FROM THE PRESIDENT: CAREY R. DUNNE

Legal Issues of Climate Adaptation

Beginning with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, the nations of the world agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in order to slow, and ultimately reverse, global warming. Despite these promises, global warming has continued to accelerate, with likely severe consequences for coastal cities, potable water sources, marine life, agriculture, forests and many island states. Superstorm Sandy and droughts across much of the U.S. farm belt have made dramatically clear that the U.S., including New York City, is at risk from these threats. While most attention has been focused on legal and regulatory tools to reduce GHG emissions, it is also essential to identify ways for nations to adapt to the global warming that now appears inevitable. Read more.

     THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need to Know from Pre-Contract to Closing
(Both Days) (Day 1 Only)


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
9 AM – 11 PM, CLE
Hot Topics in Ethics: Brave New World, Same Venerable Rules


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
9 AM – 5 PM, CLE
16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits & More
(Both Days) (Day 1 Only)

6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Mentoring Circles Kick-Off

6 PM – 9 PM, Event
Building Wealth: Strategies for Achieving Financial Goals

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Criminal Discovery Under Brady v. Maryland: Current Developments


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Event
The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know

8:45 AM – 12 PM, CLE
The Evolution of Affordable Housing in New York City

12:45 PM – 2:30 PM, CLE
Private Offerings Under the New SEC Rules

7 PM – 9 PM, Event
Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: What's in It for Me?


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
9 AM – 5 PM, CLE
16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits & More (Day 2 Only)


6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

     AROUND THE BAR


Andrew Tobel, a City Bar Law Student Ambassador from Seton Hall Law School, and Theresa Fortin, of Wilmington Trust and a member of the City Bar's Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts Committee, joined City Bar Fund Board Chair Mei Lin Kwan-Gett and City Bar Executive Director Bret Parker in addressing over 200 attendees at the Annual Law Student Welcome Reception on September 12th.

     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 MemberNews@nycbar.org; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street eNews or on the website.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Observations of Delegation to Guatemala
The Committee on Inter-American Affairs and the Vance Center for International Justice participated in a delegation of business lawyers of the Americas to Guatemala, organized by the Vance Center. The purpose of the delegation was to assess the potential effects on the rule of law and the international business climate in Guatemala of the ongoing prosecution of former President Efraín Ríos Montt and Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, his former head of military intelligence, on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Following the visit, the delegation issued a report citing observations and making recommendations which include that the Proceeding resume at the earliest possible date, with the expectation that the Proceeding will result in a fair and final decision on the merits of the charges one way or the other; and that all participants and interested parties in the resumed Proceeding, as well as the Government of Guatemala, exercise and publicly express full and constant respect for the law and procedures, including internationally-recognized standards, and specifically for the status, safety, and independence of the judges, attorneys, and witnesses.

Dog Licenses

The Committee on Animal Law expressed support for A.2046/S.5048, which would permit New York City to set the amount it charges for dog licenses as well as charge higher fees for unsterilized dogs. Current dog licensing fees in the City do not cover the cost of issuing them. By allowing New York City to set its own fees, the City would be able to cover its costs of administering the licensing program and raise revenue necessary for programs relating to dogs and cats. The proposed legislation would also: 1) set fines for violating the license requirement; 2) provide that entities that are authorized to process dog license applications (such as pet stores) may receive 10% of the application fee; 3) transfer the enforcement of the law from the ASPCA to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; 4) allow applicants for a dog license to self-certify that a dog has been sterilized; and 5) establish certain uses of fees relating to dog licenses. The Committee recommended adding a requirement that the first purpose for the use of any funds raised through fines would be to establish, maintain or fund shelters for lost, stray or homeless animals, and that any remaining funds be used for purposes that are animal shelter-related.

     COMMITTEE SEEKING MEMBERS

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

New York Law Journal, September 16, 2013
N.Y. Legislation: What Passed, What Didn't, What's Next

"Since 1996, New York City has offered a partial property tax abatement program for cooperative apartment and condominium owners....However, pursuant to the latest three-year renewal enacted in January 2013, the abatement would have been lost if a cooperative or condominium unit were held by a trust or in a limited liability company (LLC)....Pursuant to the new law, enacted on July 3, 2013, the abatement will not be lost if a unit is held in trust for a person otherwise eligible for the abatement. The new law does not extend the abatement to units held in LLCs. Among other comments made in its support of the proposal, the New York City Bar has recommended that the abatement be expanded to include single member LLC and legal life estate forms of ownership."

New York Law Journal
, September 13, 2013

Pro Bono Reporting to Remain Confidential, for Now

"Information provided by New York attorneys about the number of pro bono hours and the amount of money they donate annually will not be subject to public disclosure, at least for now, the Office of Court Administration said Thursday. The confidentiality policy will be effective immediately and continue through at least April 2015, according to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti....The New York City Bar has come out in favor of the mandatory reporting of pro bono contributions and has taken no stand on whether that information should be made public."


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