Monthly Archives: October 2010

The City Bar Justice Center presented its second annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Pro Bono Service yesterday, honoring volunteer lawyers for outstanding work on Justice Center projects. The awards were presented at a Celebration of Service reception as part of National Pro Bono Week. Hon. Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Judge for the SDNY, gave the keynote speech. Standing: Stacey O’Haire Fahey, Chair, Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee; Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center; Burke Blackman, Patterson … Continue reading

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On October 20th, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, addressed hundreds in the Meeting Hall of the New York City Bar Association on “The Future of White Collar Enforcement: A Prosecutor’s View.” Among the topics Bharara addressed were insider trading, which he called “rampant” and an important focus of his office, and the importance of prosecutorial independence. In the last portion of his speech–which can be viewed in the video excerpt below–Bharara challenged the … Continue reading

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The Public Service Network, a City Bar Justice Center initiative, is celebrating the placement of its 1,000th volunteer this week. Formed in 1997, the Public Service Network encourages lawyers to engage in public service by matching attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector. To date, the Network’s volunteers have contributed over 150,000 hours of service, valued at over $20.5 million. The Public Service Network has partnered with over 300 nonprofit organizations that work in areas such … Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association’s recent mission to China  included an extensive meeting with the lawyers who have worked to protect Liu Xiaobo over the years. We hope the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo will focus attention on human rights concerns in China, including the dangers lawyers face in representing dissidents in China. There are lawyers in China who risk threats, harassment, loss of their livelihood, detention and worse, and yet continue to provide … Continue reading

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Last night, The Response, an award-winning and critically acclaimed 30-minute courtroom drama based on transcipts of Guantanamo military tribunals, was screened at the City Bar, followed by a panel discussion. In the film, a detainee stands before a panel of military officers, who question him in preparation for deciding his fate. The detainee pleads to know the evidence against him, but the evidence is classified. The film stars Aasif Mandvi (of the Daily Show) as the detainee and Peter Riegert, … Continue reading

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