THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Mastering the Art of Law Firm Practice: Tips for Junior Associates


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
8 AM – 9:45 AM, Event
Women Partners Workshop Series: Bringing in the Rain

8 AM – 1:20 PM, Event

Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers (Day 1)

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Cocktails and Conversation: The Partner Track for Women of Color

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Program and Reception For International LL.M. Candidates


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
9 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE
Understanding Impasse in Negotiation & Mediation: How to Prevent, Avoid, & Break Deadlock

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
The Inside Scoop: How Women Associates Can Connect With In-House Counsel


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
8 AM – 1:20 PM, Event
Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers (Day 2)

9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE

Private Equity Structuring: The Basics

2 PM – 5 PM, Event
Lawyers' Foreclosure Intervention Network Training

6:15 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Cost of Conflict Minerals: Human Rights and Corporate Compliance

7 PM – 9 PM, Event
Lawyers Connect Annual Fall Reception


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE
Social Media: Advising Clients on the Do's & Don'ts

     AROUND THE BAR

On September 27th, the City Bar hosted a lunch with Prime Minster Iurie Leanca (center) of Moldova, who was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Pictured with him are, from left, Bret Parker, City Bar Executive Director; Bettina B. Plevan, former City Bar President and Chair of the City Bar's Council on International Affairs; Catherine Tinker, Chair of the City Bar's European Affairs Committee; and Mark A. Meyer, member of the Council on International Affairs and former Chair of the European Affairs Committee.

 

Marcin Korolec, Poland’s Minister of Environment and the President of COP19, the 19th meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Warsaw this November, addressed the City Bar on September 25th. He discussed possible scenarios for climate mitigation, adaptation and compensation for losses by victims of the world’s inaction on climate change. He was introduced by Stephen L. Kass, right, Chair of the City Bar’s Task Force on Legal Issues of Climate Adaptation.

 

Over 140 attendees learned about "Representing An Immigration Client At a Bond Hearing” on September 24th. The panelists were, from left: Ruben Loyo, Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services; Marie Mark, Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services; Timothy Maguire, Senior Trial Counsel at the Office of Chief Counsel; Former Immigration Judge Sarah Burr (Ret.); Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic; and Lenni Benson, Chair, New York City Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Not pictured: Mark Noferi, Visiting Associate Fellow at the Center for Migration Studies.

 


City Bar Exective Director and former in-house counsel Bret Parker addressed attendees at the In-House Counsel Networking Reception on September 24th.

     MEMBER MOVES AND MILESTONES

Margaret Stock has been awarded the MacArthur 'Genius' Award. She is currently an attorney with the Anchorage office of Cascadia Border Law. She formerly served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police, U.S. Army Reserve, and chaired the City Bar's Committee on International Security Affairs....Kevin Galbraith has opened The Law Office of Kevin Galbraith, representing investors and financial services professionals. He was formerly a senior attorney with Zamansky & Associates, LLC....Scott R. Wilson has joined the complex civil litigation and government investigation practice at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP as a partner. He was formerly Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the New York Attorney General.

Switching positions? Won an award? Send your news to MemberNews@nycbar.org.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Women in Prison
In a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry urged that plans to convert FCI Danbury, the only federal facility for women post-sentencing in the Northeast, into a men's prison be reversed. Converting FCI Danbury into a men's facility and relocating many of the current Danbury inmates to a remote location in Alabama, the letter noted, would impose a significant hardship on female inmates from New York State by limiting their family's access to visitation, programming and community resources. The facility's proximity to New York City enables inmates from the area to have regular in-person visits with family, especially children, and maintain family ties. Women who have frequent contact with their families have lower recidivism rates and are more likely to transition into productive law- abiding lives following their release.

 

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The Committee on African Affairs issued a report entitled Strengthening The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Delivering on Africa's Promise through NEPAD and the African Diaspora to Reinvigorate the Commercial Relationship Between the United States and Sub-Saharan African Countries. The report discusses the origins of AGOA, its achievements, shortcomings and its potential still to serve as a foundation for meaningful trade relations between sub-Saharan African countries and the United States. The report also examines the New Economic Partnership on Africa's Development (NEPAD) framework, explores ways that NEPAD's policies can create better synergies with AGOA to benefit African people and seeks to articulate ways that AGOA can be strengthened to achieve its envisioned objectives, highlighting the role that the African diaspora community in the United States, and African governments, can play.

 

Immigration Issues and Access to Justice
The Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law provided written testimony to Chief Judge Lippman's Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York. Taking into consideration that New York State has 4.3 million resident immigrants, the Committee suggested that the Task Force: 1) more fully incorporate civil immigration proceedings into its work; 2) continue to foster a more holistic, accurate debate regarding costs and benefits of access-to-justice funding; and 3) study and learn from innovative immigration projects, and support the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), a pilot project to represent detained immigrants in proceedings.

 

Obligation to Disclose Interests in Foreign Corporations
The Committee on Taxation of Business Entities issued a report entitled Report Offering Proposals to Eliminate Duplicative or Otherwise Unnecessary Filing Requirements for Certain Interests in Foreign Corporations and Foreign Partnerships. The report considers various circumstances in which the obligation to disclose certain interests in foreign corporations and foreign partnerships appears overbroad. Under current law, United States persons who own certain specified interests in foreign corporations or foreign partnerships are subject to special reporting requirements, including the obligation to file select IRS forms. The report notes that the rules pertaining to such filing requirements can be counterintuitive, and the penalties and other consequences attendant to a failure to file such forms when required can be quite severe. The report offers a number of proposals to remedy this situation.

     CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Law Journal, September 25, 2013
Head of Bar Referral Service Plans to Retire After 30 Years

"The longtime director of the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service has announced his plans to retire. Allen Charne, executive director of the service—sponsored by both the New York City Bar, which manages the program, and the New York County Lawyers' Association—will step down after being at the helm for nearly 30 years. Charne, 66, said in an interview he plans to spend time with his family. 'It's a good time for me,' Charne said, adding that in his job, he has worked with 'some of the really top lawyers.' The referral service fields over 75,000 calls annually and makes over 23,000 referrals, said Charne, who oversees a staff of 10 attorneys. The service offers referrals in a wide range of practice areas, including criminal defense, matrimonial and personal injury. There are approximately 600 attorneys on the referral panel, said Charne."


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