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    • October 17 - Public Utility Law Institute


      Presented by the Public Utility Law Committee of the NYSBA Business Law Section

      October 17, 2014
      9:00 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.
      Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.

      State Bar Center
      One Elk Street
      Albany, NY  12207

      6.0 MCLE Credits including 4.5 in Areas of Professional Practice and 1.5 in Ethics.
      This program is not transitional and therefore it is not suitable for newly-admitted attorneys (admitted under 24 months).

      Attend this special full-day institute for the most up-to-date information on today's issues in the public utility law arena.  Hear from top practitioners in the field, and stay current on the critical issues that affect your practice.

      We are pleased to be joined by Gregg Sayre, New York State Public Service Commission Commissioner, as our keynote luncheon speaker.


      9:00 - 9:05 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

      9:05 - 10:20 | Reforming the Energy Vision - A Discussion of the Legal Issues on the PSC's Initiative For Reforming the Electric Industry in New York
      Speakers: Stephen Wemple, Con Edison Solutions | David Hepinstall, Association for Energy Affordability Inc. | David Johnson, Read & Laniado | Paul Gioia, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna | Saul Rigberg, Utility Intervention Unit, New York Department of State | Joseph Forline, PSEG | Kevin Lang, Couch White (Moderator)

      10:20 - 10:35 | Break

      10:35 - 12:05 | Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

      Session A | Electric-Gas Convergence Issues - Legal Considerations Associated with the Increasing Reliance on Natural Gas by Electric Generating Facilities
      Perspectives shared by utilities, generators, gas suppliers and others.
      Speakers: Wes Yeomans, New York Independent System Operator | Philip DeCicco, National Grid | James D'Andrea, TransCanada USA Services | David Reitz, National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) Supply | Michael Novak, NFG Distribution | Leonard Van Ryn, NYS Department of Public Service (Moderator)

      Session B Telecommunications - Recent Developments Within the Industry
      Speakers: Andrew Klein, Klein Law Group | Brian Ossias, NYS Department of Public Service | Gerald Norlander, Public Utility Law Project of NY Inc. | Joseph A. Post, Verizon New York Inc. | Michael E. Olson, Cablevision | Graham Jesmer, NYS Department of Public Service (Moderator)

      12:05 - 1:15 | Luncheon (included)
      Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Gregg Sayre, Commissioner, NYS Public Service Commission

      1:15 - 2:45 | Federal-State Jurisdiction - Where Is the Line Drawn?
      Speakers: Abraham Silverman, NRG Energy | Alan Michaels, NYS Department of Public Service | William Derasmo, Troutman Sanders | Josh Konecni, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. | Mary Krayeske, Con Edison (Moderator)

      2:45 - 4:15 | Ethics - Recent Developments for Utility Practitioners
      Speakers: Camille Jobin-Davis, NYS Committee on Open Government | Kathleen Burgess, NYS Department of Public Service

      4:15 - 4:20 | Closing Remarks

      General Registration $115*
      Business law Section Members: $90


      View full details and Register online or call the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452 during business hours and reference event code BU2200OC14.

      *SPECIAL OFFER for current NYSBA members who are not members of the Business law Section: Receive a year of membership in the Business law Section FREE (a $25 value) with registration at the general registration rate.  Your membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2015, provided continuous NYSBA membership.

      Questions?  Contact or call Stephanie Bugos at (518) 487-5524

    • October 22 Securities Regulation Committee Meeting

      Business Law Section
      Securities Regulation Committee Meeting

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014

      Goodwin Procter LLP
      The New York Times Building
      620 Eighth Avenue, 26th Floor
      New York, New York 

      6:30 p.m. - Cocktails
      6:50 p.m. - Dinner/Committee Administration
      7:20 - 9:00 p.m. -  Program

      Click to register online.

      Detailed agenda will be available closer to the meeting.

      For questions, please contact 

    • January 28: 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 Business Law Section will meet on Wednesday, January 28.

      Save the date!

  • Committees

    Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

    Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

    Banking Law Committee
    Bankruptcy Law Committee
    Corporations Law Committee
    Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
    Insurance Law Committee
    Legislative Affairs Committee
    Public Utility Law Committee
    Securities Regulation Committee
    Technology and Venture Law Committee

    Join a Committee

    Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to

    If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

  • NY Business Law Journal

    NY Business Law Journal

    View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

    The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. Edited by David L. Glass (Editor-in-Chief) and Prof. James D. Redwood (Managing Editor), the NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law 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 Business Law Section will soon offer a private online professional community—for Business Law 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