Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

  • Social Media
    2017 Social Media Guidelines Check out the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section's updated social media guidelines for attorneys. Read the report by clicking on the photo.
  • Bench Bar 4
    An Evening with the Commercial Division Judges of the Tenth Judicial District June 14, 2017: Rubie Corporate Plaza | 400 Broadhollow Road | Melville, NY 11747
  • CLE Programs and Events
    • June 14, 2017: Long Island Bench Bar Program

      AN EVENING WITH THE COMMERCIAL DIVISION JUDGES OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT 

      Wednesday, June 14, 2017

      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CLE Presentation

      New Location: Rubie Corporate Plaza | 400 Broadhollow Road | Melville, NY 11747 
      (South Service Road, Exit 49 Long Island Expressway)
       
      Cost to Attend: $60.00 | 2.0 MCLE Credits (1.5 in Professional Practice, .5 in Ethics) 

      REGISTER NOW


      Join your fellow Long Island commercial litigators for cocktails and a light supper from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with welcome remarks by the Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Interim Dean of Hofstra Law School, followed by a  lively panel discussion with the Commercial Division Judges,  joined by Special Guest, the Hon. Leonard B. Austin, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division Second Department,  on the topic of Changes and Trends in Commercial Division Litigation. Moderated by Harvey Besunder, co-chair of the Commercial Division Committee of the Suffolk Bar Association and Kevin Schlosser, Member and former chair of the Nassau County Commercial Litigation Committee.  A dedicated  Question and Answer session with the Judges will follow. 
       
      To register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 |  For questions: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

  • Recent News & Events

    LEGAL AID SOCIETY CHIEF SEYMOUR W. JAMES, JR. HONORED BY NYS BAR ASSOCIATION FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE

    Seymour W. James, Jr., attorney-in-chief of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, has been recognized with the 2017 Robert L. Haig Award, given by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

    James heads the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, which annually handles 300,000 individual cases and matters. James was first hired by the Legal Aid Society in 1974 and has held various supervisory positions within the organization. He was the first attorney of color appointed as the attorney-in-charge of its criminal practice, the largest public defender group in the country and the main provider of indigent defense in New York City.

    “Mr. James has devoted his life to equal justice and his entire legal career of more than 40 years to ensuring that underserved New Yorkers receive high quality representation,” said Mark Berman of New York City (Ganfer & Shore), chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. “He is a model for our younger generation of attorneys.”
    James served as president of the New York State Bar Association in 2012-13 and has been active in the State Bar since 1978, including three terms as treasurer and as the vice president for the 11th district. His other activities have included serving on the state Permanent Sentencing Commission, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, and the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second Judicial Department.

    The Robert L. Haig Award is given each year to a long-standing member of the legal profession who has rendered distinguished public service. Haig, a litigator at Kelley Drye in New York City, was the founder and first chair of the Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.

    Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner, Ellman & Krause), a past section chair, presented the award to James during the section’s Spring meeting in Saratoga Springs May 20.

    NYS BAR'S COMMERCIAL AND FEDERAL LITIGATION SECTION RELEASES UPDATED SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR ATTORNEYS

    As the use of social media by attorneys and clients continues to grow, so do the ethics issues facing lawyers. In response, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association has updated its Social Media Ethics Guidelines to assist lawyers in understanding these social media challenges.
    “Whether you are a litigator, transactional attorney, in-house counsel or attorney who uses social media to communicate, blog, or solicit business, you should know the risks and benefits of social media use,” said Mark Berman (Ganfer & Shore), chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. “The latest edition of the Guidelines continues to lead the New York State Bar Association efforts in this regard.”

    First issued in 2014, the third edition of the Guidelines follows the structure of its predecessors, and contains new guidance on attorney advertising, responding to online reviews, and potential conflicts regarding an attorney’s social media posts.

    The new edition reflects and references, both in revised text and footnotes, developments in case law and ethics opinions from around the country. The latest version also aims to help lawyers by providing a new appendix of key social media terms and descriptions of popular social media platforms.

    This updated version of the Guidelines is the first since 2015. The section’s original 2014 version received national recognition and has been cited in ethics opinions of other bar associations. The section’s Social Media Committee is co-chaired by Ronald J. Hedges (Dentons) and Ignatius Grande (Hughes Hubbard & Reed).

    “The original intent of our committee in issuing these Guidelines was to make it easier for attorneys to comply with the various ethics opinions, which have been issued over the past 10
    years addressing social media,” said Grande. “We are proud of the impact that the Guidelines have had not just in New York, but throughout the country.”
    The Guidelines, which are advisory, are available at www.nysba.org/SocialMediaGuidelines17.

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING Minutes 

    June 2017
    May 2017
    April 2017
    March 2017
    February 2017
    January 2017
    December 2016
    December 6, 2016 (special meeting of the EC) 
    November 2016
    October 2016

    September 2016
    June 2016



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  • Commercial Division Video

    The Commercial Division Advisory Council has produced a new version of its short film about the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. The film features eleven General Counsel of major corporations speaking about the Commercial Division. 

    The film portrays some of the recent improvements to the Commercial Division’s rules, procedures, and operations which have been designed to be responsive to the needs and concerns of the business community. The ultimate goal of these changes is to make the business litigation process in New York more cost‑effective, predictable, and expeditious, and to thereby provide a more hospitable and attractive environment for business litigation in New York State.

    See the video here:  https://vimeo.com/195552034