From Our Desks To Yours…. June 2022

Dear Members:


Summer weather is finally here! I am so glad to spend time outside and have continued my “pandemic habit” of working outside in the mornings during the summer. It also means that we have launched the 2022 Foundation Fund Drive.



I want to tell you about the incredible things we are doing at the Federal Bar Foundation. For many years now the Foundation has supported critical institutions within the Second Circuit – including the Justice Resource Center and the Immigrant Justice Corps. The Justice Resource Center is the NYC Department of Education’s primary partner in implementing the DOE’s law curriculum and does a phenomenal job. PLUS, the JRC is one of the Second Circuit’s Justice For All: Courts and the Community partners – and is integral to the Court’s civics education work.



The Immigrant Justice Corps is the nation’s only fellowship program for attorneys and college graduates who are passionate about immigration and a career dedicated to immigrant justice. The Foundation has supported IJC since the beginning. The Foundation has also been a long committed to developing future leaders of the profession through the U.S. Attorney’s Office Summer Internship Fund, established to broaden an existing fund, so summer interns at U.S. Attorneys Offices circuit-wide are offered financial support.



Last year, we announced two new programs to deepen the Foundation’s commitment to the Second Circuit’s legal community. First, we established the Robert A. Katzmann Civics Education Grant, which is aimed to support the Circuit’s civics education activities. This year we are proud to sponsor new civics education summer camps in the SDNY in Manhattan and EDNY in Brooklyn, and fund the Summer Teacher’s Institute. Second, we are pleased to expand our commitment to law student professional development through our newly established Federal Defenders Summer Internship Fund, which will fund law student interns in the SDNY and EDNY offices of the Federal Defenders of New York.




We need your help to make all of this possible. Please donate today  – and join us in our commitment to the Second Circuit’s legal community. 






Access to Counsel Project

As you heard at our Law Day Dinner, the Council is actively promoting pro bono representation of civil pro se litigants through our Access to Counsel Project. Please be sure to check in frequently with the Offices of Pro Se Counsel in the SDNY (link: or in the EDNY [] for open cases needing counsel.


You can also sign up to hear about opportunities from us by emailing the Access to Counsel Project at


Here is what is on my shelf this month:

I’ve started receiving book recommendations from you – amazing! Thank you to everyone who has sent in a recommendation and please keep them coming.


 Here is what I read this month: 



Let me know what you’re reading!

Upcoming Programs and Events

June 2, 2022
Program Committee Meeting
June 2, 2022
Judges Reception
June 3, 2022
FDC Brown Bag Lunch with Judge Broderick
June 7, 2022
FBC and FBF Board Meeting
June 9, 2022
June 13, 2022
Federal Criminal Practice Committee Meeting
June 14, 2022
Inn of Court Final Dinner
June 28, 2022

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