IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Supreme Court – A Year in Review (Video Replay)



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Becoming an Assistant District Attorney



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
8:30 AM – 6 PM,
CLE
Ninth Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities & Related Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions (Register for Both Days) (Day 1 Only)


9:30 AM – 12 PM,
Event
Tapping the Power of Practice Focus: How to Create or Refine Your Niche(s) to Attract and Close More A-Quality Clients – Small Law Firm Practice Development & Time Management Breakfast


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Family Court


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Careers in the Courts: The Road to the Bench and Other Less-Traveled Judicial Roles



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
8:30 AM – 6 PM,
CLE
Ninth Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities & Related Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions (Day 2 Only)

Around the Bar
Deferred Action


Lynn Kelly (left), Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center, and Barbara Camacho, the Justice Center’s Fragomen Fellow, led a lawyer training on “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” in early September.

Recent Committee Activity
Adequate Resources for the SDNY Bankruptcy Court
The Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization wrote to Congress in support of the request by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York that the position held by the recently retired Chief Judge of the Court be reinstated and that the Court receive adequate resources to permit it to function effectively. The letter, which appends a memorandum by the Chief Judge of the Court, notes that many of the largest and most well known bankruptcy cases are filed in this Court. Further decreases in court resources, the letter notes, would increase the stress being put upon the staff of the Court and decrease the level of service the Court is able to provide to both corporate and individual debtors and their creditors.

City Bar in the News
Reuters, September 14, 2012

U.S. Official Defends Use of Deferred-Prosecution Deals
“A top U.S. criminal prosecutor said Thursday that deferred prosecution agreements have become a mainstay of the government’s white-collar enforcement efforts, creating a ‘smart and responsible’ alternative to criminal indictment. Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the criminal division at the U.S. Department of Justice, said in remarks to the New York City Bar Association that the increased use of deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements over the last decade had a ‘transformative effect’ on corporate compliance across the globe, allowing good companies to rehabilitate while punishing bad actors.”


Bloomberg, September 14, 2012

U.S. Deferred Prosecutions Boost Compliance, Breuer Says
“The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, defended the increased use of deferred-prosecution agreements, saying they had ‘a transformative effect on particular companies and, more generally, on corporate culture across the globe.’ The agreements have ‘become a mainstay of white-collar criminal law enforcement,’ Breuer, 54, said in a speech before the New York City Bar Association yesterday, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.”


Gotham Gazette, September 11, 2012

Guide for the Last Minute Voter
“Among a handful of noteworthy Democratic primaries for countywide judicial elections, the standout race is in Manhattan for the job of Surrogate Court judge, overseeing sometimes bruising cases involving wills and estates. The candidates, Barbara Jaffe and Rita Mella, are competing for a 14-year term on the bench. Jaffe is an acting New York State Supreme Court Justice, who has worked on the matrimonial bench. Mella is a county Civil Court judge, a position she won in a general election in 2006. The New York City Bar Association, which evaluates candidates, has approved both.”

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