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December 10, 2011

Counterfeit Goods: Life After Seizure

By Connie Gibilaro

On November 15, 2011, Belal Amin Alsaidi, a 30 year old Virginia store owner, pleaded guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods. Alsaidi admitted that he sold counterfeit shoes and apparel at two of his stores from May 2007 through March 2009.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/November/11-crm-1492.html), Alsaidi admitted that he purchased over 1,400 packages of counterfeit merchandise from an individual in New York. The merchandise included knockoff apparel from brands including Nike, NFL, Lacoste, True Religion, and Coogi. Alsaidi faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The punishment illustrates law enforcement's attempt to deter potential counterfeiters from committing this crime.

So, what will happen to all of these seized items?

Alsaidi's indictment seeks to seize the counterfeit items and the profits from any sales. Government officials could burn the knockoff Nike apparel according to the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/intellectualproperty/intellectualproperty_strategic_plan.pdf), which states that infringing goods can be destroyed under the supervision of the Customs Border and Protection (CBP). However, the 2011 U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ipec_anniversary_report.pdf) did not mention that counterfeit goods can be destroyed after they have been seized. In fact, the word "destroy" does not appear in the entire 2011 plan. This might show the government's intent to preserve counterfeit goods.

The United States wouldn't be the first country to put infringing merchandise to good use. The Musée de la Contrafaçon (http://www.placesinfrance.com/counterfeit_museum_paris.html), or Counterfeit Museum, is a museum in Paris, France that exhibits more than 350 items and where each counterfeit is paired with its authentic original. The Union des Fabricants, an organization of manufacturers, established the museum in 1951 to portray the detrimental effects of counterfeiting on industries and world economies. However since no such museum exists in the United States, it is unlikely that Alsaidi's counterfeit apparel will be displayed for the American public anytime soon.

A central purpose of the Musée de la Contrafaçon has been to educate people on the differences between authentic goods and their infringing counterparts. It is unclear whether the United States IP Task Force (http://www.justice.gov/dag/iptaskforce/)supports similiar goals. According to the Department of Justice (http://www.justice.gov/), the mission of the IP Task Force is to "build on previous efforts in the Department to target intellectual property crimes and to address technological and legal landscape in this area of law enforcement."

The IP Task Force seems to be more concerned with enforcing intellectual property rights than informing the public on how to identify fake goods. Regardless, Alsaid's case portrays how the Task Force plays an integral role in the battle against counterfeiting.

Top 10 Seized Counterfeit Goods (Crime Inc.: Counterfeit Goods - CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/id/37824347):

1. Footwear

2. Consumer Electronics

3. Apparel

4. Handbags/Wallets/Backpacks

5. Media

6. Computers/Hardware

7. Cigarettes

8. Watches/Parts

9. Jewelry

10. Pharmaceuticals

Ad That Is Too Scandalous for Europe...

By Tyler Davis

They say any publicity is good publicity, but that is not always the case.

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has shut down Marc Jacobs' ad, for its Oh' fragrance Campaign, as it is just too scandalous. A recent ruling determined that the ad violated both the Social Responsibility and Harm and Offense codes (http://www.cap.org.uk/The-Codes/CAP-Code/CAP-Code-pdf-versions.aspx) in the UK. It depicts Dakota Fanning wearing a candy pink dress and eyeing the camera seductively, while the 17 year old holds a bottle of the perfume between her thighs (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2059097/Dakota-Fannings-sexually-provocative-perfume-ad-banned.html).

Who gets to decide when fashion and advertising cross the line? England has burdened the ASA (http://www.asa.org.uk/)with this job. According to its website, the ASA operates to "ensure ads are legal, decent, honest, and truthful;" and it functions on a complaint and ruling process. The general public is free to make comments and complaints to the ASA website regarding any ad campaign in England.

Fashion brands face legal and legislative obstacles when creating and publishing ads in global markets. What works in some venues, may just not be fashionable in another. It is important for everyone in design, marketing, and PR to communicate with in-house or outside counsel on matters of legality for copy and print in advertisements.

The ASA cited the ad as portraying "the young model in a sexualized manner," and that the positioning of the perfume bottle was sexually provocative. "We considered the ad could be seen to sexualize a child. We therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible and was likely to cause serious offense."

So is fashion taking it too far? Marc Jacobs thinks not, and voiced his opinion on the matter stating many positive remarks about Ms. Fanning, "it's really unfortunate that people have taken anything negative from what we believe is a really good campaign, and one that so perfectly embodies the fragrance."

Fashion is art, and art is expression. Is letting the public decide what's acceptable the best way to regulate fashion advertising?

Eben-Seizure Scrooge: "Operation In Our Sites" Strikes Again on Cyber-Monday

By Jen Mecum

For the second year in a row, just in time for the holiday online shopping rush, "Operation In Our Sites" stormed the Internet, executing federal seizure orders against 150 domain names of websites selling and distributing alleged counterfeit goods and copyrighted works illegally.(http://www.forbes.com/sites/billsinger/2011/11/28/bah-humbug-operation-in-our-sites-nabs-150-websites-on-cyber-monday/)

The initiative, spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (http://www.ice.gov/), was launched in June 2010 to combat intellectual property piracy problems cropping up in online stores.

Undercover federal agents made purchases of various products, such as DVDs and sunglasses, that were advertised by their online retailers as bearing bona fide trademarks. The legal trademark and copyright holders were asked to verify the authenticity of such products. If the products did not pass muster, a federal seizure order was executed to essentially freeze the website. All seized websites (http://www.forbes.com/sites/billsinger/2011/11/28/bah-humbug-operation-in-our-sites-nabs-150-websites-on-cyber-monday/) bear a seizure banner and warning that willful copyright infringement is a federal offense.

Though Attorney General Eric Holder claims that the seized websites "are selling counterfeit goods for their own personal gain while costing our economy much-needed revenue and jobs," (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/tag/operation-in-our-sites/) the initiative has been met with much opposition. One critic denounces the initiative as stretching due process "to its breaking point" by shutting down the websites, effectively giving the businesses no way to stay afloat while they defends their rights. (http://www.thewhir.com/blog/David_Snead/113011_Operation_in_our_sites_redux) Another critic argues that ICE is abusing its power to seize physical tools and products by enlarging its power to include seizure of domain names.(http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110521/14304814372/why-operation-our-sites-is-illegal-needs-to-be-fixed-asap.shtml)

December 12, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg Sues for the Misappropriation of his Image in the Film Camp Hell

By Geisa Balla (geisa.balla@gmail.com)

"No good deed goes unpunished" begins the complaint filed by Jesse Eisenberg in the Superior Court of the State of California on November 22, 2011. In this lawsuit Jesse Eisenberg, an actor who starred in the horror film Zombieland, and best known for Academy-nominated performance in The Social Network, alleges that defendants Lions Game Entertainment Inc., and Grindstone Entertainment Inc., capitalized on Eisenberg's fame and public persona by falsely advertising the film Camp Hell as a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

In this complaint Mr. Eisenberg alleges that he appeared in the low budget film Camp Hell as a favor to a friend. The plot of Camp Hell centers on teenagers who travel to a Christian Bible Camp led by a charismatic priest played by Bruce Davison. In the film, the Bible Camp turns into a nightmare when it becomes possessed by a demonic presence. The two main characters in the film are teenagers who are played by Will Denton and Connor Paolo. Mr. Eisenberg was approached by friends who were producing Camp Hell, and was asked to appear in a small role. He worked on the film for one day and appears on screen for five minutes, primarily in flashbacks of Bruce Davison's character. He accepted only $3,000 for this role, the SAG minimum compensation, and his name appears last in the list of cast credits.

The film was released on DVD on August 9, 2011. The cover of the DVD features a large photo of Mr. Eisenberg's face, and Mr. Eisenberg's name in large letters appears above the title of the film. The names or the photos of the three lead actors of the film do not appear on the cover (http://www.bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/reviews/08/22/2011/camp-hell-camp-hope).

According to the complaint, Mr. Eisenberg was informed that his image would be featured on the cover of the DVD prior to its release. He objected to this use of his image and demanded that the defendants cease and desist from using it. However, the ddefendants refused to do so, and admitted to Mr. Eisenberg their intent to exploit his fame by prominently featuring him as the star of the film, hoping to lure in young viewers familiar with Mr. Eisenberg's work.

Mr. Eisenberg is seeking $3 million in damages. In his misappropriation of right of publicity claim, Mr. Eisenberg alleges that the defendants' unauthorized use of his image and their fraudulent and misleading advertising for Camp Hell has damaged his name, likeness and goodwill. In his quantum meruit claim, he states that he provided valuable services to the defendants by performing in the film and being featured in its advertising. The complaint also brings a claim for unfair business practices, alleging that the defendants have received ill-gotten results from their fraudulent advertising.

To view the full complaint, see http://images.eonline.com/static/news/pdf/eisenberg.pdf.

December 16, 2011

The Bikram Yoga Copyright Battle

By Caitlin Lee Dempsey

Traditional knowledge encompasses and protects the unauthorized use of images, music, and choreography, among other categories, and has become a hot topic among copyright and intellectual property lawyers. Yoga exemplifies the current controversy, which concerns Bikram Choudhury's copyrighted series of 26 yoga poses, famously to be known as "Bikram Yoga", which was registered in 2007. Choudhury designed a 9-week intensive course for aspiring Bikram Yoga teachers, encouraging them to help teach others how powerful and healing yoga may be - as long as they followed his rules (i.e. strict text, mirrors and carpets in the studio, and specific temperature, among others).

However, what happens when one of Bikram's former students opens a studio that almost follows his precise guidelines, to the former student's own benefit? Recently, Choudhury faced just that, and filed eight causes of action against the founder of Yoga to the People, Gregory Gumicio. The complaint alleged copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false delegation of origin, dilution, unfair competition, unfair business practices, breach of contract and inducing breach of contract. Choudhury's claims varied from injunction to over $1,000,000 for each allegation. (http://www.bikramyoga.com/AffiliatedStudioUpdates_9-28-11.php)

Gumicio, who entered into an agreement restricting his use of "Bikram Yoga" when he successfully completed Bikram's course, did not claim to be offering Bikram Yoga. He responded to the allegations with yogatruth.org, and argued that while copyright is limited to original works and systems, which is the category under which yoga would fall, yoga does not constitute "choreography" in the traditional sense of the word, and therefore cannot be copyrighted. While the U.S. Copyright Office has permitted yoga poses to be registered in the past, regulators recently reviewed the legislative history of copyright law and decided that exercise, such as yoga, does not "constitute the subject matter that Congress intended to protect as choreography." (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/tfisher/Yoga/FischerLetter.jpg)

Moreover, Gumicio has a different take on the agreement he signed upon completion of the course. The diploma says that he "is hereby granted rights and privileges to teach Birkam's Basic Yoga System", which Gumicio does not believe includes the drastic limitations that Choudhury is claiming.

This is not the first case Bikram has taken to court on the matter. Prior suits ended with private settlements, with the defendants agreeing not to use Choudhury's name. Choudhury also brought suit against Evolution Yoga and Yen Yoga with similar claims. Moreover, Choudhury has an ongoing battle with Take Back Yoga of the American Hindu Foundation, which demands that Yoga's Hindu Philosophy remains alive.

December 19, 2011

Appointment of EASL Law Student Liaison

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ally Colvin as EASL Law Student Liaison for the Spring 2012 Semester.

Ally is a 3L at St. John's University School of Law where she serves as President of the St. John's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Society and is a member of the New York International Law Review/Journal of International and Comparative Law. She was a summer associate at Helbraun&Levey LLP, a boutique firm that represents bars and restaurants. She has also interned in the Sports & Entertainment Department at Hiscock& Barclay LLP.During law school, Ally has internedat St. John's Securities Arbitration Clinic and as a research assistant for Professor Mary Lyndon. She received her Bachelor's of Music in Music Industry with a concentration in piano from Syracuse University. As an undergraduate, Allyinterned in the Copyright Department of Sony Music's and the Legal Department of Live Nation U.K. She was the 2009 recipient of the Melvin Douglas Soyars Music Industry Award as well as the George Mulfinger Prize for Excellence in Piano Performance.

Welcome aboard Ally!

Remarks from the Chair

By Judith B. Prowda

These are my farewell Remarks from the Chair. It has been an honor to serve as Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section for the past two years. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to my remarkable Dream Team: Rosemarie Tully (Vice-Chair), Diane Krausz (Treasurer), Pamela Jones (Secretary 2011), Monica Pa (Secretary 2010), Jason Baruch (Assistant-Secretary), and the entire EASL Executive Committee. I also thank my dedicated Albany colleagues Tiffany Bardwell, Dan McMahon and Leslie Scully, among others, whose tireless support has been invaluable throughout my term.

I am proud of all that we have accomplished so far during my tenure as Chair. We have formed eight new standing Committees: Digital Media (including social media), Diversity, Ethics, Lawyers in Transition, In-House Counsel, International, Scholarship and Website. For the first time in EASL history, we have a District Representative for each of the 13 Judicial Districts in New York State. We have formalized our relationship with the Young Lawyers Section by appointing YLS members to serve as Liaisons to EASL and have organized successful several joint programs.

We have also welcomed law students to serve as Liaisons to EASL. Our highly successful Law Student Liaison program, which other Sections are enthusiastically emulating, has expanded to 13 Law Student Liaisons in 2011, including our first ever out-of-state and international Law Student Liaisons. These talented students connect their law schools with EASL and vice versa, attend Executive Committee meetings and become involved in planning programs and discussing new initiatives. By working with law students at the Executive Committee level, we are exposing them to our diverse practice areas and a wide array of EASL activities at an early stage of their careers while helping them hone their leadership skills. Together, our efforts have yielded several innovative programs and partnership opportunities between EASL and law schools. We are grateful too for the fresh perspectives our Law Student Liaisons provide.

Our Section continues to organize meaningful pro bono activities and cutting edge programs in entertainment, arts and sports law, as well as ethics. Our Fall Program, entitled "Anatomy of a Hit TV Reality Show Series, and Other Things We Think You Should Know" was one of our best ever, featuring four superb panels of interest. The first panel, which was inspired by EASL's Young Entertainment Lawyers, offered an exposé of the history of the creation and operation of one of the most successful reality shows, A&E's "PAWN STARS." The panelists - members of the actual production team behind the show - included Brent Montgomery (Leftfield Pictures), Rob Miller (Peleton Entertainment), Mary Donohue (History, A&E Television Networks) and was expertly moderated by Peter Hamilton (Editor, DocumentaryTelevision.com). The next panel, on the topic of free speech and video games, featured Gena A. Feist (Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Take Two Interactive),John F. Wirenius (Author, First Amendment, First Principles: Verbal Acts and Freedom of Speech, and Deputy General Counsel to the Office of Collective Bargaining) and was superbly moderated by Jason Aylesworth (Sendroff & Baruch). Next we focused on the representation of minors in New York, with speakers Brian D. Caplan (Caplan and Ross), Paul LiCalsi (Mitchell Silverberg and Knupp), and Joseph L. Serling (Serling Rooks Ferrara Mckoy & Worob). The Fall Program concluded with a much sought-after ethics component, featuring Deborah A. Scalise (Scalise & Hamilton) and Pery D. Krinsky (Krinsky, PLLC). Without a doubt, this program was a "winning deal!" chock full of valuable information and offering 7.5 CLE credits, including 2 CLE credits in ethics and professionalism. Now THAT'S what I call reality! Thanks to Program Co-Chairs Jason Aylesworth, Ethan Bordman, Diane Krausz and Pamela Jones.

In September, we held an outstanding program, "Lending in the Sports and Entertainment Industries," which focused on contents of credit agreements, credit enhancement documents, industry, league and regulatory restrictions, among other topics. Our panelists included Stephen Brodie (Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP), Nick DeFabrizio (Chief Counsel Communications, Media and Entertainment Group CIT Legal Department), Victoria A. Gilbert (Partner, Kaye Scholer LLP), Bradley Rangell (Managing Director, Team Leader, Sports Advisory, Citi Private Bank), W. Wilder Knight II (Of Counsel, Pryor Cashman LLP), and Lucie Guernsey (Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital, Inc.). The 2-CLE credit program, which was conceived and organized by Jessica Thaler, was held at Herrick Feinstein. Kudos Jessica!

Our aptly titled program in October "Exploring the Wild, Wild West of Filmmaking: Borat, Hidden Cameras and Investigative Reporting" was designed to help us guide our clients through the murky waters of public stunts, no releases, hidden cameras and more. The wild wild West (-coast) guest speaker, Michael C. Donaldson, a California entertainment lawyer and author of the newly released Legal Guide to Independent Film Making, delivered a lively presentation and commented on a variety of clips from films that have been the subject of lawsuits, and explained the release that was used by the Borat team. To round out the program, we discussed insurance to such a highly risky business. This sold-out event was co-sponsored by the Litigation, the Motion Pictures and Television and Radio Committees.

In addition, also in October, EASL's Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (Judith Bresler and myself, Co-Chairs) co-sponsored Mediation Settlement Day for the fourth consecutive year. This annual event is sponsored by FINRA Dispute Resolution, the New York State Unified Court System, and a coalition of over 100 alternative dispute resolution programs, bar associations, community based programs, schools, public and nonprofit organizations. Several EASL Executive Committee members participated in the Kick-Off event on October 18th at the New York City Bar Association, where we had reserved a table to showcase EASL's programs and initiatives. We were treated to a fascinating CLE program, "Mediation in the Mainstream," and a Keynote Speech by Michael Sardo, Creator and Executive Producer of USA Network's "Fairly Legal."

Looking ahead to our Annual Meeting, organized by Program Committee Co-Chairs Judith Bass, Ethan Bordman, Diane Krausz and Carol Steinberg, we anticipate another sold-out double-feature - with one panel on Trending Topics in Licensing and Branding and another panel on New Models of Publishing: E-Books, enhanced e-books, apps and how they have transformed the world of publishing. A cutting edge program not to be missed!

As I mentioned above, our Section has embraced new areas of law and technology. We now have a Twitter account created by our energetic new Co-Chair of Digital Media, Megan Maxwell. Our Blog has become a mainstay of our daily lives, with postings on the most current topics, thanks to our remarkable editor Elissa Hecker, and all of our Blog contributors. With the help of our newly formed Website Committee, chaired by Jennifer Liebman, we are updating our website which will provide information on substantive areas of law, announce upcoming events and highlight the work of EASL's Committees.

We have also turned our attention to important initiatives, such as President Vincent Doyle's groundbreaking Diversity Challenge. I was very proud to present the Diversity Challenge Team Report (described in page __ herein) to NYSBA President Vincent Doyle on behalf of EASL. I acknowledge our Diversity Committee Co-Chairs Anne S. Atkinson and Cheryl L. Davis, who spearheaded our initiatives, along with each of our other dedicated Diversity Challenge Team Members: Rakhi Bahadkar, Rich Boyd, Nyasha Foy, Elissa Hecker, Jessica Thaler, Rosemarie Tully and myself.

Our Diversity Challenge Team met on a regular basis throughout the summer to prepare our Report, which we presented to the EASL Executive Committee in September. At this writing, two programs (described below) have already been held in October and November, and other initiatives are at various stages of development. President Doyle has offered his thanks and gratitude for our Report and work thus far. We hope you will appreciate our diversity efforts and look forward to working with you to advance the NYSBA's and EASL's diversity goals.

Our Diversity plan includes (i) holding programs with minority bar associations, such as the one we held with the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) described below, (ii) establishing a mentoring program for diverse new lawyers, 2L law students, and/or those who wish to shift areas of practice to the entertainment, arts and sports law areas, (iii) providing pro bono assistance and mentoring to newly admitted attorneys, and (iv) coordinating with veterans groups, starting with the Producers Guild of America East where EASL would provide speakers and representatives for roundtable discussions.

To start, we co-sponsored a program on October 12th with the New York City Bar Association, titled "You're an Up and Coming Talent: Be More, Do More and Discover More by Reaching For the Leader Within You." This free seminar was aimed at enabling lawyers of color to determine effective ways to manage their career advancement and success. The panel included Rakhi Bahadkar, a member of EASL's Diversity Challenge Team (Senior Regulatory Services Consultant, New York Life Insurance Company),Michael I. Bernstein (Partner, Bond Schoeneck & King), Vincent T. Chang (Partner, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP), Margo G. Ferrandino, (Litigation Associate, Bond Schoeneck & King) and Thomas Jackson (Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, EdisonLearning, Inc.), and was moderated by Vera Sullivan (President and Founder Diversityforce LLC).

In November, our Diversity Committee partnered with BESLA and MBBA to present a program on "Legal Issues in Reality TV". This joint program - our first with BESLA and MBBA - was such a resounding success, that we aspire to collaborate again in the future. Congratulations to Rich Boyd and Rob Thony, members of the EASL Diversity Committee, and Matt Middleton, President of BESLA, for creating such a superb program. Thanks also to Nyasha Foy, EASL Student Liaison, for coordinating with New York Law School for the perfect venue. We anticipate more programs such as these, and look forward to implementing each of our initiatives in the coming months. Please join us!

As our world grows increasingly global, it has become evident that EASL should expand our activities to address international issues. In September, we voted to create an International Committee. This Committee is co-chaired by Eric J. Stenshoel, Counsel at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York and Brian Wynn, partner at Gardiner-Roberts LLP in Toronto. The International Committee begins its mission by co-sponsoring a program with the Digital Media Committee (Jason Aylesworth, Megan Maxwell and Andrew Seiden, Co-Chairs) on U.S. and Canadian cross-border criminal laws affecting the depiction of child pornography through digital images of manga (a style of comic book that originated in Japan). This program, conceived by Megan Maxwell, will present both sides of this compelling area of law.

In the legislation arena, EASL continues to support the Art Consignment Statute Bill Proposal, which would amend Articles 11 and 12 of the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, in relation to consignments of art works to dealers by artists, their heirs and personal representatives. We appreciate NYSBA's continued support on this important piece of legislation.

Our Pro Bono Committee continues to dazzle us with a wide array of speakers' bureaus, clinics, and other events. Our Pro Bono Clinic at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in August was a terrific success and was repeated in November.

It's always a pleasure to acknowledge outstanding EASL Executive Committee members and welcome new faces. Our long-time Co-Chair of the Copyright and Trademark Committee, Neil Rosini, has stepped down after many years of distinguished service, and has been appointed Member-at-Large. Alan Hartnick, a strong and erudite presence in EASL almost since its inception, has also been appointed Member-at-Large, and continues in his role as District Representative for the First District. We warmly welcome Cheryl Davis (Co-Chair, Diversity Committee), Jennifer Liebman (District Representative, 12th District), Megan Maxwell (Co-Chair, Digital Media Committee); Britten Payne (Co-Chair, Copyright and Trademark Committee); and Eric J. Stenshoel (Chair, International Committee). We also welcome to our new Law Student Liaisons for 2011-2012: Megan Bellamy (BPP, London), Caitlin Lee Dempsey (Fordham), Peter Dagher (Fordham), Nyasha Foy (New York Law School), Carey Greenberg (St. John's), Kibum Kim (NYU), William A. Lorenz, Jr. (Buffalo) and Aaron Rosenthal (DePaul, Chicago). In addition, we welcome Ally Colvin (St. John's) for the Spring 2012 semester.

What a privilege it has been to serve as EASL's Chair. It will be an honor to play a vital role in EASL as your Past Chair and to continue in my roles as Chair of the Fine Arts Committee, Co-Chair of the ADR Committee, and as member of the House of Delegates through June 2012.

As I bid adieu as EASL Chair and join the distinguished pantheon of Past Chairs, I marvel at how much we have accomplished together during my tenure. As I look ahead, I am confident that we will continue to achieve our goals for the NYSBA, EASL, our profession and the greater community. In 2013 we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary. EASL's mission remains, as it was in its early days - to provide forums for discussion and debate and information-sharing in the EASL community. We have grown to almost 1,700 members with varied interests, including some of the hottest issues grabbing headlines being debated in Congress, and being heard by the courts.
I could not leave EASL in better hands than with my successor, dear colleague and friend Rosemarie Tully, whose vision for EASL is far-reaching and innovative. For many years Rosemarie has demonstrated her impressive talents and leadership skills (with a dash of style and grace) within EASL and the greater Bar. Rosemarie will be an effective and inspiring Chair and will serve EASL with distinction.

I hope to see many of you over the winter and spring months - and each and every one of you at our Annual Meeting on January 23, 2012 and our Silver Anniversary celebration in 2013!

December 27, 2011

Happy Holidays and New Year!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year.

Best wishes,

The EASL Executive Committee

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