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    • June 9: SLS Ethics Program and Lunch

      Senior Lawyers Section Meet, Greet and Learn

      June 9, 2017
      11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

      Nixon Peabody LLP
      1300 Clinton Square, 14th Floor
      Rochester, NY

      Topic: Ethical considerations for senior lawyers setting up their own practices.

      10:30 a.m. - Registration
      11:00 am - MCLE Program
      12 noon - 2:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch

      Andrea Tomaino, Esq.

      4th Department, 7th Judicial District, Attorney Grievance Committee
      Rochester, NY

      This program is free for Senior Lawyers Section members, however, pre-registration is required.

      Register online

      Are you a member of NYSBA, but not yet a member of the Senior Lawyers Section?  Join the Section then register to attend the program and lunch for free.

      Questions? Contact or Kathy Plog at 518-487-5681.

    • Free Program Archive: Retirement Planning for Clients and the Senior Lawyer


      Free to Senior Lawyers Section Members

      SLS Fall Meeting 2015

      View Recording (member log-in required)

      Not a member of the Senior Lawyers Section? Join today and receive free access to this program recording, and more. Join online, or call the Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm). Dues are only $20/year with NYSBA membership.

      Program materials are also available for download with the recording.

      Recorded October 28, 2015 (New York, NY)

      MCLE credit is not available for this recording.

      Program Topics: 

      • 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

      Robert K. Leitner CFP, Financial Advisory Network, Scarsdale, NY | Anthony J. Enea, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP, White Plains, NY | Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., Moses & Singer LLP, New York, NY | Charles J. Newman, CLU, The Charles J. Newman Co., LLC, Hawthorne, NY | Sara Meyers, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, White Plains, NY | Nancy D. Kellman, Esq., Law Office of Nancy D. Kellman, White Plains, NY | Matthew Lee-Renert, Esq., NYS Grievance Committee for the 9th Judicial District, White Plains, NY

      Questions? Contact

    • 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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      Note: this is a non-CLE recording.

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      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

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    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


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    1. Fall 2016

      A Message from the Section Chair
      Carole A. Burns

      Feature Articles

      On Seniority: Looking for the Foundation of Youth: Try a Classroom
      Rosemary C. Byrne

      Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
      Anthony J. Enea

      Senior Lawyers Helping Long Islanders in Need
      Melissa B. Greenberger

      Helping Your Clients Plan for Retirement
      Leslie H. Tayne

      Unwanted Medical Care and Treatment—Things You Can Do to Get Only the Care and Treatment You Want and to Which You Are Entitled
      David C. Leven

      Factors to Consider When Transferring a Residence for Elder Law and Estate Planning Purposes: A Primer
      Anthony J. Enea

      Horseplay: Employee's Fault, Employer's Burden
      James Shovlin

      Checklist for Lawyers' Business Disaster Planning and Recovery
      Law Practice Management Committee, Subcommittee on Law Practice Continuity

      Finders Keeper, Losers Weepers?
      C. Evan Stewart

      Digital Assets in the Real World: Challenges and Opportunities
      Linda Meltzer

      Joining and Navigating the Senior Lawyers Section Community

      The New New York State Estate Tax Regime, a Trap for the Unwary: Proposed Will Language to Save Estate Taxes and Obtain Direct Pecuniary Benefits for Beneficiaries (Santa Clause)
      Paul S. Forster and Laurence Keiser

      Should They Go or Should They Stay? Issue-Spotting for the New York Lawyer Whose Clients May Be Considering a Change in Domicile to Florida
      Joanne Fanizza

      Have We Got It All Wrong? Rethinking the Fabric of Estate Planning
      Avi Z. Kestenbaum and Amy F. Altman

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    1. 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. Edited by Willard H. DaSilva, Esq., The Senior Lawyer is published by the Senior Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

      The Senior Lawyer is published as a benefit for members of the Senior Lawyers Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission. © New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1949-8322 (print) ISSN 1949-8330 (online)

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  • Online Community

    Senior Lawyers SEction Community

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

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    The new Community offers a wealth of valuable tools:

    • Online discussion forum (also accessible by email)
    • Resource Library (repository of information)
    • searchable directory of all members
    • individual profiles (linkable to LinkedIn)
    • personalized privacy settings
    • customized options for receiving communications (format, frequency)
    • free downloadable mobile app

    As with the previous listserve, certain basic rules of (n)etiquette should be observed. For a detailed description of the NYSBA Communities Rules & Etiquette, click here.

    If you have questions or need assistance with the Community, please contact NYSBA IT staff Brandon Vogel at or 518-487-5644.

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