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    Business Law Section Fall Meeting October 1-3, 2015 | Tarrytown, NY - REGISTER NOW! (Click image for details)
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  • Events
    • October 1-3, 2015: Business Law Section Fall Meeting

      Business Law Section Fall Meeting 

      October 1-3, 2015 

      BLS Fall Meeting

      DoubleTree by Hilton
      455 South Broadway
      Tarrytown, NY

      Just a short train ride away from NYC and Westchester! *


      Sign Up & Book your Guest Room now!  $169 per night single/double plus taxes.  Hotel cut-off date is September 9th. (Rate and availability not guaranteed following this date.)
      Call 914-631-5700 or go to and provide the group code "NBA". 

      *Taking the Train From NYC:  Metro-North Railroad—Hudson line. Express service between Tarrytown station and New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is about 35 minutes. Local service is available between other Metro-North commuter stations. Buy your tickets at the station window or ticket vending machines. Local taxis are usually available at the taxi stand across the street from the Tarrytown Station; taxis in Tarrytown charge flat rates by zone and are permitted to take multiple passengers. The DoubleTree offers shuttle service to and from the train station for its overnight guests.  Call 914-631-5700 for information/booking.

      Registration Fees:
      Business Law Section Member:  $475 
      Business Law Section Member Admitted 7 Years or Less:  $200 
      NYSBA Member, First Time Attendee of  Business Law Fall Meeting:  $300 
      Attorney, Non-NYSBA Member:  $600
      Spouse/Guest Fee:  $285 

      MCLE Credits:  9.0; including 1.5 in Ethics for Experienced Attorneys Only.   

      View/Print Meeting Registration Form
      View/Download Meeting Program

      Come and participate; this year's MCLE programming will focus on money.   Session topics include:

      Avoiding Ethical Nightmares: Why Attorney Escrow Accounts Shouldn’t Keep You up at Night
      Technology Tips for Your Practice: Integrated Billing, Document Management and Calendaring
      SEC Examination Issues for Investment Advisers to Private Funds
      Virtual Currency & Cryptocurrency Issues 
      Mobile/Internet Banking; The Latest Innovations and Regulations 
      And more!

      Enjoy time socializing with other attorneys during the cocktail receptions and dinners on Thursday and Friday! 

      Special Optional Tour/Event:  Being in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow is a special October treat. Thousands descend on the location every year for its festivities.  Few locations evoke Halloween's images as does the setting of Washington Irving's immortal tale: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  As special treat, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to experience Irving's "Legend," as told by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk in the actual setting of the story, The Old North Church.  The dramatic retelling of the 1820 folktale featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and Katrina Van Tassel includes "haunting" organ music woven throughout the spellbinding performance.  Prior to the show, there will be a guided tour through the winding roads and soaring monuments of Sleep Hollow Cemetery tracing the footstep's of Irving's most famous character, Ichabod Crane.  Hear about Irving’s life and his tremendous influence on the area.  See some of the beautiful art and architecture of this historic 166-year old place and learn about cemetery symbolism.  A visit to the Receiving Vault (the crypt of Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows) is just the right amount of spooky to get a person into the Halloween spirit!    

      Thank you to the NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee for its co-sponsorship of the Friday Morning Plenary Sessions and Clio, Practice Management Simplified, for its support of this program.

      For more questions, please contact Cathy Teeter by email

    • Bankruptcy Now Live and Webcast

      Bankruptcy Now:
      2015 Hot Topics on Bankruptcy Sales, Chapter 11 Plans, Alternate Routes and Reaching the Endgame
      Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
      9:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
      Executive Conference Center | 1601 Broadway | New York, NY 10019
      4.5 Total MCLE Credits: 
      4.5 Professional Practice

      Price: Member: $135.00 | Business Law Member: $114.50 | Non-Member: $235.00
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.
      Jeffrey Bernstein, Esq., McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
      This is a program for all levels of professionals in the business and restructuring world which will provide information on the various options available for distressed businesses and their creditors both in bankruptcy and in alternative forums.   The program will start with an overview of a most common occurrence in modern bankruptcy – the bankruptcy sale - both inside and outside of the chapter 11 plan context. Alternate non-bankruptcy proceedings such as assignments for the benefit of creditors and UCC sales will also be addressed. Ch 11 Plan fundamentals will be covered including recent cases and trends. There will also be analysis of recent issues involving the interplay between 363 sales and 365 rights and an overview of some recent Supreme Court cases of note. The panel will conclude with a discussion of the ABI’s report on Chapter 11 reform and relevant proposed revisions that, if implemented, will affect current practice and, at present, provide us with some insight on the future of the field.
      Topics Covered: 
      ·         Sales Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 363
      ·         Alternative Distressed M&A Transactions
      ·         Plans of Reorganization 
      ·         Other Updates and Recent Developments – The Supreme Court Weighs In
      ·         Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11

      Who Should Attend:
       Attorneys who practice Bankruptcy, Creditor, Business, Corporate Counsel, Tax and/or Employment Law.

      Michael Riela, Vedder Price, P.C.
      Nicole Leonard, McElroy Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
      Janice B. Grubin, LeClairRyan, P.C.
      Jeremy R. Johnson, Polsinelli PC
      David L. Barrack, Polsinelli PC
      NYSBA Bankruptcy Law Committee of the Business Law Section
      NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      - Connect and network with fellow attorneys
      - Enhance your knowledge with Section publications
      -  Save 15% on this program!
      Call (800) 582-2452 and join today! 
      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                        Registration
      9:00 – 9:50 a.m.                         I. Introduction + Sales Pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 363
      9:50 – 10:40 a.m.                       II. Alternative Distressed M&A Transactions
      10:40 – 10:50 a.m.                     Break
      10:50 – 11:40 a.m.                     III. Plans of Reorganization
      11:40 – 12:30 p.m.                     IV. Other Updates and Recent Developments – The Supreme Court Weighs In
      12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                       V. Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter     11

    • November 5: BLS Public Utility Law Institute


      The Public Utility Law Committee of the NYSBA Business Law Section is pleased to present its:

      2015 Public Utility Law Institute

      November 5, 2015

      New York State Bar Center

      One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

      Agenda and registration information will be available soon!

    • January 27, 2016: Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting


      Details coming soon.

  • Committees

    Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

    Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

    Banking Law Committee
    Bankruptcy Law Committee
    Corporations Law Committee
    Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
    Insurance Law Committee
    Legislative Affairs Committee
    Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
    Public Utility Law Committee
    Securities Regulation Committee
    Technology and Venture Law Committee

    Join a Committee

    Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to

    If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

  • NY Business Law Journal

    View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

    The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. The NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Community

    New! Announcing the Business Law Section's
    Private Online Professional Community

    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Business Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of business law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate.

    The Community is private for BLS members only. Commercial search engines are excluded and only BLS members can search the site or identify other members.

    As an exciting additional feature of the BLS Community, we have created sub-Communities for our practice area committees. If you are a member of the BLS, you can access all of the committee discussions and information. If you join that committee, you can post on that committee’s sub-Community. You can also elect to get real time or daily summary emails of all new discussion posts on the BLS Community and any sub-Communities you select.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities

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