.

Fee Sharing with Non-Lawyers

The Committee on Professional Responsibility issued comments in support of the amendments to Rules 1.5(e) and 5.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct proposed by the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. The proposed amendments would address problems that arise from both domestic and foreign jurisdictional inconsistencies regarding non-lawyer ownership interest in law firms, specifically with respect to fee-sharing between different firms and between partners in different offices of the same firm. The Committee notes that the amendments would provide much needed guidance for when these issues arise and that it is both appropriate and desirable for the legal profession to proactively address and resolve such issues.

Seeking Volunteers for Bronx CLARO Program
Volunteers are needed for the Bronx CLARO Program, an innovative pro bono program co-sponsored by the City Bar that provides limited legal advice to unrepresented debtor defendants with consumer debt cases. The program is designed to assist the unprecedented numbers of individuals who must defend themselves pro se in consumer debt collection litigation. CLARO clinics take place in Bronx Supreme Court on Thursdays, from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Volunteers are invited to attend a training program on September 19th at Wagner College in Staten Island, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Three CLE credits will be offered for free to those who attend the training and volunteer 6 hours for CLARO in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island. To register, please visit the Fordham website. For more information, contact Dora Galacatos, Chair of the Civil Court Committee, at doragalacatos@gmail.com.

Save the Date
Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, will speak at the New York City Bar Association on September 13th at 6 PM.
Event is free of charge. Please register here.

Committee Seeking Members
The Senior Lawyers Committee welcomes applicants for membership. The Committee’s mission is to provide services for senior lawyers; conduct programs for assistance to and of interest to senior lawyers; consider and promote programs for the benefit of the bar, law schools, law students, and the community, utilizing the services and experience of senior lawyers, both on a volunteer or compensated basis; and to act as the voice of senior lawyers within the City Bar. Those interested in applying should email the Chair, Jerome Rosenberg, at jrresq@aol.com or the Secretary, Doris Keeley, at CF030900@aol.com.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, August 9, 2012
State Adopts Wrongful Conviction Protocol for Prosecutors
“New York State has established rules for prosecutors if they discover that a defendant has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. The rules were added to the Rules of Professional Conduct by the presiding justices of the four Appellate Division departments in July. They stipulate that when a prosecutor knows of ‘clear and convincing evidence’ that a defendant did not commit the crime for which he was convicted, ‘the prosecutor shall seek a remedy consistent with justice, applicable law, and the circumstances of the case.’…The changes stem from a study of wrongful convictions by the New York City Bar in 2006.”


National Law Journal, August 8, 2012

One More Task Force on the Legal Profession’s Problems
“The American Bar Association is the latest organization to launch a task force examining the changes roiling the law profession and legal education…The New York City Bar Association last month announced a Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession with a special eye to job opportunities for new lawyers. ‘Too many law graduates face diminished opportunities to launch their careers and fear they will never get on track,’ city bar president Carey Dunne said when that task force was formed. ‘Even those who are employed are justifiably worried about their longer-term prospects for a productive and satisfying career in the law.’”

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