IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
From the President: Samuel W. Seymour        
This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar        
New York Expands Geographical Jurisdiction for Identity Theft
Recent Committee Activity
UN Committee Seeking Members for Project
City Bar Partners with CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival for CLEs
City Bar in the News
   

President's Letter
The Legal Responders

The legal community responded to the aftermath of 9/11 in a way that has left its mark on the profession. Beginning the day after the attacks, the City Bar Justice Center was inundated with calls from lawyers asking how they could help. The City Bar mobilized its Legal Referral Service and publicized its phone number for intake. Bar associations, legal services organizations, law firms and law school clinics reached out to each other and established a seamless network of volunteers.

By the following week, lawyers were an integral part of the multi-service center the city had created to help victims and their families. Soon after, then-Mayor Giuliani asked the City Bar to host a training session on two days’ notice, and to recruit lawyers for a program starting the following day to aid next of kin with death certificates and related issues. In 48 hours we created the training program and, relying on the network we developed, put out the call for volunteers. The response was a line that stretched from the second floor of our building, out to the sidewalk, down 44th Street and around the corner. On that short notice, over 800 lawyers signed up.

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This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) & Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs): Practical Implementations in New York (Live Program)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
7 PM 8:30 PM, Event
The Jurisprudence of Jack Weinstein

9 AM 12 PM, CLE
A Mediation Career: Getting Started


6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Anatomy of a Trial: Common Mistakes To Avoid In A Civil Jury Trial


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event
I Survived the 1st Year of Law School. Now What?


9 AM 12:30 PM, CLE
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits In Mergers & Acquisitions: Being Duly Diligent With Due Diligence


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
6 PM 8 PM, Event
Nina Burleigh: The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox

6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Ethical Considerations for Corporate Investigations: Updates 2011

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:30 AM 9:30 AM, CLE
Managing The Corporate Message From A Legal Perspective

6 PM 8 PM, Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
Animal Law Conference

Elizabeth Kocienda, the City Bar's Legislative Affairs Associate, gave the opening presentation at the Animal Law Conference on September 8th.

New York Expands Geographical Jurisdiction for Identity Theft
Legislative successes can often happen in ways that are difficult to follow. It is not always as straightforward and transparent a process as one would like. For instance, anyone who has read through hundreds of pages of a budget bill knows that those pages may contain very important legislative proposals that, at first glance, do not seem particularly budget-related. If those proposals pass as part of the budget, however, they are no less the law than if they had passed as stand-alone bills.

The City Bar’s Criminal Justice Operations Committee recently experienced how a bill can become a law by taking a circuitous route. In March 2009, the Committee proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) to establish enhanced venue provisions for crimes closely related to the offenses of identity theft and unlawful possession of personal identification information, which already enjoy enhanced venue.

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Recent Committee Activity
Horse-Drawn Carriages
The Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals expressed support for A.7748/S.5013 which would amend the administrative code of the City of New York to prohibit the operation of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. In addition to making it unlawful to offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse, the bill would also make several technical amendments and require that the horses be treated as non-working companion animals for the remainder of their lives.

National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape
In light of a recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals the Committee on Corrections Law sent a letter to the Department of Justice updating earlier comments to the Department concerning the proposed National Standard to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape. This recent decision, Amador et al. v. Andrews et al., highlights the problematic uncertainty of the proposed PREA Standards about just what a prisoner must do to exhaust administrative remedies when reporting sexual assault by a prison officer, and what kind of notice prisoners receive about how to exhaust administrative remedies.

UN Committee Seeking Members for Project
The United Nations Committee has just embarked on a liaison with UN Women through which we will be working on several joint projects this year. An initial project will be to develop a model Constitution and Family Law, which protects the rights of women, for regions in the Muslim world. We are also considering projects that will combat violence against women (primarily "honor crimes"), promote progressive "woman friendly" interpretations of Sharia law, and develop women judge-to-judge and attorney-to-attorney interchanges in liaison with bar associations in the North Africa-Middle East region. We are looking for a few dedicated members of the Association who would like to join the Committee and work on these projects. Members of other Committees are welcome to participate. To apply please contact Katlyn Thomas, Chair of the United Nations Committee at Thomkatbus@aol.com.

City Bar Partners with CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival for CLEs
The City Bar is partnering with CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival on the 6th Annual Entertainment Business Law Seminar. The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accredited one-day event will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at New York University. Panels of entertainment industry experts will cover topics including cloud computing, royalties and distribution models in the digital age, music licensing, ‘social’ and ‘casual’ gaming, social media and privacy, rights clearances for reality television, and more. Lawyers attending the seminar will receive six New York State MCLE credits, consisting of four in “Practice Management,” one in “Skills,” and one in “Ethics” — plus a breakfast and luncheon. Registration options include: one-day Entertainment Business Law Seminar only, or two-day and five-day CLE/CMJ badges to attend all CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival events—which run from October 18-22— in addition to the Seminar. City Bar members may enter code NYCBAR20 during online registration for a 20% discount until October 4th.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal

Personal Notes on Lawyers
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has announced the appointment of Barbara Camacho as a Fragomen Fellow. The fellowship is a two-year rotating position the firm established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided by the City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar.

Litigation News, August 29, 2011
NYC Bar Weighs in on Litigation Financing
The New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) recently released an opinion on third-party litigation financing (TPLF). This opinion reminds attorneys to be vigilant of the ethical pitfalls associated with this means of funding a lawsuit.

The Pro Bono Wire, September, 2011
9/11: Ten Years After

And when the City Bar in New York called for volunteers to help the families of those killed at the World Trade Center that day, lawyers not only filled the Bar’s vast headquarters, but spilled out onto West 44th Street, around the corner, and down the adjoining streets.

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