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General Practice Section

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Jewel Restaurant
400 Broadhollow Road | Melville, NY 11747

This event is free to all attorneys and law students (restrictions for public officials apply—see below) and is aimed at general practice, solo and small firm attorneys. If you are not familiar with the GP Section’s online community, you are welcome to come and learn more about it!


Appetizers will be provided, and those who pre-register by September 10 will receive a ticket for their first beer free! Cash bar for all else. Space is limited!

When registering online, be sure to click through all the screens until you see a confirmation page with your receipt.

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Public Officials: The New York State Bar Association is registered with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the Lobbying Act to engage in lobbying activities. Consequently, public officials cannot accept certain benefits from the Association. Under gift restrictions, any public official who attends this event must pay a per person cost of $20. Payment can be made with online registration, or by check payable to NYSBA at the event. Registration includes appetizers and one drink ticket for pre-registrants (cash bar for anything additional).


This program will cover the most recent developments in areas of practice that New York attorneys regularly handle, including: Civil Procedure; Matrimonial and Family Law; Trusts and Estates Law; Business and Corporate Law; Criminal Law; and Ethics and Professionalism. All that is new in each field – cases, statutes, rules, procedures and practice techniques – will be reviewed by an experienced faculty member. Don’t miss this all-inclusive program providing a comprehensive overview of the important changes that occurred during 2019!

Sponsored by the Business Law Section, the Family Law Section, the General Practice Section, the Trusts and Estates Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

7.0 MCLE Credits: 5.5 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.5 Ethics

Business Law, Family Law, General Practice, and Trusts and Estates Law Section Members: $150
NYSBA Member: $175 
Non-Member: $275

Agenda Topics
> Matrimonial and Family Law
> Ethics and Professionalism
> Business and Corporate Law
> NY CPLR Update
> Criminal Law
> Trusts and Estates Law

Program Faculty
Jennifer M. Boll, Esq. | Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Erica T. Dubno, Esq. | Fahringer & Dubno
David L. Ferstendig, Esq. | Law Offices of David L. Ferstendig LLC
Michael Gaynor, Esq. | Attorney Grievance Committee | Appellate Division, Third Department
Bruce J. Wagner, Esq. | McNamee Lochner P.C.
*Additional speakers to be announced.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Patrick Boland, CLE Program Manager, or Leanne Isabelle, CLE Program Coordinator.


Corpus Wellness: The Path to Attorney Health
Robert S. Herbst, Esq.

Corpus Wellness: The Path to Attorney Health – Robert Herbst, Esq.from New York State Bar Associationon Vimeo.

Lawyers know about stress. In hunter-gatherer days, the “fight or flight” response served humans well when dealing with imminent threats. But what about stressful professions today when the pressure never ends? With prolonged exposure, this same fight or flight reflex can lead to depression and issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Some turn to drugs, alcohol or other means to try to cope. Hear how one New York lawyer—who also happens to be a 19-time world champion powerlifter and member of the AAU Strength Sports Hall of Fame—deals with the stresses of law.

Robert Herbst shares some practical tips on:

  • Using exercise to combat the negative health effects of stress
  • Making yourself your own client in committing to wellness
  • Healthful eating
  • Setting realistic goals

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Presented by the NYSBA General Practice Section

General Practice Section and Committee on Professional Discipline Annual Meeting

Recorded January 23, 2018 - New York, NY

Our 2018 Annual Meeting program sold out, so a recording is being made available for purchase (with a special discount for General Practice Section members!)

View details and purchase recording >

Total credits: 4.0 (2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Ethics), for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years)

Topics and Speakers:

  • CPLR Update (Burton N. Lipshie, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP)
  • Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences (Hon. Karen K. Peters, Former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department; Timothy J. O'Sullivan, Esq., New York State Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection; William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times; Michael Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross; Jonathan Stribling-Uss, Esq., Constitutional Communications)
  • Hot Tips from the Experts (Ash Ahluwalia, National Social Security Partners LLC; Richard A. Klass, Esq., The Law Office of Richard A. Klass, Esq.; Bruce D. Steiner, Esq., Kleinberg Kaplan; Dwayne Weissman, Esq., Law Office of Dwayne Weissman; Moderator: Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq., DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP) 

NYSBA Member price: $135 | Non-Member Price: $200
General Practice Section Member price: $85

Not a member of the General Practice Section? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join Online, or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 M-F, 8:45am-4:45pm)

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The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the creation of four Chapters, based on New York State Judicial Department.

Meetings will be held in your area and will concern matters that are important to you and your practice. You will be able to:

  • Make an important difference in the practice of law in New York;
  • Network in meaningful ways to enhance your practice;
  • Serve your clients effectively; and
  • Enhance the public interest.

The following Chapters are available:

1st Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 1 & 12) | View Roster
2nd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 2, 9, 10, 11 & 13) | View Roster
3rd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 3, 4 & 6) | View Roster
4th Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 5, 7 & 8) | View Roster

Hint: General Practice Section members: Log into your NYSBA member record to view member contact information in Chapter rosters. 

To join your local chapter, email the General Practice Section, and indicate your preferred Chapter. Please note that you must be a current member of the General Practice Section in order to join. (Not a member? Join here.)

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Additionally, Committees of the General Practice Section deal with specific areas of the law. View Committees here.

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View the Latest One on One

The General Practice Section Newsletter (One on One) features peer-written substantive articles about current issues facing the general practitioner, and provides updates on Section activities and ethics opinions. One on One is published by the General Practice Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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General Practice Section Community

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We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section now offers a private online professional community—for General Practice Section members only!

Connect with fellow members on the GP Community, featuring wide-ranging legal discussion topics, document library, and searchable member directory.

> Access the Community here
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