IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
November: Small Law Firm Month
Lawyers’ Foreclosure Intervention Network Training
City Bar in the News
Member Benefit Update
   

This Week at the City Bar
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
The Google Powered Law Office: Search Tricks, Cloud Apps, and Research
Tips (Video Replay)

1 PM – 4 PM, CLE

Unleash Investigative Research Information from Social Media Profiles While Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls (Video Replay)

6 PM – 7 PM, Event

The Business of Beauty

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Foster Care Adoption: Legal and Agency Perspectives


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Enforcing Money Claims Pre– & Post Judgment: How to Really Win Your Case

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Event

Pro Bono International and Environmental Project


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Whistleblower Incentives & Protections: An Update

7 PM – 9 PM, Event

Hugo Boss Shopping Event: Lawyers Connect – First Thursdays


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
9 AM 1 PM, CLE
Accounting & Auditing Update for Attorneys

6 PM 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
Jeremy G. Epstein Awards

On October 24th, a ceremony honored the winners of the 2011 Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for outstanding pro bono work on City Bar Justice Center projects.

(l to r) Richard Bernardo, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Sean Porter, Dechert LLP; Hugh Hill, Hogan Lovells LLP; Aviania Iliadis, Latham Watkins; Rene Kathawala, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Robert B. Fiske Jr., Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, keynote speaker; Samuel W. Seymour, President, New York City Bar

(l to r) William Lang, Nixon Peabody LLP; Ben Kusmin, Cooley LLP; Kristopher Brown, Dechert LLP; Vasilios Angelos; Natalie Shimmel Drucker, Simpson Thacher/Goldman Sachs; Jay Holtmeier, Chair, City Bar Fund; WilmerHale; (also receiving the award: Deirdre Kessler; Jae Kim, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP)

View more photos of the awards ceremony here.

Recent Committee Activity
Lawyers’ Statement of Principles Regarding China
In recent months, the Chinese Government has escalated its efforts to intimidate lawyers who are well-known rights defenders or who simply represent clients whom the government regards as objectionable, because of their challenges to Government policies involving religious freedom, population control, environmental pollution or other social concerns. Concerned by the mistreatment of lawyers in China, the Committee on International Human Rights issued a statement endorsing five Principles, which recognize the critical role that lawyers play in promoting and protecting the rule of law. The statement calls upon lawyers everywhere to demand that the Chinese government respect the basic right of Chinese lawyers to practice their profession free of government interference, police harassment, and surveillance.

November is Small Law Firm Month at the City Bar
This November, the New York City Bar Association is celebrating the small law firm practitioner. Whether in a solo practice or a firm of less than 25 attorneys, we have a full month of events, savings, and special offers just for you, so visit www.nycbar.org/slfmonth today for more details.

Lawyers' Foreclosure Intervention Network Training
The Lawyers’ Foreclosure Intervention Network (LFIN), a joint project of the City Bar Justice Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been helping New York City residents facing foreclosure since 2008. Participating lawyers will be trained to represent homeowners in foreclosure settlement conferences and in applying for available loss mitigation options. LFIN provides a great opportunity to help your community while honing your advocacy skills. CLE credit is available for providing pro bono representation.

Lawyers’ Foreclosure Intervention Network Training
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 2 PM – 5 PM
Location: New York City Bar Association
Registration Required: Please email Ben Seibel at bseibel@nycbar.org or visit www.probono.net/nycservice

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, October 26, 2011
City Bar Justice Center Presents Pro Bono Awards
The City Bar Justice Center presented its Third Annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for pro bono service at a reception on Monday evening at the New York City Bar’s West 44th Street headquarters.


Law Technology News, October 20, 2011

Discovery of Social Media in New York
Although there is no right to privacy with respect to content located on social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace, attorneys must tread carefully when attempting to access information designated as “private” on these sites. Both the New York City Bar and the New York State Bar Association have opined that lawyers may not use false or deceptive information to “friend” a party or non-party (or cause someone else to friend a party or non-party) in order to obtain non-public information about that person.

Member Benefit Update
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Special Small Law Firm Month Benefit: Sign up for LawPay Credit Card Processing during the month of November and receive $150 off a credit card terminal or a free virtual terminal. In addition, if you open a LawPay Merchant Account by November 30, 2011 they will waive your statement fee for 3 months.

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