IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Justice Center News: Thanksgiving Sunday in the Rockaways
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Development Rights & Wrongs: The Do’s & Don’ts of Zoning Lot Mergers & Development Rights Transfers in New York City


6:30 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Presentation by Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Criminal Justice


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
12 PM – 2 PM,
Event
New Presidential Term…New U.S. Supreme Court Justices?


5:30 PM – 8:45 PM,
Event
Bloomberg Administration’s Legal Legacy Symposium – Session Two

6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Successful Art Succession: Advanced Estate Planning Considerations


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Intelligent Interviewing: Telling Your Story, Selling Yourself




WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
Best of 16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Practical Skills, Ethics & More (Day 2 Only)


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
America’s Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR’s State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy – Books at the Bar


6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
A Mediation Career: Getting Started



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
6 PM – 8:30 PM,
CLE
Family Law: Issues in LGBT Parenting


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



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
The Institute For Corporate Counsel: Navigating the Boardroom, the Courtroom & the Space Between

Around the Bar
Address by Harold Hongju Koh


On November 26th, Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, spoke at the City Bar on “International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Age of Smart Power.” Watch a video of the speech here.

Justice Center News
Thanksgiving Sunday in the Rockaways – by Lynn M. Kelly

It was cold and blustery in the Rockaways on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when the City Bar Justice Center traveled to the Rockaways with eleven pro bono attorneys. The streets had been cleared of much of the debris and the solar panels which powered some of the neighborhood after the storm had been taken down. Luckily, power had just been restored to the neighborhood around 113th Street, where we were once again holding a free legal clinic at the YANA center. Read more.

Recent Committee Activity
Judicial Independence in Sri Lanka
In a letter to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka drafted by the Council on International Affairs, the City Bar urged Sri Lanka’s government to comply with its obligations under international law and ensure the continued existence of a “competent, independent and impartial” judiciary in Sri Lanka. The letter noted growing concern over recent events including the initiation of impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the violent assault of the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission, and recent amendments to the laws and Constitution of Sri Lanka, all of which potentially undermine judicial independence.

Attorney Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses in Large Chapter 11 Cases
The Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization wrote to the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, commenting on the draft guidelines for reviewing applications for compensation and reimbursement of expenses filed under 11 U.S.C. Section 330 by attorneys in large Chapter 11 cases. While commending the efforts of the UST Office and its analysis of the comments received [the Committee submitted comments in the earlier round], the Committee believes that certain of the provisions impose substantial burdens on professionals and those reviewing professionals’ retention and fee applications and costs to the estate without commensurate benefit to the bankruptcy estate.

Cyberbullying of Minors

The Committee on Information Technology Law expressed concerns to the New York Legislature regarding S.6132-A/A.8978-A, which would explicitly criminalize electronic stalking of a minor, criminal impersonation by means of electronic communications, and aggravated harassment by means of electronic communication. Mobile technology and social networking have allowed adolescent cruelty to be shifted from the school to the internet where it becomes difficult to contain and undo. Though the report supports the goal of the bills, to protect minors from cyberbullying, the bills as drafted are overly broad and the same important aims can be achieved through less expansive means.

City Bar in the News
Thomson Reuters, November 26, 2012

Proposal to Redact Sensitive Information in NY State Civil Cases
“The proposal, which was announced last week by the Office of Court Administration, would prevent identity theft by keeping sensitive information from winding up on the court’s electronic filing system, according to a Nov. 20 memo from OCA Counsel John McConnell.…Earlier this year, Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti amended section 202.5-b of the Uniform Civil Rules to bar secure filing of a number of documents, including affirmations of service and bills of costs. During the public comment period for that proposal, McConnell said, the New York City Bar Association and other ‘commentators’ urged Prudenti to completely eliminate the secure status rule.”


New York Law Journal, November 23, 2012

Fordham Students Win Regional Moot Court Contest
“A team from Fordham University School of Law won the regional rounds of this year’s National Moot Court Competition, hosted by the New York City Bar on Nov. 14-15. Danielle Austin, Peter Bryce and Michael Keough comprised the winning team. They will advance to the finals in late January along with a runner-up team from New York University School of Law of Debra McElligott and Justin Roller. They will compete against 30 winning and runner-up teams from 15 national regions.”

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