IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013
From the President: Carey R. Dunne
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Member Moves and Milestones
Committees Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   

From the President: Carey R. Dunne
A More Rational Approach to Incarceration


Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech to the American Bar Association last week was welcome, and long overdue. He noted that the United States is the world’s leading jailer. We have five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. He said, “Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities,” and he acknowledged that “many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them.”

America’s prison population is disproportionately black and Latino, and as the New York City Bar Association has maintained over the years, many are in prison because their sentences are disproportionately long or because appropriate alternatives to incarceration are ignored. The ramifications of having so many lives uprooted and families torn apart are incalculable, and the huge number of young black and Latino men serving time may serve to hold back an entire generation from being productive members of society. While many in prison are appropriately serving long sentences, and while it is essential to remain vigilant in fighting crime, as a society and a legal profession we must work to rationalize the current approach to corrections and to allow individuals with conviction histories the opportunity to live productive lives.

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This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Co-ops & Other Residential Closings: Preparing for What Lies Ahead (Video Replay)

6 PM
– 8:30 PM,
Event
Family Law Issues in LGBT Parenting



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Ethics, Discipline & Real World Obligations (Video Replay)

Around the Bar

Hon. Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, presented the keynote address at the 2013 Thurgood Marshall Closing Ceremony on Monday evening. Sixty students completed this year's program. Congratulations to the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Class of 2013. A big thank you to the internship providers, Job Shadow Week hosts, volunteer attorneys, family members and friends for all their support.

Member Moves and Milestones
Switching firms or in-house positions? Made partner? Receiving an award? The 44th Street Notes wants to help City Bar members spread the word. Send your news to MemberNews@nycbar.org and we’ll run it in this space and/or in the Membership section of our website.

Committees Seeking Members
The State and Local Taxation Committee is currently recruiting new members with a particular emphasis on newly or recently admitted attorneys to help fill its ranks. The Committee is predominantly comprised of seasoned practitioners who have deep technical and practical experience and are looking to transfer that knowledge to the next generation of tax practitioners. The Committee focuses its attention on developments in the City’s tax law and policy as well as on monitoring developments in New York State and other states to the extent they have impact on overall tax administration. With the pending Mayor’s race and the change in administration, the Committee’s role will become increasingly more important as new tax law and policy will almost certainly result over the next two years. We encourage anyone interested in joining to contact the Committee Chair, Raymond J. Freda, at raymond.freda@wtas.com.

The International Trade Committee is currently accepting membership applications. Through its monthly meetings, annual forums and papers, the Committee addresses issues concerning the international trade in goods and services and the legal mechanisms used to regulate trade. Among these issues are trade agreements, dispute settlement, legislative developments and inter/national enforcement power. For further information, please contact Committee Chair Louise Bohmann at louise.bohmann@us.pwc.com.

City Bar in the News
The New York Times, August 18, 2013

Assistance for Lawyers (Letter to the Editor)
“Lawyers have the same problems as others, but as officers of the court, they have an extra responsibility to ensure that they can provide the professional services for which they have been licensed. Getting help, which we view as a sign of strength, is the best thing they can do for themselves and their careers. Like a number of other bar associations, the New York City Bar Association has free and confidential counseling services for mental health and substance abuse available to all lawyers, judges, and law students and their families in the five boroughs so that they can maintain their practices or, if they violate ethical rules, to assist them in rehabilitating themselves and re-establishing their careers.”


Albany Times Union
, August 13, 2013

Ethics Panel Survey Launched
“A lawyer who served as counsel to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo is spearheading a review of the effectiveness and potential improvement measures for the ethics commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 'The idea would be to do the survey...and be informed by what people are saying,' Evan Davis said of the study on the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which is less than two years old. The survey was launched via email earlier this month by the New York City Bar Association's government ethics committee, along with Common Cause and the League of Women Voters' New York City branch. The groups sent surveys to leaders of other good government groups as well as members of the Legislature, general counsels to state agencies, lobbyists and academics.”


elPeriódico
, August 13, 2013

International attorneys visit Guatemala to gather information on the Rios Montt trial
“A delegation of the New York City Bar Association, composed of nine attorneys from the United States, Chile, Peru and Bolivia, met with various sectors involved in the stalled genocide trial to report back to their clients, including large multinationals operating in the country.... Attorney Hunter Carter indicated that corporations that want to invest in the long term in a country look for a strong government and judiciary. Carter noted that they will soon issue a report with their conclusions and recommendations on the case.”
Abogados internacionales visitan Guatemala para obtener información del caso Ríos Montt
“La delegación del Colegio de Abogados de Nueva York, integrada por nueve juristas de Estados Unidos, Chile, Perú y Bolivia, se reunió con sectores involucrados en el estancado proceso por genocidio para rendir un informe a sus clientes, entre ellos grandes multinacionales que operan en el país....el abogado Hunter Carter...indica que las empresas que quieren invertir a largo plazo en un país buscan que éste tenga un Estado y un sistema judicial fuerte. Carter señala que pronto presentaran un informe con sus conclusiones y recomendaciones acerca del caso.”

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