New York Law Journal and New York City Law Department Announce Publication of ''Fighting for the City''
New History Book Traces Challenges and Achievements of NYC’s Lawyers From 1686 to 2001
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Law Journal, in association with the New York City Law Department, announced the publication today of Fighting for the City: A History of the New York City Corporation Counsel by William E. Nelson. “Fighting for the City” traces the history of New York City's Law Department and its predecessor office, the Recorder, from 1686 to 2001. Featuring a foreword by former Mayor Ed Koch, the book is available for purchase online at www.nyc.gov/CityStore or www.lawcatalog.com.
“We are very proud to be part of the Law Department’s long and remarkable 325-year history – and even prouder to dedicate the book to Allen Schwartz’s memory”
“The City Law Department is among the most prolific and most accomplished law departments in the nation, and its history is a fascinating story that in many ways tracks the history of the City itself,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
From its establishment as a chartered municipality, New York City almost invariably received its legal services from its government officials rather than outside, retained counsel. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a single official, known as the Recorder, provided the Corporation of the City of New York with legal representation and advice. Today, the New York City Law Department, headed by the City’s Corporation Counsel, is one of the largest public law offices in the nation and performs that function.
Fighting for the City is dedicated to the late Allen Schwartz, who as Corporation Counsel from 1977 to 1981, transformed an ailing city bureaucracy into today’s professional law office.
“We are very proud to be part of the Law Department’s long and remarkable 325-year history – and even prouder to dedicate the book to Allen Schwartz’s memory,” said Michael A. Cardozo, the City’s present Corporation Counsel. “It is important to preserve the past and remember the great endeavors of our predecessors.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Law Department on this exciting project,” said George Dillehay, publisher of the NYLJ.
Author William E. Nelson is the Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University. He is the author of ten books, including studies of the history of bureaucracy, The Roots of American Bureaucracy: 1830-1900, and of New York legal history, The Legalist Reformation: Law, Politics, and Ideology in New York, 1920-1980.
Fighting for the City is priced at $39.95. For more information, or to order Fighting for the City, call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nyc.gov/CityStore or www.lawcatalog.com. Retail purchasers can visit the CityStore, Manhattan Municipal Building, One Centre Street, North Plaza, New York City.
A reception marking the book’s publication will be held at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York City on Tuesday, February 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. Professor Nelson; Mayor Koch; many Law Department alumni, including former corporation counsels and other present and former city officials; and family and friends of Allen Schwartz are expected to attend. There is no charge, and the event is open to the press and public. Please register at: http://www.nycbar.org/EventsCalendar
Founded in 1888, the New York Law Journal is the largest daily circulation legal newspaper in the nation. Each business day, thousands of New York lawyers turn to the New York Law Journal and its Web site, www.nylj.com, for the latest legal news, court decisions and coverage of new statues and regulation, as well as the profession. The New York Law Journal is published in print and online by ALM.
The New York City Law Department is one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic law offices in the world, ranking among the top three largest law offices in New York City and the top three largest public law offices in the country. Tracing its roots back to the 1600's, the Department has an active caseload of 90,000 matters and transactions in 17 legal divisions. The Corporation Counsel heads the Law Department and acts as legal counsel for the Mayor, elected officials, the City and all its agencies. The Department's 650-plus attorneys represent the City on a vast array of civil litigation, legislative and legal issues and in the criminal prosecution of juveniles. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/law.
The book was made possible with the support of private donations made to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the non-profit umbrella organization for the City established in 1994. Donors included ALM, Law Department alumni and friends and family of the late Allen G. Schwartz, as well as numerous foundations, including the New York Community Trust and the Horace Goldsmith Foundation.
“I am glad the Mayor’s Fund helped the Law Department and the New York Law Journal make this book possible,” Mayor Bloomberg added.
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