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City Bar Year in Review – by Debra L. Raskin

Having recently reached the midpoint of my two-year tenure as president of the New York City Bar Association, I invite you to look back with me on the remarkable work that has gone on here over the past twelve months.
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City Bar Formal Ethics Opinion: The Ethical Duties of Local Counsel

The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics has issued Formal Opinion (2015-4), stating that attorneys who act as “local counsel” are subject to the same ethical rules as all lawyers.
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City Bar’s Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Forum to Feature Leading Judges, General Counsels, Professors and Experts

The New York City Bar Association will host its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Forum on Monday, June 8th. The all-day event will feature two dozen leaders in the legal profession, including five judges, General Counsels of six companies, and diversity and inclusion experts and scholars.
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Alan Rothstein Will Not Like This Column – by Debra L. Raskin

Alan Rothstein will not like this column, because it’s all about him. Actually, he’ll probably hate it because it’s about him at all. In case you haven’t heard, Alan Rothstein, our General Counsel, is retiring after thirty years at the New York City Bar Association.
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City Bar Announces Leadership Changes

The New York City Bar Association has announced the results of its annual election to fill its leadership positions.
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City Bar Urges ABA to Eliminate Prohibition on Academic Credit for Paid Employment

The New York City Bar Association has written to the American Bar Association urging that the prohibition on law schools giving academic credit to students who work for private employers be eliminated, primarily because “it greatly restricts the number of opportunities for experiential learning, prevents the student from being paid for valuable work and lacks justification.”
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