Corporate Counsel Section

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    Welcome to the Corporate Counsel Section! Click to view video for more information about what our Section has to offer.
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    2018 Annual Meeting | January 22-26, 2018
  • Upcoming Events
    • October 5, 2017, What Organizations Can Do To Prevent The Discriminatory Effects of Implicit Bias

      What Organizations Can Do To Prevent the Discriminatory Effects of Implicit Bias
      Thursday, October 5, 2017
      American Arbitration Association
      150 E. 42nd Street, 17th Floor
      New York, NY 10017

      5:30 Registration
      6:00-7:00 Program
      7:00 - 8:00 Networking Reception

      1.0 Credit in Ethics and Professionalism


      $20 for NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section members
      $30 for NYSBA Members 
      $50 for All Other Attendees


      Presented by: Andrea S. Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Alton B. Harris, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP. Authors of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (Bibliomotion Inc, Brookline Mass. 2016)

      What the Presenters Will Cover
      How to identify the discriminatory implicit biases that plague legal organizations, focusing on the “Big Three”
      - Racial and Ethnic
      - Gender
      - Age

      How to identify the career sensitive decisions that are most often affected by implicit biases.
      - Hiring Practices
      - Professional Development
      - Promotion and Compensation
      - Retention Policies

      How to create procedural defenses and business processes against implicit biases so that your organization can prevent these decisions from being made in a biased way.   

      Key Takeaways
      - Identify the implicit stereotypes and biases prevalent in the legal profession
      - How these biases discriminate against groups of employees
      - Techniques that will ensure fairness and inclusiveness of your key employment practices

      Not a member of the Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program. Join online: Corporate Counsel  or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

    • November 2 & 3, 2017, Seventh Corporate Counsel Institute

      Seventh Corporate Counsel Institute
      November 2 and 3, 2017
      The Cornell Club
      6 East 44th Street, NYC

      Thursday, November 2: 9:00am to 4:45pm followed by a Networking Reception
      Friday, November 3: 8:45am to 11:45am


      The Corporate Counsel Institute brings together a distinguished faculty to address the wide array of issues important to in-house and corporate counsel. In seven content packed plenary sessions, the Institute faculty will cover vital topics such as:

      - Employment Law
      - Maximizing Value and Reducing Costs of Corporate Legal Services
      - Predictive Technology in E-Discovery
      - Government Requests, Subpoenas, Investigations, Crisis Management
      - Ethics and Privilege Issues Which Confront Inside and Outside Corporate Counsel
      - The Ins and Outs of Trademark Branding
      - Ethics for In-House Counsel
      - And more!

      You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from key in-house counsel and outside practitioners.

      10 MCLE Credits

      Registration fees:
      $325 Corporate Counsel Section members
      $400 NYSBA Member (Fee includes 2017-2018 Membership in the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section)
      $500 Non-NYSBA Member

      Registration fees after 10/10:
      $400 Corporate Counsel Section members
      $450 NYSBA Member (Fee includes 2017-2018 Membership in the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section)
      $550 Non-NYSBA Member

      Don't miss our Keynote Speaker:

      Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner

      Commissioner Malalis will discuss recent amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law affecting businesses as employers and places of public accommodation, and well as recent Commission initiatives to combat discrimination and harassment in our current climate where reporting to the agency has increased by over 60% in the last year.

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      Interested in sponsoring this event? Click Here for more information

      Not a member of the Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program. Join online: Corporate Counsel or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

    • Free Program Archive: Cybercrime


      Never fear... We recorded it!

      Now available free for Corporate Counsel Section members and Business Law Section Members. (If you're not a Corporate Counsel Section Member... Why not join? Dues are just $30 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

      Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys. Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.


      Corporate Counsel and/or Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged. Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

    • Program Archive: Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics

      Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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      Total Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

      Presented by the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."

      As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks. Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency. But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.

      NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
      Corporate Counsel Section or Business Law Section Member Price: $35

      Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.



      See also: Overview of NYS Lobbying; and Challenges of Business in NYS (Business Law Section panel recorded October 14, 2016)

      1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys - Discounty for Business Law Section and Corpoarte Counsel Section Members


      Bonus Segments (FREE)

      Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
      Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
      > View Keynote Address

  • About the Section

    The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Section sponsors CLE, networking and other events and offers LinkedIn and Facebook pages where members can reach out to each other with questions and advice. 

    Meet the Section Chair

    Jana Behe Section Chair 2017

    Jana Springer Behe, Esq., is Director of Contracts and General Counsel for NYSTEC. Jana, who is primarily focused on risk management, compliance, contracts, and governance for the company, has vast experience with contractual and procurement development and compliance. She has assisted numerous agencies with procurement advice and provides internal quality review for a variety of NYSTEC engagements.  She is a member of the NYSTEC Leadership Team and provides direct support to the CEO and the NYSTEC Board of Directors. She is also a leading voice on the NYSTEC Community Involvement Group, an internal committee that recognizes the value of NYSTEC’s charitable mission and works collaboratively to help benefit society.

    Jana received her BA with honors from the University of Rochester and her JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania. In addition, she is a Co-Chair of the NYS Forum IT Procurement Work Group; Chair of the Albany YMCA Branch Board of Advisors; Chair for the New York State Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section (CCS); CCS Delegate to the NYSBA House of Delegates; and both a program committee member of and sponsoring mentor to the Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship program. 

    View Member Perspectives on the Corporate Counsel Section: 

    View Past Chair Natalie Sulimani's perspective here.
    View Yamicha Stephenson's perspective here.
    View Member Barbara Levi's perspective here.

    Helpful Links for Navigating this Section
    Executive Committee Roster

    Archives of Section Videos
    List of Section Committees 

  • Inside Newsletter

    View the Latest Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter)

    Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues facing the corporate counsel attorney, and provides updates on Section activities. Inside is published by the Corporate Counsel Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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    Members can access the Archives here.

  • CCS Online Communities

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Corporate Counsel 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 to well seasoned and experienced attorneys in the Corporate Counsel field. 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 Corporate Counsel Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $30/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Corporate Counsel members can search the site or identify other members.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)


    > enter the Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee Community