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    • December 14 Dementia Science and the Law


      Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Elder Law and Special NeedsHealth Law and Senior Lawyers Sections

      Thursday, December, 14, 2017
      8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

      Live CLE Program & Webcast

      The Core Club
      66 East 55th Street
      New York, NY 10022

      4.5 MCLE Credits | 3.5 Professional Practice | 1.0 Ethics 

      NYSBA Member Price: $135 | Non-member: $235

      Co-Sponsoring Section Member: $110

      Link to register online:

    • Senior Lawyers Section Meeting


      Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:00 AM
      9:AM - 12:55 PM
      Total MCLE Credits: 3.0 | 2.0 Professional Practice | 1.0 Ethics (Non-Transitional)

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Nassau East, 2nd Floor

      C. Bruce Lawrence, Esq.
      Boylan Code | Rochester, NY

      Agenda (click to view the program flyer)
      9:00 - 9:20 a.m.                Senior Lawyers Section Business Meeting
                                               Presentation of Jonathan Lippman SLS Pro Bono Award
                                               Presentation by The New York Bar Foundation

      9:20 - 10:10 a.m.              Is There a Job Coach in Your Future? (Non-MCLE)
                                               Finding New Opportunities for Yourself
                                               Melvin Simensky, Esq.
                                               New York, NY

      10:10 - 11:00 a.m.           Ethical Issues for Senior Attorneys (1.0 credit in Ethics)
                                              Ethical Issues in Retirement
                                              Leaving Your Firm, but continuing to practice on your own
                                              Andrea Tomaino, Esq.
                                              7th Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee
                                              Rochester, NY

      11:00 - 11:15 a.m.           Break

      11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  Second Season of Service (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
                                             Pro Bono Opportunities; Attorney Emeritus Program; Help Centers
                                             Sheila Gaddis, Esq.
                                             Volunteer Legal Services Project
                                             Rochester, NY
                                             C. Bruce Lawrence, Esq.
                                             Boylan Code LLP
                                             Rochester, NY
                                             Fern Schair, Esq.
                                             Fordham Law School
                                             New York, NY
                                             Ronald J. Tabak, Esq.
                                             Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
                                             New York, NY

      12:05 - 12:55 p.m.          Be Prepared: Selling a Law Practice and Planning Ahead (for Retirement and Disasters)
                                             (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
                                             Retirement and disaster/contingency planning are important issues for every lawyer, but particularly those in solo practices and small firms.                                     
                                             This program will cover the rules on the sale of a la practice and provide practical guidance on things to consider if you are thinking
                                             about selling (or buying) a practice. The program will also help lawyers with disaster and contingency planning an provide an introduction                                     
                                             to the NYSBA critically-acclaimed publication, The Planning Ahead Guide, Second Edition.
                                             Sarah Diane McShea, Esq.
                                             L aw Offices of Sarah Diane McShea
                                             New York, NY
                                             Joseph F. Saeli, Esq.
                                             Colligan Law, LLP
                                             Buffalo, NY

                                            (McShea is Chair of the Law Practice Continuity Subcommittee of the Law Practice Management
                                            Committee, which edited and updated the Planning Ahead Guide, and Saeli is a member of the
                                            Subcommittee and wrote key portions of the Guide relating to sale of a law practice).

    • SLS Nine Essential Planning Documents Recorded November 15, 2016

      Senior Lawyers Section 2016 Fall Meeting - VSLSFA16

      The Nine Essential Planning Documents

      Advance Directives for Health Care
      Powers of Attorney
      Last Wills and Testaments
      Revocable Living Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts

      4.0 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

      NYSBA Member Price: $125 | Non-Member Price: $200
      Senior Lawyers Section Member Price: $100

      Click for additional details or to register online.

    • 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

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    • 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.

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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:

    C. Bruce Lawrence

    C. Bruce Lawrence, Esq. (view profile)

    Executive Committee Roster

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    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


    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.
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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.

    Enter the Senior Lawyers Section Community (members only)