Sections & Committees

General Practice Section


Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Ethics 2.00)
Nassau East, 2nd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

Topics tailored toward the general practice or solo/small firm attorney—or any lawyer who wants to keep current with a well-rounded knowledge in the practice of law!

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. General Practice Section Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Award, and Introduction of Program
Paul T. Shoemaker, Esq. | General Practice Section Chair

9:10 - 10:00 a.m. CPLR Update
What’s New in New York State Civil Practice Law and Rules (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Burton N. Lipshie, Esq. 

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

10:00 - 10:05 a.m. Committee on Professional Discipline Welcome and Introductions
Richard M. Maltz, Esq., Committee Chair
Martin Minkowitz, Esq., Program Chair

10:05 - 11:45 a.m. The Ethical Obligations of a Lawyer to Learn the True Facts (2.0 Credits in Ethics)
How confident must a prosecutor be that the star witness is telling the absolute truth? May a defense lawyer simply rely on the defendant’s account – and what if the lawyer thinks the defendant is lying? Is there a different threshold of belief for civil litigators when they agree to file a lawsuit?

Monica A. Duffy, Esq. | 
Attorney Grievance Committee, Third Judicial Department
Prof. Bruce A. Green | Fordham University School of Law
David B. Lat, Esq. | Above the Law
Hon. Colleen McMahon | Chief U.S. District Judge, SDNY
Michael S. Ross, Esq. | Law Offices of Michael S. Ross
Joel Cohen, Esq. (Panel Chair) | Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP 

11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Break

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Hot Tips from the Experts (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Updates to keep the general practitioner current. Topics:
• The Current State of Cannabis Law
• A Man’s Home is (Not Always) His Castle: RPAPL 881 License to Enter Neighbor's Property
• 4 Steps to Picking a Good Trademark
• Presumption of Death in Surrogate's Court Proceedings
• Spousal Maintenance, Taxability and Double-Dipping

Sara E. Payne, Esq.  | Barclay Damon LLP 
Richard A. Klass, Esq. | Law Offices of Richard A. Klass, Esq.
Betty Tufariello, Esq. | Intellectulaw The Law Offices of P. B. Tufariello, PC
Dwayne Weissman, Esq. | Law Office of Dwayne Weissman
Neil Cahn, Esq. | Neil Cahn, PLLC
Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq. (Panel Chair) | DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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