Current Section News:
Presented Its Eighth Annual “Smooth Moves” CLE Program For Attorneys of Color,
And Presentation of the Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award To Esteemed
Attorney Kay Crawford Murray
April 1, 2014, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section presented its
eighth annual “Smooth Moves” program -- the Section’s premiere diversity event
organized to attract attorneys of color to more active participation within the
Section. Since its inception in 2007,
Smooth Moves has included both a CLE program and a networking reception,
culminating in the presentation of the Section’s Honorable George Bundy Smith
Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award is
given each year to an attorney of color whose career accomplishments exemplify
those of the retired Court of Appeals jurist for whom the award is named: legal excellence, community involvement, and
CLE program this year was entitled “Social Media
Strategies for Attorneys: Marketing Techniques, Practice Tips and Ethical
Quandaries.” The program, which
was moderated by Darrell Gay of Arent Fox, featured an outstanding panel of leading practitioners in the field, ethicists, and
United States District Court Judge Margo Brodie. The panel first highlighted the advantages
for lawyers of marshalling social media as part of an integrated marketing
strategy, and also addressed the legal issues and ethical challenges associated
with the widespread use of such technologies, including discovery
considerations and juror selection.
George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award was established by the Section in recognition
of Judge Smith’s work in the civil rights movement, and his 30 years of public
service in the New York judiciary, including 14 years as an associate judge of
the Court of Appeals. This year’s
Pioneer Award was presented to Kay Crawford Murray, formerly the General
Counsel to the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, the position she
held since the establishment of the agency in 1979 until her retirement in
2002. Since the mid 1980’s, Ms. Murray
has served on the Committee on Character and Fitness in the Appellate Division,
First Department, and has also served as a Trustee for the New York State Bar
Foundation. Ms. Murray has been one of
the most respected trailblazers and leaders of the New York bar for
Finally, the Section awarded the
Commercial Division’s Minority Law Student Fellowship at the event to a first-year
law student, who will spend the summer working in the chambers of a Justice
Marcie Friedman. The New York Bar
Foundation provides a stipend for the fellowship recipient. Ana Federico, a
first year law student at Albany Law School, was selected as this year’s
2014 Annual Meeting of the Section
by: James M. Wicks
The Section’s Annual
Meeting held on January 29, 2014 at the New York Hilton was well attended, with
over 350 in attendance for the annual luncheon.
The Hon. Jack B. Weinstein proudly presented to the Hon. Shira A.
Scheindlin the Stanley H. Fuld Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Commercial Law and Litigation.
followed two lively CLEs, the first of which was an
audience interactive discussion of the legal ethics implicated by social
media. Led by Mark Berman, the social
media panel answered a series of questions that were posed earlier to the
audience. The audience members responded
to the questions using tablets or smartphones, with the results tabulated
immediately. Magistrate Judge Lisa Smith
(SDNY), along with practitioners in the area, then explored the issues raised.
The second panel focused on the interplay between
Delaware and New York law in resolving corporate governance disputes. Vice Chancellor Travis Laster, Delaware Court
of Chancery, joined by Appellate Division Justice David Friedman (1st
Dep’t), as well as several New York and Delaware practitioners identified some
of the key differences in the two states’ approaches to fiduciary duty,
indemnification and other corporate governance issues.
Look for a fuller discussion of the
Section's Annual meeting in our Spring Newsletter.
Read more about the 25th Anniversary Celebration that was held on October 23, 2014 at Lincoln Center.