*The New York State Bar Association was voted a top 3 CLE provider among Law Journal readers for 2018.

Whether it's insurance issues in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Florence, learning the latest developments in trusts and estates law or gaining insight from New York's state and federal judges, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events offer valuable information for attorneys in many areas of practice. 

The following highlights four upcoming CLE events. If you are unable to attend a live event, video replays are available online. For more information, as well as a full listing of fall CLE offerings, please visit www.nysba.org/CLE.

Emerging Issues in Environmental Insurance
This program will feature decision-makers from leading environmental insurance carriers, including a skilled panel of experienced insurance counsel, brokers, and risk management specialists who will examine critical aspects of environmental insurance coverage and provide valuable information on using environmental insurance as a risk management tool in transactions, litigation, and operations.

The sessions will provide practical tips in emerging areas of legal liability and provide practitioners with the latest case law and strategies to maximize available environmental coverage and minimize disputes with insurance carriers. The panelists from major environmental insurance companies will also provide an informative market update and discuss current coverage issues and claim trends.

Some of the topics addressed include: lead in drinking water, super-bugs, bed bugs, mold, anthrax, Ebola, bioterrorism, legionella, asbestos and lead paint, natural disasters and weather releases, emergency response/crisis management.

Details: Friday, Nov. 2 
9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Latham & Watkins
885 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
For more information, including CLE credits and pricing, please visit: www.nysba.org/EnvtInsuranceCLE2018

16th Annual Sophisticated Trusts & Estates Law Institute
This full day institute returns with a prestigious national faculty who will cover the key issues and latest developments in all aspects of trusts and estates law relevant to trusts and estates practitioners, in-house counsel representing financial institutions, and bankers and accountants.

In addition, there will be plenty of time for networking opportunities allowing attendees to pose questions to the faculty and compare notes with fellow attorneys in the legal, banking and accounting fields. Judge C. Raymond Radigan, retired Nassau County surrogate who serves as counsel to the Trusts & Estates Department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. in Uniondale, will deliver the luncheon keynote.

Topics on the agenda include: an estate planning update with a review of 2018 federal and state developments, planning with life insurance, pre- and post-transaction planning, a new NY Trust Code, charitable planning, and avoiding conflicts of interests in trusts and estates practice.

Details: Friday, Nov. 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Times Square
1605 Broadway at 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
For more information, including CLE credits and pricing, please visit: www.nysba.org/2018TrustsandEstatesInstitute

Streamlining Litigation - Views from the Bench in Upstate New York 
This program presents a unique and valuable opportunity to engage in dialogue with a panel of federal and state court judges from Upstate New York. 

The panel of judges will discuss litigation (with a focus on commercial litigation) and ways in which knowledge of the local and/or commercial rules and the preferences of the local bench can help make the process more efficient and cost-effective. Discovery, motion practice, case management, alternative dispute resolution and other related topics will be discussed. All judges and location participants will be connected via a live interactive video feed.

The Buffalo event will feature Judges Michael Roemer (Western District of NY) and Timothy Walker (Erie County); Rochester will feature Judges Marian Payson (Western District of NY) and Daniel Doyle (Monroe County); and Syracuse will feature Judges Thérèse Wiley Dancks (Northern District of NY) and Deborah Karalunas (Onondaga County).

Details: Wednesday, Nov. 28
3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Buffalo office: 200 Delaware Avenue, Suite 900, Buffalo, NY 14202
Rochester office: 350 Linden Oaks, Third Floor, Rochester, NY 14625
Syracuse office: One Lincoln Center, 110 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
For more information, including CLE credits and pricing, please visit:www.nysba.org/Upstate2018

Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2018: Evolution
The key to successful securities arbitration and mediation is telling your story in a memorable and persuasive fashion. This program will help you master that skill while also updating you on recent developments in the law. This one day program will highlight the most critical advancements in securities arbitration and mediation from the attorneys responsible for creating securities arbitration as we know it today.

These experts have seen hundreds of millions of dollars of claims heard before thousands of arbitrators nationwide, just as they have been the recipients and presenters of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of arbitration awards. They know how cases are won, lost or settled and how claims need to be positioned to maximize recovery or dismissal. They know how pre-hearing motion practice can often determine the outcome of a case and they know how to "follow the money" to the insurance policies of brokerage firms. They also know how to rise above the emotions of parties and the problematic practices of some opponents to maintain ethical standards.

Topics that will be covered include: 30 years of mandatory arbitration, how pre-hearing motions can win a case, fee-based vs. commission-based accounts, elder abuse and exploitation cases, whether and when to settle securities mediation, expungement cases, and ethics

Details: Thursday, Nov. 29
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
CFA Society NY
1540 Broadway, Suite 1010
New York, NY 10036
Entrance on West 45th Street
For more information, including CLE credits and pricing, please visit: www.nysba.org/SAM2018