Diversity Event and Sponsorship | Phillips Nizer is proud to sponsor "Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color" -- the most important diversity and inclusion event of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on May 23, 2019. | Details
This year's "Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color" CLE panel discussion will address: 'The Color of Neutrality: Increasing Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution'. Lauren Wachtler, Chair of our Litigation Department, and Board Member of the NYSBA Foundation and a Former Chair of the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, will present a scholarship to a 1-L student to intern for the summer with a Commercial Division judge.
The Section will confer The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award jointly on The Hon. Preet Bharara and The Hon. Joon Kim. | Details and Registration
Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler co-moderates, "Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession," during the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 3 - 5, 2019)
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting 2019
"Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession"
10:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
(1.5 CLE credits in Diverity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias)
Media - As new charges are filed, Bradley Simon, co-chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice, addresses the possibility of jail time for those involved in the college admissions scandal in a New York Times article. | Read here
“This is somewhat uncharted waters because this is a really unique case — we haven’t seen a case where dozens of parents are being hauled off into court before.”
“Judges and prosecutors are always very sensitive to the court of public opinion in determining what sentences they get...They will feel some pressure to send a message. A lot of people are really horrified by this. It undermines the system. It smacks of breathtaking self-entitlement.”
Accolade/Media - Eileen Millett named co-chair of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force to examine the impact of New York’s adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The New York Law Journal quotes Eileen regarding the potential repercussions. | Read here (Subscription required)
“If students are no longer taking NY practice, then we really have lost something of value,” said Millett, who added that knowledge of New York law is necessary for the state courts to remain a pre-eminent destination for settling international commercial transactions.
Millett, a partner at Phillips Nizer, added that the changing economics of the profession is also having an impact on the lack of preparation judges are encountering. With more students going to law school, the competition has intensified and some can’t find jobs in the kinds of firms that train beginning lawyers before sending them to court.
Article - "5 Things College Lawyers Must Do Now" by Ilene Jaroslaw, Co-Chair, White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and co-lead of Phillips Nizer's College and University Integrity Initiative | Read here
See Press Release: Phillips Nizer launches College and University Integrity Initiative: Ilene Jaroslaw and Bradley Simon, two veteran federal prosecutors, to assist universities and administrators in confronting and resolving admissions investigation issues (March 20, 2019)