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Legal Referral Service to Host Free Legal Information Fair for Law Day 2015

The New York City Bar Legal Referral Service, together with the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, will host a free legal information fair in observance of National Law Day, on May 1st from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Collect Pond Park (Leonard Street between Centre and Lafayette) in Manhattan.
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Alan Rothstein to Retire as General Counsel after Three Decades at New York City Bar Association

Alan Rothstein, the General Counsel of the New York City Bar Association, will retire in July after nearly 30 years of service, the City Bar announced today.
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In-House in the House of the Association – by Debra L. Raskin

One of my goals during my presidency of the New York City Bar Association is to ensure and strengthen its “big tent” diversity, which means diversity not just in demographic terms but with respect to our members’ practices. If our committees and program panels are effective, one big reason is that they are made up of a true cross-section of the legal community. We recently adjusted our dues structure to encourage more lawyers doing different types of legal work to join our association.
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Nominations Sought for 26th Annual Legal Services Awards

The New York City Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the Twenty-sixth Annual Legal Services Awards. The award is designed to recognize the efforts of lawyers and non-lawyers who have directly provided free legal services to indigent clients on a full-time basis for an extended period of time. Nominees should have provided these legal services for at least five years.
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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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