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
  • 2014 November Pixel Persuasion
    Mastering eDiscovery For All Cases: Judicial Insights & Vendor Advice - Rochester, NY June 13, 2017: Legacy Tower | One Bausch & Lomb Place, 2nd Floor |Rochester, NY 14604
  • CLE Programs and Events
    • June 1, 2017: Exploring the Ethical Implications of Social Media Use: Lessons to be Learned from the 2017 Updated NYSBA Social Media Ethics Guidelines

      EXPLORING THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA USE:
      LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM 2017 UPDATED NYSBA SOCIAL MEDIA ETHICS GUIDELINES
       

      CLE Program and Live Webcast
      Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
       

      2.0 MCLE Credits | 2.0 Ethics Credits 

      REGISTER HERE

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      Social media networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are indispensable tools used by legal professionals and those with whom they communicate. Particularly, in conjunction with the increased use of mobile technologies in the legal profession, social media platforms have transformed the ways in which lawyers communicate. As use of social media by lawyers and clients continues to grow and as social media networks proliferate and become more sophisticated, so too do the ethical issues facing lawyers. Accordingly, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, which authored these social media ethics guidelines in 2014 to assist lawyers in understanding the ethical challenges of social media, is updating them to include new ethics opinions as well as additional guidelines where the Section believes ethical guidance is needed (the “Guidelines”). Join leading social media legal experts for a moderated discussion on the 2017 updated Guidelines.

      Program Faculty
      Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer & Shore LLP | New York, NY
      Nicole Black, Esq. | MyCase.com | Rochester, NY
      Ignatius A. Grande, Esq. | Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP | New York, NY
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons US LLP | New York, NY
      Shawndra G. Jones, Esq. | Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP | New York, NY

      Click Here to learn more about the Program Faculty.

      NYSBA Members: $95.00
      Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $80.75
      Non-Members: $195.00

      Students: $45.00
      Learn more about the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association at www.nysba.org/COMFED.

      Section Chair: Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer & Shore LLP | New York, NY

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    • June 13, 2017: Mastering eDiscovery For All Cases: Judicial Insights & Vendor Advice - Rochester, NY

      MASTERING EDISCOVERY FOR ALL CASES – JUDICIAL INSIGHTS & VENDOR ADVICE (PLUS NETWORKING)

      Tuesday, June 13, 2017
      5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

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      Efficient, cost-effective eDiscovery in state and federal practice requires strategic planning and analysis long before the first document request is drafted. This judicial panel will help you conduct better eDiscovery.

      Join the Hon. John Curran, Hon. Jonathan Feldman, Hon. Matthew Rosenbaum, and eDiscovery Senior Advisor Susan Kavanagh to discuss best practices. We will particularly focus on small to medium-sized document collections.

      Attendees will learn how to:   

      • Identify judicial eDiscovery needs and concerns
      • Better evaluate client data
      • Make more effective requests for documents and data
      • Demonstrate value to your client

      Immediately following the CLE, join your colleagues at a networking reception, included as part of the program thanks to our vendor sponsors. 

       This program is jointly sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the Monroe County Bar Association. 

      This program qualifies for 1 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice | Cost to attend: Members $35.00 | Non-members $50.00

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      To Register over the phone, please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

       For questions: Beth Gould at bgould@nysba.org

    • 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) 

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      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

    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.

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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