Commercial & Federal Litigation Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Diversity 1.50, Ethics 1.50)
Rendevouz Ballroom, 3rd Floor


Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 3.0 credit hours (1.5 credits in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias and 1.5 credits in Ethics). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

9:00-9:10 a.m. -  INTRODUCTIONS
SECTION CHAIR                       
Mitchell J. Katz, Esq., Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., Syracuse

Laurel R. Kretzing, Esq., Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Garden City

9:10-10:25 a.m.        
Implicit Bias and Diversity in the Legal Profession: Exploring Best Practices for Lawyers and Judges
(1.5 credits in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias)
This CLE will introduce the topic of implicit bias (from scientific and pragmatic views) and offer considerations for recognizing and
addressing biases that involve gender, race, sexual orientation, and age.  These biases can create access and justice barriers or
impact hiring, retention, promotion, and evaluation decisions.  In addition, we will discuss business advantages and other positive
impacts of diversity in the legal profession.

Carrie H. Cohen, Esq., Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York City
Sheldon K. Smith, Esq., Nixon Peabody, LLP, Buffalo

10:40-11:55 a.m.      
Law Firm Cyber Protection: Everything You Need and Want To Know  (1.5 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
This interactive program includes an overview of client and law firm risks, addresses law firm vulnerabilities, and will discuss guidelines and advice for practitioners to be proactive in minimizing vulnerability to cyber-attacks. Panelists will discuss the ways you can recognize scams, spoofing, phishing, malware and viruses while providing you with the practices and procedures available to seek to prevent these risks. Learn about the available cyberliability insurance options and what cyberliability coverage does and does not cover. 

Panel Chair:                
Michael S. Ross, Esq., The Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, New York City 

Greg Cooke, USI Affinity, Philadelphia, PA
James S. Gkonos, Esq., Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Kraft, Esq., General Counsel, Kraft & Kennedy, Inc., New York City
Patrick M. Turner, Esq., Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, CBS Law Department, New York City

This program is co-sponsored with the Committee on Law Practice Management and the Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  
COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Petit Trianon Ballroom Foyer, 3rd floor             

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.     
LUNCHEON – Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

To purchase a table at the luncheon download luncheon table reservation form


Award Recipient                                
Honorable Charles E. Ramos, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Senior Commercial Division Justice         
Award Presenter
Michael Miller, President-Elect, New York State Bar Association         

Discounts and Scholarships
New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 12th, 2018. For more details, please contact Lori Nicoll in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563.

For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates. Reservations must be made before December 15, 2017 by calling the New York Hilton Midtown directly at 800-445-8667 or online at

For questions about this specific program, please contact Lori Nicoll at 518-487-5563. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.