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  • SLS Fall Meeting 2015
    Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting October 28, 2015 | Tarrytown, NY: Join us for "Retirement Planning for Clients and the Senior Lawyer" (Click image for details)
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    Senior Lawyers Section Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the Senior Lawyers Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Events
    • October 28, 2015: Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting

      Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting - October 28, 2015

      Retirement Planning for Clients and the Senior Lawyer:
      The Legal, Financial, Estate Tax and Long Term Care Planning Implications for Clients and Prospective Retirees

      SLS Fall Meeting 2015

      9:00am - 4:30pm
      Executive Conference Center
      1601 Broadway, 8th Floor
      New York, NY  10019
      (enter on W. 48th St.)

      Click to view the Program Brochure and Registration Form

      Or Register online >

      6.0 MCLE Credits:
      5.0 in Areas of Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics and Professionalism, for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys.

      Program topics include:

      • Understanding Your Social Security Retirement Benefits
      • Understanding the Basics of Retirement Plans and IRA Distribution Rules
      • The Basics of Annuities and Life Insurance Benefits
      • Medicaid and Long Term Care Issues relevant to IRAs, Retirement Plans, Annuities and Life Insurance Benefits
      • Creditor and Domestic Relations Law Issues Relevant to Retirement Accounts
      • Ethics: Formalities of Retirement Vis a Vis Your Clients, the Office of Court Administration and Your Malpractice Insurance Carrier

      There will also be an Informational Presentation on New York's Attorney Emeritus Program.

      NYSBA Member Registration Fee:  $180.00
      Non-Member Registration Fee:  $215.00 

      Register online >

      Questions? Please contact or call Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681.

    • Women on the Move 2015: Navigating a New Path

      NYSBA Member Early Registration Rate $95*

      Women on the Move 2015 | Navigating a New Path

      Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition, the Law Practice Management Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New York State Bar Association

      4.0 MCLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics

      Monday, October 26, 2015
      CLE Program: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Fort Orange Club | 110 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY
      The Women on the Move program is a Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on an array of topics of particular interest to women attorneys.  This year’s program will be held in Albany, New York on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Fort Orange Club and will feature a keynote address by Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department and the Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, New York.
      Distinguished panelists and speakers will share their experiences and valuable insights on topics such as hiring trends in the public and private sector, negotiating your worth, forming partnerships and ethical considerations for transitioning attorneys.  The program will carry 4.0 MCLE credits (1.0 Ethics, 3.0 Law Practice Management)
      Program Chairs
      Linda A. Redlisky, Esq., Rafferty & Redlisky, LLP, Pelham, NY
      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC, Armonk, NY

      Keynote Address given by:


      Karen K. Peters

      Presiding Justice
      NY Supreme Court
      Appellate Division
      Third Department


       Kathy M. Sheehan

       Albany, New York

      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department  
      - Became the first woman to be Presiding Justice of the Third Department
      - Began her legal career in private practice, later serving as an Asst. DA in Dutchess County
      - From 1979 to 1983, was counsel to the State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
      - Became the director of the State Assembly Government Operations Committee in 1983
      - A former assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz
      - Judicial career began with her election to the Ulster County Family Court in 1983
      - In 1992, became the first woman elected to the Supreme Court in the Third Department 
      - Served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2000 to 2012

      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany, New York
      - Became Mayor of the City of Albany on January 1, 2014
      - Became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer in 2010
      - Implemented changes to improve the City’s fiscal policies and overhauling the City’s parking ticket system
      - Founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in Albany succeeds academically
      - After a five-year career in communications, attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994



      12:30 p.m.                                Registration
      1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.                Welcome Remarks
      Claire P. Gutekunst, Esq., NYSBA President-elect
                                                      Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq., Co-Chair, Women on the Move

      1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                Keynote Presentation | Navigating a New Path
      Hon. Karen K. Peters, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department
                                                      Hon. Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.                Ethical Considerations for Transitioning Attorneys   
                                                      Karl Sleight, Esq., Member, Harris Beach, PLLC
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics)
      2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Break
      3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.                Your New Path | Partnerships and Practical Skills
      Moderated Panel Discussion  
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell, Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District
      Linda Johnson, Esq., President, Capital District Women's Bar Association
      Sarah Gold, Esq., Gold Law Firm
      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
      Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderator, Co-Chair, Women on the Move
      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                Capitalizing on Your Strengths & Strategies forTransition  
                                                      Moderated Panel Discussion
      Hon. Ann C. Crowell Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District    
                                                      Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge
                                                      Dean Alicia Ouelette, Albany Law School
                                                      Asst. Dean Kim Wolf-Price, Syracuse University College of Law
                                                      Morghan L. Richardson, Esq., Richardson Legal PLLC
                                                      Debra Hamilton, Esq. & Linda Redlisky, Esq., Moderators
                                                      (1.0 MCLE Credit)
      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                Networking Reception with Section Co-Sponsors


      Networking Reception | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Welcoming Remarks by David P. Miranda, NYSBA President
      Co-Sponsoring Sections
      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.
      If you have questions about this event, please contact Katherine Suchocki, LPM Director at or Simone Smith at
      To register by phone, please call 1-800-582-2452.
      Special Member Pre-Registration Rate $95*
      Program fee includes refreshments and cocktail reception.
      *Valid through September 30, 2015.  Register early to guarantee your seat at the program. Non-member Registration fee is $250
      Note: Registration fees increase 10 days prior to program.


    • January 28, 2016: Senior Lawyers Section Annual Meeting



      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. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight 
      room online at

    • Free Program Archive: Planning for Children within the Autism Spectrum and Other Disabilities

      Senior Lawyers Section Members Only! (Free)

      Issues in Planning for Children within the Autism Spectrum and Diagnosed with Other Disabilities 
      Recorded February 9, 2015 | New York Hilton Midtown

      • Utilizing Special Needs Trusts (First Party and Self Settled) 
      • Education and School Issues Affecting Children With Disabilities 
      • Utilizing Article 17A and Article 81 Guardianships For Disabled Children 
      • Housing Issues For Disabled Children 
      • Medicaid/SSI/SSD Eligibility Issues for Disabled Children 


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      If further assistance is required, please contact the State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm), or email

      Note: this is a non-CLE recording.

      Not a member of the Senior Lawyers Section? 

      Join Here to gain free access to this recording, or join by phone by calling the State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452. (Annual dues are just $20 with NYSBA membership)

    • Free Program Archive: Considering Next Steps - Proactive Career and Life Planning for Baby Boomers

      Considering Next Steps: Proactive Career and Life Planning for Baby Boomers
      What Have You Done and What Can You Do to Make the Post Mid-Life Transition Easier

      Free archive webcast | Recorded May 19, 2014

      Walter Burke, Esq. (Burke & Casserly, P.C. (ret.), Albany, NY)
      Rosemary Byrne, Esq. (Step-By-Step Coaching LLC, Englewood, NJ)
      Stephen R. Stern, Esq. (Law Offices of Stephen R. Stern, P.C., Melville, NY)
      Andra Moss (International Senior Lawyers Project)

      Co-Sponsored by the Senior Lawyers Section and the Committee on Lawyers in Transition

      View Program Video

  • About

    As people are living and working longer, the definition of what it means to be a senior continues to evolve. The demographics affect us all, including lawyers. Senior lawyers currently make up 25 percent of the Association’s membership, and include those who continue to work full time at law firms or in solo practices, as well as those who opt for part-time employment opportunities or donate pro bono services in their communities. In July 2006, the New York State Bar Association formed a special committee to recognize such lawyers and the unique issues that they face. As the result of the work of this committee, in 2008, the House of Delegates approved creation of the first Senior Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association.

    Meet the Chair:

    Carole Burns

    Carole A. Burns, Esq. (View Profile)

    Executive Committee Roster

    View 2014-2015 Annual Report >

    2013-2014 Annual Report >

    Senior Lawyers Section Profile

    Lawyers who are age 55 or older have valuable experience, talents, and interests. Many such senior lawyers are considering or have already decided whether to continue to pursue their full-time legal careers or whether to transition to a new position, a reduced time commitment at their current position and/or retirement from a full-time legal career. Accordingly, the Senior Lawyers Section has been created and charged with the mission of:

    • Providing opportunities to senior lawyers to continue and maintain their legal careers as well as to utilize their expertise in such activities as delivering pro bono and civic service, mentoring younger lawyers, serving on boards of directors for business and charitable organizations, and lecturing and writing;
    • Providing programs and services in matters such as job opportunities; CLE programs; seminars and lectures; career transition counseling; pro bono training; networking and social activities; recreational, travel and other programs designed to improve the quality of life of senior lawyers; and professional, financial and retirement planning; and
    • Acting as a voice of senior lawyers within the Association and the community

    Scope of Activities

    The Senior Lawyers Section seeks to address such issues as:

    • Career continuity
    • Career changes
    • The desire and opportunity to:
      • Render pro bono service
      • Serve on boards
      • Mentor other attorneys
      • Take CLE courses relevant to seniors
    • Social activities for seniors

    2015 Section Officers

    Chair: Carole A. Burns
    Vice-Elect: Elizabeth J. McDonald
    Vice-Chair: Rosemary C. Byrne
    Treasurer: Charles E. Lapp, III
    Secretary: C. Bruce Lawrence

  • The Senior Lawyer

    View the Latest from The Senior Lawyer

    The Senior Lawyer features substantive articles for lawyers who are age 55 or older and is published to help with career continuity and career changes. Articles that have appeared in past issues include such topics as value of important papers, estate planning, ethical issues, life settlements and retaining and maintaining closed files. Also included are updates on Section news, committee reports, programs and events. The Senior Lawyer is published by the Senior Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

    Read now >

  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Private Online Professional Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the Senior Lawyers Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for Senior Lawyers Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities