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The New York Law School Law Review and

Center for New York City Law at New York Law School present

Process, Powers, and Lessons for the Future:

25 Years of New York City Charter Revisions


Friday, February 8, 2013, 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Continental breakfast will be served


New York Law School, Events Center

185 West Broadway, New York, New York 10013

Keynote Speaker

Michael A. Cardozo

New York City Corporation Counsel


Registration is required and available for no charge at www.nylslawreview.com/nyccharter.

3.0 CLE credits offered at no charge.

About the Symposium

2013 will mark nearly 25 years since the 1989 revisions of the NYC Charter that fundamentally changed NYC government. Among other things, these revisions expanded the powers of the City Council, enhanced the Mayor's executive powers, and reshaped the duties of the Public Advocate (formerly the City Council President). Several Charter Revision Commissions, established by Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, have since amended the Charter. This symposium will examine the allocation of powers under the 1989 Charter, draw lessons from recent commissions, and discuss the role of Charter revisions for the future of NYC as the city prepares to elect a new mayor. Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School, will deliver welcome remarks.

Panel I: The Balance of Powers under the New York City Charter

John Avlon (Moderator), Senior Political Columnist, Newsweek and the Daily Beast; CNN Contributor

Dick Dadey, Executive Director, Citizens Union of the City of New York

David Yassky, Chairman, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission; NYC Council Member 2002-2009

Panel II: Lessons from the 1989-2010 NYC Charter Revision Commissions

Mitchell Moss (Moderator), Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning, New York University

Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; Chair, 2005 NYC Charter Revision Commission

Randy M. Mastro, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Chair, 1999 and 2001 NYC Charter Revision Commissions

Frederick (Rick) P. Schaffer, General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, The City University of New York; General Counsel to the 2010 NYC Charter Revision Commission; formerly Counsel to NYC Mayor Ed Koch

Frederick (Fritz) A.O. Schwarz, Jr., Chief Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice; Senior Counsel, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Chair, 1989 NYC Charter Revision Commission

The event will also recognize the late Dr. Frank J. Macchiarola, who, among other notable contributions to NYC civic life, served as Chancellor of the NYC Public Schools and as Chair of the 2003 NYC Charter Revision Commission. The companion Law Review issue will be published in fall 2013, just prior to the election of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's successor.

CLE Credits

3.0 Transitional CLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice will be available at no charge.

More Information

The full program and speaker information is available at www.nylslawreview.com/nyccharter.

Questions? Contact the Law Review at law_review@nyls.eduor 212-431-2109.