IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
City Bar in the News
   

This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Careers in Art Law: From Provenance to Practice
6 PM – 9 PM,
CLE
Construction Industry Investigations & Prosecutions



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
8 AM – 12 PM, Event
Wasted Opportunity? Confronting NYC’s Solid Waste Challenges

9 AM – 5:30 PM, CLE

Securities Litigation and Enforcement: Current Developments and Strategies
12 PM – 2 PM, Event
Justice Robert H. Jackson & The Nuremberg Trial: 65 Years Later

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Seventh Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE

Ethical Boundaries For Litigators


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
8:30 AM – 10 AM, Event
Starting Early: Your Career Plan

9 AM – 5 PM, CLE

16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Ethics, Skills & More (Day 2 Only)

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE

Seven Deadly Sins of Mediation Advocacy

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

The Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division’s 2012 Priorities


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
8:30 AM 9:30 AM, CLE
Advising the Board and Senior Management

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

Albany Reform: The Road Ahead

6:30 PM 8:30 PM, CLE

My First: Client Interview: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law Graduates


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
9 AM – 1 PM, CLE
A Practical Guide to LLCs

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
Shariah Law


On November 29th, a panel explored whether Shariah law is a threat to America as some politicians have claimed, or religious discrimination cloaked as homeland security. From left: Bernard K. Freamon, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law; Abed Awad, Adjunct Professor, Rutgers & Pace Law Schools; Robert E. Michael, Chair, Subcommittee on Islamic Law, Council on International Affairs; Maria M. Patterson, Adjunct Professor of Business Law, NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Bernard J. Apperson, Assistant Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Cheers! They Passed the Bar

On December 1st, the City Bar and the New York Law Journal hosted a reception to celebrate all who recently passed the New York State Bar exam.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, December 2, 2011

Bar Leaders Say Plan Reflects Courts’ Needs, Fiscal Reality
Bar leaders yesterday lauded the Judiciary’s budget request as a reasonable spending plan at a time when the state is facing a $350 million shortfall this year and a $3 billion-plus gap in the fiscal year that begins April 1…Samuel W. Seymour, president of the New York City Bar, said the Judiciary’s proposal for 2012-13 is “a reasonable, practical document, responsive to the state’s current fiscal pressures while addressing the need to provide meaningful access to the courts and to ameliorate some of the harmful effects of last year’s budget cuts.” He said the city bar supports its adoption.

Thomson Reuters, November 28, 2011

NYC Bar Association Nominates Carey Dunne as Next President
The New York City Bar Association has nominated Carey Dunne as president of the organization, to succeed the current president, Samuel Seymour. Dunne, who is the head of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s litigation practice and sits on the firm’s management committee, has been a member of the city bar for more than two decades. He has served as the bar association’s vice president and as a member of the executive committee. At Davis Polk, Dunne represents clients in white-collar criminal, civil and regulatory matters. He also specializes in advising companies on compliance and corporate governance issues. Prior to joining private practice, Dunne served as a prosecutor under Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau from 1984 to 1987. The election is scheduled for May 15, 2012.


New York Times, November 27, 2011

Denying Public Access to Family Court Proceedings (Letter to the Editor)
Your article shines a light on a disturbing practice in New York City’s Family Courts – one that flouts the 1997 state ruling underscoring that Family Courts are open to the public. It demonstrates that the practice of denying public access to Family Court proceedings is pervasive and persistent. In April 2006, the New York City Bar Association published a report on Family Court services that included a study undertaken by students in the Family Defense Clinic at New York University School of Law. Among the findings: “Despite the ‘open court’ policy, we found that it is often quite difficult for members of the public, including members of the media, to gain entrance to courtrooms. Signs on the doors of many courtrooms indicate that members of the public are not allowed to enter. People who enter and are not known to court staff are frequently asked to identify themselves and then asked to leave.” It is troubling to learn that the Family Courts in New York remain impervious to public view, thereby impairing their accountability to the families and children they serve.
Judith D. Moran

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