NYSBA Bridging the Gap
Continuing Legal Education Program

The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program.  Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.

The Bridging the Gap continuing legal education program offers 16.0 total credits including 7.0 credits in areas of professional practice/law practice management, 6.0 skills and 3.0 ethics.

Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar.  The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.  To receive credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive videoconferences that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

The NYSBA Bridging the Gap program is offered three times a year and offers special member and newly admitted attorney pricing.  The program is also approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  Uniform certificates of attendance can also be issued for other states.

Upcoming Bridging the Gap CLE Program Dates:

Bridging the Gap CLE | March 23 & 24, 2016

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New York City | Live | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY 10016
(Historic B. Altman building; two blocks east of Penn Station)

 | Video Conference | 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Niagara Falls  | Video Conference | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Conference Center Niagara Falls | 101 Old Falls Street | Niagara Falls, NY 14303

March 2016 Agenda Topics

Drafting a Basic Will for a Client
Family Law 101 | Client Counseling, Separation Agreements, Child Support, Custody and Visitation
New York Civil Practice and Procedure Update
Effective Writing Techniques for the New York Attorney Plain English, Clarity, Concision
Ethics in the Digital World and What You Need to Know about Attorney Advertising in New York
"I've Been Arrested for DWI" - What to Do When You Get that 3:00 a.m. Call
Ethical Issues in Dealing with the Alcoholic Client
Consumer Bankruptcy 101
Intellectual Property 101 | Patents and Trademarks
Automobile Litigation | No-Fault in NYS | What You Need to Know
Top 25 Things You Need to Know about Business Immigration Law 

Earn 16.0 MCLE credits by attending this two-day program.

Recent Graduates and Newly Admitted Attorneys | This program will satisfy your annual MCLE requirement and carries 7.0 credits in areas of professional practice, 6.0 skills and 3.0 ethics credits.
Program faculty will speak from the New York City location and will be broadcast live to other locations in an interactive video conference format, allowing “real time” interaction between all locations. This program is approved for MCLE credit for newly admitted attorneys in all locations, regardless of format. 

Register Online
NYC Live Program | www.nysba.org/BTGMarch2016NYC
Albany and Buffalo video conference locations:
www.nysba.org/BTGMarch2016Albany  or  www.nysba.org/BTGMarch2016Buffalo
New this year! Day one carries 6.0 MCLE Credits in Skills and 2.5 credits in Ethics.  
Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Law Practice Management Committee and 15 Sections of the New York State Bar Association:

Co-sponsoring Sections:
Learn more about getting involved in the following sections: 
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
Criminal Justice Section
Elder Law and Special Needs Section
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Family Law Section
Judicial Section
Labor and Employment Law Section
Real Property Law Section
Senior Lawyers Section
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Young Lawyers Section

Association Co-Sponsors:
Caribbean Lawyers Network
Dominican Bar Association
New York Women's Bar Association
Nassau County Women's Bar Association

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.
$295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys | NYSBA Members - $420 | Non-Members - $695

Please Note:
•  CLE seminar coupons and complimentary passes cannot be used for this program.
•  This program sells out.  Register early to guarantee your seat.   
To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.

Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys - $295*
*To receive this special rate, you MUST:
1. Be a recent grad or newly admitted attorney (admitted January 2014 or later)
2. Be a NYSBA member
3. Register by phone by calling the State Bar Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 to register.
4. Register online for New York CityAlbany or Niagara Falls


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