This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
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 (Day 2 Only)

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event

Wall Street Reform and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements on Companies, Conflict and Development

8:30 AM 10 AM, CLE
Completing Professional Liability Applications to Maximize Your Protection

6 PM 8 PM, CLE

Insider Trading 2011: Current Trends & Recent Developments In The Investigation, Prosecution & Defense Of Insider Trading Cases

Around the Bar
Running for Justice and a Cure

On September 18th, Team “Running for Justice,” made up of staff and volunteers from the City Bar and the City Bar Justice Center, along with family and friends, ran the Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, raising over $3,000 in the fight against breast cancer.

Recent Committee Activity
Immigration Detainers
In a joint report, the Committees on Criminal Courts, Corrections, and Immigration and Nationality Law expressed support for City Council Int. 656-2011, which would place restraints on the New York City Department of Correction (DOC)’s practice of holding immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. Imposing some limits on DOC’s detaining immigrants at ICE’s request would protect the due-process rights and other rights of its immigrant residents, and encourage the cooperation of immigrant communities in law enforcement. Specifically the bill would prohibit the use of New York DOC resources to honor a civil immigration detainer provided that the subject of the detainer (i) has never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony; (ii) is not a defendant in a pending criminal case; (iii) has no outstanding warrants; (iv) is not and has not previously been subject to a final order of removal; and (v) is not identified as a confirmed match in the terrorist screening database. In addition, the bill would result in significant cost-saving to New York City.

Detaining Noncitizens

The Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law drafted a letter to Congress, signed by City Bar President Sam Seymour, expressing opposition to H.R. 1932, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011. The bill would expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to categorically detain noncitizens for prolonged periods without individualized bond hearings or meaningful administrative or judicial review. This, the letter states, violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and would result in the unnecessary and costly incarceration of many individuals who are neither a meaningful risk of flight nor any danger to public safety.

City Bar in the News
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 21, 2011

Brooklyn VLP at City Bar Foreclosure Training
The City Bar Justice Center’s Lawyers’ Foreclosure Intervention Network co-sponsored an advanced training with Legal Services NYC, the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Empire Justice Center for attorneys handling foreclosure cases pro bono and those who work for legal services organizations this week. The event was so packed that some attorneys had to be turned away. Brooklyn VLP Executive Director Jeannie Costello, VLP Foreclosure Intervention Project Director Jaime Lathrop and foreclosure paralegal Jena Dropela were all in attendance.

Salon, September 20, 2011

Jose Padilla and How American Justice Functions
The story of Jose Padilla, continuing through the events of yesterday, expresses so much of the true nature of the War on Terror and especially America’s justice system.…UPDATE II: Padilla was consigned to the SuperMax prison in Florence, Colorado to serve his 17-year sentence. The New York City Bar Association last week issued a comprehensive study of America’s SuperMax system and concluded: "The policy of supermax confinement, on the scale which it is currently being implemented in the United States, violates basic human rights. We believe 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."

New York Law Journal, September 20, 2011

Disclosure of Information on Social Networking Websites
Lawyers trying to obtain information from another party’s social networking site need to be careful to adhere to certain ethical constraints…But see New York City Bar Opinion 2010-2 (2010) (“an attorney or her agent may use her real name and profile to send a ‘friend request’ to obtain information from an unrepresented person’s social networking website without also disclosing the reasons for making the request”).

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