Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 4.00)

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8:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor 

Offsite Cocktail Reception/Luncheon – NEW LOCATION!
12:30 p.m.
54 Below
254 West 54th Street
(Between Broadway & 8th Avenue) 
Richard S. Fries of Sidley Austin of New York will be presented with the Real Property Law Section's Professionalism Award during the luncheon. 

SECTION CHAIR                                                                   
PATRICIA E. WATKINS, ESQ.                                                            
Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC                                    
Glens Falls  

Law Firm Of Hall & Hall, LLP
Staten Island

8:00 a.m.
Business Meeting & Election of Officers                
Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC           
Section Chair

Report of Nominating Committee
Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP
Immediate Past Chair

Announcement of the Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award, Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship and Mel Mitzner Scholarship
Peter V. Coffey, Esq., Chair of the Committee on Awards
Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq., and Mindy H. Stern, Esq. Co-Chairs Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship Committee
Joel H. Sachs, Esq., Chair, Mel Mitzner Scholarship Committee

8:20 a.m.
Preview of 2018 Summer Meeting: Gerard G. Antetomaso, Esq., Second Vice-Chair, will report on  the plans for the 2018 summer meeting (July 26-29, 2018), which will be held at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, Westbrook, CT

8:30– 9:20 a.m.
Turning Brown to Gold –  Brownfield Development and Transactions (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
Alan J. Knauf, Esq. 
Knauf Shaw LLP
Rochester, NY                                              

9:20– 10:10 a.m. 
New York City Energy Code Update –  How Compliance Can Financially Benefit Owners & Tenants (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
Joel I. Binstok, Esq. 
The York Group LLC
New York City

Marc Karell, PE, CEM, EBCP 
Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC
Mamaroneck, NY

10:10– 10:25 a.m.
Refreshment Break 

10:25– 11:15 a.m.  
New Title Agent Licensing Regulations Issued by NYS Department of Financial Services (1 credit in Professional Practice) 
Gerard G. Antetomaso, Esq. 
Evans Fox, LLP
Rochester, NY

Marvin N. Bagwell, Esq. 
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Westbury, NY

11:15 a.m.– 12:05 p.m.
Ducking the Cranes: Protecting Neighbors During Construction (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
Brian G. Lustbader, Esq. 
Schiff Hardin LLP
New York City

Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 4.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice. This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13th, 2017. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at 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 Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.   

For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at

For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.