This Week at the City Bar
Small Law Firm Month at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
This Week at the City Bar
6 PM – 9 PM,
Enforcing Money Claims Pre- & Post-Judgment: Turning Your Judgment into an Actual Financial Recovery

8:30 AM – 5 PM,
9th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium

7 PM – 9 PM,
The 'Other' Side: Skillful Advocacy Grounded in Acknowledging our Differences and Similarities
Contemplative Lawyers Group

6 PM – 9 PM,
Insurance Law: The Basics

9 AM – 3:30 PM,
Basic Skills From Which Every Attorney Can Benefit: Satisfy Your Annual Requirement

November is Small Law Firm Month at the City Bar
This November, the New York City Bar Association is demonstrating its commitment to 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. Additionally, pay your dues in full by November 15th and you will receive a credit for a free, up to 3.0 credit, City Bar Center for CLE program (conditions apply, please visit for more information).

Around the Bar
Justice Center Presents Fourth Annual Epstein Awards

On October 22nd, the City Bar Justice Center presented the Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, honoring volunteer attorneys for exceptional work on Justice Center projects. From left: Russ Bleemer, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Daphnie Stock, Ernst & Young/Kaplan; Lee J. Potter, Jr., Duane Morris LP; Sheila Tendy, Tendy Law Office LLC; Edmund M. O’Toole, Venable LLP; Ross L. Hirsch, Herrick Feinstein LLP; Marc Montgomery, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Wendy J. Luftig, NYU School of Medicine, Office of Clinical Trials; Michael R. Flynn, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP; Christopher M. Desiderio, Nixon Peabody LLP. (Not pictured: Jane Hopwood, Hunton & Williams LLP.)

Recent Committee Activity
Insurance Regulation in the U.S. and EU
The Committee on Insurance Law sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in response to the Request for the EU-U.S. Dialogue Project for Public Comment on the Technical Committee Reports Comparing Certain Aspects of the Insurance Supervisory and Regulatory Regimes in the European Union and the United States. The Committee expressed support for the Project’s intention to promote mutual understanding and enhanced cooperation with respect to EU and U.S. insurance regulation and to identify the commonalities and differences between the two regimes while offering observations on four specific points including the: 1) impact of U.S. Federalism on Insurance Regulation; 2) limits of group supervision by states; 3) capital standards imposed on systemically significant insurers; and 4) roles of the FIO and NAIC.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, November 2, 2012

Bar Groups Mobilize to Offer Pro Bono to Storm Victims
“‘The scale of the response here will have to be on par with the 9/11 response,’ said New York City Bar Association president Carey Dunne. Last year‘s Hurricane Irene ‘did not present the scope and scale’ of the disaster Sandy left in its wake, he added.”

National Law Journal
, October 24, 2012

Surveillance Under Scrutiny
“The New York State Bar Association and the Committee on Civil Rights of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York have filed amicus briefs supporting the challengers to the law with a specific focus on the ethical obligations of lawyers. ‘Where there is a reasonable risk that a sensitive communication will be overheard by a third-party, a lawyer must refrain from making that communication,’ writes Peter Barbur of New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore, for the Committee on Civil Rights.”

Thomson Reuters
, October 24, 2012

Pitching New Clients? Bring Along the Associates
“Law firms that want to attract and retain top corporate clients should be willing to give a few things away for free and play up their associate talent, according to a panel featuring women from in-house legal departments. About 100 lawyers gathered at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan on Tuesday evening to hear lawyers from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Marsh & McLennan, The Estee Lauder Companies, CBS Corporation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art discuss ‘how powerful in-house women choose their outside legal teams.’”

Reuters, October 24, 2012

U.S. Business Group Urges Regulation of Litigation Funders
A business lobby group has called on the U.S. Congress to regulate companies that provide financing for commercial lawsuits, describing the practice as ‘coercive enterprise.’…The American Bar Association in February cautioned lawyers to take care of their professional responsibilities when dealing with litigation funders, but did not recommend any changes to its rules on professional conduct. The New York City Bar Association blessed litigation finance in July 2011.”

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