IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Election Protection Volunteers Needed
Recent Committee Activity
Committee Seeking Members
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
Insider Trading 2012: Trends & Developments in the Investigation, Prosecution & Defense of Insider Trading Cases



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
8:30 AM – 10 AM,
Event
Finding Your Passion during Tough Economic Times


9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues


12 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer – Public Affairs Luncheon


5:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
The Role of an Attorney on a Nonprofit Board


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Brands Abroad: International Trademark Issues Facing In-House Counsel and Those Who Advise Them (Registration Now Closed)


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Diversity in the Global Marketplace: Careers in Antitrust Enforcement and Consumer Protection




WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
8 AM – 9:30 AM,
Event
The Top Ten Things I Wish I’d known when I Began My Legal Career


9 AM – 12:30 PM,
CLE
Hot Topics in Advertising & Marketing Law 2012


4:30 PM – 7:15 PM,
Event
Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off Event


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
The High Line Park: The “Inside Story” From the Railroad’s Point of View



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
9 AM – 11 AM,
CLE
Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen: Drafting Advice From a Litigator


9:30 AM – 12 PM,
Event
Work-Life Balance Tune-Up for Lawyers – Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Injunctions and International Arbitration Proceedings: Judicial, Practitioner, and Academic Perspectives


7 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Mediation and Meditation: More than Just a Misspelling – Contemplative Lawyers Group



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the Gap (Day 2 Only)

Around the Bar
Honoring Judge Ciparick


The City Bar hosted a reception in honor of Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, who is retiring after 19 years on the New York State Court of Appeals. From left, former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, City Bar Executive Director Barbara Berger Opotowsky.

Election Protection Volunteers Needed
Training Session: Monday, October 29, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The City Bar invites its members to volunteer for election protection by staffing a non-partisan voter hotline and legal field program on Election Day, November 6th. With over 2,000 volunteers needed in New York City, the City Bar’s Election Law Committee is co-sponsoring this training for Election Protection with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers Committee”).

We seek volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students for the national Election Protection program to staff the national voter hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE) and volunteer for the legal field program on November 6th (Election Day). Volunteers answer questions and identify issues confronting voters. Election Protection is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition – not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party – and helps all voters across the country, particularly those traditionally disenfranchised.

Volunteers must attend in-person this two-hour training session (other dates and locations are available if this one at the Association does not meet your needs) and are asked to sign up for a three- to six-hour shift. Volunteers are particularly needed for the first shift, as most problems occur in the early morning. There are volunteer opportunities available on November 5th as well. Materials will be provided.

To volunteer, please sign-up for a specific shift and training directly at http://bit.ly/QWCyi3. If you have any questions, please contact Myrna Perez, the chair of the Election Law Committee, at myrna.perez@nyu.edu.

Recent Committee Activity
Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
The Committee on Tort Litigation issued a report urging the Governor to sign into law A.10784/S.7787, which would amend the insurance law to provide all motor vehicle policy holders with Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (SUM) insurance coverage, with the choice of expressly declining such additional coverage after being informed of the benefits of extra SUM coverage. Under the new law whatever motor vehicle bodily injury coverage drivers buy to protect themselves if they negligently cause injury to a person will also provide them with the same amount of insurance protection if they are the ones injured by a negligent driver. As a result of this legislation, drivers will be encouraged to select SUM coverage at an appropriate level based on their other insurance decisions, while retaining the right to select lower coverage if they so choose.

Committee Seeking Members
The International Trade Committee is currently accepting membership applications. Through its monthly meetings, annual forums, and papers, the Committee addresses issues concerning the international trade in goods and services and the legal mechanisms used to regulate trade. Among these issues are trade agreements, dispute settlement, legislative developments, and international enforcement power. For further information, please contact Committee Chair Louise Bohmann at louise.bohmann@us.pwc.com.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, October 11, 2012

Federal judge: Discussions with litigation funders are privileged
“Litigation funders don’t act as attorneys, yet they typically engage in discussions with lawyers for the parties whose claims they’re backing. Are those talks protected by privilege? And what about work product shared with outside funders? Does it lose protection because the financiers aren’t acting as attorneys? District courts from Delaware to Texas have reached different conclusions on the issue. Some judges have compelled disclosures, while others have ruled the privilege holds. Some bar groups, including the New York City Bar Association, have urged caution to litigants discussing privileged issues with outside funders, even as they’ve given a green light to litigation finance.”

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