This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Member Benefit Update
City Bar in the News

This Week at the City Bar
6 PM 9 PM, CLE
Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need To Know From Pre–Contract To Closing (Both Days) (Day 1 Only)

12:30 PM 2 PM, Event
Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing – Small Law Firm Luncheon

1 PM 5:35 PM, Event

Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers (Day 1 of 2)

9 AM 12 PM, CLE
Securities Offering Process: The Basics & Beyond

6 PM 8 PM, Event

Strategies & Techniques when Litigating Restrictive Covenants In New York

1 PM 5:45 PM, Event
Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers (Day 2 of 2)

6 PM 9 PM, CLE

Ethics in International Arbitration & Litigation

7 PM 9 PM, Event

“What is This?” Practice and Law Practice – Contemplative Lawyers Group

8:30 AM 9:30 AM, CLE
Managing High Stakes Litigation

Around the Bar
Celebrating Judge Weinstein

Hon. Jack Weinstein, left, with City Bar President Sam Seymour on September 13th, prior to an event in the Meeting Hall honoring the judge in celebration of his 90th birthday.

Recent Committee Activity
Supermax Confinement in U.S. Prisons
The Committee on International Human Rights issued a report on the widespread use of supermax facilities and isolation units within prisons. Prisoners in supermax facilities experience extreme sensory deprivation and are isolated from any meaningful human contact. The report describes the practice of supermax confinement in the United States; examines the limited role of courts in reviewing that practice; and concludes that in many cases supermax confinement constitutes torture under international law, according to international jurisprudence, and cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution. The report concludes by making a number of recommendations for reforms regarding the administration of supermax confinement in state and federal prisons, and the legal framework within which this practice is reviewed by courts.

Tampering with Farm Animals

The Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals expressed opposition for S.5172, which would make it a misdemeanor to (1) photograph or make a video or audio recording of a farmed animal or farm; (2) inject any unauthorized substance into a farmed animal; (3) feed a farmed animal; and (4) release a farmed animal if oral or written notice barring “tampering” is provided and the farm owner did not provide written consent. The Committee opposed the bill because (a) the bill’s prohibition on photographing, videotaping, or making an audio recording of a farm animal is overbroad and violates the First Amendment; (b) the bill is contrary to the public’s interest in protecting animals by prosecuting animal abuse, enacting animal-protection legislation necessary to address changes in animal agriculture, and making informed choices to consume animal products; and (c) the bill’s prohibitions against unlawful injections, feeding, and release are addressed in or are inconsistent with existing law.

Redistricting Process in New York

In comments to the Legislature on S.3331/A.5271, the Committee on Election Law highlights the significant and material differences between the proposed legislation and the recommendations made by the Committee in a report issued in 2007. The comments note that while the Committee’s 2007 report advocated for a constitutional amendment rather than a legislative approach to redistricting, given the Legislature’s inaction on redistricting reform over the past four years, the Committee would support meaningful reform by immediate legislative enactment, ideally with a companion constitutional amendment that would make such reform more difficult to repeal in the future.

Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City

Today’s Zoning Resolution was enacted in 1961 to reflect the City’s changing views and respond to the City’s evolving needs and conditions. Half a century later, the City’s Zoning Resolution needs to be amended once again to respond to the challenges of sustainability and adaptation to climate change faced today. In an effort to address this issue, the Committee on Land Use Planning and Zoning issued the report Further Utilizing the Zoning Resolution to Create a More Sustainable New York City, Better Prepared to Adapt to Climate Change. While not advocating any particular idea, the report is designed to advance the dialogue of how the Zoning Resolution can be amended to shape a more sustainable New York City that is better prepared to adapt to climate change.

Member Benefit Update
Ask the Experts

Submit an anonymous question through our website and a member of the City Bar’s Committee on Career Advancement and Management will post a response. Committee members have backgrounds as career consultants, professional development directors, and law school career guidance professionals, among other diverse career paths. Tap into their years of experience or read the answers to past career questions on our website.

Career Counselor Referral Program
City Bar members can receive a referral to a one-on-one counseling session with an experienced career counselor. By filling out the online request form, members will be eligible to meet with a participating counselor for an initial session (50 to 60 minutes as determined by the counselor, the “Initial Session”) for a fee of just $100.

City Bar in the News
Albany Times Union, September 16, 2011

Are Horse and Carriage Rides °•Barbaric°¶?
This issue has been bubbling along for a while in New York City and now the city bar association’s Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals is adding its support for a ban on what has been a symbol of Central Park – commercial horse and carriage rides…“For years, the Committee has advocated for an outright ban of carriage horse rides due to the dangerous and harsh conditions inherent in operating horse-drawn carriages in congested New York City streets and keeping horses in a crowded urban environment” said LIPTA.

U.S. News & World Report, September 13, 2011

Law Firm Insider: 9/13/11
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has appointed Barbara Camacho to be its next “Fragomen Fellow,” who will focus on improving pro bono immigration services provided by the firm and the City Bar Justice Center, an affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

New York Law Journal, September 12, 2011

Two Civil Court Races, Rockland Family Court Contest on Ballot
Two primaries for the Democratic nomination for open Civil Court seats are on tomorrow’s ballot in New York City. Housing Court Judge Cheryl J. Gonzales and Sharen D. Hudson, a court attorney in Brooklyn, are vying for a countywide seat in Brooklyn. Anthony Cannataro, law clerk to Justice Lottie E. Wilkins, is competing with Housing Court Judge Sabrina B. Kraus for a Manhattan district seat centered in the Third District, which runs west of Seventh Avenue from 14th to 65th Street…The New York City Bar rated all four Civil Court candidates approved, and the Brooklyn Bar Association approved both Kings County candidates.

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