Monthly Archives: December 2010

The New York City Bar Association has sent a letter to the African Union (AU), expressing concerns about that organization’s “explicit lack of support” for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to endorse the recommendation of the AU High-Level Panel on Darfur for a hybrid court for Sudan. “Given Sudan’s problematic justice record, the Association urges that those most responsible for the crimes in Darfur be tried before the ICC, a court capable of adhering to internationally accepted fair trial … Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association has criticized as unconstitutional an amendment—Question 755—in the State of Oklahoma that, if certified, would prohibit Oklahoma courts from considering or using international law or “Sharia Law.” In a report written “out of a concern that Question 755 might be replicated in other states,” the City Bar concludes that “Question 755 violates not only the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment of the federal Constitution, but also the Supremacy Clause of … Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association has renewed its call for reform in Albany, issuing a memo to Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo and letters to all legislators to urge enactment of ethics and rules reforms in the coming legislative session. While the City Bar applauds the Senate’s enactment of a handful of new rules and efforts last session to develop ethics reform legislation, it believes these measures still fall short of bringing true transparency, accountability and balance to the legislature. In … Continue reading

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The New York City Bar is now soliciting nominations for the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. This award recognizes the vital services of lawyers and non-lawyers who work in the Family Court in New York City. The winners will be honored by the Association at a reception at the City Bar on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Nominations can be submitted to the Office of the Executive Director. Details on the nominating process and a … Continue reading

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In a letter sent to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the New York City Bar Association expresses “profound concern” with Section 1116 of the 2011 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (“Section 1116”), which, if it becomes law, would terminate funding for the transfer of a non-citizen to the United States for any purpose, thereby preventing Guantanamo detainees from being tried in Article III courts for offenses related to the events of September 11, 2001. Section … Continue reading

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Beginning today, the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Referral Service is one of 38 lawyer referral services across the country certified to have experienced employment lawyers receive referrals from the Department of Labor for violations of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The ABA Approved Attorney Referral System was announced on November 19th at a White House ceremony attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Hilda … Continue reading

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As part of the City Bar’s Friday Evening Chamber Music series on December 10th, a soprano, baritone and pianist will perform City Bar member Nancy Volin Simon’s song cycle about the Bill of Rights. “When was the last time you sat down and read the Bill of Rights? That’s why I wrote this song cycle—as a way to reacquaint people with the actual words of the Bill of Rights,” said Volin. “Music makes words and concepts easier to remember by … Continue reading

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City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour issued the following statement today in connection with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement today of his proposed reforms to increase voter participation: I applaud the Mayor for taking the initiative to improve our election process. The dismal voter turnout in New York City in recent elections underscores the need for serious reform of the elections process. The City Bar has made recommendations to that effect in the past and looks forward to reviewing the Mayor’s … Continue reading

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