General Practice Section

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    Dress for Success! December 1, 2015, NYC - What you choose to wear for your daily interactions has a direct impact on outcome... Philip Pravda tells all! (Click image for details or see below)
  • Chalk Board
    Welcome to the General Practice Section Join with general practitioners from across the State: Share what makes your law practice a success, and learn tips from other practicing attorneys.
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    View the General Practice Section's 2014-2015 annual report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the General Practice Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Events
    • December 1, 2015: Dress for Success, NYC


      December 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
      (presentation 6-7:15pm, followed by a reception)

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas (btw. W. 53rd & W. 54th St.)
      New York, NY 10019
      Room: New York Suite, 4th floor

      Register Online

      Program Description:

      Do you have defendants, plaintiffs and judges on your mind all day and night? Do you scrutinize each of these players in your practice as an attorney?  Each one perceives you in a certain vein as well. Your shoes, your tie, your watch, your shirt, your suit all say something about you. What you choose to wear for your daily interactions has a direct impact on outcome, whether you think so or not. First impressions are 50% of the battle.  
      Learn how to leverage the details of fashion and your wardrobe choices to tip the legal scales in your favor.

      Join us on December 1st for an informative presentation by Philip Pravda, followed by a reception. Mr. Pravda has particular experience in menswear, but both men and women of all levels of experience will benefit from this program. This will be a non-CLE presentation.

      About the Presenter: 

      Over the past 30 years, Philip Pravda crafted his niche in high-end luxury menswear. He opened retail stores along New York City's distinguished shopping streets, Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue. His boutiques became the resource for heads of state, diplomats, celebrities and businessmen alike from around the world seeking the finest in menswear. To date, he has personally fitted over 30,000 suits and understands what the fashion needs and wants are of today's men. Pravda brings to you his expertise in men's suits, shirts, ties, outerwear, tuxedos, shoes and accessories with more than one hundred years of family history and uninterrupted service in men's fashion since 1908.
      Pravda traveled to Italy in search of the next great styles for men. He scoured the premier Italian factories and concentrated his efforts on seeking out manufacturers regarded for producing the most well-made suits. Pravda was the first to import and introduce to the United States such brands as Canali, Giorgio Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna.  

      Now, as the founder of, Philip Pravda continues his ingenuity for suits with luxury details, superior fit and value.


      Attorneys admitted 5 years or less (or law students): $15
      General Practice Section Members: $25
      All others: $45


      Register online, or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm) and mention event code GENDE15.

      Special Offer for current NYSBA members who are not members of the General Practice Section: Receive membership in the GP Section through 2016 included with registration! Your complimentary membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2016, provided current NYSBA membership.

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

    • RESCHEDULED: Farm and Family Business Succession Planning Seminar




      Presented by:

      NY FarmNet
      NYSBA General Practice Section
      Cornell University Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

      October 29, 2015
      9:00am - 5:00pm (8:30 Registration)
      Embassy Suites Hotel
      Syracuse, New York

      8.0 Pending Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education Credits

      Course Description: This seminar examines legal and tax implications of transferring farm and
      family businesses to the next generation. Farm Business and Estate Succession Planning
      Strategies for the Beginning Farmer and the Senior Farmer will be emphasized.

      Course Fee:  $300

      Your registration fee includes seminar manuals, continental breakfast,
      luncheon, and afternoon snack.

      A block of rooms at a reduced rate have been reserved.  Please make your reservations directly with the hotel at (315) 446-3200.

      Click to view/download the program brochure (registration form last page).

      Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations received fewer than ten (10) business days prior
      to the seminar will be refunded one half of the registration amount paid. There are no
      refunds made on the seminar date.

      Questions: Please contact Ed Staehr at NY FarmNet at (607) 255-4121 or

    • January 26, 2016: General Practice Section and the Committee on Professional Discipline Annual Meeting



      MCLE Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the NY Hilton Midtown
      The program will explore the implementation of uniform rules and sanctions as proposed by the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline. Additional topics will include: CPLR Update and Hot Tips From the Experts: Update on Federal and New York State Estate Planning Techniques; Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - When and How to Withdraw From Representation of a Client; Multidistrict Aviation Litigation Arising from Domestic and International Aviation Disasters. Full program coming soon.

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

  • 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.

    Questions? Contact

  • 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.

    Read now >

  • Online Community

    We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section now offers 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.

    > Access the Community here
    (member log-in required)

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    For questions about NYSBA communities, contact Brandon Vogel at