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    • Electronically In Touch - Call for Submissions

      Electronically In Touch is the electronic newsletter of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS). It is a member driven publication, encouraging YLS members to write articles, and as such we would welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life advice, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha Grandison at no later than the 28th of the month.

      Sasha Grandison, Esq.
      Editor-in-Chief, Electronically In Touch

    • Bridging the Gap

      NYSBA Bridging the Gap
      Continuing Legal Education Program

      The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program.  Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.

      The Bridging the Gap continuing legal education program offers 16.0 total credits.

      Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar.  The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries.  To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive video conference locations that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

      The New York State Bar Association Bridging the Gap program is offered three times a year and offers special member and newly admitted attorney pricing.  The program is also approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  Uniform certificates of attendance can also be issued for other states.

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      Bridging the Gap March 2017:

      Earn 16.0 MCLE credits by attending this two-day program.
      Recent Graduates and Newly Admitted Attorneys | This program will satisfy your annual MCLE requirement!

      Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
      8.0 MCLE Credits | 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice | 3.0 Skills | 1.5 Ethics

      Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      8.0 MCLE Credits | 3.5 Areas of Professional Practice | 3.0 Skills | 1.5 Ethics

      Program faculty will speak from the New York City location and will be broadcast live to other locations in an interactive video conference format, allowing “real time” interaction between all locations. Newly admitted attorneys must attend in person or in a live video conference location to receive skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive skills credits by participating in the webcast. For further information on the CLE rules and requirements for newly admitted attorneys please visit

      New York City Live Location and  Webcast
      CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY 10016
      (Historic B. Altman building; two blocks east of Penn Station)
      * Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive skills credits for attending the Webcast, and can only receive ethics credits if they watch the Webcast live.  Professional practice credits can be obtained in any format, including the archived webcast.

      Albany | Live Video Conference
      State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

      Buffalo  | Live Video Conference
      Adam's Mark Hotel | 120 Church Street | Buffalo, NY 14202

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      Program Agenda Topics:

      > Client Counseling 101 | What do Do When You Get that 3:00 a.m. Call
      > Key Lawyerering Skills for Opening or Improving a Law Practice
      > Client Intake | Letters of Engagement | Retainers Review of the NY Rules of Professional Conduct
      > Matrimonial and Family Law Update
      > Crowdfunding | What New York Lawyers Need to Know When Advising Clients
      > Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century
      > Managing Client Expectations and Communication Skills for Lawyers
      > What New Attorneys Need to Know about LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing, and Attorney Advertising
      > Intellectual Property | Copyright 101
      > Discovery, Motions and Depositions | All Star Panel Providing Key Tips for Success

      Register Online

      NYC Live Program | Albany| Buffalo 

      $295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys 
      NYSBA Members - $420 | Non-Members - $695

      Day One | 8.0 MCLE Credits
      3.5 Areas of Professional Practice | 3.0 Skills | 1.5 Ethics

      Day Two | 8.0 MCLE Credits
      3.5 Areas of Professional Practice | 3.0 Skills | 1.5 Ethics

      Total Credits | 16.0 MCLE Credits

      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.

      Save the Date!

      Wednesday, July 12, 2017 and Thursday, July 13, 2017
      New York City | Live & Webcast | CUNY Graduate Center
      Albany | Live Video Conference | New York State Bar Association
      Buffalo | Live Video Conference | Adam’s Mark Hotel

      Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and Thursday, December 7, 2017
      New York City | Live & Webcast | CUNY Graduate Center
      Albany | Live Video Conference | New York State Bar Association
      Buffalo | Live Video Conference | Adam’s Mark Hotel

      Thank you to our following sponsors:

      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Law Practice Management Committee
      Young Lawyers  Section

      Co-sponsoring Sections

      Learn more about getting involved in the following sections: 
      Antitrust Law Section
      Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
      Dispute Resolution Section
      Elder Law and Special Needs
      Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
      Environmental Law Section 
      Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section
      Family Law Section
      General Practice Section  
      Health Law Section
      Intellectual Property Law Section

      Real Property Law Section
      Senior Lawyers Section  
      Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
      Trial Lawyers Law Section
      Trust and Estates Law Section

      Other Programs of Interest: 

      Commercial Litigation Academy 2017
       | 16.0 MCLE Credits
      Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Live and Webcast
      Wednesday, May 5, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. | Live and Webcast
      NY Society of Security Analysts | 1540 Broadway | Suite 1010 | NYC

      Global Law Week | Bridging the Gap
      Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 and Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 
      Fordham Law School | 150 W 62nd St | NYC

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      Stay informed.  Be the first to hear about the latest course offerings. 
      To view the full list of Law Practice Management Programs for members,  click here.

    • Trial Academy: April 5 - April 9, 2017

      Trial Academy Save The Date 2016

      New York State Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Trial Academy


      The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program.  Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved. 

      For those already registered and those thinking about registering, view the program for the 2017 NYSBA/Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy here.  

      Remember, seats are limited and the Trial Academy always sells out.

      To register for this amazing program, CLICK HERE!

      NYSBA member registration fee: $875.00
      Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000


    • April 20: General Practice/Young Lawyers Beer Tasting Networking Event

      General Practice Section and Young Lawyers Section Beer Tasting/Networking Event

      Beers from New York State

      April 20, 2017 (Thursday)
      6:00pm - 9:00pm

      Top Hops
      94 Orchard Street
      New York, NY  10002

      Join the General Practice and Young Lawyers Sections for a private event at Top Hops, with tasting stations staffed and poured by beer experts, food, and open taps throughout the evening.

      GP and YLS members:  $30
      Attorneys admitted 5 years or less:  $20 (includes law students)
      NYSBA member (non-Section member)*:   $50
      Non-member of NYSBA:   $75.00

      Register Online

      * Not a member of the General Practice or the Young Lawyers Section?  Why not join today to get the member rate on this event. Join online (GP | YLS or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

      Guestions?  Email or Kathy Plog at

    • May 3 2017: District 10 Cinco de Mayo Networking Event

      Young Lawyers Section District 10 | New York State Society of CPAs’ Nassau and Suffolk Chapter NextGen Committee | Risk Management Association Young Professionals Committee

      It’s time to celebrate Mexican-American culture with a Cinco de Mayo Networking Party.  

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      WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 | 5:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
      920 OLD COUNTRY RD. 
      GARDEN CITY, NY 11530

      Cost:  $60.00
      Includes open bar and appetizers


      RSVP by:
      Monday, May 1, 2017

      Sponsored by:  
      Young Lawyers Section, NYSSCPA Nassau and Suffolk Chapter NextGen Committee and Risk Management Association Young Professionals Committee.

      Contact Alex Englander with any questions or for more information: or (518) 487-5578

    • May 13: Baseball and the Law

      A CLE at Yankee Stadium

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM to 12:45PM
      Yankees v. Houston Astros Game to Follow

      Yankee Stadium
      1 East 161st Street
      Bronx, NY

      YLS Member: $110.00
      NYSBA Member:  $125.00
      Nonmember:  $150.00

      Registration fee includes:
      CLE (1.5 hrs.), private box seats and food.


      The CLE will begin with a discussion of how baseball is a coherent legal system, with judges (umpires), an elaborate code of laws, precedents, and even common law.  It also allows for enormous judicial discretion.  Part of this discussion will focus on how baseball teaches Americans to respect the rule of law and live under a set of rules that are applied and interpreted by judges (umpires).  Then we will look at specific issues such as application of rules (think of a high strike zone or a low strike zone or the famous “pine tar” incident) ownership of baseball memorabilia (including the Barry Bonds baseball case), performance enhancement drugs, and the integration of baseball.  There will be lots of time for discussion, questions, and participation.     

      This CLE will be taught by Paul Finkelman, who is currently the John E. Murray Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Professor Finkelman was also the main expert witness for the plaintiff in Popov v. Hayashi -- the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball.  He is the co-author of Baseball and the American Legal Mind which is now being published by the W.S. Hein Company (HeinOnline) and is also the author of more than 100 law review articles and 40 books.   Additionally, Professor Finkelman has been cited in four U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  

      Seating is Limited!  
      Registration Deadline is April 29, 2017

      Contact Alex Englander at

    • June 12, 2017: United States Supreme Court Admissions Program

      Supreme Court Admissions Program


      Monday, June 12, 2017

      The Young Lawyers Section is proud to sponsor the 2017 United States Supreme Court Admissions Program for members of the New York State Bar Association.  

      Every year the Young Lawyers Section accepts applications from 50 attorneys to gain admission to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court. The 2017 brochure and pre-registration application will be available shortly.   

      For more information, please contact Alex Englander at


    • Upcoming Young Lawyers Section Events and Programs


      April 6, 2017 - Spring Executive Committee Meeting, part of the Young Lawyers Section 8th Annual Trial Academy: Cornell Law School - Ithaca, NY

      May 13, 2017 -  Baseball and the Law, CLE:  Yankee Stadium; New York, NY

      June 11, 2017 - Summer Executive Committee Meeting, part of the Supreme Court Admissions Program: Washington, D.C.

      September 22 - 24, 2017 - NEW!  Advanced Trial Academy, Syracuse University College of Law - Syracuse, NY.  More information will be available soon regarding this brand new program.  


      January 24, 2018 - Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting Program and Executive Committee Meeting, NYSBA's Annual Meeting 2018:  New York, NY

      January 25 - 26, 2018 - NEW!  Young Lawyers Section Two-Day Leadership Academy at NYSBA's Annual Meeting 2018:  New York, NY

  • Electronically
    in Touch

    About this Publication

    Published 12 times per year, Electronically In Touch features advice, guidance, and tips useful to the young lawyer both professionally and personally; includes “nuts and bolts” information about substantive legal issues; highlights cases and decisions of interest; provides updates from the Executive Committee; offers opportunities for career, professional, and leadership development; and lists a calendar of events.  In addition, the newsletter highlights some of the interesting and noteworthy things young attorneys and law students are doing from around the state, and serves as a forum for keeping the membership informed about Section and Association activities, news, programs, benefits, and services.

    Article/Content Submission

    Electronically In Touch welcomes articles from members of the legal profession on subjects of interest to New York State young lawyers.  If you are interested in sharing your articles, advice, guidance, and/or tips, please send them to Sasha Grandison, Esq., Editor-In-Chief at Electronically In Touch is a monthly publication.  

    Please submit articles no later than the 20th of the month.

    Beginning in 2011, Electronically In Touch is available in blog format only.  To view the current issue, visit

  • Perspective Newsletter


    The Young Lawyers Section print publication (Perspective) is published by the Young Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.  Perspective features substantive legal articles on current issues in all areas of practice, offers more in-depth treatment of professional development, career and networking topics, and provides a forum for expressing opinions and/or commentary on issues affecting young lawyers.
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