COURT FUNDING, IMMIGRATION HIGHLIGHT PRESIDENTIAL
SUMMIT AT NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEETING
The New York State Bar Association’s 135th Annual Meeting next
week will feature forums on immigration, court funding, representation
of veterans, diversity in the legal community, the impact of the Madoff
fraud case on international litigation, a film and panel discussion on
the Nuremberg trials, representation of charities and the burgeoning
field of animal law.
More than 5,000 attorneys are expected to attend the weeklong
conference, which is being held at the Hilton New York in New York City
from Monday, January 23, through Saturday, January 28.
Among those scheduled to address the Annual
Meeting are William Robinson III, president of the American Bar
Association; Jack Rives, executive director of the American Bar
Association; state Chief Judge Jonathan Lipmann; state Chief
Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti; former state Chief Judge Judith
S. Kaye and former Governor David Paterson. U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder on Saturday evening will be presented with the Gold Medal, the
Bar Association’s highest award, for lifelong excellence in the
legal profession and his unparalleled civic contributions.
The centerpiece of the Annual Meeting will be the
Presidential Summit on Wednesday,
January 25, from 2-5 p.m., which will feature a panel on
the crisis in state court funding across the nation and another on
improving legal representation of immigrants.
The first forum will address funding and the
courts. The Bar Association this month released a report
that identified problems with the court system in the wake of state
budget cuts, including long delays and postponements in civil and
criminal cases, overcrowded court calendars, problems with jury
selection and jury service, limited citizen access to legal services,
overworked court employees, and a variety of other issues. Former state
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will moderate a panel of state and national
experts on the topic.
The second forum will feature a discussion on the
representation of immigrants and offer insight
into the problems and solutions associated with the issue. The panel
will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Padilla v.
Kentucky, in which the Supreme Court expanded the right to counsel
to include a provision that immigrants in criminal proceedings receive
competent advice on the consequences of penalties they could face.
Other highlights of the Annual Meeting
Serving Those Who Served. The daylong forum will
address legal representation of the state’s more than one million
veterans on issues ranging from family law to consumer debt and credit
issues, to foreclosure and evictions. Attorneys will learn how to
represent veterans by gaining invaluable insight into the culture of
veterans and the physical and psychological issues they face. The
keynote speaker will be Jack L. Rives, executive director of the
American Bar Association and a former judge advocate general for the
U.S. Air Force. Tuesday, January 24, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bernie Madoff fraud case. The panel, led by
David J. Sheehan, chief counsel to SIPA trustee Irving Picard, will
feature a discussion of the ground-breaking impact of the case on
cross-border and international litigation. Wednesday,
January 24, 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Trials. A special screening of the documentary,
“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today,” will be followed by a
panel discussion on what is considered by some to be the most important
and fascinating courtroom drama in history. Wednesday,
January 25, 9 a.m. - noon.
the Cloud. This panel will discuss the legal remedies for
hacking and intellectual property risks associated with cloud computing.
The daylong session also will feature a “Countdown to 2013,”
answering the question of whether recording artists can recapture their
copyrights from record labels. Other topics: intellectual property
aspects of expanding your business in Europe and electronic evidence in
computer software litigation. Tuesday, January 24, 8:45 a.m.
- 5:15 p.m.
Tax Matters. Panelists will
discuss ethical issues relating to representation in tax cases, the
latest developments in corporate tax and financial products, and answer
the question: “Tax reform: What’s all the noise
about?” Tuesday, January 24, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Publishing on the Internet. This discussion
will feature trending topics in licensing and branding, new models of
publishing (e-books, enhanced e-books and apps) and how they’ve
transformed the world of publishing. Leaders in the field will discuss
impending legal issues, including the impact of new contract
negotiations between publishers and authors. Monday, January
23, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
New York Real
Estate. It really is different than in other places.
Panelists will discuss a variety of real estate-related issues unique to
New York, including current development issues, rebuilding the World
Trade Center, the residential mortgage landscape, and legal issues with
the development of skyscrapers in New York City. Thursday,
January 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Animals and the
Law. This panel discussion will center on the growing legal
issues relating to animals, including veterinary malpractice law,
understanding the law as it relates to dangerous dogs and animal
negligence cases. Wednesday, January 25, 1 - 5
Charities. This program is designed to help lawyers
understand the intricacies associated with representing charities and
how to strengthen their relationships with them as attorneys and members
of charity boards. Many attorneys would like to assist their favorite
charity, but they don’t know how. The program is the launch
event of Charity Corps: Lawyers Helping Nonprofits, a joint initiative
between the NYSBA and the State Attorney General’s Office.
Thursday, January 26, 8:30-10 a.m.
For a complete listing of speakers, program and events,
as well as registration information, visit www.nysba.org/am2012.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in
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