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    • Spring Meeting/Awards Dinner: May 16-17, 2015

       Criminal Justice Section Spring CLE Program and Awards Ceremony at 
      The Saratoga Hilton
      534 Broadway
      Saratoga Springs, NY

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      ROOM BLOCK AT THE SARATOGA HILTON IS SOLD OUT.  CALL 518-487-5573 BEFORE MAY 1st FOR INFORMATION ON ALTERNATIVE LODGING OPTIONS  (Two-Night Minimum/Friday and Saturday Night).

      Experienced attorneys may earn 7.5 MCLE Credits; 7.0 in Professional Practice and .5 in Ethics attending this program on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17th.

      Join us Saturday Evening, May 16th,  as we honor the following Award Recipients:
      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner: 
          Andrew Kossover, Esq., Ulster County Public Defender's Office/Kossover Law Office
      Outstanding Appellate Practitioner: 
         Janet C. Somes, Esq., Monroe County Public Defender's Office
      Outstanding Contribution on the Field of Correctional Services:
         Sister Teresa Fitzgerald
      , Executive Director, Hour Children
      Outstanding Police Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
         Chief Margaret Ryan, Dryden Police Department

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      ROOM BLOCK AT THE SARATOGA HILTON IS SOLD OUT.  CALL 518-487-5573 BEFORE MAY 1st  FOR INFORMATION ON ALTERNATIVE LODGING OPTIONS.

      Contact Cathy Teeter, cteeter@nysba.org or 518-487-5573, NYSBA Meetings Department, with Questions.

    • May 14: Starting A Solo Practice in NY 2015

      STARTING A SOLO PRACTICE IN NEW YORK 2015

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      Date: 
      Thursday, May 14, 2015 

      Time: 
      9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time 

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      Starting a Solo Practice in New York -
      Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice

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      This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.


      New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education Program

      $175 NYSBA MEMBERS | $275 NON-MEMBERS | LUNCH INCLUDED   
       
      Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | New York City | Executive Conference Center | 1601 Broadway at 48th Street
       
      8.0 MCLE Credits
      (4.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management, 4.0 ethics)

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      Program Description:

      Are you considering opening your own firm? Are you a recent law school graduate just starting out? Are you considering leaving your place of employment and starting your own firm? The New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee is pleased to present a spring CLE program on Starting a Practice in New York.
       
      This full-day program will provide an overview of what it takes to own your own practice. From choosing a business entity to choosing office space and attracting new clients, this program will provide practical and useful tips for starting a practice in New York.
      Focusing on solo practice, this year's program topics include: setting up bank accounts; general accounting information; tax concerns; setting up IOLA accounts; client retainer agreements and intake forms; collecting payments; leaving your old firm; handling referral business; the ethical issues of using the Internet to market your practice; social media considerations; increasing your list of contacts; and much more.

      LUNCH SPONSORED BY
           

       
      Agenda
       
      8:30 a.m.        Registration
       
      9:00 - 9:10     Welcome and Introduction

      9:10 – 10:00   Creating Your “Launch  Plan”

                               •    Your Business Plan (Yes You Need One)
                               •    Home Office or Rented Space?
                               •    Should You Form a Professional Corporation or LLC?
                               •    Your Office Equipment and Technology
                               •    Your Financial and Operations Plan
                               •    Getting Beyond “Everything That Comes In the Door”
                               •    Identifying Practice Areas with Growth Potential
                               •    Doing “What’s Not Being Done”
                               •    Letting the Market Tell You Who You Are
                               •    When the Client, Not the Practice Area, is the “Specialty”
       

      Speakers:
      Peter Giuliani, Smock Law Firm Consultants
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico

      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)


      10:00 – 10:50    Risk Management | Client Intake, Letters of Engagement,
                                   Retainers, and IOLA | Best Practices for Lawyers 


      Speakers:
      Marian C. Rice, Esq., L'Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY
      Joe Rivera, USI Affinity
       
      (1.0 ethics)
       
      11:00 – 11:50    Understanding Your Malpractice Insurance Policy
                                   Making Sure You Have the Right Amount, and the Right Coverage              
                                   •    Applying for Coverage: How to Fill Out the Application Form
                                   •    Defining Your “Practice Areas” the Right Way
                                   •    Do You Need “Prior Acts” Coverage?
                                   •    How Much Coverage Do You Need?
                                   •    What Do You Do When Someone Threatens To Sue You?
       
      Speakers:
      Marian C. Rice, Esq., L'Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY 
      Joe Rivera, USI Affinity
       
      (1.0 ethics)


      11:50 – 12:15    Lunch Buffet - Sponsored by USI Affinity
       
      12:15 – 1:05       Maximizing Your Marketing | Turning Basic Business Cards, Letterhead
                                    and Websites into Marketing Statements and Ethical Considerations
                                    •    Define your target niche
                                    •    Craft marketing messages that speak to that audience
                                    •    Turn basics – business card, letterhead, etc. – into marketing statements
                                    •    Incorporate web resources from the beginning
                                    •    Select comfortable marketing activities
                                    •    Using social media resources effectively and ethically
                                    •    Attorney Advertising and the New York Rules of Professional Conduct
       
      Speakers:
      Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting
      Author of “Build Your Practice the Logical Way:  Maximize Your Client Relationships”
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico
       
       (1.0 ethics)


      1:05 – 1:10         Break
       
      1:10 – 2:00         Get the Clients and Cases You Want | How to Build a Sophisticated
                                   Litigation Practice Outside the Big Firm
                                   •    Finding Clients
                                   •    Exploiting Your Small Size to Get the Clients and Cases You Want
                                   •    Practice and Time Management: Do it Right or Die
                                   •    Coordinating With Co-Counsel to Build Your Practice
                                   •    Special Pitfalls of Litigation to Avoid

      Speaker:
      John Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere Fariello
       
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)

      2:00 – 2:50         Managing and Organizing Your Practice
                                   •    Finance and Operations Issues
                                   •    Technology: Maximizing Efficiency
                                   •    Practice Management Software
                                   •    Office Policies
                                   •    Procedure Memos and Templates
                                   •    Emergency Preparedness

      Speakers:
      Marc Natale, Chief of Staff, Balestriere Fariello
      John Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere Fariello
      John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq.
       
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)

      2:50 – 3:00        Break
       
      3:00 – 3:50        Human Resources (HR) Issues for the Solo or Small Law Practice      
                                  •    What Types of Staff Members Should You Hire?
                                  •    When is the Best Time to Hire?
                                  •    How To Create a Competitive Competition Structure You Can Afford?
                                  •    What Types of Incentive Program Can You Put in Place?
                                  •    How will you manage your team?
                                  •    Partner, employee or contractor – which is best?
                                  •    What legal and tax responsibilities do you have as an employer?
                                  •    How will you deal with the Affordable Care Act?
       
      Speaker:
      David DePietto, NexFirm LLC
      Carmel J. Mushin, Esq., RPCK Rastegar Panchal
       
      (1.0 areas of professional practice/law practice management)
       
      3:50 – 4:40       Cutting-Edge Ethical Considerations for the Solo Practitioner
                                 •    When You Are “More Than a Lawyer”:
                                      Conflicts of Interest in the Real World
                                 •    Working for Chickens:
                                      Investing in Clients and Other Nontraditional Forms of Payment
                                 •    What Exactly is the “Practice of Law” and When Is It “Unauthorized”?
                                 •    Partnering with Nonlawyers: The Do’s and Don’t’s
                                 •    Representing Family Members, Business Partners & Other Multiple Clients
                                 •    When Clients Cross State Lines
                                 •    “Reader, Advisor, Barista, Attorney at Law”
                                 •    Using a “Virtual Office” for Your Practice
       
      Speakers:
      Cliff Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R.  Ennico
      Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting
       
      (1.0 ethics)
       
      4:40 – 5:00   Question and Answer Panel Discussion
                             Critical Issues for Solo Practitioners in New York

      5:00 p.m.      Adjournment
       

      Overall Planning Chair
      Clifford R. Ennico, Esq., Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico, Member, NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee
       
      Program Faculty
      Peter A. Giuliani, Smock Law Firm Consultants, Westin, CT *Marian C. Rice, Esq., L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini, LLP * Joe Rivera, USI Affinity * John G. Balestriere, Esq., Balestriere PLLC, New York, NY * Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Greenwald Consulting *Marc Natale, Chief of Staff, Balestriere Fariello * John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq. * David DePietto, NexFirm LLC * Carmel J. Mushin, Esq., RPCK Rastegar Panchal

       
        NYSBA Co-Sponsors
      Antitrust Law SectionCommercial and Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel SectionCriminal Justice SectionDispute Resolution SectionElder Law and Special Needs SectionEntertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionFamily Law SectionFood, Drug & Cosmetic Law SectionGeneral Practice SectionInternational SectionLabor and Employment Law SectionMunicipal Law SectionReal Property Law SectionTax SectionTorts, Insurance and Compensation Law SectionTrial Lawyers SectionTrusts and Estates Law SectionYoung Lawyers SectionCommittee on Continuing Legal EducationCommittee on Lawyers in TransitionLawyer Assistance CommitteeLaw Practice Management Committee

      Association Co-Sponsors
       
      Albany County Bar Association
      Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association
      Arab American Bar Association
      Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
      Association of Black Women Attorneys
      Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association
      Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
      Caribbean Attorneys Network
      Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
      LeGaL, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
      Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
      Muslim Bar Association
      Queens County Bar Association
      Rockland County Bar Association
      Saratoga County Bar Association
      Schenectady County Bar Association
      Touro Law Center
      WBASNY – Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
       


       
      Starting a Solo Practice in New York - Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice
      Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      8.0 MCLE credit (includes 4.0 ethics credits)
      $175 NYSBA MEMBERS | $275 NON-MEMBERS | LUNCH INCLUDED IN PROGRAM COST
       
      New York City
      Executive Conference Center
      1601 Broadway at 48th Street | New York, NY 10019
       
      Luncheon sponsored by USI Affinity
       


       
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