Presidential Summit Annual Meeting: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Hilton Midtown
Grand Ballroom West, Third Floor

On Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., New York State Bar Association President David Miranda is convening a special plenary Presidential Summit. The program is complimentary with your general registration.

Register online now or download the registration form

The two-part summit will consist of the following topics:

Social Media and the Legal Profession: Considerations for Attorney Advertising, Ethics, Trials and Tribulations.
Social media and the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube have changed how we as a culture communicate, share and react to information, and live our daily lives. The impact of Social Media on the legal professio has been equally significant. How lawyers utilize social media channels to market their firms, share information or gather evidence from the internet all are governed by rules of professional conduct and ethics. This program will explore the host of issues surrounding the best practices lawyers should utilize in developing new business via social media channels or utilizing the social media arena for evidentiary purposes.

Mark A. Berman, Esq.,Partner, Ganfer & Shore, LLP; Chair-Elect, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of its Social Media Committee
Nicole Black, Esq., Rochester, New York attorney; Author, Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier (ABA 2010), and the Legal Technology Evangelist at
Ari Kaplan, Esq., Legal Industry Analyst and Principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors; Author, Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011)
Casey Sullivan, Writer and Editor, Big Law Business, a Bloomberg BNA website that covers the legal profession

A New York Constitutional Convention: How Our State Constitution Impacts the Practice of Law and the Lives of New Yorkers.
The New York State Constitution mandates that every 20 years New Yorkers are asked the following question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” The next such mandatory referendum will be held on November 7, 2017. This program will focus on the potential impact a Constitutional Convention may have on the legal profession and the public at large.

Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, SUNY New Paltz
Professor Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School
Henry M. Greenberg, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chair, NYSBA Committee on the New York State Constitution
Richard Ravitch, Esq.,Former Lieutenant Governor, New York
Barbara D. Underwood, Esq., New York’s Solicitor General

This program has been approved for a total of 3.0 MCLE credits for all attorneys, including newly admitted. View the
program agenda.

President’s Reception
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
All NYSBA members are invited to attend the President's Reception immediately following the Presidential Summit from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. hosted by President David P. Miranda.

Co-Sponsors for the 2016 Presidential Summit
Sections: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Dispute Resolution Section, Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Environmental Law Section, General Practice Section, Health Law Section, International Section, Judicial Section, Local and State Government Section, Trial Lawyers Section, Trust and Estates Law Section 

Committees: Committee on Animals and the Law, Committee on Children and the Law, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules, Committee on Civil Rights, Committee on Disability Rights, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Committee on Immigration Representation,  Committee on Law, Youth and Citizenship, Committee on Lawyers in Transition, Committee on Leadership Development, Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, Electronic Communications Committee, Judicial Wellness Committee, Law Practice Management Committee, Lawyer Assistance Committee, The New York Bar Foundation and New York State Bar Association Joint Pro Bono Task Force

For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at