Corporate Counsel Section

Corporate Counsel Section

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Business Law Section Fall Meeting: Application and Regulation of Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology & Other Digital Assets

Tuesday, November 19
AMA Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

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Program Description
Panelists will provide a general overview of cryptocurrency (e.g., units, tokens, coins, altcoins, smart contracts, et al.) and present the current regulatory framework for the use of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Emphasis will be placed on the use and import of each to the continued development of the digital economy, as well as the frequency of their use within certain industries. The panel will also discuss the legal and regulatory framework applied to date by the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, FinCEN and other regulators when using cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Panelists will discuss the changing legal and regulatory landscape with regard to digital assets, including recent enforcement actions and regulatory priorities, implications of their use in specific industries, and the interplay between these assets and intellectual property, supply chain, identity management, advertising, AML and more. 

Program Faculty

James G. Gatto, Esq., Sheppard Mullin, LLC, Washington D.C.
Doug Pepe, Esq., Joseph Hage Aaronson, LLC, NYC
Emmanuel Aidoo, Credit Suisse, NYC
Joshua A. Klayman, Esq., Linklaters, NYC

9:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
3.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Afternoon Committee-Sponsored CLE Programs

SESSION ONE | 1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Can You Keep A Secret? The Ever-Evolving Landscape of Attorney Client Privilege | Securities Regulation Committee
1.0 MCLE Credits; 1.0 Ethics

Agenda Topics

  • What Constitutes Privileged Communications?
  • The Difference Between Legal Advice and Business Advice
  • How to Create an “Expectation of Privacy”
  • The Impact of Hiring Consultants

Program Faculty
Richard Rosenfeld, Esq., Mayer Brown, LLP, NYC
Matt Rossi, Esq., Mayer Brown LLP, NYC

SESSION TWO | 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Track One:  Representations and Warranties Insurance in Mergers and Acquisitions | Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
1.0 MCLE Credits; 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice 

Program Faculty
James Rieger, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, NYC
Jeff Rubocki, Risk Strategies Co., NYC 

Track Two: Big Changes to Small Business Bankruptcies: An Overview of Small Business Bankruptcy Cases and the Small Business Reorganization Act | Bankruptcy Law Committee
1.0 MCLE Credit; 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Program Faculty
Brian Ryniker, CPA, Ryniker Consultants, LLC
Matthew V. Spero, Esq., Rivkin Radler LLP

SESSION THREE | 3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Track One: Privacy Law & Data Management Protection | Banking Law Committee
1.0 MCLE Credit; 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Program Faculty
Debbie L. Miede, Esq., FDIC, Washington D.C.

Track Two: The Impact of Recent Joint Employment Developments on the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship | Franchise, Licensing and Distribution Law Committee
1.0 MCLE Credit: 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Agenda Topics

  • Impact of Recent Joint Employment Developments on the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship

Program Faculty
Aaron Van Nostrand, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, NYC
Bret Permesly, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, NYC

Co-Sponsored by the Business Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Live CLE Program
Business Law Section Member: $190
Business Law Section Members admitted 5 years or less: $85
NYSBA Members: $215
Non-Member: $310

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

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.


Free for Corporate Counsel Section Members!

Program Description
Experienced practitioners will provide a cryptocurrency overview tailored for attorneys, discuss how the financial industry is using blockchain including digital assets, provide an overview of recent legal and regulatory issues facing FinTechs, highlight Anti-Money Laundering (AML) risks stemming from digital transactions, and provide perspectives on how to address these legal, regulatory and compliance concerns.

Sponsored by the Corporate Counsel Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 12:00 P.M.

1.0 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice


Corporate Counsel Members: FREE 
NYSBA Member: $25
Non-NYSBA Member: $50

Agenda Topics

  • Overview of Cryptocurrency
  • Financial Industry’s Use of Blockchain Technology
  • Overview of Recent Legal and Regulatory Issues facing FinTechs
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Risks

Program Faculty

Michelle A. Gitlitz, Esq., Crowell & Moring LLP, NYC
Alexi Von Keszycki, Esq., Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, Mclean, VA


 If you have any questions about this program, please contact staff attorney Sally Bratten or program coordinator Jennifer Wright

GDPR 1 Month to Go 
Previously recorded webinar - Access the recording via the Corporate Counsel Section Community

It is only weeks until the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR brings in a host of new obligations for all businesses with interests in Europe. Find out from experts, peers and colleges what last-minute steps companies can take to prepare for GDPR.  

Agenda Topics:
-Priorities for the next month
-Strategies and tactics for reasonable risk management 

Gerard Stegmaier, Partner | Reed Smith  
Stacy Marcus, Partner | Reed Smith 
David Perlman, SVP and General Counsel
 | Citizen Watch Company of America 
Cassandra Porter, Senior Privacy Counsel
 | Cognizant Technology Solutions

Recorded on April 16, 2018
NO MCLE Credits

Life as In-House Counsel: How to Get There and What to Expect
Recorded April 4, 2018
This free program does not offer CLE Credit.

Co-Sponsored by the In-House Counsel Committee of the Westchester County Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel Section and Lawyers in Transition Committee of the New York State Bar Association

Westchester County Bar Association
2 Westchester Park Drive Conference Center | Ground Level | White Plains, NY 10604

Debbie Epstein Henry, Co-Founder, Bliss Lawyers and Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing
Vicki R. Walcott-Edim, Esq., Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Mastercard
Janet Baker, Assistant, Esq., General Counsel, EXLService Holdings, Inc, (Secondment via Bliss Lawyers)
Alexandra (Lexie) Pitney, Esq,m Senior Counsel, Global Investigations, Xylem Inc.
H. Douglas Garfield, Senior Director, Global Customs & Trade, PepsiCo, Inc. 


Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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Total Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

Presented by the NYSBA Corporate Counsel Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."

As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks. Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency. But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.

NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
Corporate Counsel Section or Business Law Section Member Price: $35

Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.



See also: Overview of NYS Lobbying; and Challenges of Business in NYS (Business Law Section panel recorded October 14, 2016)

1.5 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys - Discounty for Business Law Section and Corpoarte Counsel Section Members


Bonus Segments (FREE)

Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
> View Keynote Address


Never fear... We recorded it!

Now available free for Corporate Counsel Section members and Business Law Section Members. (If you're not a Corporate Counsel Section Member... Why not join? Dues are just $30 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced attorneys. Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.


Corporate Counsel and/or Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged. Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

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Mitch Borger

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We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Corporate Counsel Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way to well seasoned and experienced attorneys in the Corporate Counsel field. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

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