IN THIS ISSUE : MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
Member Benefits During Small Law Firm Month
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
6 PM – 8 PM,
CLE
T & E Issues in Marriage Equality



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
9 AM – 12:30 PM,
CLE
Advising Clients on Say-On-Pay & Related Executive Compensation Issues


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Everything You Wanted To Know About E-Litigation But Were Afraid To Ask: E-Filing, E-Discovery, E-Evidence – Practice, Law & Technology




WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM,
Event
Treatment of Assets Purchased with Marital and Non-Marital Property: Principles and Application since Fields v. Fields


9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
2012 Elder Law Updates (Video Replay)


3 PM – 9:30 PM,
Event
Regional Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 1 of 2)



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9 AM – 12:15 PM,
CLE
Introduction to Copyright, Trademark, & Other Intellectual Property Law


1:15 PM – 4:30 PM,
CLE
Entertainment Law 101


5 PM – 9:30 PM,
Event
Regional Rounds of the 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition (Day 2 of 2)



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Lawyers Following Orders: Ethical Pitfalls & Practical Advice


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
Hurricane Sandy Pro Bono Disaster Assistance Training


On November 9th, the City Bar Justice Center hosted a Disaster Assistance Training session for nearly 250 pro bono lawyers interested in helping Hurricane Sandy victims on matters including insurance, FEMA, disaster unemployment assistance, housing, replacement of documents, and more. Co-sponsors were Legal Services NYC, The Legal Aid Society and the City Bar’s Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee.

Recent Committee Activity
Specified Foreign Financial Assets
The Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation submitted comments to the IRS on proposed regulations which pertain to the required reporting of specified foreign financial assets (SFFA) on Form 8938. In the letter, the Committee makes a number of recommendations on the various proposals, including: broadening language to exclude from the definition of specified domestic entities certain domestic trusts not required to file U.S. income tax or information returns; extending the exception to the definition of specified domestic entities for certain domestic trusts to include entities owned by the specific domestic entity; providing that a specified person is not required to report a SFFA on Form 8938 for a particular tax year if such SFFA is reported on a timely filed Form 8858 for that year; and limiting the application of the reporting requirement for certain domestic discretionary trusts.

Children in Armed Conflict
The Committee on African Affairs sent a letter to all nations that have not ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (Optional Protocol), urging them to do so. The Optional Protocol, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000, has already been ratified by 147 counties. Today, the letter notes, child soldiers are fighting in at least 14 countries and are often recruited through force or deception and exposed to horrific violence. Some children are forced to commit atrocities and many girls are sexually exploited. The Optional Protocol addresses these crimes perpetrated against children by prohibiting the forced recruitment or participation in hostilities of children under the age of 18.

City Bar in the News
Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2012

Lawyers in Sandy’s Path Offer Free Help to Storm Victims
“Bar associations across the tri-state area are setting up free legal clinics to help citizens affected by the storm. In New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, state bar groups are setting up hotlines to match lawyers with storm victims. On Friday, the New York City Bar Association hosted a training session to get volunteer attorneys up to speed on FEMA, insurance, food stamps and other issues storm victims are likely to encounter.”


New York Law Journal, November 7, 2012

Bar Groups Rally for Storm Victims
“The New York City Bar’s Justice Center hosted a meeting on Nov. 5 for representatives of 10 area legal services groups who will collaborate in providing free legal help to storm victims. The full picture of legal needs is just starting to emerge, said Lynn Kelly, executive director of the Justice Center. ‘We’re working in anticipation of the legal needs to come,’ she said. ‘We’re getting people trained so that when storm victims need support, we’re ready.’ The groups will host two large-scale training sessions on Federal Emergency Management Agency applications and disaster-related issues in the coming weeks.”

Special Member Benefits During Small Law Firm Month
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Small Law Firm Symposium last week. Despite the recent storms, approximately 150 solo and small law firm practitioners made it out for a day of workshops and the trade show. As part of Small Law Firm Month, members can access additional benefits from Symposium Exhibitors and Member Benefit Companies, Marsh and LawPay.

Marsh: Members can sign up for a free one-on-one Professional Liability Consultation with a Marsh Representative.

LawPay: 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, 2012, we will waive your statement fee for 3 months.

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