From the President: Samuel W. Seymour
This Week at the City Bar        
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News

President's Letter
The Need and the Response

Like many organizations across the country, our City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, is observing National Pro Bono Week during the last week of October. Here in New York, and across the country, the pro bono need is evident in the numbers, which are alarming. One in five New Yorkers, including one out of three children, are now living below the poverty line. Nationally, the U.S. poverty rate has increased to 14.3%, the highest in 15 years.

As disturbing as these statistics are, they are not surprising to our staff at the Justice Center, where consumer debt-related matters, including bankruptcy and foreclosure, have for the first time topped its case mix. Among the nearly thousand calls a month fielded by our Legal Hotline, housing issues are a close second, while a great many of the remaining calls relate to long-term unemployment issues, including all forms of government benefits (e.g., veterans benefits and COBRA expirations), and job discrimination.

What this means is that there’s never been a more important time to support the Justice Center’s work, by donating or volunteering.

Read more here.

This Week at the City Bar
6 PM – 9 PM, Event
Current Legal and Ethical Issues in Organ Donation: What Can Be Done to Help Supply Meet Demand

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

Recent Developments In Civil Practice: CPLR & Evidence

12:30 PM – 2 PM, Event
Growing Your Practice: How Can I Get Business Through Group Memberships?

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

What Every Criminal & Corporate Lawyer Needs to Know About Monitors

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Minority Women Litigators: Experiences in the Courtroom and Beyond

8 AM – 10 AM, Event
Corporate Compliance Programs: Where Outside Counsel Can Help – or Make a Bad Situation Worse

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE

Running A Client–Centric Practice: The Why & How

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, Event

My First Memo: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates

6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Using Networking and Networking Support Groups to Manage Your Job Search and Career

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

Current Legal Ethical Issues

8:30 AM 10:30 AM, CLE
Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums: Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months

Around the Bar
On the D.A.’s Office

On October 18th, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. discussed crime fighting and crime prevention strategies at a City Bar Public Affairs Luncheon. View video here.

Recent Committee Activity
Military Aid to Uzbekistan
The Committee on International Human Rights drafted a letter, signed by President Sam Seymour and sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging that before providing greater military aid to Uzbekistan, the Administration insist that the Uzbek government improve its human rights practices and commit to taking the following measures: (1) allow lawyers to practice law without harassment, intimidation, disbarment, detention, prosecution, or other forms of abuse imposed in response to lawyers’ choices to defend or represent certain clients; (2) respect the right of lawyers to voluntary freedom of association; (3) ensure that defendants have access to fair and independent legal representation from the time of their arrest through any legal proceedings; and (4) promote the independence of the judiciary.

City Bar in the News
Aljazeera, October 19, 2011

Targeted Killing and the ‘War on Terror’
The United States’ recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen has prompted renewed debate over the CIA’s predator drone programme…President Obama has yet to disclose the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo that, according to press accounts, justified killing Awlaki. As the New York City Bar Association explained in a recent letter, the rule of law requires that the United States provide “a thorough and transparent legal analysis” of its position on targeted killings.

Thomson Reuters, October 19, 2011

New York High Court Dismisses NYPD Negligence Suit
In a 5-2 decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeals vacated a $10 million award granted to a Bronx woman who was shot by her ex-boyfriend after allegedly reporting death threats to the police…The case was watched closely by a number of civil rights and victim advocacy groups, who are concerned the ruling will send a message to victims of domestic violence that orders of protection are essentially worthless. “When the laws on the books are not enforced, it creates a huge gap for domestic violence victims,” said Sandra Park, an ACLU lawyer and the chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Committee.

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