The City Bar’s Commitment to Justice Everywhere
The New York City Bar Association has a long-held, deep commitment to human rights and the rule of law worldwide. Our membership and committee activity reflect that we are based in the pre-eminent global city, with fifteen committees exclusively focused on international issues and many others also including international issues on their agendas. In addition, our Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice extends the City Bar’s pro bono reach by engaging lawyers across borders to advance fundamental justice in countries undertaking legal and institutional reform. All of this is reflected in City Bar activities within the past couple of months.
|This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
6 PM – 8:45 PM, CLE
Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate: What Every Attorney Must Know When Handling a Transaction
6:30 PM – 9 PM, Event
Drug Shortages in the U.S. and the World: A Public Forum
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
9 AM – 11 AM, CLE
Overseas Securities & Other Fraud Risk: Analysis of Recent Developments
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Event
The Inside Scoop: How Powerful In-House Women Choose Their Outside Legal Teams
6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event
German/American Legal Conflicts
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Drafting & Negotiating Default & Remedies Provisions in Contracts and Leases
1 PM – 4 PM, CLE
Using Liability Limitation Provisions in Contracts & Other Documents
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
They Wished They Were Honest: The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption – Books at the Bar
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Using Networking and Networking Support Groups to Manage Your Job Search and Career
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Recent Developments in Civil Practice 2012: CPLR & Evidence
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
Art Law 101: The Basics
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Supreme Court Round-Up: Recent Developments in Employment Law Cases
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Rise of China and the Rule of (International) Law – International Law Weekend 2012
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE
Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months
Around the Bar
Helping 9/11 Victims
On October 19th, the City Bar Justice Center held a pro bono clinic for the reopened 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, helping potential claimants determine their eligibility and apply for compensation.
Recent Committee Activity
Eliminating Publication Requirements
The Committee on Real Property Law sent a letter to the New York State Legislature expressing opposition to the requirement under Section 206 of the NY Limited Liability Company Law and Section 121-201 of the NY Revised Limited Partnership Act that newly formed limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships in New York, or formed elsewhere but seeking to qualify to do business in New York, publish notice of their organization or application in designated newspapers. The letter notes that the publication requirement does not serve its stated objective of protecting consumers by providing them with necessary information, and imposes an unnecessary financial cost which particularly affects smaller New York businesses, entrepreneurs and investors, and discourages the formation of business entities in New York.
LGBT Rights in Ukraine
In a letter to the President of Ukraine, the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights urges that the Government of Ukraine oppose a Draft Law that would broadly ban using publications or the media for “promoting homosexuality." The Committee maintains that the Draft Law threatens the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) and Ukrainian individuals and organizations that support LGBT rights. The Draft Law, the letter notes, would only serve to stigmatize the Ukrainian LGBT community and hamper rather than help public health efforts with regard to HIV/AIDS. In addition, enacting the Draft Law would violate Ukraine’s obligations under international, regional, and domestic law.
Non-Profit Revitalization Act
In a letter to the Charities Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office, the Committee on Non-Profit Organizations provided preliminary comments on the Attorney General’s Program Bill, S.B. 7431, The Non-Profit Revitalization Act. Though the Committee expresses support for the goals of the Act, which are to simplify and modernize aspects of New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law so as to improve the regulatory climate for nonprofits in New York, its letter expresses concerns with some of the governance aspects of the bill, as they may create new and substantial unwarranted burdens on New York charities, particularly the small charities.
JOBS Act: Eliminating the Prohibition Against General Solicitation and Advertising
The Committee on Securities Regulation submitted comments to the SEC regarding the Commission’s proposed amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D and Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, which would implement Section 201 (a) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (“JOBS Act”) and eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising. The letter expresses overall support for the proposal and states that the proposal implements Section 20 1(a) of the JOBS Act in a way that appropriately balances investor protection concerns and the JOBS Act’s stated goal of improving access to the public capital markets. The letter goes on to note a few suggested changes with respect to some of the specific recommendations in the proposal.
City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, October 19, 2012
Circuit Strikes Key Provision of Marriage Act
“A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday held in Windsor v. United States, 12-2335-cv, that a federal law defining marriage as solely between one man and one woman violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law…New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar also issued statements hailing the decision.”
New York Law Journal, October 18, 2012
With Eyes on Jobs, NYU Law Launches New 3L Programs
“New York University School of Law has decided to bolster its third-year offerings with enhanced opportunities to study abroad, practice area-specific tracks and a new government law clinic…Carey Dunne, president of the New York City Bar, applauded NYU Law’s changes as much needed innovation, adding that there’s still ‘a lot of things that need to be done to address this current imbalance between supply and demand.’‘Innovations like this will catch on especially if they’re led by schools like NYU and I think a lot of other schools will be watching to see how it takes off,’ said Dunne.”
National Law Journal, October 16, 2012
Justices Face More Pressure over Recusals
“Earlier this month, the New York City Bar Association added its voice to those urging Supreme Court justices to publicly explain their decisions to bow out of – or stay in – cases before them. ‘Opening the Court’s “black box” in this limited respect,’ the association said in a report, ‘will help the parties and the public to have confidence that the judicial oath to hear cases “faithfully and impartially” is honored in practice by the highest court in the land.’ In a report issued earlier this month, the association reviewed the history and context of Supreme Court ethical issues and conflicts of interest.”
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