The New York State Bar Association has planned a variety of law-related events scheduled to take place in Buffalo from March 27-31.  Dubbed "Buffalo Bar Week," the agenda features a historic New York-Ontario legal summit and will culminate with the Association's first Buffalo meeting of the House of Delegates since 1986.

Buffalo Bar Week will also include a hearing by a State Bar Association task force studying the challenges facing family courts, a tribute to retired Appellate Division Associate Justice Samuel L. Green, a two-day interactive continuing legal education video conference for new and transitioning attorneys, and an educational forum hosted by our Charity Corps initiative, on how lawyers can better assist nonprofit organizations.

"The Bar Association is thrilled to bring such a vibrant and diverse agenda of legal programs to New York's second-largest city. I anticipate our international summit will strengthen ties between the legal communities of the U.S. and Canada," said Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo). "On a personal note, as a native of Buffalo, I look forward to showing off our region's great institutions and cultural attractions."

BUFFALO BAR WEEK

TUESDAY, March 27: Tribute to Justice Green. Buffalo Bar Week kicks off with a Section Appreciation and Recruitment reception that includes a tribute to Justice Samuel L. Green, the longest-serving associate justice in the 115-year history of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Green retired December 31 after nearly 29 years on the court. He will be presented with a resolution in his honor passed by the State Bar. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
Biography of Justice Green: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad4/Court/Green.html.

WEDNESDAY, March 28: Legal Summit. The New York and Ontario bar associations begin a historic, two-day legal summit in Toronto, with nine programs covering international law and cross-border legal opportunities. The Toronto event, to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ontario Bar Association's headquarters, will feature a plenary session on professionalism and access to justice moderated by New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Ontario Chief Justice Warren Keith Winkler.
Information and registration information on the summit: www.nysba.org/legalsummit.

WEDNESDAY, March 28: Bridging the Gap video conference. A panel of legal experts will host a two-day educational program for young lawyers and experienced attorneys interested in expanding their knowledge. Topics on Wednesday's agenda include basic divorce law, power of attorney, business and immigration law, and estate litigation. Participating attorneys can earn up to 16 MCLE credits. The program, taking place in New York City, will be transmitted live to attorneys in Albany and Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls video conference will be held at the Conference Center, Niagara Falls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information and registration: www.nysba.org/btg0312.

THURSDAY, March 29: Family Court hearing. The State Bar's Task Force on Family Court will host the last of four statewide hearings in Buffalo. The hearing will focus on the impact of budget cuts on children and families, as well as suggestions for operational improvements. Speakers include judges, family court attorneys and family advocacy organizations. The task force is expected to issue a report in June. The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Buffalo.
Information: www.nysba.org/FChearing.

THURSDAY, March 29: Legal Summit. The second day of the international legal summit will be held in Buffalo, and will  feature nine programs on international legal matters and a plenary session discussing cross-border legal opportunities. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

THURSDAY, March 29: Bridging the Gap video conference. The second day of the conference will include segments on the basics of handling a workers compensation case, employment law, ethical issues relating to the Rules of Professional Conduct, litigating a child support proceeding and the fundamentals of dispositions. It will be held at the Conference Center, Niagara Falls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, March 30: Charity Corps. A panel of legal experts will discuss the legal issues involved in representing nonprofit organizations, including fiduciary duties, public disclosure, conflicts of interest and ethical considerations. Charity Corps is co-sponsored by the State Bar and the Office of the State Attorney General. The discussion will be held from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. at the Erie County Bar Association in Buffalo.
Information on Charity Corps.: www.nysba.org/CharityCorps.

FRIDAY, March 30: Bar Foundation reception. The New York Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the State Bar, will host a reception for the Eighth Judicial District Fellows. At the reception, the Foundation will present grants to the Genesee County Youth Bureau in Batavia (Youth Court), the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo in Buffalo (Re-entry Program), the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York in Buffalo (First Time/Last Time program) and the Wyoming County Youth Bureau in Warsaw (Youth Court). The reception will be held at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society in Buffalo from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include a guided tour of the Historical Society.

FRIDAY, March 30: House of Delegates reception/dinner. The House of Delegates will welcome members from around the state at a reception and dinner at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. At the dinner, special recognition will be made of the 125th anniversary of the Bar Association of Erie County. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, March 31: House of Delegates meeting. For the first time since 1986, the Bar Association will hold its quarterly House of Delegates meeting in Buffalo. The agenda includes a presentation by Judge Robert T. Russell, Jr. on the nationally acclaimed Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court, a report by the Association's Special Committee on Veterans, the recommendations of a committee studying ways to improve the quality of mandated representation, and a report of the  Special Committee on Immigrant Representation. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
Information on Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court: http://www.buffaloveteranscourt.org.

SATURDAY, March 31. Young Lawyers networking event. The Young Lawyers sections of the State Bar and the Erie County Bar Association will host a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Templeton Landing in Buffalo. It will be an opportunity for attorneys to network and learn more about membership and bar activities.

EXPERIENCE BUFFALO: For information about what to do while visiting the Buffalo region - including a guide to attractions and restaurants, maps and other Buffalo Bar Week activities - visit the Bar Association's Experience Buffalo page: www.nysba.org/ExperienceBuffalo.

The New York State Bar Association, with 77,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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