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January 30, 2008

STATE BAR'S CORPORATE COUNSEL SECTION TO DISCUSS TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT LAW & EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS
AT ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MEETING

The Corporate Counsel Section's annual meeting program on Wednesday, January 30, at the Marriott Marquis, will focus on trademark & copyright law and defending against employment discrimination claims. The Corporate Counsel Section is comprised of more than 1,700 attorneys who serve as in-house counsel to corporations and other business entities, as well as attorneys in law firms, government, and academic institutions.

Speakers Bruce P. Keller of New York City (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) and Eric W. McCormick of New York City(Duane Morris LLP) will lead discussions, including an overview of the basic principles of trademark and copyright law before expanding to a dialogue on the latest changes and how they affect corporations. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The following session, beginning at 10:45 a.m., will feature speakers Claudia A. Ryan of Albany (Ryan & Smallacombe, PLLC), Ana S. Salper of New York City (Epstein Becker & Green PC) and Joseph A. Saccomano Jr. of White Plains (Jackson Lewis LLP), who will address issues such as defending employment claims, investigation of employee claims, practice before administrative agencies and defense of litigation in state and federal courts. Program Chair Steven Mosenson of New York City (Cerebral Palsy Association of the State of New York) said the course will offer useful information for lawyers representing very broad perspectives.

"Trademark and copyright laws are extremely complex and specific issues that affect entrepreneurs and business people across New York State," Mosenson said. "Our hope is that through this program some of the complexities may be broken down into more manageable information every lawyer can use to better represent his or her clients. It's a great program for in-house lawyers who practice in the public and private sectors.

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.

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