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APRIL 2013

New York Housing Court Turns Forty
Housing Court at 40
March 11 - Panel pictured from left to right: Hon. Jerald Klein, New York City Civil Court;
Hon. Israel Rubin,
Greenberg Taurig LLP; Prof. Martha Jones, University of Michigan; Hon. Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, New York City Civil Court; Hon. Judah Gribetz, Bingham McCutchen LLP; and Prof. Richard Chused, New York Law School.



On March 11th, the City Bar's Housing Court Committee, along with the Association of Housing Court Judges and the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at NYU, sponsored an all-day conference to reflect on the Housing Court's impact, both legally and sociologically, on New York City for the last 40 years, as well it's position for the city's present and future. The conference provided its approximately 400 attendees--which included judges, representatives from city agencies, academics and hundreds of practitioners--an open forum to discuss the technological opportunities for the court's future, the growing concerns for the court's overcrowding dockets and large number of unrepresented litigants, and a general consensus that the court needed improved facilities to ensure proper representation for all litigants. The Housing Court Committee is planning to summarize the conference's findings and release them later this year.

Co-op Condo Mediation Project
Disputes between residents and between boards and residents are often vexatious. Yet they can be resolved quickly, efficiently and privately, without expensive litigation. The Co-Op and Condo Mediation Project, sponsored by the Committees on Cooperative & Condominium Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, offers experienced professionals to act as impartial mediators for co-op/condo disputes and achieving agreed settlements. Materials on the Co-Op and Condo Mediation Project's benefits and examples of its lifelike mediations are available online; for more information, visit its webpage or contact Clare Plunkett at cplunkett@nycbar.org. Your boards will appreciate your introducing this program to them.

CLE
Recent Trends in Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation: Investor Claims & Defenses

Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Current Governance Issues in Coops & Condos
Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 am-10:30 am

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

Eliminating Publication Requirements
The Committee on Real Property Law sent a letter to the New York State Legislature expressing opposition to the requirement under Section 206 of the NY Limited Liability Company Law and Section 121-201 of the NY Revised Limited Partnership Act that newly formed limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships in New York, or formed elsewhere but seeking to qualify to do business in New York, publish notice of their organization or application in designated newspapers. The letter notes that the publication requirement does not serve its stated objective of protecting consumers by providing them with necessary information, imposes an unnecessary financial cost which particularly affects smaller New York businesses, entrepreneurs and investors, and discourages the formation of business entities in New York.

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.