Committee on Continuing Legal Education

The CLE Committee, chaired by Gail Davis and Deborah Masucci, has embarked upon an active year. CLE has, in many ways, become the lifeblood of the Bar Association, providing opportunities for members to stay current on developments and critical thinking in their areas of expertise, meet their state licensing requirements, and come together as a community to share the best of their own experience with one another. 

Our Section has harnessed these opportunities not only for the continued education of its members, but also as a means of attracting new members to the Section.  Last Fall, we ran a joint program with the Labor and Employment Section. In January, in addition to our own excellent Winter Program at the NYSBA's Annual Meeting, we collaborated with the International Section on an exciting Joint Program.  In the Spring of 2010, with the gracious assistance of Simeon Baum and Steve Hochman, we held a sold out Commercial Mediation Training, preparing a new group of mediators.

This past year, on October 12, 2010, the Section sponsored a full day joint CLE program with the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section at Fordham Law School entitledHow to Maximize Results in Mediation and Arbitration.”  This program included both a mock mediation and a mock arbitration illustrating the best practices for addressing major issues that typically arise in mediations and arbitrations, from the perspectives of mediators, arbitrators and counsel.  It was focused on a fact pattern involving issues in the entertainment, arts and sports areas.

On October 28, 2010, the Section sponsored an afternoon joint program with the Elder Law and Senior Lawyer Section at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel In White Plains.  The program addressed the wide range of issues and the rich possibilities that can be found in the mediation of estate disputes, family business disputes, life insurance issues, parent/child issues, health law, long-term care facility and nursing home matters, and contested guardianship proceedings, as well as providing tips on effective representation in mediation, and advice on developing a practice as a mediator.

The committee arranged mediation training held in March 2011, as well as an arbitrator training held in June 2011. Programming on ADR for the Trust and Estates Section and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Sections are being planned as well as a session for the Association of Towns. The CLE committee will continue to look for opportunities to work with other sections on the presentation of ADR programs tailored to the specific practice area.

We welcome members interested in proposing programs and organizing new and creative programs that will continue to raise the Section’s profile in the Bar Association. Please share your ideas with us.

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