2012 Annual Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2012
through Saturday, January 28, 2012
- Location -
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York City
CONNECT WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES. . .
The New York State Bar Association’s 135th Annual Meeting
Join more than 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association
from around the state at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and
experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events
presented by the Association’s sections and committees, network at
the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of
exhibitors. Mark your calendars for Monday, January 23rd through
Saturday, January 28th—the only place to be is at the New York
State Bar Association’s 135th Annual Meeting in New York City.
MCLE Advantages –
Register Early To Guarantee Your Seat
The events at the New York State Bar Association’s Annual
Meeting are always an excellent educational resource for established
practitioners as well as newly admitted attorneys. As an approved
provider of Continuing Legal Education, we offer you the perfect
opportunity to acquire a multitude of MCLE credits in one setting. You
are invited to register for as many section and committee meetings as
your schedule allows.
Whether you want to hear about the most timely topics in a particular
practice area, or learn about a vast array of issues affecting the legal
profession, section and committee meetings are ideal resources. All
meetings are conducted by expert practitioners and are open to all NYSBA
members. You should register quickly because seating at each event is
Download Annual Meeting Brochure and
Registration Form in one document (pdf).
Download Registration Form (pdf) or Register online now.
CELEBRATE YOUR PROFESSION . . .
Presidential Connections – Wednesday, January 25,
On Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., New York State Bar
Association President Vincent E. Doyle III is convening a special
plenary Presidential Summit. The program is complimentary with your
The two-part summit will consist of the following topics:
I. Perspectives on State Court Funding
Inadequate court funding has a far-reaching impact on our justice
system, from delays in civil and criminal proceedings to the strain
placed on state and local economies. A panel of legal and economic
experts will discuss the national implications of the crisis in state
court funding and describe the results of a recent State Bar study
documenting the ways in which court cutbacks have affected courtrooms
and communities throughout our state. The panel will also suggest
creative and innovative funding solutions, as well as recommendations
for reform, with a focus on ensuring that attorneys and their clients
can effectively navigate an overburdened judicial system.
II. Enhancing Representation in Immigration Matters:
Examining the Parameters of Padilla v.
Elevating the Quality and Standards of Representation
In Padilla v. Kentucky,
the Supreme Court expanded the right to counsel to include competent
advice regarding the immigration consequences of criminal proceedings.
Nevertheless, non-citizens facing deportation in immigration court
proceedings are frequently detained with no right to government-funded
legal assistance. Access to quality representation is often an important
determinative factor in whether they achieve favorable results, and the
lack of counsel makes non-citizens vulnerable to fraud and unscrupulous
providers. A panel of experienced practitioners will explore innovative
approaches to analyzing Padilla v. Kentucky to achieve a right to
appointed counsel, and discuss methods to provide quality legal
representation in immigration proceedings.
All NYSBA members also are invited to attend the President’s
Reception immediately following the Presidential
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. hosted by President Vincent E. Doyle III. Join us
for this complimentary reception!
A special invitation for NON-RESIDENT members of the New York State
Bar Association: You are cordially invited to stop by a
Welcome/Information Table, set up especially for you, at the
President’s Reception on Wednesday, January 25 from 5:00 p.m. -
Especially for New Attorneys and Recent Law School Graduates:
Bridge the Gap 2012: Transforming Preparation Into Practice -
Thursday, January 26, 2012 and Friday, January 27, 2012
This uniquely designed two-day program offers a total of 16 MCLE
credits and is intended to equip newly-admitted attorneys and recent law
school graduates with the skills to become skilled and savvy
practitioners. The program will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012
and Friday, January 27, 2012. The topics will include improving
litigation skills, negotiation strategies, legal research and writing,
real property law, corporate investigations, marketing your legal
talents, elder planning law, managing your own practice, recent Supreme
Court rulings and more. By attending this two-day session, you can
fulfill your CLE requirements for the entire year! Credit also will be
given if you can attend just one day of this program. Note to
Bridge-The-Gap Attendees: You are invited to attend the Young Lawyers
Section reception honoring the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Young
Lawyer Award. This complimentary cocktail reception will be held
immediately following the Bridge-The-Gap session on Thursday, January
26, on the 2nd floor, Murray Hill Suite.
Additionally, please join the New York State Bar Association’s
Young Lawyers Section, for its “Overview Of Representation of
Non-U.S. Citizens” panel discussion. The half-day panel is held on
Wednesday, January 25, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Take advantage of
this tremendous opportunity to learn more about the representation of
non-U.S. citizens in employment discrimination and labor disputes,
immigration courts and criminal courts. Attendees are welcome to attend
the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee meeting/luncheon
immediately following the program on Wednesday.
Celebrating Diversity in the Bar – Monday, January 23,
2012 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The New York State Bar Association is hosting its
ninth annual “Celebrating Diversity in the Bar”
networking reception held in collaboration with NYSBA sections,
committees and minority and ethnic bar associations in New York State.
This year the NYSBA is fortunate to recognize three recipients of the
2012 Diversity Trailblazer Award under the listed categories:
Changemaker - Paul T. Williams, Jr., Esq., President and CEO of the New
York State Dormitory Authority, Albany, NY; Lifetime Achievement - Jenny
Rivera, Esq., Professor, CUNY School of Law, Flushing, NY; One-to-Watch
- Joseph M. Hanna, Esq., Partner, Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo, NY. Please
come promptly at 6:00 p.m. for the award ceremony followed by a
networking reception. For further information, contact the NYSBA
Membership Services Department at 518-487-5571.
To register for this event online, please go
NYSBA Career Development Conference 2012 —
Monday, January 23, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
by NYSBA Committees on Law Practice Management, Lawyers in Transition,
and Diversity and Inclusion
Jump Start Your Job Search: Insider Advice for
Identifying, Applying for and Securing the Legal Position You Want!
Diversity and Dollars: Diversity as a Good Business Strategy
This is a complimentary program; however,
pre-registration is required. (Please note: this program does not carry
Free Networking Reception Following
the Program—4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Register online by January 18,
2012 at www.nysba.org/2012CareerConference
NEW THIS YEAR...
Special Committee on Veterans MCLE Program —
Tuesday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Those Who Have Served: Legal Representation of Veterans
More than 1 million veterans call New York State home. These
extraordinary Americans have many of the same civil legal needs that
many of your clients face—from family law issues to consumer debt
and credit issues, foreclosure, evictions, etc.
This day-long program will prepare attorneys to represent veterans by
providing attendees with invaluable insight into the culture of
veterans—from their military experience, to physical and
psychological issues faced by veterans, including post traumatic stress,
traumatic brain injury and homelessness. The program also will address
ethical issues that may arise in case representation, introduce
attendees to the veterans’ benefits claim process and acquaint
attorneys with veterans’ courts and veteran court mentors.
Information about the free civil legal services available to qualifying
veterans and their family through legal services organizations and some
local bar associations will be provided.
The $125 CLE fee will be waived for attorneys who agree to represent
a veteran pro bono in a civil legal matter referred through an
identified bar association program, volunteer lawyers project, veterans
clinical program, or legal services provider. The Annual Meeting
general registration fee of $85, however, is applicable.
To register for this program, go to www.nysba.org/veterans2012
Charity Corps: Lawyers Helping Nonprofits, a new joint initiative
between the NYSBA and the
State Attorney General’s Office
Advising Nonprofits about
Corporate Governance and Compliance — Thursday, January 26, from
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Many attorneys would like to assist their
favorite charity—but they don’t know how. Or they may be
serving on the board of a nonprofit but are not clear about their roles.
This MCLE program on Thursday, January 26, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.,
will empower lawyers to initiate and strengthen their relationships with
charities. The program is of particular interest to lawyers with
corporate or transactional background, or any counsel who are involved
with nonprofits in their professional or community activities. It is
hoped that attendees will use the information to launch or enhance their
engagement with a needy nonprofit in New York. Learn how familiar
concepts of fiduciary duties of care and loyalty translate into the
nonprofit context; become familiar with annual informational filing
requirements; see how modern hallmarks of good corporate governance -
audit committee charters, conflict of interest policies, executive
compensation rules, whistleblower policies, document retention policies,
independent counsel, board independence and more—are helping
nonprofits better realize their mission to do the public good.
This program is the launch event of Charity
Corps: Lawyers Helping Nonprofits, a new joint initiative between the
NYSBA and the State Attorney General’s Office. All attendees will
receive a copy of Lesley Rosenthal’s Good
Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits.
Moderated by: Lesley Rosenthal,
General Counsel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The location of the New York State Bar Association’s 135th
Annual Meeting is the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas,
between 53rd and 54th Street, NYC. A limited number of rooms have been
reserved at the Hilton New York for NYSBA members attending the 2012
Annual Meeting. Discount rates for meeting attendees are $259 per night
for single or double occupancy. Reservations must be made
by December 23, 2011 to secure this special meeting rate.
(Rates are subject to applicable taxes.) Reserve your rooms
directly with the Hilton New York at 800-445-8667. Be sure to mention
that you are attending the NYSBA Annual Meeting. You also can
reserve your overnight room on the web at
www.nysba.org/12accomm. The hotel is easy to reach via public
transportation. Parking is available for those who wish to drive.
Reserve your overnight room now on the web
For NYSBA members, registration is $85 for half-day MCLE meetings and
$125 for full-day MCLE meetings ($200 surcharge for non-members), with a
general registration fee of $85 payable by all attendees. When you
consider the MCLE credits you’ll earn, this opportunity is even
more valuable. Additional pricing information for social functions is
noted on the registration form. Be sure to register by January 20 to
avoid the $50 late fee. Cancellations must be received by January 20 for
Download Annual Meeting Brochure and
Registration Form in one document (pdf).
Download Registration Form (pdf)
The last day to pre-register online was January 28, 2012.
Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:
NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please
contact Kathy Heider at 800-582-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.