Rank #1: Parole Law and Reform - 44th Street Podcast
Gina Mitchell, a member of the City Bar’s Criminal Advocacy Committee, interviews Professor Steve Zeidman, a criminal defense attorney and the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY School of Law; Attorney Michelle Lewin, the Executive Director of the Parole Preparation Project in New York; and Jose Saldana, director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, about parole law and reform in New York State.
Apr 19 2019
Rank #2: Endangered Species Act Under the Trump Administration
The panel covered key regulatory and legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) under the Trump administration including: new standards and rules, removal of species from protection, reduction of funding for certain initiatives, trophy hunting and import, and ivory trade and import of ivory and rhino horn. They also discussed recent key federal litigation interpreting Endangered Species Act, and touched upon currently proposed legislative, regulatory and statutory changes to the ESA. Speakers: Dr. Susan Lieberman, Vice-President, International Policy, Wildlife Conservation Society Joseph Nelson, Partner, Van Ness Feldman Asher Smith, Litigation Counsel, PETA Foundation Danny Waltz, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund Moderators: Professor Randall Abate, Rechnitz Family Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, Monmouth University and Mikki Golar Sponsoring Committee: Animal Law Committee, Christopher Wlach, Chair Cosponsoring Committee: Environmental Law Committee, Kevin Healy and Amy Turner, Co-Chairs
Apr 01 2019
Rank #3: Puerto Rico and the Jones Act
New York City Bar President Roger Juan Maldonado and New York State Bar President Michael Miller speak with James Ostaszewski, who drafted the City Bar’s report in support of exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, a law that restricts shipping and that independent studies say costs the recovering island hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
Mar 24 2019
Rank #4: Animals In Transit
Description: On February 28, 2019, a panel discussed issues around companion animals and transportation, including the use of service animals on public transportation, pets in ridesharing, and recent incidents in which pets have died during air travel. Moderators: Marissa Hight, Akerman LLP Bari Wolf, Vernon & Ginsburg LLP Speakers: Erin Abrams, General Counsel, Via Kleo King, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Joel Lopez, Vice President, ASPCA Adoption Center Evan Oshan, Oshan & Associates, P.C. Sponsoring Committee: Animal Law Committee, Christopher Wlach, Chair Co-Sponsoring Committee Transportation Committee, Sanford Balick, Chair Disability Law Committee, John W. Egan, Chair Related Resource: If you're interested in this program, you may be interested in this City Bar resource: A Guide to the Use of Service Animals in New York State
Mar 05 2019
Rank #5: Aging in America: Happiness in the New Old Age
People live longer today than ever before; in fact, Americans over the age of 85 represent one of the fasting growing age groups in the country. This program features three researchers whose findings challenge the accepted views on growing older. On February 19, 2019 John Leland, Amy Nathan and Paula Span shared their findings and provided information on a topic that faces all of us. Speakers: John Leland, Author, “Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old” Amy Nathan, Author, "Making Time for Making Music" Paula Span, Columnist, The New York Times, “The New Old Age" and “Generation Grandparent” Sponsoring Association Committee: Senior Lawyers Committee, Barry M. Bloom, Chair Cosponsoring Committee: Legal Problems of the Aging Committee, Britt Burner, Chair
Feb 21 2019
Rank #6: Public Affairs Luncheon with Juan Williams
On December 6, 2018, Juan Williams, the political analyst for Fox News, bestselling author, and civil rights expert addressed the Trump administration’s sweeping rollback of the civil rights movement at the City Bar's Public Affairs Luncheon. Donald Trump’s campaign pitch to African Americans was: “What the hell do you have to lose?” According to Juan, the answer is: Quite a lot, as it turns out. He believes that the Trump administration’s policies and intentions pose a threat to civil rights without precedent in modern America. Based on his observations of the current state of politics and race relations with insights from the long, and sometimes forgotten, history of the civil rights movement, as Juan asserts in his new book, knowing our past is essential if we are to understand our present, and shape our future.
Dec 06 2018
Rank #7: Changing Marijuana Laws' Effect on the Workplace 10-23-2018
On October 22, 2018, the City Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Committee held a program on how the evolving treatment of marijuana under the law affects the workplace. Learn how legalization of medical and recreational marijuana affect rights and obligations under the ADA, FLMA, and more. Speakers: George Schwab, Kraus & Zuchlewski LLPAnne Dana, Seyfarth Shaw LLPJay Jaffe, 1199 SEIU Moderator:Hanan Kolko, Meyer Suozzi English & Klein P.C. Sponsoring Committee: Labor & Employment Committee, Katherine Greenberg, Chair
Oct 24 2018
Rank #8: Banished from New York City- The Legality, Policy Considerations, and Practical Implications of the Housing Restrictions Faced by People on the Sex Offender Registry 9-11-2018
In New York City, there are hundreds of men and women on the sex offender registry who are subject to the Sexual Assault Reform Act (SARA) residency restriction, which prevents them from living within 1,000 feet of a school. This little-known restriction has created enormous constitutional problems. Because our densely-populated city contains virtually no residences that comply with this restriction, prisons are holding these people past the length of their prison sentences if there is no SARA-compliant housing available – a time period that usually extends longer than a year. This event will address the history and policy behind the residency restriction, the impact of SARA on people who have committed sex offenses, and the legal challenges being made on behalf of people affected by SARA. Panelists:Michael Burke, Hodges Walsh Messemer & Burke, LLPBill Dobbs, Publisher, Dobbs Wire, newsletter about sex offense law and policy; Advisor, Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center at Mitchell Hamline Law SchoolEmily Horowitz, Professor and Chairperson, St. Francis College, Sociology and Criminal Justice DepartmentSusannah Karlin, Licensed Social Worker, Center for Appellate LitigationRobert Newman, Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Practice, Special Litigation UnitGreg Williams, The Fortune SocietyModerator:Camilla Hsu, Appellate Counsel, Center for Appellate Litigation Sponsoring Association Committee:Criminal Justice Operations Committee, Sarah J. Berger, Chair Co-Sponsoring Organization:New York Sex Offense Working Group Related Resources:If you're interested in this program, you may be interested in these City Bar resources: Opposition to Further Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders – 2019 NYS Executive Budget The Impact and Legality of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Created By New York's Sexual Assault Reform Act Letter opposing legislation to extend the duration of sex offender registration for most Level One registrants from 20 years to 30 years or life Report on A.2190/S.3097 which would require the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to consult a "validated risk instrument" when making its recommendation to courts regarding the appropriate risk level of a sex offender
Sep 19 2018
Rank #9: Challenges and Strategies for Low-Wage and Immigrant Workers in Reporting Harassment - Sexual Harassment & the Law
Speakers: Danielle Alvarado, Daniela Contreras, Rebecca Nathanson, Hon. Laura Safer Espinoza, Marrisa Senteno, Cristina Velez Sexual harassment in agricultural work and how to prevent What does sexual harassment look like in domestic workplaces and what rights do domestic workers have that differ from workers in other settings? What is a U visa and how may someone who has been a victim of workplace sexual harassment be eligible? Explanation of anti-retaliation provisions under New York State wage and hour law, and NYDOL’s U visa certification policy.
Jun 08 2018
Rank #10: Breaking the Silence - a New Way Forward on Mental Health: An Address by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
Hear the First Lady of New York City discuss ThriveNYC, a program intended to eliminate the stigma of mental health issues and provide New Yorkers with the tools to respond to these challenges. Speaker:Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City Sponsoring Association Committee: New York City Affairs Committee, Jerry Goldfeder, Chair Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:Bioethical Issues Committee, Mary Beth Morrissey, ChairDisability Law Committee, John Egan, ChairHealth Law Committee, Kathleen Burke, ChairLawyer Assistance Program Committee, Hon. Linda Poust Lopez, ChairMental Health Law Committee, Naomi Weinstein, ChairMindfulness & Well-Being in Law Committee, Cecilia Loving, Robert Chender and Bjorn Sorenson, Co-Chairs
Mar 13 2018