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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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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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