From the President: Samuel W. Seymour
This Week at the City Bar
Around the Bar
Member Survey
Recent Committee Activity
City Bar in the News
Member Benefit Update

President’s Letter
The Best Gift We Lawyers Can Give

The tree is up at Rockefeller Center and the holiday markets fill our parks. It’s that time of year when we rush from work to office parties to celebrations with family and friends. Yet, while we enjoy the season, we should also heed the call to spread holiday cheer not just to those we love but also to those in need. During the holiday season, we are all presented with an abundance of ways to give back to our community: toy drives for children, food collections for the hungry, and clothing donations for the poor. All are wonderful ways to help those in need. But I also urge you to give more than money or goods; I encourage you to give of your skills. As lawyers, we are in a unique position to give back to our community in ways that are critical and out of reach for many.

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This Week at the City Bar
9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE
6th Annual Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues (Video Replay)

2 PM – 4 PM, Event

What We Talk About When We Talk About Appropriation: Contemporary Art After
Cariou v. Prince

9 AM – 12 AM, CLE
Current Legal Ethical Issues

6 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law:
Nina Totenberg

12:30 PM 2 PM, Event
Growing Your Practice: Growing in Tough Times: Why Should I Learn to Use Social Media Effectively?

7 PM 9 PM, Event

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Empathy and Compassion as Lawyering Skills

Around the Bar
Dewey Award Winners

On December 6th, the Seventh Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation, honoring outstanding Assistant District Attorneys, took place before a full house in the City Bar’s meeting hall. The awardees were, from left to right: Joseph N. Ferdenzi, Bronx County; Rhonnie Jaus, Kings County; Warren J. Murray, Jr., New York County; Julie S. Trivedi, Queens County; Anne Grady, Richmond County; Meggan Dodd, Special Narcotics.

We Need Your Advice to Help Shape the New York City Bar’s Future
The New York City Bar Association is undertaking a strategic planning process that will help chart the City Bar’s future course and ensure that we are best serving our members and the profession. As part of this process, please take a few minutes to participate in a Member Survey that will help us to meet your needs and interests. And here’s an added inducement: members who complete the survey by January 6, 2012 and provide their contact information will be entered in a drawing for an iPad.

To access the Member Survey, please click here.

Recent Committee Activity
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The Committee on International Business Transactions issued a report examining the effect of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and what changes, if any, should be made to the U.S. approach to combating foreign corruption. The report concludes that: (1) the United States has pursued a virtually stand-alone approach to deterring foreign corruption (at least in terms of enforcement activity and the significance of fines and other sanctions); (2) this approach places significant costs on companies that are subject to the Act as compared to their competitors that are not; and (3) if these circumstances are unlikely to change, the United States should reevaluate its approach to the problem of foreign corruption.

Discrimination Against Persons Accompanied by On-Duty Police Dogs
The New York City Council has expressed concern that some landlords and property owners may discriminate against New York City police officers who are accompanied by their police work dogs by considering the dogs pets rather than working animals. NYC Council bill, Int. No. 0672-2011, seeks to address this issue by making such discrimination a violation of New York City Human Rights Law. The Committee on Civil Rights issued a report expressing concern with applying City Human Rights Law to address this issue, stating that police officers with police work dogs should not be considered a protected class under the Human Rights Law. The report suggests that the bill be redrafted to state that a police officer in custody of a trained police dog issued to that officer by a law enforcement agency may not be denied access to any place where the officer seeks to go - whether on official or personal business - when the exclusion is based on the presence of the police dog.

City Bar in the News
Latin Lawyer, December 2, 2011
The Last Ten Years Were a Fight – the Next Ten, Growth
In the early 2000s, two different but aligned organisations were being formed to help embed – or create – the practice of pro bono in Latin America. In Sao Paulo, Instituto Pro Bono (IPB), which works to link law firms with charities in need of assistance, as well as to help engender regulatory change for the practice of pro bono, was founded; while shortly afterwards in New York, the Cyrus Vance Center was set up to support and guide the development of pro bono, not least through the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas and its framework for firms to commit to the process. Thanks to these efforts, and much more importantly the astounding receptiveness of Latin American lawyers themselves to the concept, today pro bono is broadly recognised as an important responsibility for law firms small and large, and is increasingly on the radar of in-house teams too.

Member Benefit Update
New York City Bar Association Bank of America Platinum Plus® MasterCard®
This Holiday season, apply for, use, and earn points with the freedom to redeem for cash back or other rewards. The New York City Bar Association Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card with WorldPoints® rewards gives you the flexibility to choose from different types of rewards – cash, travel, gift certificates, merchandise and much more. Reward yourself and apply securely online today.

For information about rates, fees, other costs, and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, click here and refer to the disclosures that accompany the online credit card application. This credit card program is issued and administered by FIA Card Services, N.A.

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