Sections & Committees

General Practice Section


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September 20, 2018
5:30-7:30pm (light dinner and registration at 5pm)
NYSBA, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY

Free for NYSBA members! ($25 non-member attorneys)

This is the second in a series of peer-based solo/small firm events sponsored by the General Practice Section.


The General Practice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the following event:

Sustaining NY's Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
thINCubator | 326 Broad Street | Utica, NY  13501

Farm businesses are fundamental to New York's economy and the agricultural food and product diversity that the state is renowned for.  Yet many of these businesses are struggling to survive into the next generation.  This Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program is designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the diverse legal solutions available to farm businesses planning for sustainable futures.

Note: The accredited provider for this course is Albany Law Schools Institute of Legal Studies, not NYSBA

View Flyer | Register

Practical Implications of Decriminalized Marijuana for the Legal Practitioner

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CFA Society | 1540 Broadway @45th | New York, NY

7.0 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice

Co-Sponsored by the General Practice Section

Click for additional information and/or to register online.

Update 2018 Continuing Legal Education Program

NYSBA CLE is pleased to present Update 2018, covering 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.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | Albany | New York State Bar Association
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | NYC | CFA Society New York
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Earn 7.0 MCLE credits by attending this full-day program.

For additional information or to register online, click the dates above or go to Update2018

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Preserving Your Legacy - Transferring Your Practice

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monroe County Bar Association | The Rubin Center for Education
One West Main Street, 5th Floor | Rochester, NY

This is the first in a series of Gatherings co-sponsored by local bar associations and NYSBA Sections (Senior Lawyers, General Practice and Young Lawyers).

MCLE: 2.0 Credits in Practice Management (Accredited by MCBA)
This program is Appropriate for all Attorneys.

These Gatherings are not your typical CLE: We encourage solo and small firm practitioners to come prepared to exchange thoughts and ideas related to life or business transitions including: growing a law practice; winding-down a law practice; transferring a law practice; or, just not sure what to do next. This may be a good place to collect ideas.


Capturing the Value of Your Law Practice
Both sides of Transferring a practice over time
How to find the right young lawyer to take over your practice


Niki Black, Esq., Televangelist for My Case
Jeffrey Fetter, Esq., Scolaro, Fetter, Grizanti & McGough
Robert Orapello, Esq., Rosenstein Orapello PLLC

View/download the Registration form.

For additional information and/or to register.

Questions? Contact Kathy Plog at

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.)

Join a Chapter Today!

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

Questions? Contact

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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