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International Arbitration: Trends and Opportunities
January 15
6:30 - 8:30 PM

International arbitration seems to be one of the few practice areas that are expanding in the current legal and business markets. This panel discusses how law students, attorneys and ADR service providers can benefit from this developing trend.


Recent Trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Litigation, Enforcement & Compliance
March 7

9:00 AM -
5:00 PM

The experienced faculty of private practitioners, regulators, and prosecutors will provide an in-depth analysis of the FCPA’s current trends and implications.

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Transitional Justice in Brazil

Pictured from L-R: Bret Parker, Executive Director of the City Bar; Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste, Vance Center Program Director; Todd Crider, Vance Center Committee; Guilherme De Aguiar Patriota, Brazil’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director of the Vance Center.

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice together with Brazil's Institute for the Study of Religion hosted a conference in December on Transitional Justice in Brazil: Measuring Progress and Confronting Challenges. The conference brought together Brazilian and other international experts to reflect on Brazil's current transactional justice initiatives in light of best practices and international standards. Also discussed was how Brazil can move forward by addressing past human rights violations and create a more just future.



"Of Counsel" Designation
Formal Ethics Opinion 2013-3, issued by the Committee on Professional Ethics, raises the question: Can a New York law firm designate as “of counsel” a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in New York but resides and practices law mainly in a foreign country? The opinion concludes that a New York law firm may designate as of counsel a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in New York but resides and practices law mainly in a foreign country, provided that: 1) the of counsel lawyer has a “continuing relationship” with the law firm; 2) the use of the of counsel title is not false or misleading in other respects; and 3) the of counsel lawyer’s practice does not constitute the unauthorized practice of law in the foreign country.

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.

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