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    Taking The Lead: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases March 5, 2018 | Ceremonial Courtroom | 500 Pearl Street | New York, NY
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    Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Annual Smooth Moves Program Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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    • March 5, 2018: Taking The Lead: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases

      TAKING THE LEAD: WINNING STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR COMMERCIAL CASES 

      March 5, 2018 
      5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

      Ceremonial Courtroom | 500 Pearl Street | New York, NY

      2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Skills

      NYSBA Member: $100 | Non-Member: $200
      Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Member: $50
      Young Lawyers Section Member: $50

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      This program will showcase methods of creating compelling opening and closing statements and direct and cross- examinations of witnesses through a re-enactment of an actual commercial trial. The re-enactment will feature experienced women trial lawyers, including former Section Chairs presided over by  a former federal judge. The trial  will be followed by a  panel discussion and critique by sitting justices who will share their observations, advice, and insights.

      This program promises to be both entertaining and instructive, offering critical trial skills for all litigators at any level of practice.

      Program Moderator: Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.)

      Program Chair: Lauren J. Wachtler, Esq. | Phillips Nizer LLP


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • March 13, 2018: Legal Ethics in the Digital Age 2018 - Live & Webcast

      LEGAL ETHICS IN THE DIGITAL AGE: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR USING TECHNOLOGY ETHICALLY IN YOUR PRACTICE

      CLE Program and Live Webcast
      Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      4.0 MCLE Credits | 4.0 Ethics Credits

      Dentons US LLP
      1221 Avenue of the America | New York, NY 10020-1089

      NYSBA Members: $135.00
      Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $110.00
      Non-Members: $235.00 

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      *Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) can attend the program via webcast to receive New York MCLE credit but the ethics portion must be viewed on the same day of the webcast. 


      The New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section is pleased to present a MCLE program on Legal Ethics in the Digital Age: Practical Strategies for Using Technology Ethically in Your Practice. Co-sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Educationthe Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession, and the Law Practice Management Committee, this program carries 4.0 credits in ethics and is approved for all attorneys, including those newly admitted. 

      Speakers will cover managing records in the cloud, organizing client files, and the ins and outs of protecting privilege in electronic communications.  A panel discussion on the do's and don'ts of attorney social media use and advice to clients will also be included.

      Register now for this highly anticipated program on ethics, social media, and electronic discovery.  

      Learn more about the other law and technology CLE programs scheduled for March 13 and 14 here


      Agenda
       

      8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Registration

      9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.


       

      Welcome & Introductions

      Speakers
      Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer & Shore LLP | Biography
      9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                       







       

      What Attorney Competence Means When It Comes to Handling Electronically Stored Information

      • What do the New York rules and ethics opinions say about technical competence?
      • What knowledge is required for eDiscovery?
      • What can happen to a lawyer when things go wrong?

      Moderator
      Maura R. Grossman, Esq. | Maura Grossman Law | Biography

      Speakers
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons US LLP | Biography
      Shawndra G. Jones, Esq. | 
      Hon. Lisa M. Smith | United States District Court for the Southern District of New York | Biography

      10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

       

       

       


       

      Tips and Tools for Protecting Privilege and Work-Product in Electronic Communications and Publications

      • How does RPC 1.6 Address Confidentiality of Electronic Communications?
      • How does RPC 4.4(b) Address Receipt of Inadvertent Communications?
      • How Might Clawback Agreements and Orders Protect Against Inadvertent Waiver?

      Moderator
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons US LLP | Biography

      Speakers
      Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer & Shore LLP | Biography
      Shawndra G. Jones, Esq. | 
      Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith | United States District Court for the Southern District of New York | Biography

      10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
       
      Refreshment Break
       

      11:05 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. 



       

       


       

      The Do's and Don'ts of Attorney Social Media Use and Advice to Clients: An Overview of the "Rules of the Road"

      • How do the New York advertising rules apply to lawyers' use of social media?
      • What investigation can lawyers undertake on social media and what advice can they give clients about social media use?
      • When might lawyers use social media to investigate jurors?

      Moderator
      Scott L. Malouf, Esq. | Law Office of Scott Malouf | Biography

      Speakers
      Prof. Michael L. Fox, J.D. | Mount Saint Mary College | Biography
      Ignatius A. Grande, Esq. | eDiscovery Consultant | 
      Maura R. Grossman, Esq. | Maura Grossman Law | Biography

      11:55 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.



       

       

       

      Managing Records in the Cloud and Elsewhere: Takeaways for Organizing Your Client Files

      • What due diligence and supervision mean to a lawyer, and how they may be achieved
      • What data security entails, and what might be reasonable steps to secure client data
      • If there is a breach, who must you tell and what else must you do?

      Moderator
      Prof. Michael L. Fox, J.D. | Mount Saint Mary College | Biography

      Speakers
      Ignatius A. Grande, Esq. | eDiscovery Consultant | 
      Shawndra G. Jones, Esq. | 
      Scott L. Malouf, Esq. | Law Office of Scott Malouf | Biography

      12:45 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.


       

      Closing Remarks

      Speakers
      Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer & Shore LLP | Biography
      12:50 p.m.Adjournment



      NYSBA Members: $135.00
      Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $110.00
      Non-Members: $235.00

      Interested in registering more than one attorney?
      Three or more registrations from the same firm/organization are eligible for our 20% Group Discount.

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    • March 13, 2018: The GDPR and How it Might Affect the Practice of Law in New York: An Overview - Live & Webcast

      THE GDPR AND HOW IT MIGHT AFFECT THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN NEW YORK: AN OVERVIEW

      Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Tuesday, March 13, 2018
      2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Live CLE Program & Webcast

      Dentons
      1221 6th Avenue
      New York, NY 10020

      2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Professional Practice

      NYSBA Member: $50 | Non-Member: $150
      Section Member: $25

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      Learn More About The GDPR and How it Might Affect the Practice of Law in New York: An Overview

      Agenda Topics

      • What is the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)?
      • How the GDPR May Affect New York Attorneys
      • What New York Attorneys Should Do To Prepare for the GDPR
      • Privacy Issues and the GDPR
      • Implications of the GDPR on Employment Law and Human Resources

      Program Chair
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons LLP | New York, NY 

      Program Faculty 
      Todd D. Daubert, Esq. | Dentons LLP | Washington, D.C.
      Gail L. Gottehrer, Esq. | Akerman LLP | New York, NY 

      Learn more about the other law and technology CLE programs scheduled for March 13 and 14 here.


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • March 14, 2018: Autonomous & Connected Vehicles - Live & Webcast

      AUTONOMOUS & CONNECTED VEHICLES: EVIDENTIARY ISSUES AROUND THE CORNER

      Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Wednesday, March 14, 2018
      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      Live CLE Program & Webcast

      Dentons
      1221 6th Avenue
      New York, NY 10020

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Professional Practice

      NYSBA Member: $135 | Non-Member: $235
      Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $110


      REGISTER NOW

      Program Co-Chairs
      Gail L. Gottehrer, Esq. | Akerman LLP | New York City
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons US LLP | New York City

      While there is debate over when autonomous vehicles will become mainstream, they are street legal in some places in the U.S. now and are being tested in numerous states across the country.  This program will examine the legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, including the types of data they collect and its use in litigation, liability for accidents involving autonomous vehicles, the applicability of different types of insurance for vehicles as they get closer to Level 5 autonomy, regulation of autonomous vehicles at the state and federal level, the role of autonomous vehicles in smart cities, and cybersecurity concerns related to autonomous vehicles.

      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.         
      Registration

      9:00 – 9:10 a.m.         
      Welcome and Introductions

      9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
      Data

      • How autonomous vehicles work
      • Data collected by autonomous vehicles
      • Use of data in civil and criminal actions

      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

      10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
      Liability

      • Who is responsible for an accident involving an autonomous vehicle?
      • Insurance issues at autonomy Levels 3, 4 and 5
      • Tesla fatality and other liability issues

      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

      10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
      Break

      11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Regulation

      • Federal legislation
      • State legislation
      • Federal agency regulation

      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

      12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.                     
      Cybersecurity

      • Concerns about hacking autonomous vehicles
      • Class actions related to alleged vulnerabilities of autonomous vehicles
      • Role of autonomous vehicles in smart cities and security implications

      1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice

      12:50 p.m.
      Adjournment

      4.0 MCLE credits  

      Learn more about the other law and technology CLE programs scheduled for March 13 and 14 here.


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • March 14, 2018: Intro to Discovery & Use of Electronic Info - Live & Webcast

      INTRODUCTION TO DISCOVERY AND USE OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION 

      Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Wednesday, March 14, 2018
      2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Live CLE Program & Webcast

      Dentons
      1221 6th Avenue
      New York, NY 10020

      3.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Skills

      NYSBA Member: $95 | Non-Member: $195
      Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $75

      REGISTER NOW

      Agenda Topics

      2:00 p.m.   Introductions
      2:05 p.m.   Part 1

      • Overview of Governing Federal and State Rules
      • The Duty to Preserve
      • Search and Production
      • Protection of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product

      3:20 p.m.   Break
      3:25 p.m.   Part 2

      • Discovery from Non-Parties
      • Discovery of Social Media
      • Sanctions
      • Admissibility

      4:50 p.m.   Q&A 
      5:00 p.m.   Adjournment

      Program Chair
      Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Dentons LLP | New York, NY 

      Program Faculty 
      Hon. Timothy Sean Driscoll | Nassau County Commercial Division, NYS Supreme Court | Mineola, NY
      Gail Gottehrer, Esq. | Akerman LLP | New York, NY
      Shawndra G. Jones, Esq. | Epstein Becker Green | New York, NY

      Learn more about the other law and technology CLE programs scheduled for March 13 and 14 here.


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • March 22, 2018: The Litigative DNA - The Underutilization of Mediation in New York and What Can Be Done About It

      THE LITIGATIVE DNA - THE UNDERUTILIZATION OF MEDIATION IN NEW YORK AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT

      Co-sponsored by New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections

      March 22, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 600 p.m.

      Fordham University School of Law
      Constantino & Bateman Rooms
      150 W 62nd St.
      New York, NY 10023

      8.0 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Ethics, 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice

      NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325

      Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Member: $150
      Dispute Resolution Section Member: $150

      Program Co-Chairs
      Charles J. Moxley, Jr. , Esq. | MoxleyADR LLC
      Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq. |  American Arbitration Association

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      8:30-9:00 a.m.                         Registration

      9:00-9:15 a.m.                         Welcome and Introductions

      9:15-10:15 a.m.                       Effectiveness of Mediation––and Efforts of the New York Bar to Increase the Use of Mediation in the New York Courts: The Ethical Imperative

                                                      1.0 MCLE Credits in Ethics

      10:15-10:30 a.m.                     Break

      10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.             Levels of Use of Mediation by Private Providers and in the Ad Hoc World––and Reasons There is Not a Greater Level of Use

      11:30-12:45 p.m.                     The User Perspective––How Parties and their Counsel in New York Feel About the Level of Mediation Offered and/or Required by the Courts and ADR Providers

      12:45-1:30 p.m.                       Lunch

      1:30-2:00 p.m.                         Keynote Address:  The Compelling Case for Increasing the Use of Mediation in New York Dean John D. Feerick, Fordham Law School

      2:00-3:30 p.m.                         Levels of Use of Mediation in Various Court Systems, Analysis of the Success, and Reasons for the Differences

      3:30-3:45 p.m.                         Break

      3:45-5:30 p.m.                         The Future of Mediation in New York: What to Do

      5:30 p.m.                                 Adjournment

      5:30-7:00 p.m.                         Wine and Cheese Reception


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

      REGISTER NOW


    • April 10, 2018: Smooth Moves

      SMOOTH MOVES: CAREER STRATEGIES FOR ATTORNEYS OF COLOR

      Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Tuesday, April 10, 2018
      5:00
      Live Program 

      The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
      70 Lincoln Center Plaza

      165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
      New York, NY 10023

      1.5 MCLE Credits: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias Credits

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      This event is complimentary to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required.


      4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Registration (this event is complimentary to attend but registration is required).

      5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Strengthening the Rule of Law by Fighting Discrimination

      Freedom from discrimination is a fundamental right, at the heart of a Rule of Law society.  As America historically has promoted Rule of Law principles in other countries – to ensure political stability, economic growth, positive public health outcomes and more --the fairness of our own society is still very much a work in progress.   This year’s Smooth Moves CLE program will focus on how diverse and their allies can partner to fight discrimination, and improve our adherence to the Rule of Law in three key areas:  effective enforcement of laws that ensure equal protection; freedom from discrimination and bias in our civil justice system; and the fairness of our criminal justice system.    

      Panelists: TBA

      6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation of the Section’s Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to Hon. Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States 

      Additional details coming soon.

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      This event is complimentary to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required.

    • April Ethics and Civility - 5 Locations

      BASIC LESSONS ON ETHICS AND CIVILITY 2018 | 5 LOCATIONS

      Who Should Attend?
      Attorneys of all levels of experience, across all subject matter disciplines.

      Program Description
       A sound ethical compass and a civil and professional demeanor are the hallmarks of successful and respected attorneys in all areas of practice. This four-hour program will provide attendees with an update on developments in the area of attorney ethics, including the most recent case law. The rules of civility will be discussed, with emphasis on practical pointers for dealing with uncivil adversaries and civility issues within the law firm. The program will conclude with a discussion of real life hypotheticals by a panel of distinguished practitioners and jurists – certain to benefit attorneys in all substantive areas of practice.

      4.0 MCLE Credits | 4.0 Ethics

      NYSBA Members $135
      Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Members
       $110
      Non Members $235

      Register Today!

      Friday, April 13, 2018 | New York State Bar Association
      1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

      Friday, April 13, 2018 | Genesee Grand Hotel
      1060 East Genesee Street | Syracuse, NY 13210

      Friday, April 13, 2018 Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst
      5020 Main Street | Amherst, NY 14226

      Friday, April 13, 2018 Melville Marriott
      1350 Walt Whitman Road | Melville, L.I., NY 11747

      Friday, April 20, 2018 | CUNY Graduate Center
      365 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10016 | Live & Webcast

      To learn more about the programs, click here

       

    • April 25, 2018: Resolving E-Discovery Disputes Efficiently in Arbitration and in Court

      RESOLVING E-DISCOVERY DISPUTES EFFICIENTLY IN ARBITRATION AND IN COURT

      Sponsored by JAMS and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Monday, April 25, 2018
      6:00 P.M. - 7:40 P.M.
      Live Program - Cocktail Reception to Follow

      JAMS
      620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor
      New York, NY 10018

      2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Skills

      NYSBA Member: $25.00 | Non-Member: $35.00

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      How do you ensure that claimants and respondents both receive adequate pretrial discovery while still retaining the benefits of arbitration?  What can you do when the judge assigned to your lawsuit is not knowledgeable about e-discovery? Two panels presenting the views of experienced litigators, judges, neutrals, and e-discovery experts will address these and related topics to help you ensure that the discovery phase of your arbitral proceeding or courtroom case is handled effectively and efficiently.

      This timely continuing legal education program will also provide an opportunity for you to raise your own concerns and hear the experts’ suggestions regarding best practices for effective and efficient e-discovery both in arbitration and in court.  There will be a cocktail reception following the program. 

      Panel 1: E-Discovery Issues in Arbitration

      • Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.),  Moderator
      • Prof. Michael Fox, J.D.
      • Steve Younger, Esq. 
      • Roger Maldonado, Esq. 

      This Panel will address the unique issues presented by e-discovery in arbitral settings, such as the effect of streamlined discovery rules, the frequent lack of face-to-face prehearing discovery conferences, and the difficulty of obtaining third-party discovery.  The panel will also provide tips that you can immediately use in your arbitrations.

      Panel 2: Use of Special Masters and E-Discovery Mediators in Connection with Court Litigation

      • Mark Berman, Esq.,  Moderator
      • Maura Grossman, Esq.
      • Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.)
      • Special Referee Jeremy Feinberg

      This panel will discuss the increasing use of court-appointed special masters and e-discovery mediators in courtroom litigation.  Among the topics the panel will address are:  Use of court resources to resolve e-discovery disputes?  Should you or the court use such an expert and, if so, how?  What are the ground rules for communications between the appointing judge and a special master?  Should sessions with a special master be stenographically recorded?  What can an e-discovery mediator, whether a court employee or privately retained, do to help the parties and how do you find one? 


      NYSBA Member: $25.00 | Non-Member: $35.00 

      REGISTER NOW


      Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

      Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

      Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.


    • Save the Date: May 4-6, 2018 Spring Meeting

      The Sagamore Resort on Lake George
      Bolton Landing, NY
      May 4-6, 2018

      Join your colleagues for the weekend in Bolton Landing, NY!

      Nestled among the timeless beauty of the Adirondacks, the Sagamore Resort has welcomed guests to the shores of Bolton Landing for over a century. The resort on Lake George is poised on the southern end of Green Island with captivating views and year-round activities that embrace the natural splendor of the Adirondacks. 

      Breathe in the fresh mountain air on a scenic hike. Enjoy fishing right from their dock or tee off on the Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course. Savor the culinary artistry of their award-winning restaurants and lounges. From swimming and tennis to sumptuous spa treatments, this Lake George resort invites you to discover the allure of the Adirondacks at your own pace.

      Join your colleagues this weekend at this family-friendly resort to earn some CLE credits, network and enjoy the beautiful Adirondack mountains and lake. 

      Save the Date and look for more information this Spring.

  • Recent News & Events

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION ADOPTS STATE BAR REPORT ON GENDER DISPARITY IN THE COURTROOM

    The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Monday unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.

    The measure is based on a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) report entitled If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR, and was presented to the ABA by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman.

    The report was compiled by the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives, and was approved by NYSBA’s House of Delegates in November 2017. It encourages law firms, members of the judiciary, corporate clients, and alternative dispute resolution providers to provide women lawyers with opportunities to gain trial experience, participate in the courtroom and all aspects of litigation, and be selected as neutrals in ADR.

    The ABA action was part of its Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    “The approval by the ABA of this groundbreaking report underscores the importance of ensuring that women and diverse voices are empowered and able to play an active role throughout the judicial and dispute resolution process,” Gerstman said. “This is an issue of fundamental fairness and justice, and with agreement regarding the scope of the problem, we can now work together most effectively to address it.”

    Gerstman noted that the ABA measure approved on Monday suggests specific actions, including encouraging judges to ensure that women lawyers have equal opportunities to participate in the courtroom, calling on corporate clients to work with outside counsel to facilitate the participation of women attorneys in all aspects of litigation and calling on corporate counsel to work with ADR providers to encourage the selection of women attorneys as neutrals.

    The report is based on the first-ever observational study of women attorneys in the courtroom. It reveals that female attorneys comprise about 25 percent of attorneys in lead counsel roles in courtrooms statewide.

    The study took place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Approximately 2,800 questionnaires were completed and returned by judges in participating courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, two of the four federal district courts, all four appellate divisions, and commercial divisions in supreme courts in counties from Suffolk to Onondaga and Erie. Three of the leading ADR providers in the state also participated.

    The NYSBA Task Force on Women’s Initiatives is co-chaired by NYSBA Past President Bernice K. Leber of New York City (Arent Fox), retired U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin of New York City (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and JAMS); former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie H. Cohen of New York City (Morrison & Foerster); Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner, Ellman & Krause); Sharon M. Porcellio of Buffalo (Bond, Schoeneck & King); Lesley F. Rosenthal of New York City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); and Lauren J. Wachtler of New York City (Phillips Nizer LLP). All are former chairs of NYSBA’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section.

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