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June 11, 2009

DEALING WITH RESIDENTIAL FORECLOSURES:

New York State Bar Association Offers New CLE Course in Albany, Buffalo, Tarrytown, Syracuse, Manhattan, Melville & Rochester

In response to the alarming increase in foreclosures throughout New York, State Bar Association President Michael E. Getnick of Utica (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP and of counsel to Getnick and Getnick of New York City) announced today that the Association will offer a new CLE course, Dealing With Residential Foreclosures: Defenses, Remedies and Other Approaches to Resolution at seven locations around the state starting in Albany on Monday, June 15th.

Co-sponsored by the Real Property Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association, the course is designed to help attorneys understand new foreclosure procedures, as well as the foreclosure defenses and remedies from the borrowers' standpoint.

An expert faculty will provide an overview of current legislation along with recent court cases.  Among the other course topics will be new developments that may affect the borrowers' ability to negotiate short sales, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, forbearance agreements, and other settlement tactics.

Getnick said, "As the recession continues to exact a toll on New Yorkers at all economic levels, one of my priorities as president is to ensure that the State Bar provides lawyers with practical and useful tools that will keep them apace of new legislative, policy and procedural developments and allow them to better serve and protect their clients."

Joel H. Sachs (Keane & Beane, PC), chair of the Real Property Section added, "In the wake of the national housing meltdown, federal and state governments, as well as private lenders, have either proposed or enacted a host of additional rules on borrowing, lending and foreclosure.  Attorneys who attend this program will have the critical up-to-date understanding of this new legal landscape -- both nationally and locally -- that will enable them to provide the best counsel in these difficult times."

Participants will receive 7.5 credit hours of practice management and/or professional practice.  The course may be used for New York MCLE credit by all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than 24 months).

Among the course topics are:
• Understanding the Residential Foreclosure Process
• Understanding Consumer Protection Laws
• Understanding Mortgage Loan Products
• Whom Do You Deal With in a Loan Workout?
• Options for the Mortgagor's Attorney
• The New York State Supreme Court Mandatory Settlement Conference
• When All Else Fails - Bankruptcy
• The Lender's View - A Panel Discussion
The program Co-Chairs are John G. Hall, Esq. (Hall & Hall LLP, Staten Island) and Peter A. Muth, Esq. (Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo).

The costs are as follows:

? NYSBA Members: $165 (discounts are available in some locations for early registration)
? Non-Members:  $250 (discounts are available in some locations for early registration)
? Students: $60 (discounts are available in some locations for early registration)

Schedule:

Monday, June 15, 2009 - Albany
New York State Nurses Association
11 Cornell Road
Latham, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureAlbany
The last day to pre-register online is June 12, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009 - Buffalo
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureBuffalo
The last day to pre-register online is June 12, 2009
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - Tarrytown
Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureTarrytown
Pre-registration is not available for this course

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - Syracuse
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureSyracuse
The last day to pre-register online is June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - New York City
The New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureNYC
The last day to pre-register online is June 22, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Long Island
Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureLongIsland
The last day to pre-register online is June 29, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Rochester
Holiday Inn Rochester Airport
911 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY
To register or for information call 1-800-582-2452 or go to www.nysba.org/ForeclosureRochester
The last day to pre-register online is June 29, 2009

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The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.  Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.