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Supreme Court—A Year in Review

During the October 2014 Term, the Supreme Court decided some of the most contested legal issues in years, including the “gay marriage” cases, making for an exciting “year in review.” At this program, a prominent panel of Supreme Court litigators, former Supreme Court law clerks, constitutional scholars, and federal judges will examine, review, and debate the leading Supreme Court decisions of the Term and their impact on the future. More


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Tenth Annual Institute on Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Governance

This Institute provides an in-depth analysis of significant legal and business issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, as well as the latest trends and best practices in corporate governance. The sessions will highlight these issues through discussions with some of the top lawyers, judges, government officials, and investment bankers practicing in these areas. AGENDA 8:30 am – 8:40 am Introduction & Program Overview8:40 am – 9:40 amThe Environment: Perspectives from Bankers & the Press Michael de la Merced, The New York Times Robert A. More


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Understanding Impasse in Negotiation & Mediation: How to Prevent, Avoid, & Break Deadlock

Impasse is the point when negotiation breaks down and the parties reach for their respective briefcases. Absent some intervention or course change, the deal is dead, the litigation continues, and the negotiation is over. This course will examine the causes of impasse so that in many situations, impasse can be avoided entirely. More


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Cutting Edge Issues in Digital Risk Management

Digitization of information creates risk including over-preservation, under-preservation, eForgery, spoliation, and data breach, to name a few. This presentation will address lawyers’ roles in helping to manage those risks in the context of internal investigations and litigation & regulatory inquiries. More


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SEC Whistleblower Initiative: Update & Perspective

Join SEC whistleblower Chief Sean McKessy along with defense counsel, whistleblower counsel and in-house counsel for a joint DC Bar and NYC Bar Association panel on developments in the SEC’s Whistleblower Program. The panel will video link panelists and audiences in Washington D.C. More


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Trends in E-Data: What to Look for When Employees Leave

In this seminar, you will learn the most effective policies, procedures and strategies employers can pursue to prevent employees from doing harm as they leave, as well as to gather evidence in the wake of their departure. Panelists will discuss what employers can do when employees are suspected of stealing confidential information or otherwise abusing network privileges on their way out the door. More


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Online Evidence for Matrimonial Attorneys: Ensuring What You See is What You Get

This program covers three main topics: (1) the ease with which emails can be faked and how to validate emails used as evidence, (2) preserving web pages, and (3) minimizing costs and eliminating obstacles when subpoenaing an internet company. This seminar includes invaluable resources such as judicial orders, legal articles, statutes and case law, and sample documents for use in practice.Co-Instructors: PETER J. More


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Litigation Regarding Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

Credit default swaps (CDS), derivatives designed to manage the risk that fixed-income obligations may go unpaid, have become a multi-billion-dollar market within a decade of their genesis. Surging defaults on the underlying investments amid the recent financial crisis have led to increased litigation between the parties involved in these complex transactions. More


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SEC & FINRA Examinations of Broker-Dealers: Priorities & Hot Issues

Join senior SEC and FINRA staff responsible for broker-dealer regulatory examination programs, in-house counsel from institutional and retail broker-dealers, and regulatory counsel for a joint DC Bar and NYC Bar program where we will discuss current SEC and FINRA examination priorities and practical advice for exams and addressing hot issues. More


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How Will the New U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines Impact You?

The new U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines will affect all attorneys and firms who work on larger chapter 11 cases filed on or after November 1st. The City Bar's panel of experts, including the new United States Trustee for Region 2, will discuss some of the ways the guidelines may change day-to-day operations in firms, issues relating to the new market rate benchmarks, and how these changes might alter insolvency practice. More


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Hot Topics in Art Law 2014

At this program a panel of experienced practitioners will cover some of the hot button issues affecting the art world today. Topics will include authenticity issues and recent developments in the area including new legislation being proposed regarding art authenticators; art consignments by artists and non-artists, and the law applicable to them; and recent events, cases and legal issues concerning art repatriation and restitution. More


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Social Media in Employment Litigation

This program will cover the current and emerging case law on discovery of employee social media activity in employment litigation, including the pros and cons of seeking such discovery from prudential, tactical and strategic points of view. We will also cover the law on monitoring and investigating employees’ on-line communications, the legality of restrictions on employees’ social media activities, and the issues surrounding review of social media activity of job applicants. More


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Employment & Severance Agreements: What Both Employment & ERISA Attorneys Need to Know

The design, implementation and modification of employment and separation agreements often implicate issues under tax and employment laws. In reviewing these contracts, ERISA attorneys may encounter unfamiliar employment issues, and employment lawyers may be faced with ERISA concepts outside of their regular practice. More


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European Union Law for New York Practitioners: The Basics & Selected Practice Areas--Employment Law, Data Security and the Environment

European Union regulations, directives and policies directly impact the practice of law for any New York lawyer whose clients live, work, do business or own property in Europe. While you may not be aware of how the European Union works or understand the full effect of EU laws on its 28 member states, many EU regulations and directives are binding on you and your clients in a variety of situations. More


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Hot Topics in Ethics: Brave New World, Same Venerable Rules

This program will address how, in a world otherwise transformed by information technology and increased competition, ethical rules developed in earlier eras continue to set important limits on what an attorney may do. The panel includes attorneys with deep experience in professional discipline, litigation and cyber-risk. More


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Getting to Yes, Practically & Ethically: Settlement agreements in Product Liability Cases

With a focus on group and mass settlements, the Product Liability Committee will present a panel of experienced practitioners and jurists to discuss best practices in reaching an ethical settlement agreement. Topics to be discussed include: the ethical considerations regarding aggregate settlements, the use of settlement masters, and settlement agreement provisions relating to indemnification by plaintiffs (and their counsel), qualified settlement funds under the Treasury Regs, and limitations on counsel’s acceptance of additional cases. More


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The Role of Insurance Law in Bankruptcy Proceedings: A Roadmap to Preserving & Asserting Rights

Insurance issues are arising more frequently in bankruptcy proceedings. A debtor’s insurance policies often represent the debtor’s most valuable asset. As bankruptcy and insurance law intersect, and sometimes collide, the road can be bumpy. This program offers a roadmap to policyholders, estate creditors, insurance companies and other interested parties who seek to preserve or assert various rights. More


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ERISA Regulatory Update 2013

In this program you will hear perspectives from a panel of distinguished attorneys on recent regulatory developments affecting sponsors, administrators, and investment managers of employee benefit plans subject to ERISA. More


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Employment Transitions in the Financial Services Industry: Practical & Legal Issues

This program will explore the practical and legal issues that arise when employees transition between financial services firms. When an employee now ends his or her employment at a bank, hedge fund, private equity or other financial services firm, both the employer and employee are faced with a complex set of risks and competing interests to protect, many of which involve the use and protection of intangible confidential information. More


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Answers to Everyday Ethical Questions

Join us to discuss how the Rules of Professional Conduct, and related decisions, opinions and commentary are applied to concrete situations that confront lawyers in everyday practice. A prominent faculty will discuss and take questions from the audience on a series of ethical conundrums. More


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Ethics for Litigators

This program will examine a variety of issues involving ethics and professional responsibility in the context of a civil litigation practice. An experienced panel of attorneys and Judges will discuss: recent developments in the law regarding lawyer’s ethical considerations, real life tips and strategies, recent disciplinary proceedings, and the ethical issues relating to public interest and/or government attorneys.Program Chair: Jed Weiss, Cole SchotzAgenda6:00-6:15 Introduction and Opening Remarks6:15-6:35 A view from the Bench, Just How Far Can A Lawyer Go to Please His/Her Client – Judge Jeffrey Oing, New York Supreme Court Commercial Division6:35-6:50 Ethical Issues and Government Attorneys – Muriel Goode-Trufant, Division Chief, Special Federal Litigation Division New York City Law Dept.6:50 – 7:05 Know The Law! Ethics in Litigation Involving Social Media – Glenn Kazlow, General Counsel, Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard, PA7:05 – 7:15 Break7:15 - 7:35 Recent Developments – Professor Jay C. More


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Hot Topics in Art Law

In this program, a panel of experienced practitioners will cover some of the hot button issues currently affecting the art world. It is intended for those who practice art law, trust and estates law and litigation, as well as those with clients in the art industry, and business executives in the art industry.Topics will include: Federal and State Laws Banning the Sale of Ivory Developments in the Law Concerning Good Faith Purchasers of Art Title Insurance for Works of Art Agenda 6:00 – 6:05 p.m. More


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Private Offerings Under the New SEC Rules

Join Karen Wiedemann (Attorney Fellow, SEC Office of Small Business Policy, Division of Corporation Finance), Jonathan Ingram (Acting Chief Counsel, SEC Division of Corporation Finance), and Prof. John C. Coffee, Jr. (Columbia Law) for a linked DC Bar and NYC Bar Seminar that will review new SEC Rules 506(c) and 144A and related “Bad Actor” provisions, with a focus on investor pre-qualification requirements under 506(c), when the SEC may allow “Bad Actors” to participate in future 506 offerings, and new Form D reporting requirements. More


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Employee Whistleblower Claims - Recent Developments 2014

The legal landscape governing whistleblower claims has changed dramatically in recent years. For example, the Dodd- Frank Act alone created three new anti-retaliation causes of action; while the Affordable Care Act added another. The current Department of Labor Administrative Review Board has given an extremely broad reading to the federal whistleblower statutes within its purview, while the Supreme Court expanded exponentially the reach of Sarbanes-Oxley in Lawson v. More


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Ethics For Advertising Lawyers

Advertising lawyers confront many novel ethical issues as a result of their unique practice area. Some of these issues grow out of the “tripartite” relationship among the attorney, advertising agency, and advertising client. Others arise because advertising lawyers often find themselves on the cutting edge of technology, social media, and digital communications – areas that are of increasing concern to disciplinary authorities and ethics committees. More


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Insider Trading 2014: New Developments in Investigating, Prosecuting & Defending Cases

Insider trading continues to be a high enforcement priority for both the SEC and DOJ. Both agencies have devoted unprecedented resources to investigating insider trading violations, continue to employ aggressive investigative techniques, and ventured into new substantive territories and prosecution theories. More


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