THIS WEEK AT THE CITY BAR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
6 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Development Rights and Wrongs: The Do's & Don'ts of Zoning Lot Mergers & Development Rights Transfers in New York City


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
8 AM – 11 AM, Event
Getting a Seat at the Boardroom Table

9 AM – 12 PM, CLE

Tax Aspects for Early Stage Companies in NYC: A Guide to Successful Business Tax Planning

6:30 PM, Event

A Presentation by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of The International Criminal Court

6:30 PM – 8 PM, Event

The First Amendment in an Age of Terror

6:30 PM – 9 PM, Event

Sovereignty Rules? Implications of Recent US Court Decisions Involving Argentina

7 PM – 9 PM, Event

Law Firm Career Paths: A Broad Range of Possibilities


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Lawyer to Entrepreneur in 2014



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
9 AM – 11:05 AM, CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues

12 PM – 2 PM, Event
Public Affairs Luncheon: William J. Dean - My New York, A Life In The City

6 PM – 8 PM, Event
Ninth Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event
How to Ask for an Informational Interview and Email Etiquette


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
9 AM – 10:30 AM, CLE
Trends in E-Data: What to Look for When Employees Leave

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Event

Luncheon with Judge Pierre N. Leval

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music

     AROUND THE BAR

SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher delivered the keynote address at the City Bar Center for CLE's 2nd Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel on December 6th.

On December 5th, the City Bar and the New York Law Journal hosted the annual Pass the Bar Reception. The reception, which had close to 200 attendees, honors the achievement of the newest members of the legal community.

    GEORGE WOLFF NAMED LRS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

George D. Wolff will join the New York City Bar Association as Executive Director of the Legal Referral Service (LRS), succeeding Al Charne, who is retiring at the end of this month. Wolff is currently Referral & Information Services Manager at the Oregon State Bar, where he has been since 2007. He previously worked as a business litigator in private practice in Portland and San Francisco, and was a panelist on the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service before being hired to run it. Read more.


    2013 THOMAS E. DEWEY MEDAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The New York City Bar Association will host its ninth annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation Ceremony on December 12, featuring keynote speaker Lanny A. Breuer. The award is given every year to outstanding assistant district attorneys in each of the District Attorney's offices within New York City and the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York. To see this year's medal winners and to register click here.

     RECENT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY

Posthumously Conceived Children
The Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts expressed support for A.7461/S.4779-A, which would amend the EPTL in relation to inheritance by children conceived after the death of a genetic parent. The two key elements of the legislation are: 1) it would provide that, if certain conditions are met, a child conceived after the death of a parent with the genetic material of such parent (a “genetic parent”) would be considered -(i) a distributee of the genetic parent, and (ii) included in the class of the genetic parent’s issue for any disposition made by the genetic parent at any time, and for any disposition made by anyone other than the genetic parent after September 1, 2013; and 2) it would provide that the Executor or Administrator of a genetic parent’s estate may delay paying a testamentary disposition or distributive share until the birth of a genetic child entitled to inherit under EPTL § 4-1.3, provided that notice of the existence of the genetic parent’s genetic material has been given.

Consumer Credit Actions

In a joint report the Committees on Civil Courts and Consumer Affairs expressed opposition to proposed amendments 22 N.Y.C.R.R. §§ 208.14-a and 210.14-a relating to adoption of statewide affidavit forms for use in consumer credit actions seeking award of a default judgment, and urged that OCA not adopt the use of the proposed forms. The proposed forms, the letter notes, would still permit debt-collectors to use “robo-signed” affidavits and would facilitate the entry of default judgments based on hearsay and without establishment of the plaintiff’s prima facie case, including a clear chain of title for the debt at issue. Instead, the letter recommends, that OCA adopt a rule requiring - in every case - the submission of an affidavit from the original creditor attesting to the basic facts of the alleged debt based on personal knowledge of the original creditor’s records and billing practices.


2014 Federal Judiciary Budget

The Committees on the Federal Courts and Criminal Law urged Congress to ensure that the Federal Judiciary receive sufficient funding in the 2014 fiscal year, as the continuing funding for the federal courts at the reduced levels required by the March 1, 2013 sequestration is unacceptable. While the greatest impact of the cuts to the Federal Judiciary has been on the funding for criminal defense services, the reductions have taken a painful toll on the federal courts generally and on their ability to administer justice, in New York and nationwide. Sequestration reduced appropriations to the federal courts by nearly $350 million in Fiscal Year 2013, and though the additional $51 million in funding provided by the “anomalies” for the Judiciary and Defender Services in the October 17 Continuing Resolution provided some welcome relief, that amount is not nearly sufficient to restore the federal courts’ ability to continue to operate at adequate levels, to protect the constitutional rights of defendants before the courts, and to protect public safety in criminal cases.

Guantanamo Detainees
The Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law issued a report supporting legislation to improve procedures for transferring, prosecuting and/or releasing Guantanamo Detainees. Specifically, the report supports passage, without amendment, of sections 1031 and 1033 of S. 1197, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014, as recently reported out by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, on a bipartisan vote. Section 1031 clarifies and improves the procedures for transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to foreign countries. Section 1033 allows for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States for detention and trial.

    SECURITIES & FINANCE LAW VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS NEEDED

The Office for Diversity Pipeline Initiatives is seeking attorneys with securities and finance law experience to participate as Advisor–Volunteers during the new Securities and Finance Law Seminar Series. Advisor–Volunteers will meet after each seminar with diverse law students from local law schools who are interested in learning more about a career in securities or finance law. We ask the volunteers to talk about their practice and their career path leading to their current position at a law firm, in-house, with the government or elsewhere. Attorneys can volunteer on one or more of the following dates: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25. Interested attorneys can register at the following link: http://bit.ly/17P2Oak.

     CITY BAR IN THE NEWS

New York Law Journal, December 6, 2013
Legal Referral Service Looks to Oregon for New Director

"A new executive director has been tapped by the New York City Bar to head the Legal Referral Service. George Wolff, most recently the Oregon State Bar’s referral and information services manager, will replace the current executive director, Allen Charne, who is retiring at the end of this month after leading the New York program for 30 years (NYLJ, Sept. 25). Wolff was a panelist in the Oregon referral service before being hired to lead it. His background includes business litigation in private practice in Portland and San Francisco and service on several bar association executive committees."

New York Law Journal
, December 6, 2013

Q&A: Jane Hoffman

"In 1990, when I helped to create the Animal Law Committee of the New York City Bar, I became involved in a range of animals issues in a more structured way, and in 2000, I moderated the Annual Conference on Animal Sheltering in the United States at the bar. It was through my work with the Animal Law Committee that my focus turned to animal shelter and rescue issues in New York City."

Bloomberg Law
, December 5, 2013

Bar Groups Give Jobless Lawyers a Boost

"'Ironic' could be the theme of the current market for legal services: thousands of unemployed new lawyers, but even more potential clients who can’t afford market-rate legal bills. Now bar associations are playing matchmaker. The New York City Bar Association is starting a law firm and the Chicago Bar Foundation is creating an incubator. Both will link new lawyers with moderate-income clients, charging lower prices than typical firms....The bar initiatives will help transition new lawyers into small firms, and help them develop their own clientele."

Crain's New York
, December 1, 2013

It's Getting Harder to Process

"The regulatory crackdown stems from a 2008 investigation by Consumer Affairs that found widespread violations of record-keeping requirements...'For years, too many process servers failed New Yorkers, especially those struggling with debt and those being pursued in court for debts they didn't even owe,' a Consumer Affairs spokeswoman said....The New York City Bar Association supported the 2010 reforms because of the number of cases in which people subject to legal action were not properly served, never showed up in court and were hit with judgments. The scenario was especially common in consumer-debt cases."


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