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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
    • Pace Encore Transition Program

      The following is being posted as a program of potential interest to Senior Lawyers Section members.  It is not affiliated with NYSBA or the Senior Lawyers Section.

      Pace University Encore Transition Program
      This 5-session program begins on October 6, 2015.
      In midlife and beyond, finding meaningful work that combines personal fulfillment with social impact is a goal of more and more people.  Helping you explore the varieties of encore careers available in the nonprofit section is the goal of this program.

      To learn more about this program, visit www.pace.edu/encore or contact Program Director Joan Tucker at jtucker@pace.edu


    • 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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    • October 28, 2015: Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting

      Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting - October 28, 2015 - Save the Date!

      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

      Details coming soon - Save the date!

    • 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

      Panelists:
      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
      (free)

    • January 28, 2016: Senior Lawyers Section Annual Meeting

      SENIOR LAWYERS SECTION ANNUAL MEETING - THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!

      Details coming soon - Save the date!

  • 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

    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