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City Bar and Vance Center Team with Weil, Human Rights Watch and Others on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Amicus Brief

The New York City Bar Association, through its LGBT Rights Committee and its Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, along with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Human Rights Watch and several international partners, submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges on marriage equality for same-sex couples.
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City Bar Comments on Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015

While commending Governor Cuomo’s effort to address the critical issue of the public’s support for the criminal justice system in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury determination, the New York City Bar Association believes the proposed reforms in the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015 (A.3011/S.2011) require further study in order to be effective, and specifically opposes the proposal for an “independent monitor.”
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Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

The New York City Bar Association supports raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, as proposed in the 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget.
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Disclosure of Outside Income – Statement by New York City Bar Association President Debra L. Raskin

In this political climate, it is particularly important that the public have a high level of trust in its elected officials. The public should know that its elected officials are in government to work in the public interest, not to take care of their own interests. One key element of establishing public trust is disclosure of outside income.
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Criminal Justice Reforms – by Debra L. Raskin

As you read this, the Governor and legislative leaders are negotiating the State’s budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1st. And as has become customary, the Governor’s proposed budget legislation includes many public policy issues.
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City Bar Formal Ethics Opinion: Use of a Flat, Nonrefundable Monthly Fee in a Retainer Agreement

The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics has issued an Opinion (2015-2), stating that although the use of a flat, nonrefundable monthly fee in a retainer agreement raises a number of ethical issues, it is permissible in certain circumstances.
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The City Bar will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1st, for the Annual City Bar Justice Center Gala, and on Friday, April 3rd, for Good Friday and Passover. 

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