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JUNE 2013

E-Discovery Guide for Lawyers
The City Bar’s E-Discovery Working Group has issued an E-Discovery Guide for Lawyers. The Guide is intended to offer an overview of procedures and steps an attorney should take when handling electronically-stored information (ESI), including: the identification of ESI; knowing who is responsible for the ESI and how and where it was stored; and the importance of knowing how the ESI has been preserved. The Guide also offers a list of e-discovery resources attorneys may want to consult for a more detailed explanation of an attorney's duties and responsibilities concerning e-discovery.

CLE

Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 am-1 pm

The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Super Search Engine Strategies for Discovery, Trial Preparation, and to Successfully Complete Transactions
Thursday, July 25, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Investigative Research Strategies for the Legal Professional
Thursday, July 25, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

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

Press Freedom in Montenegro
The City Bar, through its Committee on Communication and Media Law and the City Bar's Vance Center for International Justice along with the Swedish Bar Association, sent representatives to Montenegro to assess the state of press freedom after concerns had been raised about incidents of violence against journalists. Following the mission, a report was issued outlining the findings and providing recommendations. The report concluded that while the laws regulating the press are generally satisfactory, the functionality of the independent press is severely compromised by its antagaonistic relationship with the government and government-sanctioned media outlets and by a lack of any clear ethical standards. The report also cites a high rate of frivilous and retaliating libel litigation and incidents of violence against journalists that have not been properly investigated. The report recommends a greater transparency on how acts of violence are being investigated, close public monitoring of the court system's handling of libel cases, and the creation of a self-regulating body by the news industry along with an accepted code of ethics as key elements to ensure a trustworthy and free press in Montenegro.

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.