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A New Start for the City's Affordable Housing Landscape
Wednesday, December 4
6:30 - 8:30 PM

A distinguished panel from academia, government and community groups discuss the history and future of NYC affordable housing with the incoming mayoral administration.

Public Affairs Luncheon:
My New York,
A Life in the City

December 12
12:00 - 2:00 PM

William Johnson Dean, the noted author and Executive Director of Volunteers of Legal Service, will share his experiences working with local civic organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for New York's impoverished and homeless. Registration required by December 11th; the $30 fee includes lunch.

Mayor Bloomberg's Environmental Legacy
Wednesday, December 18
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Environmental policy has occupied a central role in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agenda over the last 12 years. A panel of senior officials from within and outside the Bloomberg administration will discuss major developments and changes in New York City environmental law and policy under Mayor Bloomberg.


Tax Aspects for Early Stage Companies in NYC: A Guide to Successful Business Tax Planning
Tuesday, December 10
9:00 AM -
12:00 PM
Designed to familiarize practitioners with the numerous tax issues that early stage companies and their owners frequently encounter, the course will review the various State and City indirect taxes as well as the income tax advantages and disadvantages under different corporate structures.

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A New Mayoral Administration
With the first new mayoral administration in New York City in over a decade, the City Bar will be focusing on the transition process over the coming months. Primarily, we will be reaching out to members of the new administration in order to communicate our committees’ policy positions and recommendations, covering everything from animal law to zoning. Many of these positions can be found in our May 2013 report, Policy Recommendations for New York City’s Next Mayor. Committees are also encouraged to develop new positions as they see fit.

Funding for Lawyers Assistance Programs
In a letter to the New York State Office of Court Administration, the Lawyer Assistance Program Committee urged that funding for lawyers assistance programs in New York be re-established in the Judiciary Budget. These programs, the letter noted, provide a vital service for the legal profession, assisting lawyers and judges, as well as law firm employees, law students, and their family members who are affected by alcohol and substance abuse, stress, depression, gambling, work-life balance and other mental health and quality of life issues. Funding for these programs ended in 2011 with a resulting cutback in services. Re-establishment of funding mechanisms would be a major step toward reversing that cutback.

New York's Primary Day
The Committee on Election Law expressed support for A.8198, which would establish the fourth Tuesday in June as New York’s Primary Day for both federal and state offices and party positions. Currently, New York holds its primaries for public office in state and local municipalities and for party positions (other than President and National Convention delegates and alternates) in September, while primaries for public offices at the federal level are held in June. Consolidating the primaries in June would move campaigns from the summer to the spring, when the electorate is more engaged; maximize voter turnout; reduce election administration costs and rationalize the currently compressed pre-election litigation schedule.

Women in Prison
In a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry urged that plans to convert FCI Danbury, the only federal facility for women post-sentencing in the Northeast, into a men's prison be reversed. Converting FCI Danbury into a men's facility and relocating many of the current Danbury inmates to a remote location in Alabama, the letter noted, would impose a significant hardship on female inmates from New York State by limiting their family's access to visitation, programming and community resources. The facility's proximity to New York City enables inmates from the area to have regular in-person visits with family, especially children, and maintain family ties. Women who have frequent contact with their families have lower recidivism rates and are more likely to transition into productive law- abiding lives following their release. The Bureau has since announced an amended plan for FCI Danbury to include a renovated camp at the facility for female inmates from the Northeast. During construction of the new facilities, female inmates will be housed in a Brooklyn correctional facility.

A Guide to NYC Employment Laws for LGBT Workers
The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights drafted a brochure entitled Know Your Rights: A Guide to NYC Employment Law for LGBT Workers. The brochure is designed to provide general legal information to LGBT individuals who may have questions about their workplace rights and employment laws applicable in New York City. The brochure also lists organizations, along with contact information, where LGBT employees may be able to obtain free legal advice to assist them with understanding their legal rights and potentially pursuing an unlawful employment
discrimination claim.

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 leadership opportunities and 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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