IN THIS ISSUE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Recent Committee Activity
Justice Center Year-End Appeal
City Bar in the News
New Member Benefit
   
This Week at the City Bar
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Futures & Derivatives: Recent Dodd-Frank Rulemaking & Developments


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM,
Event
Business Development Skills for Women of Color



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
9 AM – 5 PM,
CLE
1st Annual Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues


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




THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
8:30 AM – 10 AM,
Event
MFNs: Favored or Foe?


9 AM – 12 PM,
CLE
What Every Criminal & Corporate Lawyer Needs to Know About Monitors (Video Replay)


12:30 PM – 2 PM,
Event
Integrating Networking Online and Off – Makes Sense


7 PM – 9 PM,
Event
Can the Law Help Achieve Dr. King’s Vision of a Beloved Community? A Meditation, a Talk, a Reflection – Contemplative Lawyers Group



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
9 AM – 4:30 PM,
CLE
Trials of the Century


6 PM – 8 PM,
Event
Friday Evening Chamber Music

Around the Bar
The Mayor’s Legal Legacy


The second night of the Bloomberg Administration’s Legal Legacy Symposium, co-sponsored by Fordham Law School’s Urban Law Center, examined the topics of Education and Land Use & Sustainability. From left: Beth Fertig, Contributing Editor at WNYC Radio; Michael Best, Counselor to the Mayor; Hon. Robert Jackson, Chair, Education Committee, New York City Council; Daniel Weisberg, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, TNTP; and Cathleen Clements, Director, Office of Client Advocacy, The Children’s Aid Society.

Recent Committee Activity
Healthcare Coverage for Women in the Military
In a joint letter to Congress, the Sex and Law Committee and the Military Affairs and Justice Committee expressed support for the Shaheen Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would extend military healthcare coverage for abortions in cases of rape or incest. While such coverage is available to civilians, federal employees, Medicaid and Medicare recipients, and federal prisoners, the more than 200,000 women who serve on active duty in the U.S. armed forces are denied access to abortion care services and they and their dependents are forced to pay out-of-pocket. Women who serve this country in the military, the letter argues, must be free to make healthcare decisions based upon what they and their families believe is best for their personal circumstances. By excluding coverage for abortion services in cases of rape and incest from military health insurance, the government interferes with a woman’s right and ability to obtain vital healthcare services.

Protesting Actions by Egyptian President Morsi
In a letter from Association President Carey Dunne to Egyptian President Morsi, the Association expressed serious concerns with the Constitutional Declaration President Morsi issued on November 22nd, which granted his decrees and laws immunity from judicial review, even if they violate basic human rights, until a new constitution has been ratified and a new parliament elected. The letter, drafted by the Committee on International Human Rights, says the President’s action “abrogates an independent judiciary” and contravenes the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt is a State Party. The letter, which also addresses other actions taking place in Egypt which threaten judicial independence, urges President Morsi to withdraw the Declaration immediately and allow the transparent review of Executive laws and decrees.

Justice Center Year-End Appeal
As the year draws to a close, the need for legal services remains great for low-income New Yorkers, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Please contribute to the City Bar Justice Center’s year-end appeal and help the Justice Center help others. Your contribution supports pro bono programs for disaster relief, homelessness, veterans assistance, elder law, cancer advocacy, immigration, an expanded free Legal Hotline, and more. Leveraging your dollars through the pro bono work of the city’s legal community, the Justice Center can reach thousands of the needy in this city and deliver millions of dollars worth of legal services.

To donate to the Justice Center, please click here.

City Bar in the News
New York Law Journal, December 7, 2012

Bloomberg’s Legal Legacy
“The jury is still out on what Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legal legacy will be, but the question was pondered recently during a two-part symposium co-sponsored by the New York City Bar and Fordham University School of Law’s Urban Law Center.”


New York Law Journal, December 4, 2012

Experts Point to Experience, Diversity of Candidates on List
“A Commission on Judicial Nomination headed by a former chief judge and counseled by two former clerks of the Court of Appeals has produced what observers say is not only the most diverse group of high court nominees ever, but a list of exceptionally qualified candidates. On Dec. 1, the commission chaired by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye presented Governor Andrew Cuomo with a list of seven judges and attorneys from which he must select the next Court of Appeals judge.…Carey Dunne, president of the New York City Bar, said the commission produced a list that is both ‘good and diverse.’ Dunne said the City Bar is evaluating the candidates and will release its ratings by Dec. 21.”


Thomson Reuters, November 30, 2012

NY Court Administrators Propose $1.75 Bln Budget
“New York state court administrators on Friday proposed a $1.75 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 that holds total spending flat while increasing funding for civil legal services and earmarking money for judicial raises. The plan was submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers, who have until April 1 to adopt the state budget.…The presidents of the New York State and New York City bar associations on Friday applauded the budget proposals in separate statements.”

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