Legislative Affairs


What's New

  • November 6, 2014 -- Read our Fall Legislative Roundup.

  • October 28, 2014 -- Check out our latest practice area updates: Animal LawBusiness/FinanceReal PropertyCriminal Justice.

  • October 21, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation supported by our Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts Committee which establishes the formula for determining the interest payable on a delayed legacy.

  • October 16, 2014 -- A recurring theme playing out at the City Bar this week: the importance of having counsel in immigration proceedings. The NY Times article "After 22 Years in New York and Threats of Deportation, Citizenship", chronicles one man’s journey to citizenship & highlights the free legal advice received at one of our clinics. Our committees provided testimony before the City Council supporting legislation to further limiting NYC’s role in ICE detainer practices & encouraged the Council to ensure that detainees in City custody not be interviewed by ICE without having the opportunity to speak with counsel. Finally, we will be hosting Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for a panel discussion on this topic this evening. Further details about the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/1ssOr3S.

  • September 23, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law that will amend the Civil Practice Law and Rules to allow a non-party deponent's counsel to participate and make objections on behalf of his or her client in an examination before trial in the same manner as counsel for a party. This bill was supported by the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction Committee.  Read their support memo here

  • September 22, 2014 -- City Bar President testifies at Chief Judge's hearing on access to civil legal services.

  • August 28, 2014 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation requiring the Department of Correction, in coordination with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to post a quarterly report on its website regarding punitive segregation, restricted housing and clinical alternative to punitive segregation housing statistics for city jails.  The City Bar supported this legislation in a letter from President Debra Raskin.

  • August 11, 2014 -- "Connecting Sexual Violence with the Need for Comprehensive Sex Education" - Op Ed by the Sex and Law Committee

  • July 10, 2014 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation creating a municipal ID program for New York City.  This measure was supported by the Immigration & Nationality Law Committee.

  • June 26, 2014 -- Governor Cuomo signed legislation increasing the number of Family Court judges in New York. Read about our advocacy on this issue here.