This Week at the City Bar
New York City Mayoral & Comptroller Candidates
Respond to City Bar Ethics Questionnaire

City Bar Delegation Views Early Resumption of
Genocide Trial Critical for Rule of Law in Guatemala

Member Moves and Milestones
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News

This Week at the City Bar
6 PM – 8 PM,
Franken-food or Scare Tactics? GMOs: Science, Law and Policy

7 PM
– 9:30 PM,
"Ghostwriter" - A Musical

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Cramming: Mobile Marketing Fraud

7 PM – 9 PM,
Annual Law Student Welcome Reception

City Bar Releases Responses from Mayoral and Comptroller Candidates to Ethics Questionnaire
The New York City Bar Association has released the responses it received to a questionnaire entitled Ten Questions about Public Integrity for Citywide Candidates 2013. Drafted by the City Bar's Government Ethics Committee, the questionnaire was submitted to candidates for New York City Mayor and Comptroller. The City Bar has received responses from Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson, and Comptroller candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer. The questions cover a range of topics that address ethics in government and ask candidates about changes they would make to promote integrity while in office.

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City Bar Delegation Views Early Resumption of Genocide Trial Critical for Rule of Law in Guatemala
Calling the trial of former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt, and his former head of military intelligence Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, “a historic and crucial experience in Guatemala’s establishment of the rule of law,” a Delegation of business lawyers from the U.S. and Latin America urges the resumption of the proceeding at the earliest possible date. The Delegation, organized by the New York City Bar Association, traveled to Guatemala on August 12th and 13th to meet with a wide range of individuals and groups with an interest in the trial.

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Member Moves and Milestones
Switching firms or in-house positions? Made partner? Receiving an award? The City Bar wants to help members spread the word. Send your news to; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street Notes or on the website.

Committee Seeking Members
The Committee on the Legal Problems of the Aging has membership openings and is seeking new members interested in: hearing about current developments in elder law and special needs planning; providing outreach services to elderly New Yorkers upon request; participating in policy makers’ legislative advocacy in areas affecting the aged and special needs population; understanding and monitoring the available long-term care options in our city with a special focus on Medicare and Medicaid services to the elderly and disabled; and monitoring the implementation of legal services to elders and the disabled, such as guardianship related mailers. For further information, please contact the chair, Judith D. Grimaldi, at or (718) 238-6960, or the secretary, Britt Burner, at or (212) 387-8400.

City Bar in the News
, September 5, 2013

New York City and the UN: Cool but Useful Partners
“Because of the UN’s relative geographical remoteness, on the far east of Midtown, New Yorkers don’t tend to spend too much time there, whereas tourists flock to the UN tours. The UN is also a more inward looking institution, said Ulysses Smith, the chairman of the UN committee for the New York City Bar Association, which monitors the UN’s presence and produces reports and open letters on international human rights, legal and city issues....Smith met with [Marjorie] Tiven as part of his research for a report released in May 2013 on policy recommendations for New York City’s next mayor, to be elected in November. The report studied the UN’s contributions to the city’s economy in 2012, based on figures from 1988, suggesting ways to revitalize a welcoming program for new diplomats and their families.”

The Nation
, August 28, 2013

The End of Stop-and-Frisk as We Know It
“Back in 2000, while serving as US customs commissioner under President Bill Clinton, current New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly delivered a speech to the New York City Bar Association. Kelly had been the city’s police commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins from 1992 to 1994, and in his speech he criticized the NYPD for abandoning community policing and expanding the use of stop-and-frisk. 'A large reservoir of good will was under construction when I left the Police Department in 1994. It was called community policing,' Kelly said, according to The New York Times. 'But it was quickly abandoned for tough-sounding rhetoric and dubious stop-and-frisk tactics that sowed new seeds of community mistrust.'”

New York Law Journal
, August 19, 2013

Analyzing the Fundamentals of Litigation Funding
“New York has relaxed the medieval approach to champerty, but prohibits the purchase of debt, a thing in action or any claim or demand among other things, 'with the intent and for the purpose of bringing an action or proceeding thereon.' In its Formal Opinion 2011-2 on Third-Party Litigation Financing, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Ethics states: 'While we are aware of no decision finding non-recourse funding arrangements champertous under New York law, lawyers should be mindful that courts in other jurisdictions have invalidated certain financing arrangements under applicable champerty laws.'”

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