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NOVEMBER 2012
 

Governor Cuomo Signs Domestic Violence Omnibus Bill
On October 25th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an omnibus bill that provides greater protections for domestic violence survivors as well as harsher criminal penalties for their abusers. Included in the omnibus bill is the Aggravated Family Offense law which was supported by the Domestic Violence Committee. The new law allows the state to prosecute repeat offenders of specified misdemeanor assaults against current or former relatives, household members, or intimate partners under a Class E felony which carries a maximum four year prison sentence versus the current special Class A misdemeanor statute, which carries a maximum of one year in prison. The new law will take effect on January 23rd, 2013.

Inaugural Norman Redlich Awards
The Capital Punishment Committee culminated its annual summer habeas corpus training program by presenting the first annual Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards. Named in honor of the late NYU Law School Dean and respected anti-death penalty advocate, the Awards are presented to New York lawyers who share Dean Redlich's commitment to abolishing capital punishment and/or have excelled in the representation of death row inmates. David Herrington of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP received the Pro Bono Award to for his volunteer work on numerous capital defense cases and Kevin Doyle, of Fordham Law School and the New York State's Capital Defender Office, received the Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award for his many years of capital defense work and advocacy.

Programs

Bloomberg’s Legal Legacy Symposium - Session One
Panel I: Public Safety and Security
Tuesday, November 27, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Please note: this program will take place at Fordham University, Pope Auditorium,
155 West 60th Street, Manhattan.


How to Become a Judge
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Save the Date: Eighth Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

CLE Programs

VIDEO REPLAY - What Every Criminal & Corporate Lawyer Needs to Know About Monitors
Thursday, December 13, 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Missed a Program? You Can Still Benefit! CLE Programs' CDs, DVDs and other course
materials can be found on the website.

Extraterritorial Transactions
The Committee on White Collar Crime submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in United States v. Mandell. The issue in the case concerns the correct determination of the territorial scope of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other federal statutes in criminal cases. The brief argues that presumption against extraterritoriality fully applies to criminal laws and the that the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently recognized that the presumption against extraterritoriality applies to criminal statutes and nothing in recent case law has established any exceptions to this presumption. In addition, the brief notes that nothing in the court’s earlier holding in Morrison suggests that the ruling was limited to civil cases, and indeed Morrison applies to criminal Section 10(b) cases as well as civil.

Probation Sentences
In a joint report, the Committees on Criminal Courts and Corrections and Community Reentry expressed support for A.8089/S.6880, which would amend the penal law to change mandatory terms of probation to discretionary terms and also amend the criminal procedure law to authorize the court to increase the term of probation to the maximum in the event of a violation. Such amendments, the report notes, will give courts the discretion to make individualized sentencing determinations; will result in sentences tailored to particular offenses and offenders; and will result in a more efficient allocation of the limited resources of our criminal justice system.

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.