Upcoming Programs & CLE
MAY 2013

The McDonald Awards
Join us for the 2013 Kathryn A. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Service to Family Court on May 6th. This year's honorees are Michael Williams, Clerk for the Bronx Family Court and Judith Waksberg, Appeals Unit Director of The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice. The award recognizes the vital services of lawyers and non-lawyers who serve the Family Court in New York City. New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will present the award to the recepients. This reception also honors the Judges of the New York City Family Court.


The Annual Kathryn A. McDonald Awards Reception
Monday, May 6, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Evaluating Teachers: Will New Teacher Evaluation Systems Result in Better Teaching and Learning?
Monday, May 6, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Extraordinary Issues For Extraordinary Kids: A Primer On The Issues Involved When Confronted With Special Needs Children In Divorce
Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

New York City Gangs: Current Issues and Alternatives for Youth
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm


Advanced Divorce Mediation Training (3 day training)
Thursday & Friday May 9th and 10th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday, May 13th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
All 3 days mandatory

“Marriage Equality” - The 2nd Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments
Friday, June 7, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

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

State Aid for New York City Schools
In a letter to Governor Cuomo, the Committee on Education and the Law urged restoration of the state aid to New York City schools that was lost as a result of the failure of the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system. The reportedly $260 million in cuts to New York City schools, the letter argues, violates the State’s obligation under the Constitution to ensure that all children receive a sound basic education, and punishes the City’s children for the actions of others.

Humane Education
In a joint report the Committees on Animal Law, Children and the Law, and Education and the Law expressed support for A.2484, which would require the Commissioner of Education to notify every school district of the existing requirement that elementary schools provide instruction in the humane treatment of animals, their importance in the environment, and the importance of spaying and neutering programs. The amendment also authorizes the Commissioner to appropriate grants to teachers for training, workshops, videos, and other resources used for humane education instruction and that all applicants for a teaching certificate or license complete two hours of course work or training in humane education instruction.

Forensic Evaluation in Child Custody and Visitation Cases
The Association submitted comments on a proposed Office of Court Administration Rule addressing making forensic evaluation reports available in child custody and visitation cases. After extensive discussion among several City Bar committees, it was concluded that, given the harm that can be done by providing parents with a copy of the report, the rule should not allow parents to receive a copy of the forensic report. Instead, the court rule should allow represented litigants to review the report in their attorneys’ offices, and should allow unrepresented parties to review the report in the courthouse and to have access to the report in the courtroom during trial. The comments acknowledged real concerns that limiting unrepresented parties to reviewing the reports in the courthouse creates a non-level playing field with regard to represented parties, and that the logistics of providing courthouse review may present challenges, but these were outweighed by the substantial risk to the child if these reports are released to the parties, even if parties were required to sign affidavits of non-disclosure.

Child Soldiers
In a joint letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda, the Committees on African Affairs, Children and the Law, and International Human Rights expressed concern over reports the Rwandan Government is recruiting children under the age of 18 to support troops of the M23 rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The letter notes that such conscription of child soldiers would contravene international and regional human rights laws, humanitarian law, and the national laws of Rwanda, and urges the Government of Rwanda to immediately cease any recruitment of children for military purposes whether as part of its armed forces or to serve in non-state forces.

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.