THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
9 AM – 1 PM, Event
Transitional Justice in Brazil: Measuring Progress and Confronting Challenges

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Crowdfunding: New SEC Rules-Financing Small Business and Entertainment
[registration now closed]


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
8:30 AM – 10 AM, Event
'Tis the Season: Making the Most of Holiday Networking Opportunities

9 AM – 4:30 PM, CLE

Trials of the Century

6 PM – 9 PM, CLE

IP Rights in Social Media – Best Practices To Navigate Through Current Issues

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

A Holiday Networking Event Celebrating Diversity in the Profession


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
9 AM – 12 PM, CLE
A Mediation Career: Getting Started

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

A New Start for the City's Affordable Housing Landscape


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy Books at the Bar

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
The Unspoken Rules of Success in the Legal Profession (Part II): What Your Career Services Office May Not Tell You

7 PM – 9 PM, Event
Pass the Bar Reception – Lawyers Connect First Thursdays


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
9 AM – 5 PM, CLE
2nd Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel: Navigating the Boardroom, the Courtroom & the Space Between


     AROUND THE BAR

Hofstra Wins Regional Moot Court Competition

Hofstra University School of Law won the regional rounds of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place November 20-21 at the City Bar. New York University School of Law took second-place honors. Front Row (L-R): Joseph J. Pash, Hon. Ellen Gesmer, Hon. Rosalyn Richter, Hon. Philip Straniere, James D. Herchlien. Back Row (L-R): NYU Team: Shoyeb Siddique, Daniel Eisenberg and Katherine Englander; Hofstra Team: Paul Liggieri, Brian Boxler and Brendan Friedman. Read more here.

    #GIVINGTUESDAY

December 3rd is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Be on the lookout tomorrow for a message from City Bar President Carey Dunne on why and how to give to the City Bar Fund.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Designate Philippines Temporary Protected Status
In a letter to President Obama, the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee urged that the Administration grant persons in the U.S. from the Philippines who are not US permanent residents Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS would allow Filipino nationals to remain in the U.S. for a designated period so they would not have to return to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Granting TPS in this instance, the letter notes, is not merely a device for protecting a group of nationals who are physically present in the United States from exposure to the adverse humanitarian effects of being returned to a devastated homeland but it is also a way to put humanitarian principles to work by empowering Filipino nationals temporarily living in the United States to aid in the recovery of their own homeland and to alleviate the tragic consequences befalling the Philippines.

Model Preservation Letter

Given the importance of the preservation of materials (and especially electronic files and electronically-stored information) for litigation and the possibility that courts may impose penalties against parties who have not met their preservation obligations, the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction has drafted a model preservation letter that can be used by practitioners to send to clients re: preserving documents and electronic records. The model letter can be adapted to the facts of a particular case and users are advised to update the form based on changes in the law and technology.


Animal Welfare in New York City

The Committee on Animal Law sent a letter to incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offering its views regarding important policy decisions facing the incoming administration that will have a substantial effect on the lives of New York City's residents and animals. The letter addresses a few of the areas in which the City can have a significant impact on the welfare of animals including: 1) Horse Drawn Carriages; 2) Humane Law Enforcement; 3) Fire Safety and Sprinklers in NYC Pet Stores; 4) Wild Animals in Entertainment; 5) Sheltering of Domestic Violence Victims with Pets; 6) Spay and Neuter of NYC Dogs and Cats; 7) Humane Education in NYC Schools; and 8) Non-lethal Bird Hazard Control.

    COMMITTEE SEEKING MEMBERS

The Social Welfare Law Committee has membership openings and is seeking new members interested in: hearing about current developments in public benefits and poverty law; assisting the committee in planning events about and writing reports on issues impacting low income New Yorkers; and participating in legislative advocacy in areas affecting low income New Yorkers. This is a very exciting time for the Social Welfare Law Committee as New York prepares for the incoming de Blasio administration that has promised to make addressing income inequality a centerpiece of the new administration. For further information, please contact the chair, Pete Kempner, at petek@sbls.org.

    2014 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Professional Development Series Returning January 22
We are pleased to announce the return of the annual Professional Development Series. This series is free to all City Bar members and to attorneys from sponsoring law firms. We have a great line-up of programs and most offer CLE credit.

Jan 22: Honing Your Legal Editing Skills - Ross Guberman
Feb 27: Professional Presence: Communicating with Confidence - Kathleen Brady & Carol Kanarek
Mar 19: Developing Business through Networking: Live and Online - Tracy LaLonde
Apr 17: Implementing Legal Project Management to Advance Your Career - Aileen Leventon
May 15: Embracing Generational Diversity - Christopher P. De Santis & Jessica Delbaum

Special thanks to our sponsors:
New York Law Journal; Allen & Overy LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; DLA Piper LLP (US); Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Kaye Scholer LLP; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; King & Spalding; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York City Law Department; Proskauer Rose LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Winston & Strawn LLP

     CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Times, November 20, 2013
In a Shelter, and Striving to Help a Child

"The last few years have been traumatic ones for Juana Rosario, who has been living in the New York City shelter system since 2010, alongside her husband and her disabled granddaughter, Amy Germosen Rosario....The family has since bounced around among various shelters; many are unsuitable for children with disabilities....Last November, the family was placed in a shelter in East New York, Brooklyn, that was a two-hour bus ride from Amy’s school. She would cry on the long rides. Ms. Rosario sought help from the City Bar Justice Center, which provides legal assistance to low-income clients. It helped get the family transferred to a more appropriate shelter, closer to Amy’s school. The City Bar Justice Center is a partner with the Children’s Aid Society, one of the agencies supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. Ms. Rosario said she has been grateful for the assistance."


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