Corporate Counsel & Business Law Sections' Joint Fall Program

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Doing Business in New York State: Challenges & Opportunities

October 13-14, 2016

New York State Bar Center
One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

From Midtown to Mayville, doing business in New York State can present unique challenges for business and corporate lawyers—and also opportunities. Join the Corporate Counsel and Business Law Sections for their joint Fall Program in New York's capital!

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4.0 New York MCLE Credits: 2.0 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted 2 years or more)

Can't make it in person? (WEBCAST) 
Friday's MCLE program will also be available by simultaneous live webcast!

Section Chairs:
Sarah E. Gold, Esq., Jeffrey P. Laner, Esq.

Program Chairs:
Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Natalie Sulimani, Esq.

Register Online

Or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm) and mention event code CORPJV16.

Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Hotel, 144 State St, Albany, NY 12207 (less than a 5 minute walk to NYSBA)
Book your group rate for NYS Bar Association online, or call 1-888-236-2427 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group and provide the booking ID BLCBLCA. 
Hotel cutoff date is September 23, 2016.


October 13, 2016 (Thursday)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Tour of the State Capitol building (space is limited; pre-registration required)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception at the Renaissance Hotel (144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207) - Dinner is on your own

October 14, 2016 (Friday)
9:30am – 10:10am | Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:10-10:15 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
10:15am – 11:30am | How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State
11:30-11:40 | Refreshment Break
11:40-12:30pm | You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State
12:30pm – 1:40pm | Luncheon and Keynote - “Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned”
1:45pm – 3:25pm | Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics
3:25-3:30 | Concluding Remarks and Adjournment 

Panel Descriptions:

How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State

Learn about policy development, advocacy, and compliance with New York State’s Lobbying Act

Part I (10:15-11:05): I’m Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State’s Lobbying Act
Speaker: Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; NYSBA’s outside legislative counsel

Part II (11:05-11:30): NYSBA’s Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations
Panelists: Hermes Fernandez, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King; Chair, NYSBA Committee on State Legislative Policy 
Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq., NYSBA Director of Governmental Relations

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

Doing business in New York – are the state laws on doing business in New York friendly, frustrating or just confusing?  This panel will discuss some examples of the unintended consequences of some New York laws and regulations on the ability to do business in New York.  And then they will host a quiz on just how much you know (or don’t know!) about doing business in New York.  Attendees are invited to submit suggestions of little-known pitfalls for the savvy business lawyer to avoid (here) for the panel to address.

Thomas M. Pitegoff, Esq., LeClairRyan, New York City
Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York City

Keynote Luncheon Address: “Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned”

Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany

Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics

As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks.  Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency.  But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.  

Nathan A. Huber, Director of Business Development, Premonition
Lance Koonce, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Nehal Madhani, Esq., Alt Legal Inc.


Thursday Reception (optional) - $45
Tour of NYS NYS Capitol building (optional) - $0 (Space is limited)

Friday Program (Live or Webcast): Live program includes continental breakfast & lunch
Section members: $100 (member of Business Law and/or Corporate Counsel Sections)
$130 NYSBA members (non-Section member)* | $200 Non-member

15% discount for attorneys admitted 5 years or less! (applied automatically at checkout)
Law students who are Section members: $40 program / $20 reception

*Not a Section member? Join today to save on this program! Business Law dues are $25 | Corporate Counsel $30. Join online (Business | Corporate) or call 800-582-2452.

> Register Online

Questions? Contact Adriana Favreau at or (518) 487-5669.

DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, anyone who requires financial aid may apply in writing, not later than ten working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply, please contact: Stephanie Bugos, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or 

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 Stephanie Bugos at (518) 487-5524 or