From Our Desks To Yours… February 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the Council’s new monthly member newsletter, From Our Desks To Yours. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you up to date with upcoming member events, highlight special programs and initiatives, and consolidate our communications to you – taking the guesswork out of which of our emails you should open and read in full.

Here’s our promise to you: this newsletter will be interesting, concise, and helpful. We will keep things short and sweet, but also relevant to help you get more out of your Council membership. In turn, we hope you will read it and add an event or two onto your calendar each month. We also ask you to please forward it to colleagues and friends you think would be interested in learning more about the Council. YOU are our best ambassador.

Now, on to what we really want to share with you this month: this year the Council is celebrating it’s 90th Anniversary! For 90 years the Federal Bar Council has served as a bedrock for the legal community here in the Second Circuit.

While our form has developed and changed over time, our function remains the same: to foster and promote community and excellence among federal practitioners within the Second Circuit and to promote the rule of law.

We have published several articles about the FBC’s history in past issues of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, but draw your attention to the letter Lisa Zornberg wrote to Damien Williams on the occasion of his confirmation to be U.S. Attorney for the SDNY. Lisa’s letter captures the early days of the Council and its founding principles. With Lisa’s and Damien’s permission we published it in our most recent issue of the Quarterly. We invite you to read it here.

Stay tuned for updates on how we will celebrate the Council’s 90th Anniversary – we have some fabulous things in store!

Anna Stowe DeNicola

Executive Director

Federal Bar Council


Many of you know I am an avid reader and often ask me what I’m currently reading. Here is what is on my shelf this month:

Here is what I finished in January, and highly recommend:

  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers (this book was amazing – on the cusp of sci-fi, this novel follows the beautiful story of a father who is raising his likely-autistic son on his own.)
  • There There by Tommy Orange (the individual stories of ten Native Americans who collide at a newly-established Pow Wow in Orange County, CA.)

I love receiving book recommendations – send me yours today!


The Federal Bar Council will mark Black History Month with virtual presentations of several programs centered around Black history and diversity.

We have several on-demand programs available to help you mark Black History Month:

Upcoming Programs and Events

February 3, 2022
Program Committee Meeting
February 7, 2022
Federal Criminal Practice Committee Meeting
February 8, 2022
FBC Inn of Court Meeting: Team Komitee
February 9, 2022
CLE: The Texas Model: Private Enforcement of State Laws and its Implications for Abortion and Other Consitutional Rights
February 9, 2022
Second Circuit Courts Committee Meeting
February 15, 2022
Committee on Sentencing & Alternatives to Incarceration Meeting: Special presentation about the “Communities Not Cages” NY Sentencing Reform Efforts
February 16, 2022
Virtual Brown Bag Lunch with Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane (sponsored by the First Decade and Bankruptcy Litigation Committees)
February 17, 2022
Public Service Committee Meeting
February 17, 2022
Virtual Brown Bag Lunch with Judge Michael Shea (sponsored by the Connecticut Committee)
February 17, 2022
CLE: Seeking Justice: Recent Exonerations in the 50-Year-Old Malcolm X Murder Case
February 22, 2022
Black History Month Virtual Breakfast with Chief Judge Laura Taylor Swain and Chief Judge Margo Brodie (sponsored by the Diversity Committee)
February 23, 2022
CLE: Employment Law Update

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