Corporate Counsel Section

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    • October 13-14, 2016: Doing Business in New York State: Challenges & Opportunities


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      Doing Business in New York State: Challenges & Opportunities

      October 13-14, 2016

      New York State Bar Center 
      One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 

      From Midtown to Mayville, doing business in New York State can present unique challenges for business and corporate lawyers—and also opportunities. Join the Corporate Counsel and Business Law Sections for their joint Fall Program in New York's capital!

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      4.0 New York MCLE Credits: 2.0 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted 2 years or more) 

      Can't make it in person? (WEBCAST)  
      Friday's MCLE program will also be available by simultaneous live webcast!

      Section Chairs:
      Sarah E. Gold, Esq., Jeffrey P. Laner, Esq.

      Program Chairs:
      Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Natalie Sulimani, Esq.


      Or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm) and mention event code CORPJV16.

      Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Hotel, 144 State St, Albany, NY 12207 (less than a 5 minute walk to NYSBA)
      Book your group rate for NYS Bar Association online, or call 1-888-236-2427 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group and provide the booking ID BLCBLCA.  
      Hotel cutoff date is September 23, 2016. 


      October 13, 2016 (Thursday) 
      3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Tour of the State Capitol building (space is limited; pre-registration required) 
      5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception at the Renaissance Hotel (144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207) - Dinner is on your own

      October 14, 2016 (Friday)
      9:30am – 10:10am | Registration and Continental Breakfast 
      10:10-10:15 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
      10:15am – 11:30am | How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State
      11:30-11:40 | Refreshment Break
      11:40-12:30pm | You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State
      12:30pm – 1:40pm | Luncheon and Keynote - “Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned”
      1:45pm – 3:25pm | Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics 
      3:25-3:30 | Concluding Remarks and Adjournment 


      How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State

      Learn about policy development, advocacy, and compliance with New York State’s Lobbying Act

      Part I (10:15-11:05): I’m Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State’s Lobbying Act
      Speaker: Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; NYSBA’s outside legislative counsel

      Part II (11:05-11:30): NYSBA’s Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations
      Panelists: Hermes Fernandez, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King; Chair, NYSBA Committee on State Legislative Policy 
      Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq., NYSBA Director of Governmental Relations

      You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

      Doing business in New York – are the state laws on doing business in New York friendly, frustrating or just confusing?  This panel will discuss some examples of the unintended consequences of some New York laws and regulations on the ability to do business in New York.  And then they will host a quiz on just how much you know (or don’t know!) about doing business in New York.  Attendees are invited to submit suggestions of little-known pitfalls for the savvy business lawyer to avoid (here) for the panel to address.

      Thomas M. Pitegoff, Esq., LeClairRyan, New York City
      Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York City

      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

      Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics 

      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.   

      Nathan A. Huber, Director of Business Development, Premonition
      Lance Koonce, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
      Nehal Madhani, Esq., Alt Legal Inc.


      Thursday Reception (optional) - $45
      Tour of NYS NYS Capitol building (optional) - $0 (Space is limited)

      Friday Program (Live or Webcast): Live program includes continental breakfast & lunch
      Section members: $100 (member of Business Law and/or Corporate Counsel Sections)
      $130 NYSBA members (non-Section member)* | $200 Non-member

      15% discount for attorneys admitted 5 years or less! (applied automatically at checkout)
      Law students who are Section members: $40 program / $20 reception

      *Not a Section member? Join today to save on this program! Business Law dues are $25 | Corporate Counsel $30. Join online (Business | Corporate) or call 800-582-2452.

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      Questions? Contact Adriana Favreau at or (518) 487-5669.

      DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, anyone who requires financial aid may apply in writing, not later than ten working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply, please contact: Stephanie Bugos, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or 

      ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Stephanie Bugos at (518) 487-5524 or

    • October 27, 2016--Ethics for Corporate Counsel


      Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

      New York International Arbitration Center
      150 E. 42nd Street, 17th Floor
      New York, New York 10017

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      4 Total MCLE Credits | This program is transitional, therefore suited for all attorneys, including those newly admitted.
      Join us as our panelists continue the series of well received, timely programs on ethical issues facing attorneys working for corporations and other business entities.  This program, which provides four (4) credits in ethics and professionalism, will satisfy the ethics requirements for the full two-year biennial reporting cycle. For newly admitted attorneys, it will satisfy their ethics requirements for one year.

      Michael S. Ross, Esq., Law Office of Michael S. Ross, New York City
      Naomi F. Goldstein, Esq., Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York City
      Michele Coleman Mayes, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, New York Public Library, New York City
      Janis M. Meyer , Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, New York City
      Jerome G. Snider, Esq., Professional Responsibility Counsel, Davis Polk, New York City


      NYSBA Member Price: In advance $180/ At the door $205 
      Non-Member Price Price: In advance $250/ At the door $275
      Corporate Counsel Section Member Price: In advance $150/ At the door $175

      Not a member of the Corporate Counsel Section? Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm)

      For more information about the Corporate Counsel Section, please contact Adriana Favreau at

    • November 15, 2016 Member Appreciation Reception


      Tuesday November 15, 2016 | 6-8 p.m.

      Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
      145 East 50th Street (between 3rd and Lexington Avenues)
      New York, NY 10022

      To demonstrate our appreciation of your support of our Section, provide an opportunity to network with colleagues, and welcome our section members to advise and participate with us regarding recent or suggested projects, the Membership Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association invites you to a special Member Appreciation and Networking event on the evening of Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

      Come enjoy the tasty food and drinks along with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop lounge

      Register Now. 

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      $10 Corporate Counsel Section Member
      $20 NYSBA Member
      $35 Non-NYSBA Member

      The Executive Committee looks forward to meeting you and sharing in this enjoyable event. 

      Not a member of the Corporate Counsel Section? Non Members are welcome, come and learn what our section is about! Dues are only $30 per year with NYSBA membership. (Join online or call the Member Resource Center 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm)

      For more information, contact Kristina Maldonado at 

    • Free Program Archive: Cybercrime


      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.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

  • About the Section

    The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Section sponsors CLE, networking and other events and offers LinkedIn and Facebook pages where members can reach out to each other with questions and advice. 

    Meet the Section Chair

    Jeffrey P. Laner of New York City (Law Firm of Jeffrey P. Laner) is the new chair of the Corporate Counsel Section. Laner focuses his practice on business, contracts and regulatory matters for corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and start-ups. His current practice follows a career in public service, volunteering for political campaigns in college; serving as an aide and later legislative director for a New York City council member; and after law school, working for two public-private institutions.

    He was the section’s treasurer for four years. He currently serves as treasurer for the Board of Queens Legal Services Corporation.

    View Member Perspectives on the Corporate Counsel Section: 

    View Immediate Past Chair Natalie Sulimani's perspective here.
    View Yamicha Stephenson's perspective here.
    View Member Barbara Levi's perspective here.

    Helpful Links for Navigating this Section
    Executive Committee Roster

    Archives of Section Videos
    List of Section Committees 

  • Inside Newsletter

    View the Latest Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter)

    Inside (Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter) features peer-written, substantive articles about current issues facing the corporate counsel attorney, and provides updates on Section activities. Inside is published by the Corporate Counsel Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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    Members can access the Archives here.

  • CCS Online Communities

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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. 

    The Community is private for Corporate Counsel Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $30/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Corporate Counsel members can search the site or identify other members.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)


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