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    Join your GP colleagues for a weekend in Saratoga! Sept. 5-6 Click image for details. Register today!
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    • September 5-6: GP Saratoga Weekend

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      September 5-6, 2014 | Saratoga Springs, NY

      Join General Practice lawyers from across the State for a weekend getaway in Saratoga Springs! 

      • Friday evening cocktail reception and dinner
      • Saturday morning MCLE program
      • A day of Saratoga attractions – National Museum of Thoroughbred Racing • National Museum of Dance • Saratoga Wine & Food Festival • the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Concours d’Elegance
      • and more! (Bring the Family!)

      Join your General Practice colleagues for a weekend in Saratoga!

      There are still a few rooms available! See below for hotel reservation information. (Subject to availability.)

      Friday we’ll meet for cocktails and dinner at one of the Capital District’s best and most charming restaurants, The Brook Tavern. After breakfast Saturday at the hotel and a useful CLE program, you may visit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame or the National Museum of Dance. In the afternoon, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts its annual Wine & Food Festival where for a single fee you and your wine glass (comes with admission) will sample wines from as many as 70 wineries from around the nation and the world, together with samples of dishes prepared by the chefs of the area’s finest restaurants. Simultaneously, the Saratoga Automobile Museum presents its annual Concours d’Elegance featuring beautiful and rare Ferraris, Aston-Martins, Porsches, Jaguars, Cobras, Maseratis, Packards, perhaps even a really rare Bugatti or Pierce Arrow. Admission to the event admits you to the adjacent Saratoga Automobile Museum that features its new exhibition, the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Sunday, stay an extra day on your own, or connect with G.P. friends old and new to experience more area attractions in the “Racing City.”

      Accommodations by the Saratoga Courtyard Marriott, 11 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. (Reservations must be made by phone by 3pm August 11th in order to secure the room block rate.)

      Transportation between events is on your own, or carpooling.

      Both members and non-members are welcome!


      (or view brochure)

      Friday, September 5:
      6:00-8:00pm | Membership Cocktail Reception & Dinner at The Brook Tavern

      Saturday, September 6:
      7:30-8:30am | Breakfast

      8:30-10:00am | MCLE program on Social Media Ethics | Speaker: Pery D. Krinsky, Esq., Krinsky PLLC (New York, NY) | Additional speaker TBA

      Option A: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
      Option B: National Museum of Dance

      Option A: Saratoga Wine & Food Festival & Automobile Museum’s Concours d’Elegance
      Option B:  Noon-2pm: Lunch & Shopping in downtown Saratoga (on your own) | 2-4pm: Saratoga Automobile Museum

      6:00-8:00pm | Dinner with the G.P. gang

      Sunday, September 7: (optional)
      Explore Saratoga (on your own, or meet up with G.P. friends old and new) See things to do in Saratoga.


      Includes Friday dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, MCLE program (attorneys) and museums. See below for Hotel reservations ($179/night if received by 3pm August 11). See Registration Form.

      GP Section Member: $40
      Non-Member Attorney: $80
      Law student: $35
      Spouse/1 Guest: $20 (additional non-attorney guests $45)
      Children: $20
      Wine & Food Festival (optional - adults over 21 only): Add $75 per person

      Notice of cancellation must be received by Noon on August 29 for a refund.



      Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs
      11 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

      Cost: $179/night (rate subject to availability after August 11)
      Check-in time: 3:00pm / Check-out time: Noon

      Attendees must make reservations by calling the hotel toll free at 866-210-9325. Please identify yourself as part of the NYS Bar Association room block to receive the above Group Rate.

      Reservations received after August 11th are subject to availability, and the group rate may not be available. 

      All rooms included in the Room Block require a valid credit card to guarantee reservation. Individual guest cancellations will be accepted up to forty-eight (48) hours prior to arrival. Guests not
      arriving for a scheduled reservation will be charged one night's room and applicable tax and the remaining nights will be cancelled. Guestrooms are "run-of-house," and are not guaranteed
      a specific bed type. Requests for kings or double beds will be accommodated based on availability at the time individual reservations are confirmed. Rooms are subject to room occupancy
      tax of 6% and sales tax of 7% (subject to change without notice). For complete hotel details, visit:


      Contact, or call Stephanie Bugos at (518) 487-5524.

    • Women on the Move 2014 LPM CLE Program


      $75 Members* | $250 Non-Members

      Women on the Move 2014: Negotiating Your Own Value | Tips from the Front Line
      Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      4.0 MCLE Credits


      Larchmont Shore Club | One Oak Bluff Avenue | Larchmont, NY 10538

      Sponsored by the Committee on Women and the Law, the Law Practice Management Committee, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association 
      Program Chairs
      Linda A. Redlisky, Esq.
      Rafferty & Redlisky, LLP
      Pelham, NY
      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq.
      Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC
      Armonk, NY
      As female attorneys we are asked to juggle our professional and personal lives often for less compensation than our male peers. This CLE program highlights practical skills that have helped other women attorneys successfully navigate the complicated world of negotiating their compensation in the income gender trap. Many women feel social pressures to refrain from asserting themselves in an overtly aggressive manner, yet fear that using softer language will cause them to be perceived as weak and diminish their worth. Learn the tools and tips recommended by a professional negotiator, including methods to evaluate your goals, language selection in negotiations, and other techniques women attorneys have developed to negotiate for themselves. A panel of respected attorneys, both male and female, will explore and debate various means of negotiating, such as in person, e-mail and telephonic, negotiating with the same or different gender, whether or not your style should be tailored to your audience, as well as the ethical issues that arise in the context of negotiating your worth. Join us for an afternoon of learning on how to start the discussion and project your best self-worth when representing yourself.

      12:30 p.m.                               Registration and Refreshments
      1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.              Welcome and Introduction to the Program

      1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Keynote Presentation (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.              Employment Law & Salary Negotiation  (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Break
      3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.              Ethics Segment  (1.0 MCLE Ethics Credit)
      3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Panel Discussion & Q&A (1.0 MCLE Credit) 
      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.              Networking Reception with Section Co-Sponsors
      4.0 MCLE Credits
      (2.0 areas of professional practice, 1.0 skills, 1.0 ethics)


      *$75 Pre-Registration Rate | Valid through August 31, 2014.  Register early to guarantee your seat at the program. Program fee includes refreshments and cocktail reception.


      Co-sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, the Family Law Section, the General Practice Sectionthe Intellectual Property Law Section, the Real Property Section, the Senior Lawyers Section, and the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association


    • January 27: 2015 Annual Meeting: Save the Date!

      The New York State Bar Association's 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place January 26-31, 2015:

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York City

      The General Practice Section will meet on Tuesday, January 27.

      Save the date!

  • 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

    General Practice

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    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. Edited by Martin Minkowitz and Richard Klass, 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