THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE/Event
Brief Writing 101: A Step-by-Step Approach


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
8 AM – 6:30 PM, CLE
2nd Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Career Paths in Real Estate Law

6 PM – 9 PM, Event

Training for Volunteers to Provide Basic Consumer Debt Collection Legal Advice


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Hot Button Issues of Legal Ethics

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Intelligent Interviewing: Telling Your Story, Selling Yourself


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
8:30 AM – 5 PM, Event
10th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Anatomy of a Trial: Tips & Strategies to Win Your Case

6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event

A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

7 PM – 9 PM, Event

Interconnectedness: Being Mindful of our Networks - Contemplative Lawyers Group


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9 AM – 11:45 AM, CLE
How to Read & Understand Financial Statements

7 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

New York City Bar Chorus 20th Anniversary Concert

     AROUND THE BAR

City Bar Legislative Affairs Director Maria Cilenti (right) and Assistant Director Elizabeth Kocienda hosted a breakfast on legislative advocacy for Committee members on November 7th. Program materials are available here.

Congratulations to the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, winner of the Diversity Pipeline Initiatives' 2013 Mentor Negotiation Competition. The team was coached by DPI Committee Secretary Sarah O'Connell of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and faculty advisor Eric Schaefer. Pictured with the team are the four final round judges: Joseph A. Post of Verizon, Beth Schwartz of Fordham Law School, Alfreida B. Kenny, and John D. Feerick of Fordham Law School.

     NOVEMBER: SMALL LAW FIRM MONTH
     MEMBER MOVES AND MILESTONES

Jon Connolly has joined BNY Mellon as a Managing Director and Senior Counsel in the Regulatory Enforcement and Investigations Group. He was previously with Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP....James Moyle has started his own firm, Moyle LLC, and was recently recognized as one of New York's Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation. He was previously with Alston & Bird LLP.

Switching positions? Receiving an award? Send your news to MemberNews@nycbar.org; select announcements will appear in the 44th Street eNews or on the website.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies
In its report, Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies, the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights outlined a set of model hospital policies aimed at eliminating bias and insensitivity toward, and ensuring appropriate, welcoming interactions with, transgender patients. The model policies address the issues of confidentiality, non-discrimination, room assignments, bathroom access, and admitting/registration procedures – issues that, when mishandled, become barriers to health care for transgender patients. The report urges that hospital administrators and legal departments adopt these policies to ensure that their hospitals are offering health care that is non-discriminatory and transgender-affirming.

Cloud Computing

The Committee on Small Law Firms issued a report, The Cloud and the Small Law Firm: Business and Privilege Considerations, which looks at the business case for moving to the Cloud and using portable devices safely and within the bounds of a lawyer's ethical obligations and regulatory requirements. The report outlines: 1) ways in which lawyers should carefully evaluate all service providers to ensure that they employ sufficient procedures to protect clients’ confidences and electronic information; 2) how best to employ appropriate precautions when using portable media; 3) practical ways to mitigate risk as information technology advances and ways in which lawyers can, and must, become educated regarding the technologies; and 4) procedures required when contracting with Cloud providers and utilizing portable devices in order to safeguard client and firm data, thereby minimizing ethical and malpractice risks. The report concludes that lawyers must each analyze his or her own decision matrix, balancing costs versus benefits and risks versus rewards, and be prepared to demonstrate to clients, regulators and perhaps a court how the decision was reached and what factors went into it.

     CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

Washington Post, November 6, 2013
What ENDA Would Mean for Managers in the Workplace

"On Monday, the Senate voted to formally begin deliberations on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act…The legislation, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, is reportedly expected to pass the Senate this week…legal experts say, there’s unlikely to be a floodgate of claims if the ban does go into place. Katharine Parker, a partner at Proskauer who co-leads the law firm’s employment counseling and training group in New York, points to research done by the New York City Bar’s Labor and Employment Committee. It found that after New York amended its laws to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, these types of complaints comprised less than 1 percent of those filed with the city’s Commission on Human Rights between 2003 and 2010."

Crain's New York
, November 3, 2013

Fashioning a Lucrative Legal Specialty

"'There’s a trend in law schools toward specialization,' said Monica Richman, chair of the fashion-law committee at the New York City Bar Association and a partner at Dentons. 'The law schools feel that if people come out and take numerous classes in one area, then they have better marketability.' Two years ago, the bar association introduced the fashion-law committee, which now has 34 members who work as in-house counsels at retailers and at law firms, to meet demand. Each year, Ms. Richman hosts seven programs, ranging in topic from using song licenses as background music during runway fashion shows to dealing with bankruptcy."

New York Law Journal
, October 29, 2013

1 Year Later, Attorneys Still Counsel Victims

"It has been has been a year since Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, but New York lawyers are still helping storm victims wade through legal problems that are growing ever more complex….'Nobody actually feels like they’ve been made whole,' said Lynn Kelly, executive director of the City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit arm of the New York City Bar, which trains lawyers to provide pro bono help to low-income New Yorkers. 'It’s a sobering experience to see a disaster like this and realize, at the end of the day, how little help there is for people.'"


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