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Brooksley Born Delivers Ginsburg Lecture (Video)

Brooksley Born, former Chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Former Chair of the National Women's Law Center Board; and retired Partner at Arnold & Porter, delivered the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law on February 8th.
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City Bar Urges Over-the-Counter Status for Oral Contraceptives

In letters sent to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the New York City Bar Association urges that action be taken to give oral contraceptives over-the-counter (OTC) status.
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City Bar Describes Troubling Court Conditions in Supporting Judiciary’s Budget Request for 2016-2017

In a report urging New York’s Legislature to accept the Judiciary’s request of a 2.4% increase to its 2016-2017 Budget, the New York City Bar Association paints a troubling picture of courts already operating in austere conditions around the five boroughs.
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City Bar Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Ethics and Campaign Financing Proposal in Budget and Seeks Certain “30-Day Amendments”

In a letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Government Ethics applauds his initiative to submit a comprehensive ethics and campaign financing legislative package as part of his Executive Budget (the “Proposal”), while requesting certain amendments and supplements to the Proposal within the 30 day amendment and supplementation period provided for in Article VII, section 3, of the Constitution.
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City Bar Voices “Grave Concern” Over DHS Home Raids and Arrests of Mothers and Children Seeking Protection in U.S.

New York City Bar Association President Debra L. Raskin has released a statement expressing “grave concern” over recent home raids by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), targeting for arrest mothers and children who have come to the United States from Central America since last summer. These raids have already led to the arrest of over 120 mothers and children, including children as young as four.
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In Northern Ireland, City Bar Sees Significant Advances in Human Rights and Justice While Challenges Remain

In a report titled “In Northern Ireland, the Past Is Still Present,” the New York City Bar Association praises the many encouraging developments that have taken place in recent years in Northern Ireland, but warns that significant challenges and substantial work remain to ensure that the abuses of human rights and injustices of the past do not destabilize the peace that has already been secured.
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