Upcoming Programs & CLE
APRIL 2013

The Globalization of Media Law
The Communications and Media Law Committee has partnered with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice to advise the African Media Initiative (“AMI”) on legal issues arising from digital media developments in several areas of law including intellectual property, privacy, and antitrust law. The African Media Initiative is a Nairobi-based NGO which promotes democratic governance, social development and economic growth by transforming and strengthening the continent’s private and independent media sector. By providing AMI with information on how digital media developments have given rise to new legal issues for media businesses in the United States and Europe, AMI can better advise its membership – African media leaders and managers – how to advocate for and against regulatory reform of media rules in their respective African countries. For more information, go to the recent "Media Freedom" article in the latest Vance Center e-newsletter.


How to Use the Internet and Technology to Compete and Win
Smart Marketing Series
Tuesday, April 2, 8:30 am-10:00 am

Sockpuppets, Astroturf, and Flogs: Deceptive New Media Practices
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm


Blogging, Friending & Tweeting: What Attorneys Should & Should Not Do
Tuesday, April 2, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Intellectual Property Considerations in China: Doing Deals & Enforcing Your Rights
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Finding Legal Cures for What Ails the Art World Today
Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Ethics in the Electronic Age: Be Careful When Using That Smart Phone, Tablet, Blog, Social Network…
Monday, June 3, 6:00 pm-8:45 pm

Current Developments in Copyright Law 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 am-12:30 pm

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Criminal Libel Laws
The Committee on Communications and Media Law, in coordination with the Association’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, filed an amicus brief in Emilio Palacio Urrutia et al v. The Republic of Ecuador with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The case raises important issues about the legal rules that apply when a public official sues over press coverage of, and commentary about, his or her activities. The brief urges the Commission to adopt standards, similar to those in the United States, which safeguard the press and commentators against libel suits brought by public officials over coverage of official action. The safeguards include: 1) the requirement that a public official who sues for libel show that a false statement was made with knowledge of its falsity or with reckless disregard for whether it was false; 2) limits on punitive or presumed damages in libel lawsuits under the principle that damages awards be subject to a searching review to guard against excessive damage awards in libel lawsuits; and 3) the imposition of high evidentiary and procedural burdens on the use of the criminal law to address libel matters.

Court Rule on Electronic Discovery
The Council on Judicial Administration, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and E-Discovery Working Group (which consists of representatives of several committees) collaborated on comments to the Office of Court Administration on proposed rules to require counsel to confer on e-discovery issues prior to the preliminary conference whenever a case is reasonably likely to involve electronic discovery. The comments are generally supportive of the proposal, noting the importance of counsel addressing issues relating to discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) at the outset of the litigation. The comments include several recommended amendments to the Rules that would (i) include reference to the burden as well as the cost of e-discovery; (ii) include as a consideration whether ESI is reasonably accessible; (iii) include a provision that parties should confer as appropriate should ESI issues arise after the conference; and (iv) clarify some of the phrasing in the Rules. The comments also acknowledge that OCA has undertaken efforts to train judges and court personnel regarding ESI issues and stress the importance of extensive training with periodic updates, to keep pace with changes in this rapidly developing area.

Cyberbullying of Minors
The Committee on Information Technology Law expressed concerns to the New York Legislature regarding S.6132-A/A.8978-A, which would explicitly criminalize electronic stalking of a minor, criminal impersonation by means of electronic communications, and aggravated harassment by means of electronic communication. Mobile technology and social networking have allowed adolescent cruelty to be shifted from the school to the internet where it becomes difficult to contain and undo. Though the report supports the goal of the bills, to protect minors from cyberbullying, the bills as drafted are overly broad and the same important aims can be achieved through less expansive means.

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.