Women on the Move

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

- Location -
Concierge Conference Center
780 Third Avenue (at 48th Street)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 735-0072

Women on the Move 2012:
Moving Forward: Building Paths to Success

 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 A Networking Buffet Luncheon will follow the Program

3.5 MCLE Credits: 1.5 Skills; 1.0 Ethics; 1.0 Professional Practice

This program will be presented in person at the Concierge Conference Center with a simultaneous webcast option.
Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the progrm in person to receive New York MCLE credit.

Since the 1980’s, approximately 40% of law school graduates have been women.  Recent statistics document that, as of 2010, a mere 16.5% of large firm partners were women, reflecting the glaring employment disparities faced by women attorneys.   As recently as 2010, The National Law Journal noted that even female partners who attain the highest levels of achievement earn on average of $66,000 per year less than their male equivalents.

In this program, an experienced diverse faculty will address the realities that women attorneys face today and present a variety of solutions for developing a greater awareness of the current legal landscape as it affects workplace disparity.  This includes ways to engender change in both individual career paths and the overall legal profession by the effective use of legal advocacy skills.  The program will be followed by a buffet luncheon providing attendees ample time to network with both the faculty and their peers.

Who Should Attend: Attorneys engaged in all areas of practice will benefit from attending this program.

Program Agenda

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.       Introduction

9:05 - 9:55 a.m.        Gaining Perspective: Combating Workplace Disparity through Legislation

With Fair Pay Acts and anti-discrimination laws on the books, how can such large gaps in earnings still exist?   To begin the process of empowering women attorneys, we must first understand the laws that seek to rectify inequality as well as the nature of the disparities that we face.  This panel of experts will explain and analyze legislation that aims to end gender disparity, including the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the New York State Fair Pay Act and suggest ways these statutes can be used to correct the existing disparities.

Moderator:               Melissa C. Lee, Mental Hygiene Legal Services, Brooklyn, New York
Speakers:                Wendy Stryker, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York, New York
                                    Kam Wong, Associate Director, Workforce Diversity & Compliance Programs, City University of New York, New York, New York

9:55 – 11:10 a.m.    Panel Discussion: Communicating Effectively: Being Heard Loud and Clear

Your ideas are important.  Don’t let your message get lost along the way! 

The key to being an effective attorney is being an effective communicator. 

Whether negotiating a contract, deposing witnesses, writing a stellar brief, presenting a case to a jury, meeting with legislators to advocate change or simply trying to land a client, one thing is certain: Communication is Key.

This segment will feature a panel of practicing attorneys sharing their secrets of persuasive communication.  They will review strategies which will pinpoint what to say and how to say it in order to get your voice heard.  In addition, a legal writing expert will share strategies on how to make the written word as powerful as the spoken word.  Together, the panel will show you how to make communication your most powerful weapon as you advance in your career. 

Kathleen A. Lyons, Vice President, Claims and Liabilities, Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, Armonk, New York
Carol C. Villegas, Associate, Labaton Sucharow LLP, New York, New York

Hon. Laura Jacobson, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Rosary Morelli, Senior Partner, Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP, New York, New York
Dianne Rosky, Founder, Rosky Legal Education LLC, New York, New York

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.  Refreshment Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Going Hi-Tech: Taking Advantage of the Digital Age

Technology has advanced at a rapid pace in recent years, offering a multitude of options for attorneys in search of lower costs and increased efficiency.  However, this progress does come with plenty of potential pitfalls for the naïve practitioner.

This topic will focus on the effects and ethical implications of the use of Internet-based and mobile computing by attorneys in their law practices. A published expert on law and technology will familiarize you with emerging concepts including mobile computing, cloud computing and virtual law firms before delving into a discussion on how attorneys are using these cutting edge technologies to their advantage, while exposing the associated ethical implications. 

Speaker:  Nicole Black, Vice-President of MyCaseInc.com; Of counsel, Fiandach and Fiandach, Rochester, New York

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Buffet Networking Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to new York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Albany, New York

We appreciate the support of our Corporate Sponsor: Labaton Sucharow

NYSBA Co-Sponsors:
Committee on Women in the Law
Antitrust Law Section
Intellectual Property Law Section
Real Property Section
Senior Lawyers Section
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Young Lawyers Section
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Program Co-Sponsors:

Asian American Bar Association of New York
Association of Black Women Attorneys
Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
Dominican Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association (Region II)
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
Metropolitan Black Bar Association
New York Women's Bar Association
Nigerian Lawyers Association
Queens County Women's Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association
Westchester Black Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

Program Faculty

Program Chair

Melissa C. Lee
Mental Hygiene Legal Services
Brooklyn, New York


Nicole Black
Law Office of Nicole Black
Rochester, New York

Mylan Denerstein
Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo
Albany, New York

Hon. Laura Jacobson
Supreme Court of the State of New York
Brooklyn, New York

Kathleen A. Lyons
Vice President, Claims and Liabilities
Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation
Armonk, New York

Rosary Morelli
Senior Partner
Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP
New York, New York

Dianne Rosky
Rosky Legal Education LLC
New York, New York

Wendy Stryker
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
New York, New York

Carol C. Villegas 
Labaton Sucharow LLP
New York, New York

Kam Wong
Associate Director
Workforce Diversity & Compliance Programs
City University of New York
New York, New York

New this Year: All program materials will be distributed exclusively online in searchable PDF format, allowing attendees more flexibility in storing this information and allowing you to copy and paste relevant portions of the materials for specific use in your practice.  A CLE NotePad © (paper) will be provided to all attendees at the live program site.  The CLE NotePad © includes lined pages for taking notes on each topic, as well as any PowerPoint presentations submitted prior to printing. Traditional printed course books can be ordered at the program site for the discounted price and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.

The last day to pre-register online was November 27, 2012.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:
NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Cindy O'Brien at 800-582-2452 or cobrien@nysba.org.