This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar
Committee Seeking Members
Volunteer Mediators Needed
City Bar in the News
Member Benefit Update

This Week at the City Bar
9 AM 5 PM, CLE
16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-The-Gap (Day 2 Only)

6 PM 9 PM, CLE

Copyright & Trademark Licensing: From the Basic to the Not-So-Basic

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event

Study Skills: Exam Preparation & Outlining

8:30 AM 10 AM, CLE
A Review of Supreme Court Patent Law Decisions from 2011 & Their Impact on Your Practice

6 PM 8 PM, Event

Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethical Issues

6 PM 8 PM, Event

Judges Under Fire: Human Rights, Judicial Independence, and the Rule of Law

6 PM 9:30 PM, Event

Minority Attorneys: You’re An Up and Coming Talent – Be More, Do More and Discover More By Reaching For the Leader Within You

8:30 AM 6 PM, CLE
Eighth Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions (Day 1)

6 PM 8:30 PM, CLE

A Pragmatic Approach To Mediation By Litigators For Litigators

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event

Program and Reception for International LL.M. Candidates

8:30 AM 6 PM, CLE
Eighth Annual Institute on Corporate, Securities, and Related Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions (Day 2)

6 PM 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Training

On October 3rd, the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) hosted a training for volunteer lawyers in preparation for upcoming clinics for the reopened September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. From left: K. Scott Kohanowski, Staff Attorney, CBJC; Carol Bockner, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, CBJC; Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director, CBJC; Heidi Levine, Justice Center Board Member and Partner at DLA Piper; Deborah Greenspan, Deputy Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and Partner at Dickstein Shapiro; Sheila Birnbaum, Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and Partner at Skadden Arps; Barbara Berger Opotowsky, Executive Director, New York City Bar.

What the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean

Twelve City Bar committees hosted a multidisciplinary forum on October 4th to discuss the impact of the Marriage Equality Law and the lingering effects of the Defense of Marriage Act and state laws that ban recognition of same-sex marriage. For more information on the panel and to see program materials, click here.

Committee Seeking Members
The Military Affairs and Justice Committee is accepting applications for membership for the 2011-12 year. The Committee addresses legal and policy issues affecting the United States armed services and the operation of the Court of Military Justice. The Committee also awards medals to the top graduate in the JAG programs of the service academies and the law program at West Point. The Committee’s activities in recent years have included co-authoring reports and letters on such subjects as human rights standards applicable to the United States’ interrogation of detainees, repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and voting rights for service members; sending representatives to observe the military tribunal proceedings in Guantanamo; and hosting discussions with judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and with fellows from the Council on Foreign Affairs. The Committee is currently participating in completing a report on detention in Afghanistan and is planning a program for the ten-year anniversary of Afghanistan and the War on Terror this fall. To apply, please contact the committee’s secretary, Julie Jetton, at

Volunteer Mediators Needed
The Committee on Professional Discipline is seeking members interested in serving as volunteer mediators in confidential disciplinary matters referred to the City Bar Complaint Mediation Panel by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee. A typical mediation concerns a dispute or disagreement between a client-complainant and his or her attorney that the Disciplinary Committee believes can amicably be resolved without the need for a formal investigation. The Complaint Mediation Panel maintains a list of mediators, who are selected as necessary on a rotating basis. Applicants should have significant past experience acting as mediators or representing parties in mediation. Interested persons should email a letter or resume describing their mediation experience to Elizabeth Dorfman, the Complaint Mediation Staff Coordinator, at

City Bar in the News
Newsday, October 4, 2011

9/11 Victims Begin Health Claims Process
On Monday, the first day that the new 9/11 victim compensation fund was open for business, 117 people registered online to begin the process of filing their claims, according to the Justice Department…Registration online is the first – and, according to Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, not required – step in the process of qualifying for compensation from the $2.77 billion fund authorized under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act enacted in January. Under the newly reopened fund, ailing first responders, cleanup workers and residents from Canal Street south can apply for compensation. Birnbaum said thousands might be eligible.…The special master said she had worked hard to make the process “user friendly” and that lawyers from the New York City Bar Association would be offering free help at clinics.

New York Times, October 3, 2011

Registration Begins for 9/11 Health Compensation Fund
The federal government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund began taking registrations Monday from people who believe they were physically harmed by the terrorist attacks and who are seeking financial compensation…The next and perhaps trickiest step will be for people who register to prove that they were actually present in the attack areas during the period covered by the fund – Sept. 11, 2001, to May 30, 2002 – and that they suffered physical harm as a direct result of the attacks.…Ms. [Sheila] Birnbaum said that she was trying to make the process easy enough to be followed without the help of a lawyer. But she said that for those who felt more comfortable using a lawyer, she was trying to recruit lawyers from the New York City bar association and elsewhere to serve without charge.

Member Benefit Update
One Medical Group

One Medical Group offers convenient, personal and accessible primary care with exceptional service and a variety of unique member benefits such as same-day appointments, email access to your doctor and staff, etc. Patients support the practice with an annual membership fee of $199, which allows One Medical Group to offer services not covered by insurance. City Bar Members are eligible to receive a 20% first year membership discount.

Marsh serves as the sponsored broker/administrator for the City Bar’s member insurance programs. Marsh designs, develops and implements insurance plans for members with discounted pricing, enhanced coverage or both. Marsh offers the following insurance benefits:
Medical Insurance
Level Term Life -10 and 20 year term
Group Personal Excess Liability
Workers’ Compensation
Business Owner’s Policy
Long Term Care
Auto & Homeowners
Catastrophe Major Medical
Accidental Death & Dismemberment

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