From the President: On Mentoring and Our Profession. In his first column, new Council President Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. discusses the importance of mentoring in the legal profession and the important role that the Council plays in promoting mentoring for lawyers at all stages of their careers.

From the Editor: On Losing: The Case of Former N.Y. State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Keogh. In his column in this issue, editor Pete Eikenberry discusses a case that sticks with him still: a loss he suffered when representing former New York State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Keogh in a disbarment proceeding.

Developments: Sen. Mitchell Honored at the Thanksgiving Luncheon. Bennette Kramer writes about the Thanksgiving Luncheon, the introduction of the council’s new president, Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. and the award of the Emory Buckner Medal to Sen. George J. Mitchell for his outstanding public service.

Legal History: A Friendship that Helped Win the American Civil War. Much is being written about the "Team of Rivals"-Lincoln's cabinet-but Evan Stewart digs much deeper into the particular relationship between President Lincoln and the person, in the view of most historians, who was one of America's greatest Secretaries of State: William Henry Seward.

Immigration Law: Due Process at Varick Street. There is a crisis nationwide because of the pronounced lack of legal representation for immigrants who have been accused of misconduct by the U.S. Immigration Service. In this article, Rosaly Kozbelt, a student at Cardozo Law School and the executive assistant to a project seeking to increase legal representation of immigrants in the Second Circuit, discusses steps that are being taken to remedy this problem.

Plus... Steve Flanders covers the White Plains ceremony at which the courthouse was named the Hon. Charles L. Brieant Jr. Federal Building and Courthouse (p.16); Charles C. Platt analyzes the Second Circuit's decision in the Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance Company, holding that a state class action rule barred a federal class action based on diversity that otherwise met the Rule 23 requirements (p.17); Stephen L. Ratner, Steven H. Holinstat and Lawrence S. Elbaum tell us about new judges in the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York (p.18); and Steve Edwards writes about the daunting challenges facing Presidents Obama (p.22).