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JUNE 2013

Committee Seeking Members
Joining a committee is a great experience and can open up a number of career doors. The following committees are seeking new members for the upcoming committee year beginning on September 1.

The AIDS Committee has worked on HIV–related issues and policy matters on city, state, federal and international levels. Most recently, it has published a report on proposed New York State legislation prohibiting the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution. Past issues the Committee has explored and weighed in on include the status of HIV+ women in Chile, the work of United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and criminalization of HIV in America. AIDS Committee members work in private practice, for non-profit agencies, educational and medical institutions. To apply, please contact the Chair Lynn Neugebauer (LNeugebauer@SafeHorizon.org).

The Bioethical Issues Committee explores controversial topics at the intersection of law and medicine. Our subcommittees focus on: “Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues,” “Organ Donation and Transplantation,” “Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers,” and “Patents and Biotechnology.” We are currently drafting a commentary on the recent “I-STOP” pain medication restrictions for terminally ill patients, as well as a commentary on the provisions of the NYS SAFE Act which require certain psychiatric patients to be reported to gun licensing authorities. In the coming year, we have programs planned on body modification, gene patenting, and legislation prohibiting the participation of healthcare professionals in enforced interrogation techniques. To apply, please contact the Chair Wendy Luftig (Wendy.Luftig@nyumc.org).

The Drugs and the Law Committee studies the impact, effectiveness and development of law and policy in various areas relating to licit and illicit drugs, including drug control, drug use, criminalization, legalization, addiction, treatment and harm reduction, on the state, federal and international levels. The Committee has issued position statements in support of Good Samaritan legislation, lifting the federal funding ban on syringe exchange, and medical marijuana, and recently issued a report on the international drug control treaties and their relevance to domestic drug reform. To apply, please contact committee Chair Heather Haase (hhaase@msn.com).

The Science and Law Committee looks into the intersection between science – interpreted broadly – and the law. This coming year, the Committee plans to work on a number of different projects including legal issues concerning 3-D printing; solar and renewable energy initiatives; life science start-ups in New York; neurological bases of perception and decision making; compulsory licensing and patent pooling; disaster planning and strategy; and working with the International Bar Association on a May 2014 conference in Edinburgh on Barriers to Access to Healthcare. To apply, please contact the Chair Beth D. Jacob (bjacob@kelleydrye.com) or the Secretary Henry Behnen (hbehnen@schiffhardin.com).

Programs

Medical Advancements in Diagnosing the Origin of Injuries in Infants and Young Children and the Legal Implications for Family Court Practitioners
Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


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Medical Marijuana
The Committees on Drugs and the Law and Health Law issued a report expressing support for A.6357/S.4406, which would legalize the regulated production, possession, delivery, and use of marijuana for medical purposes in New York. The proposed legislation defines the population which may be granted permission for medical use and the circumstances governing such permission, and creates a system governing the production and distribution of medical marijuana and the certification and registration of patients and their caregivers, which would be substantially regulated by the Department of Health. The report praises the legislation as well-crafted, among the strictest in the country, and accomplishing the dual goal of providing relief to suffering patients and protecting the public interest in regulating a controlled substance. The report also offers several suggested revisions to the legislation.

Medicaid Reviews and Appeals
The Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging expressed support for A.4996, which would secure certain due process rights in fair hearings for Medicaid applicants and recipients in regard to the decisions made about their care by private Managed Long Term Care plans (MLTCs). Currently, MLTC consumers must exhaust an internal appeal process with their plans before requesting State administrative hearings to challenge decisions about their care. The bill would eliminate this requirement and would allow a recipient to request a fair hearing prior to the exhaustion of an internal review and appeal process with the MLTC plan. The bill also would clarify the right of Medicaid recipients to receive continued services pending a determination of an appeal.

Seizure of Condoms as Evidence
The Committee on AIDS expressed support for A.2736/S.1379, which would prohibit police and prosecutors from introducing condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses in criminal proceedings. Mounting evidence suggests that the practice of police seizure of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses, and introduction of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses in criminal proceedings, undermine New York’s efforts to fight HIV and AIDS by deterring people, particularly members of groups at high risk for sexually transmitted disease, from using these condoms. Amending the existing law as proposed by this legislation, the report notes, is essential to the promotion of public health and human rights.

Redaction in Guardianship Proceedings
The Committee on Legal Problems of the Aging issued a report commenting on the proposed adoption of 22 NYCRR § 202.5(e), which relates to redaction of confidential personal information in papers filed in civil matters. The comments call attention to the impact the proposed rule would have on guardianship matters under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and concludes that because there is need in these filings to provide extensive confidential personal information (CPI), special considerations for CPI and court file access are necessary in guardianship proceedings.

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.