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Global Implications of the Westgate Attack in Nairobi Thursday, November 7
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Kenya's Ambassador to the UN, Koki Muli Grignon, an experienced diplomat and attorney, will address the recent tragic events in Nairobi and their implications for the economy and the rule of law in Kenya and in the wider region.


Job Market For International L.L.M. Students and Attorneys
November 19
6:30 - 8:30 PM
This panel will discuss the hiring process and job opportunities for L.L.M. and Foreign Lawyers in the U.S. and will go over provide important information on drafting an effective resume, what to expect at an interview, how to network and search for job opportunities including those in the "hidden market."



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Moldova Prime Minister Visits The City Bar
Following Moldova Prime Minister Iurie Leanca's recent speech to the UN General Assembly the Committee on European Affairs and the Council on International Affairs hosted a luncheon in his honor. Several prominent UN officials were in attendance as well as members of the 2005 City Bar mission to Moldova. The Prime Minister spoke about the current status of issues addressed in a 2006 report by the European Affairs Committee, including the separatist movement in part of Moldova; legislative challenges facing the new government; and trade initiatives negotiated with the EU.

Pictured from left to right is Bret Parker, City Bar Executive Director; Bettina B. Blevan, former City Bar President and Chair of the Council on International Affairs; Prime Minister Iurie Leanca; Catherine Tinker, Chair of the European Affairs Committee; and Mark A. Meyer, member of the Council on International Affairs and former Chair of the European Affairs Committee.

Seeking Judges for Moot Court
The Annual Moot Court Competition needs experienced attorneys to volunteer as judges for the New York/New Jersey regional competition on November 20th and 21st as well as the final rounds on February 10th, 11th, and 12th. Volunteer judges qualify for 2 CLE credits, 1.5 for Skills and 0.5 for Practice Management/
Professional Practice. This year, Moot Court presents two issues of significant constitutional importance: the first concerns whether a state law mandating that beverage retailers post a sign in their stores about the negative health effects of certain beverages violates the First Amendment. The second arises under the Commerce Clause and considers whether a state law that requires a unique mark to be placed on beverage containers sold within the state violates the Dormant Commerce Clause. For more information or to apply, email the Moot Court Program Administrator, Mariann Owens.

Committee Vacancies
The Inter-American Affairs Committee provides a forum for members of the City Bar interested in exploring current legal issues affecting cross-border transactions, promoting rule of law, human rights and socioeconomic development in Latin America through international pro bono efforts and strengthening the relationship of the City Bar with institutions, leaders and jurists throughout the region. For the upcoming term, the Committee expects to examine numerous and diverse issues such as trends in infrastructure development and financing, prospects for and impact of energy reforms in Mexico, recent developments in cross-border arbitration and proposed alternatives to the ICSID, and threats to judicial independence and other human rights challenges. For more information about the Committee, contact the Committee Chair, Werner Ahlers at

Rule of Law in Venezuela
The Committee on Inter-American Affairs filed an amicus brief in Brewer-Carías v. Venezuela with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The brief urged the Court to grant the application of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to find the government of Venezuela responsible for violation of Article 8 of the American Convention on Human Rights, and to order Venezuela to provide relief to Allan Brewer-Carías. The brief argued that the Venezuelan justice system improperly exposes members of the judiciary to external pressures, including from the executive branch. This executive domination of the judiciary seriously threatens the human and civil rights of all Venezuelans. The proceedings against Mr. Brewer-Carías, a prominent Venezuelan jurist, constitutional law scholar and former elected official in the Venezuelan government, have been conducted almost exclusively by temporary judges and prosecutors who lack independence and impartiality, depriving Mr. Brewer-Carías of due process.

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The Committee on African Affairs issued a report entitled Strengthening The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Delivering on Africa's Promise through NEPAD and the African Diaspora to Reinvigorate the Commercial Relationship Between the United States and Sub-Saharan African Countries. The report discusses the origins of AGOA, its achievements, shortcomings and its potential still to serve as a foundation for meaningful trade relations between sub-Saharan African countries and the United States. The report also examines the New Economic Partnership on Africa's Development (NEPAD) framework, explores ways that NEPAD's policies can create better synergies with AGOA to benefit African people and seeks to articulate ways that AGOA can be strengthened to achieve its envisioned objectives, highlighting the role that the African diaspora community in the United States, and African governments, can play.

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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