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    General Practice Section Annual Meeting Program
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    • General Practice and Committee on Professional Discipline Meeting


      Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:00 AM
      9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Ethics 2.00)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Nassau East, 2nd Floor 

      Topics (complete agenda below):

      • Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences 
      • CPLR Update 
      • Hot Tips from the Experts

      Bonus! Attendees will receive a copy of the NYSBA New York Rules of Professional Conduct (As amended through Jan. 2017)

      General Practice Section Chair
      Joel E. Abramson, Esq., Joel E. Abramson PC, New York

      Committee on Professional Discipline Chair 
      Richard M. Maltz, Esq., Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York

      General Practice Section Program Chair
      Paul T. Shoemaker, Esq., Greenfield Stein & Senior LLP, New York

      Committee on Professional Discipline Program Chair
      Martin Minkowitz, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York


      9:00-9:10 a.m.
      General Practice Section Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Award, and Introduction of Program
      Joel E. Abramson, Esq., Chair, General Practice Section

      9:10-10:00 a.m.
      CPLR Update (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
      Burton N. Lipshie, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      10:00-10:05 a.m.
      Committee on Professional Discipline Welcome and Introductions
      Richard M. Maltz, Esq.
      , Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York
      Martin Minkowitz, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      10:05-11:45 a.m.
      Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences (2.0 credits in Ethics)

      This program will focus on rapidly emerging and evolving issues of attorney-client confidentiality with a special focus on internet and e-mail security. The panel will address cutting-edge issues related to: the ethical duty of lawyers and law firms to maintain technological competence; the ethical duty of lawyers and law firms to undertake reasonable efforts to protect electronically stored client confidential information, including with respect to border searches incident to traveling with mobile devices and when working with third-party technology vendors; the permissibility of transferring confidential information over the Internet and by unencrypted e-mail, of giving firm lawyers remote access to the firm’s electronic files, and of using cloud storage for client confidential information; the possible duty of lawyers and law firms to advise clients of potential or actual breaches of cyber security; State security-breach notification laws; the waiver of privilege by employees resulting from the use of an employer’s computer system for personal confidential communications; the ability of lawyers to breach confidentiality in the face of client and/or third-party criticism on the internet based upon the “self-defense” provision of Rule 1.6; and risks to confidentiality based upon clients’ and lawyers’ use of social media. Discussion of the status of the NYS Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.

      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department, Albany
      Timothy J. O’Sullivan, Esq., New York State Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Albany
      William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times, New York
      Michael Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, New York
      Jonathan Stribling-Uss, Esq., Constitutional Communications, New York
      Panel Chair: Joel Cohen, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York


      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Hot Tips from the Experts (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)

      Updates to keep you current in your practice:

      • “I Got Bloomed!” (Don’t let your client say this about you): Keeping Client Confidences and Loyalties After the Attorney-Client Relationship has Terminated
      • Estate Taxes and Portability
      • Social Security Filing Strategies Under the New Rules
      • Minimizing The Financial Exploitation Of The Elderly

      Ash Ahluwalia, National Social Security Partners LLC, Bridgewater, NJ
      Richard A. Klass, Esq., The Law Office of Richard A. Klass, Esq., Brooklyn
      Bruce D. Steiner, Esq., Kleinberg Kaplan, New York
      Dwayne Weissman, Esq., Law Office of Dwayne Weissman, Commack
      Moderator: Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq., DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP, New City

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      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4.0 credit hours (2.0 in Ethics and Professionalism, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys (2 years or less) because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Stephanie Bugos in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Stephanie Bugos at 518-487-5524.

      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 or on the web at The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Rates and availability are not guaranteed after December 29, 2017.

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Stephanie Bugos at 518-487-5524. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

    • February 9 - Representing a Candidate under New York's Election Law


      Friday, February 9, 2017 (Live & Webcast)
      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

      CFA Society New York
      1540 Broadway #1010
      New York, NY
      Entrance on 45th Street & Broadway

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Skills, 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

      NYSBA Member: $135.00 | Non-Member: $235.00

      General Practice Section Member: $110.00

      For additional information or to register online.

  • 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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  • Online Community

    General Practice Section Community

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