Contact: Brandon Vogel 
Media Writer, Media Services & Public Affairs

January 22, 2008    


TO:  Editors, Assignment Editors, and Reporters
FROM:  Brandon Vogel, Media Writer, Media Services & Public Affairs 518-487-5535
SUBJECT: 2008 New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting
WHERE:  New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (Broadway between 45th and 46th streets) Manhattan
WHEN:  Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2008


The 131st annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association will be held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Manhattan from Monday, January 28 to Friday, February 2. Approximately 5,000 members are expected to attend events throughout the week, with Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan speaking at various events every day and hosting the Presidential Summit on Wednesday, January 30. All events are open to the media, however all reporters must register in the News Center located in the Empire Room, 7th Floor to gain admission into any program or event.

The News Center (212-886-0894) will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday. It is equipped with telephones, a fax machine, internet access, phones lines, and lap tops for media use. Annual meeting news releases and other reference and information materials will be available in the News Center. Members of the Media Services & Public Affairs staff will be present to assist the media.


• The Presidential Summit - "Breaking the Cycle for Youth At Risk; and "Providing Legal Services in a Globalized World: Radical Change, Opportunity or Both?"
• Criminal Justice Award Winners-Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Detective Dennis Delano and the Bike Path Rapist Investigation Team, Buffalo Police Department
• Rules of Engagement: How to Earn Respect, Take Control, and Get the Corner Office - sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law
• The Subprime Meltdown-How it Affects Communities and Lenders
• Celebrating Diversity Reception-Diversity Trailblazer Award Winner Taa Grays
• Introducing the NYS Commission on Public Integrity: Strengthening the State's Ethics and Lobbying Law
• Animals and Cruelty-From Dog Fighting to Hoarding-The Laws Governing Society's Response

Monday - Jan. 28, 2008

Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section (1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Post Mortem Right of Publicity: Return of the Living Dead?
Real Deals in Virtual Worlds: Business Affairs and Legal Issues in the New Massively Multi-User Universes

Minorities in the Profession (1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Pipeline Diversity: Best Practices, Programs & Collaborative Diversity Initiatives
Celebrating Diversity Reception (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Tuesday - Jan. 29, 2008

Elder Law (1:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.)
A Real Life View of End of Life Decision Making: A Panel Discussion of Legal and Ethical Issues
New Developments in Elder Law
Medicaid Panel Discussion with Department of Health and County DSS Offices of Legal Affairs Attorneys

General Practice (9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
Latest Updates in Traditional Areas of Practicing Law
Collaborative Practice/Family Law
Environmental Issues Impacting Residential and Commercial Property
Real Property Titles Update
CPLR Update
Hot Tips from the Experts

Intellectual Property Law (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 - 5:15 p.m.)
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" in IP Cases
KSR, Medimmune, AT&T v. Microsoft and Seagate: Lessons Learned
The Great Debate: Should the Right of Publicity Survive Death?
Intellectual Property in India
New Patent Office and TTAB Rules
Legal and Business Objectives and Issues in Establishing a Global Brand
Competitive Intelligence and Pretexting: What Is An IP Attorney To Do?

Tax Section (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:15 - 4:00 p.m.)
Current Issues in Corporate Taxation
Recent Tax Developments Concerning Private Equity and Hedge Funds
New Heightened Professional Standards under Circular 230 and Section 6694 for Tax Attorneys and Accountants
Speaker: Edward D. Kleinbard, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation, Washington, D.C. (12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)

Attorneys in Public Service (9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 2:00 pm - 5:15 p.m.)
Morning: The Supreme Court Past, Present, and Future
Afternoon: Introducing the NYS Commission on Public Integrity: Strengthening the State's Ethics and Lobbying Law
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Awards for Excellence in Public Service Reception

Mark L. Davies, Executive Director and Counsel to the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board
Barbara F. Smith, Executive Director of the New York Lawyer Assistance Fund

Women in the Law (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Rules of Engagement: How to Earn Respect, Take Control, and Get the Corner Office
Speaker & Panelist: Brigadier General Malinda E. Dunn, Esq., United States Army, J.A.G. Corp.
Panelist: Honorable Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, New York State Court of Appeals

Wednesday - Jan. 30, 2008

The Presidential Summit (2:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  - Breaking the Cycle for Youth At Risk

Panelists Include:

• Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Moderator, Chief Judge of the State of New York
• Kathryn Grant Madigan, Esq., New York State Bar Association President
• Geoffrey Canada, President/CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
• Honorable Michael A. Corriero, Acting Supreme Court Justice
• Karen J. Mathis, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association
• Dr. Thomas Grisso, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Providing Legal Services in a Globalized World: Radical Change, Opportunity or Both?
Panelists Include:
• Steven C. Krane, Esq., Moderator, former NYSBA President
• Mary C. Daly, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics, St. John's Law School
• James P. Duffy, III, Esq., Berg and Duffy, LLP
• Calvin Hamilton, Esq., Monereo Meyer Marinel-Lo, Abogados
• James C. Moore, Esq., former NYSBA President
• Laurel S. Terry, Professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Business Law (9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
The Subprime Meltdown-How it Affects Communities and Lenders
How Business Can Benefit from Alternative Dispute Resolution

Commercial and Federal Litigation (9:00  a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Developments in E-Discovery in New York, Federal and State Courts, and Arbitration
The Ethics of Witness Preparation
Stanley H. Fuld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Commercial Law and Litigation presented by Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals to Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt, former Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

Corporate Counsel (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Trademark and Copyright Law
Defending Employment Discrimination Claims

Health Law (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Quality of Care and Medical Malpractice

International Law & Practice (9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)
Greenhouse Gas Project Finance
Annual Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs presented to the Lawyers and Judges of Pakistan, as represented by Aitzaz Ahsan, in asbentia

Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law and Trial Lawyers Annual Dinner (6:00 p.m.)
The Water Club, The East River off 30th Street
Speaker: Honorable William C. Thompson, Jr., Comptroller of the City of New York

Trusts & Estates Law  (8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
A Brave New World for Drafters: The Implications of Building Maximum Flexibility into Your Wills and Trusts

Young Lawyers (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Practical Advice for the Young Attorney

Committee on Animals and the Law Section (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Animals and Cruelty-From Dog Fighting to Hoarding-The Laws Governing Society's Response

Committee on Law, Youth & Citizenship (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Public Education and the Law: The Year in Review

Committee on Issues Affecting People with Disabilities (1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Can We All Get Along Anymore? The Relationship Between Schools and Parents of Children with Disabilities

Committee on Professional Discipline (10:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.)
Significant Rules Changes that Will Change the Face of the Profession

Thursday - Jan. 31, 2008

Antitrust Law (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Annual Review of Antitrust Developments
Recent Developments in Criminal Antitrust Enforcement
Indirect Purchaser Standing: The Current Answer, the Proposed Answer, the Right Answer
Resale Price Maintenance Post-Leegin
Reception (6:00 p.m.) The University Club, 1 West 54th Street
Dinner (7:00 p.m.) 
8:00 p.m. Dinner Speaker - Honorable Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

Criminal Justice (12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)
Awards Luncheon - (12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m.)
New York's Sentencing Structure and Proposals for Reform, Sentencing for Sex Crimes and the New Civil Commitment Procedure for Sex Offenders - (2:00 p.m - 5:15 p.m.)

Family Law Section (12:00 p.m. - 1:55 Reception/Luncheon; 1:55 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Program)
Speaker: Hon. Eugene F Pigott, Jr., Associate, Judge, New York Court of Appeals
Separate Property: No Distribution; Separate Property Credit; or Transmutation - When and Why?
Matrimonial Update

Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law (8:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Program; 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon)
Speaker: Gerald F. Masoudi, Chief Counsel, Food and Drug Administration (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
The Advertising Industry's Self-Regulatory Forum's Challenges in the FDA Regulated Products Arena
Pharmacogenomics: Personalized Medicine-Risk and Potential Liability for Product Manufacturers
Pre-Emption (Drug and Device)
Major Drug and Device Regulatory Developments in China

Municipal Law (9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:45 - 4:15 p.m.)
Land Use and Municipal Ethics, PERB - A New Philosophy
Tax Certiorari and Condemnation Update
Video Camera Surveillance on Public Streets

Real Property Law (8:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
A Wealth of Real Property Issues Including Your Pocketbook

Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law and Trial Lawyers (8:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Morning Session: The Art of Negotiating
Afternoon Session: Great Openings and Closing in History

Young Lawyers Section (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Bridging the Gap 2008: Practical Pointers for Success

Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Who, What, When, Where, How: Recent Developments in Arbitration Law

Committee on Attorney Professionalism (9:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.)
Attorney Professionalism in an Age of Profit Seeking

Committee on Civil Rights  (2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Military Commissions Act and Habeas Corpus
Haywood Burns Award Reception (5:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
Recipient: Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union

Committee on Condominiums and Cooperatives of the Real Property Law Section (2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Advanced Topics in Condominium and Cooperative Law

Committee on Law Practice Management (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
E-Filing System in New York State
Special Committee on Senior Lawyers-Tips and Tricks for Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Committee on Media Law (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Litigating in the Public Eye: How to Deal with the Press when Crisis Hits
Moderator: George Freeman, Esq., General Counsel, The New York Times Company
Panelists Include:
Leslie Crocker Snyder, Esq., Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, LLP
Seth Faison, Sitrick and Company
Jack T. Litman, Litman, Arche & Gioiella, LLP
Jan Schlichtmann, Jan R. Schlichtmann, P.C.
Jeffrey Toobin, Esq., The New Yorker and CNN

Friday - Feb. 1, 2008

House of Delegates Meeting (8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Environmental Law (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Program; 12:55 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon)
Brownfields Revisited: New Directions/New Opportunities
Speaker: Honorable Pete Grannis, Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (12:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)

Labor & Employment Law (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave., Manhattan
Federal Government Perspective on Labor and Employment Law
Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Changing Jobs
Workshop: The New Ethics Rules of Attorney Advertising
Workshop: Court Involvement in the Arbitration Process
Workshop: AFL-CIO v. NLRB: Why Organized Labor is so Unhappy with the
National Labor Relations Board
Workshop: Employee Privacy Rights
Workshop: Effective Practices for Voir Dire and Oral Argument

Young Lawyers (9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
Bridging the Gap 2008: Practical Pointers for Success

Committee on Children & the Law (9:00 a.m. a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)
Children in the Court: Concerns, Challenges and Benefits of Youth Participation in Court Proceedings

Saturday - Feb. 2, 2008
Judicial Section/Council of Judicial Associations Reception Luncheon (12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)