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Legislation Increasing Number of Family Court Judges
On Friday, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that increased the number of family court judges, something that was a priority of our advocacy efforts this session. After the Legislature acted, we issued this statement from President Debra Raskin: "The New York City Bar Association applauds the Legislature for passing a bill that will increase the number of Family Court judges throughout New York State"; goo.gl/3ZFw8Y
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Use of Virtual Law Offices by New York Attorneys
The New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics has issued an opinion (2014-02) stating that a New York lawyer may use the street address of a virtual law office (VLO) as the “principal law office address” for the purposes of goo.gl/IUjGUe


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Beyond November: The City Bar and a New Mayor
 By Carey R. Dunne, City Bar President
 
Last June, I wrote about the New York City Bar Association’s extensive policy recommendations for New York City’s mayoral candidates leading up to the election in November. Based on the collaborative effort of over two dozen City Bar committees, we issued a 95-page report, from the perspectives of lawyers who work daily on issues vital to the City’s welfare. In that June column, I stated my aspirations for this report: “We hope it will inform the public dialogue as the campaign continues between now and November.” Read more, goo.gl/PLMPDL

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City Bar and Common Cause/New York Find Joint Commission on Public Ethics Not Fulfilling Mission
The report finds that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) thus far has fallen short in meeting its mission of acting vigorously to restore public confidence in government. While performing well in promulgating regulations and providing advice, JCOPE has not persuaded the public of its independence, has appeared reactive rather than proactive, and has not made sufficient use of its statutory authority, according to the report. For further conclusions and full report, please go to goo.gl/J5oWCI
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Gender Related Laws and Policy
In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Committee on Sex and Law urges the administration to focus on a number of key issues concerning gender-related law and policy including: 1) supporting the extension of accommodations for breastfeeding mothers to college and university students...goo.gl/kqV5hh

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International Recovery of Child Support
The United Nations Committee sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership urging that the Senate adopt and enact implementing legislation (S.1870), which would allow The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance to take effect in the United States. http://goo.gl/5EzhPo
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Wanted: More White Men for Diversity Efforts
This month, the New York City Bar Association is celebrating thirty years of efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession. A series of forums assessing the state of diversity in the profession culminates on June 18th with a gala fundraiser honoring the 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Winners: goo.gl/H4asOS

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The Association would like to welcome it's  new president, Debra Raskin;. Read about her in the +New York Law Journal  bit.ly/RV5JXM

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Read what is going on around the Association; latest news, events and a an exciting new member benefit goo.gl/NGcSjR
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Alteration of Multiple Dwellings
The Association expressed support for A.9159/S.3584, which would authorize the New York City Commissioner of Buildings to vary or modify any provision or requirement of the Multiple Dwelling Law where strict compliance results in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, as long as the spirit and intent of the law are maintained and public safety is preserved. To read other finding of the report and for other news, please go to goo.gl/o1uCEn

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Supporting Solos and Small Firms – by Carey R. Dunne
One of the fastest-growing segments of the New York City Bar Association’s membership is solo and small-firm practitioners. This fact tracks one of the findings in our report on “New Lawyers in a Changing Profession,” which is that the number of new lawyers practicing in very small firms or as solo practitioners has doubled since 2007. The City Bar’s Small Law Firm Center  is in the shingle business, so to speak. In fact, its latest resource for solos and small operations is a “virtual shingle.” To find out more about resources for small law firms, please go to goo.gl/kc1q7H
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Justice Ginsburg Annual Presentation
Justices #Ginsburg and #Kagan appeared together at the City Bar last night. Here's our blog on it: goo.gl/ZaiyZz

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Since its founding in 1870, the New York City Bar, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.

The New York City Bar is one of the largest local voluntary bar associations with over 24,000 members.  This professional association allows members to network with other attorneys and professionals, enhance their careers through programs and CLE courses, volunteer their skills to help others through the City Bar Justice Center and advance the legal profession and shape public policy by working on one of our 150 committees.
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