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  • Events
    • Bankruptcy Now Live and Webcast

      Bankruptcy Now:
      2015 Hot Topics on Bankruptcy Sales, Chapter 11 Plans, Alternate Routes and Reaching the Endgame
      Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
      9:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
      Executive Conference Center | 1601 Broadway | New York, NY 10019
      4.5 Total MCLE Credits: 
      4.5 Professional Practice

      Price: Member: $135.00 | Business Law Member: $114.50 | Non-Member: $235.00
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.
      Jeffrey Bernstein, Esq., McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
      This is a program for all levels of professionals in the business and restructuring world which will provide information on the various options available for distressed businesses and their creditors both in bankruptcy and in alternative forums.   The program will start with an overview of a most common occurrence in modern bankruptcy – the bankruptcy sale - both inside and outside of the chapter 11 plan context. Alternate non-bankruptcy proceedings such as assignments for the benefit of creditors and UCC sales will also be addressed. Ch 11 Plan fundamentals will be covered including recent cases and trends. There will also be analysis of recent issues involving the interplay between 363 sales and 365 rights and an overview of some recent Supreme Court cases of note. The panel will conclude with a discussion of the ABI’s report on Chapter 11 reform and relevant proposed revisions that, if implemented, will affect current practice and, at present, provide us with some insight on the future of the field.
      Topics Covered: 
      ·         Sales Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 363
      ·         Alternative Distressed M&A Transactions
      ·         Plans of Reorganization 
      ·         Other Updates and Recent Developments – The Supreme Court Weighs In
      ·         Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11

      Who Should Attend:
       Attorneys who practice Bankruptcy, Creditor, Business, Corporate Counsel, Tax and/or Employment Law.

      Michael Riela, Vedder Price, P.C.
      Nicole Leonard, McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
      Janice B. Grubin, LeClairRyan, P.C.
      Jeremy R. Johnson, Polsinelli PC
      David L. Barrack, Polsinelli PC
      NYSBA Bankruptcy Law Committee of the Business Law Section
      NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      - Connect and network with fellow attorneys
      - Enhance your knowledge with Section publications
      -  Save 15% on this program!
      Call (800) 582-2452 and join today! 
      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                        Registration
      9:00 – 9:50 a.m.                         I. Introduction + Sales Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 363
      9:50 – 10:40 a.m.                       II. Alternative Distressed M&A Transactions
      10:40 – 10:50 a.m.                     Break
      10:50 – 11:40 a.m.                     III. Plans of Reorganization
      11:40 – 12:30 p.m.                     IV. Other Updates and Recent Developments – The Supreme Court Weighs In
      12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                       V. Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter     11

    • Women on the Move 2015: Navigating a New Path

      NYSBA Member Early Registration Rate $95*

      Women on the Move 2015 | Navigating a New Path

      Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the Law Practice Management Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association

      4.0 MCLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics

      Monday, October 26, 2015
      CLE Program: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Fort Orange Club | 110 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY
      The Women on the Move program is a Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on an array of topics of particular interest to women attorneys.  This year’s program will be held in Albany, New York on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Fort Orange Club and will feature a keynote address by Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department and the Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, New York.
      Distinguished panelists and speakers will share their experiences and valuable insights on topics such as hiring trends in the public and private sector, negotiating your worth, forming partnerships and ethical considerations for transitioning attorneys.  The program will carry 4.0 MCLE credits (1.0 Ethics, 3.0 Law Practice Management)
      Program Chairs
      Linda A. Redlisky, Esq., Rafferty & Redlisky, LLP, Pelham, NY
      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC, Armonk, NY

      Keynote Address given by:


      Karen K. Peters

      Presiding Justice
      NY Supreme Court
      Appellate Division
      Third Department


       Kathy M. Sheehan

       Albany, New York

      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department  
      - Became the first woman to be Presiding Justice of the Third Department
      - Began her legal career in private practice, later serving as an Asst. DA in Dutchess County
      - From 1979 to 1983, was counsel to the State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
      - Became the director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee in 1983
      - A former assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz
      - Judicial career began with her election to the Ulster County Family Court in 1983
      - In 1992, became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in the Third Department 
      - Served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2000 to 2012

      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany, New York
      - Became Mayor of the City of Albany on January 1, 2014
      - Became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer in 2010
      - Implemented changes to improve the City’s fiscal policies and overhauling the City’s parking ticket system
      - Founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in Albany succeeds academically
      - After a five-year career in communications, attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994



      12:30 p.m.                                Registration
      1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.                Welcome Remarks
      Claire P. Gutekunst, Esq., NYSBA President-elect
                                                      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Co-Chair, Women on the Move

      1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                Keynote Presentation | Navigating a New Path
      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department
                                                      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.                Ethical Considerations for Transitioning Attorneys   
                                                      Karl Sleight, Esq., Member, Harris Beach, PLLC
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics)
      2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Break
      3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.                Your New Path | Partnerships and Practical Skills
      Moderated Panel Discussion  
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell, Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District
      Linda Johnson, Esq., President, Capital District Women's Bar Association
      Sarah Gold, Esq., Gold Law Firm
      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
      Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderator, Co-Chair, Women on the Move
      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                Capitalizing on Your Strengths & Strategies forTransition  
                                                      Moderated Panel Discussion
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District    
                                                      Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge
                                                      Dean Alicia Ouelette, Albany Law School
                                                      Asst. Dean Kim Wolf-Price, Syracuse University College of Law
                                                      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
                                                      Debra Hamilton, Esq. & Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderators
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                Networking Reception with Section Co-Sponsors


      Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Welcoming Remarks by David P. Miranda, NYSBA President
      Co-Sponsoring Sections
      This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
      If you have questions about this event, please contact Katherine Suchocki, LPM Director at or Simone Smith at
      To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.
      Special Member Pre-Registration Rate $95*
      Program fee includes refreshments and cocktail reception.
      *Valid through September 30, 2015.  Register early to guarantee your seat at the program. Non-member Registration fee is $250
      Note: Registration fees increase 10 days prior to program.


    • January 27, 2016: Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting



      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

  • Committees

    Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

    Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

    Banking Law Committee
    Bankruptcy Law Committee
    Corporations Law Committee
    Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
    Insurance Law Committee
    Legislative Affairs Committee
    Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
    Public Utility Law Committee
    Securities Regulation Committee
    Technology and Venture Law Committee

    Join a Committee

    Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to

    If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

  • NY Business Law Journal

    View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

    The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. The NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Community

    New! Announcing the Business Law Section's
    Private Online Professional Community

    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Business Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of business law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate.

    The Community is private for BLS members only. Commercial search engines are excluded and only BLS members can search the site or identify other members.

    As an exciting additional feature of the BLS Community, we have created sub-Communities for our practice area committees. If you are a member of the BLS, you can access all of the committee discussions and information. If you join that committee, you can post on that committee’s sub-Community. You can also elect to get real time or daily summary emails of all new discussion posts on the BLS Community and any sub-Communities you select.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities

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