General Practice Section

  • 2015 Spring GP Long Island Slider
    Save the Date! April 24-26 | 2nd Dept. Chapter Event - Long Island Join us for a fun-filled spring weekend on Long Island! (click image for details)
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  • Events
    • April 24-26, 2015: Long Island Event


      Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2015

      2015 Spring GP Long Island Slider

      The Second Department Chapter of the General Practice Section invites you to a weekend getaway!

      • Tour and tastings at Long Island Wineries
      • Private Screening of “SHELLSHOCKED” documentary on wild oysters in NY Harbor, with MCLE Program
      • Reception at Atlantis Aquarium/Ballroom
      • ...And More!

      View Brochure | Registration Form

      Co-Sponsors: Suffolk County Bar Association | NYSBA Environmental Law Section

      HOTEL CUT-OFF DATE EXTENDED! Make your reservation by APRIL 10th to guarantee rate.

      Program Description:

      Welcome spring on Long Island with a weekend getaway with your colleagues!

      Join the NYSBA General Practice Section’s Second Department Chapter, the Environmental Law Section, and the Suffolk County Bar Association for a spring event

      The event will kick off Friday afternoon at Atlantis Aquarium with a film screening and MCLE program of local and broad-based interest: SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves (1.5
      credits in professional practice, for all attorneys), followed by a seafood reception.

      Saturday’s schedule features tours of attorney-owned and local vineyards and other regional attractions. Vintage Rock-a-Fellers cigars will be available after dinner to roll cigars for the group (at
      your option).

      Don’t miss this opportunity for a fun-filled weekend with fellow attorneys in your area! Local, upstate, and out-of-state attorneys and guests are welcome.


      Friday, April 24:

      4:30-5:45 pm | SHELLSHOCKED -- Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves
      Atlantis Aquarium | Ballroom | Hotel: 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY
      2015 Spring GP Long Island Content

      Film screening and MCLE program highlighting the legal issues surrounding efforts to restore the wild oyster population in New York Harbor (1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice for all attorneys)

      Emily V. Driscoll (Producer of SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves)
      Aram V. Terchunian, M.Sc. (Coastal Geologist, First Coastal Corporation)
      Raymond J. Dowd, Esq. (Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, New York, NY)

      6:00-8:00 pm | Seafood Reception

      Saturday, April 25:

      9:30 am - 6:30 pm Wine Tasting Tour
      9:30 am | Bus departs from Hotel Indigo
      10:00 am | Breakfast and tasting at Sparkling Pointe Winery
      12:00 pm | Tasting at Osprey’s Dominion
      1:15 pm | Explore Jamesport (Lunch on your own)
      4:00 pm | Tasting at Dilberto’s Winery
      5:30 pm | Stop at Briemere Farms
      6:30 pm | Arrive back at Hotel Indigo

      8:00 pm Dinner Buffet
      With Vintage Rock-a-Fellers Cigar Group roller (optional)

      Sunday, April 26:

      Check out after breakfast (on your own)

      Hotel Accommodations: (Reserve by March 30th to Guarantee Rate!)

      Accommodations by Hotel Indigo East End
      1830 Route 25 • Riverhead, New York 11901

      Cost: $159/night
      Check-in time: 3:00pm
      Check-out time: 11:00am

      Attendees must make hotel reservations directly by calling (631) 369-2200. Please identify yourself as being part of the NYSBA group.  The room rate is guaranteed through March 30, 2015, then is subject to availability of space and prevailing guest room rate. See Registration Form and Hotel Indigo Website for further details.


      Registration Fee (Friday and Saturday):
      Member: $115* 
      Law Student: $60
      Non-Member Attorney: $175 
      Non-Attorney Guest: $125

      *Member of the NYSBA General Practice or Environmental Law Sections, or a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association

      Can't attend the full weekend? No problem. Register just for Friday or Saturday. (See Registration Form for details)


      Contact, or call Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681.

  • Chapters & Committees

    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.)

    Join a Chapter Today!

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

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  • One on One

    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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  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Private Online Professional Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for General Practice Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities