Sections & Committees

Elder Law and Special Needs Section



Issues involving Special Education and related services are impacting a growing number of families and their attorneys. This timely program, featuring well recognized practitioners in Special Education Law, will present valuable information and practical pointers across a broad spectrum of topics.

This practical program will be of great benefit to Special Education Law practitioners and to any attorney representing children and families who become involved in the Special Education system. Attorneys representing school districts and special education teachers will also benefit by attending. School administrators and teachers are also encouraged to attend at a discounted price.


Adrienne Arkontaky, Esq. | Cuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
Tracey Spencer Walsh, Esq. | Spencer Walsh Law, PLLC

To Register:


Earn 7.5 MCLE credits by attending this full-day program.

Monday, June 4, 2018 | Albany | New York State Bar Association
Session Chair: Tara Anne Pleat, Esq. | Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Buffalo | Classics V Banquet & Conference Center
Session Chair: Professor Melinda Saran | University at Buffalo School of Law

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | New York City & Webcast | CFA Society of New York
Session Chairs: Adrienne Arkontaky, Esq. | Cuddy Law Firm, P.L.L.C. & Tracey Spencer Walsh, Esq. | Spencer Walsh Law, PLLC

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Long Island | Melville Marriott
Session Chair: 


• Endrew F. and its Progeny - An IDEA Caselaw Update
• Representation of a School District Regarding Obligations Under the IDEA
• What Parents of a Struggling Child Should Know - IDEA Basics
• An Analysis of the Fee Shifting Provision and Recovery of Legal Fees/Representing the Underserved Client in IDEA Cases
• IEP Meetings - Best Practices for Districts and Parents
• How Lay Advocates and Special Education Attorneys Can Work Together on Special Education Matters
• An Overview of Special Needs Planning for Families of Loved Ones With Disabilities
• Ethical Dilemmas in the Representation of School Districts and Families

Click Here to view the Brochure 


Albany | Buffalo | NYC & Webcast | Long Island

NYSBA Members: $175 | Co-Sponsoring Section Members: $135 | Non-Members: $275

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.

Summer Meeting | July 12-14, 2018

Queen’s Landing Hotel, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada

Register Online or Download Meeting Registration Form
View Program Agenda

Book Your Hotel Accommodations at The Queen's Landing Hotel, 155 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Go to: to book your hotel room online by Monday, June 11th. 
Use Group ID code: 1911660 to receive the group rate of $295 per night or call 1.888.669.5566 to reserve your room.
Book early because we will sell out and availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date. 

Join us at our summer meeting this year in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.  This is a world-class destination with year round events and attractions 
everyone can enjoy. Your options for things to do range from seeing wonderful plays during the Shaw Festival 2018, enjoy a trolley wine country tour 
and participate in the fast and exciting whirlpool jet boat tour.

You can earn up to 12.0 MCLE credits consisting of 7.0 in Areas of Professional Practice, 2.5 in Ethics, 4.5 in Skills and 1 in Diversity, Inclusion and 
Elimination of Bias for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.  Attorneys admitted 2 years or less are not eligible to receive credit in
the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category. Breakdown of credit hours per individual is dependent on choice of sessions that are attended.

There will be a plenary session each day along with several breakout sessions.  Each breakout session will offer a basic course for newly-admitted attorneys 
and one for experienced attorneys. 
Some of the topics that will be covered are:
Overview of Tax Planning for the Elder Law Practitioner
Using the CPLR: Advanced Practice in Article 81 Guardianship
Planning and Skills for Chronic Care Medicaid 
Advanced Tax: Understanding the New Tax Laws
These are just some of the many topics that will be covered over the weekend. To see all the sessions offered View Program Agenda.

Registration Fees
Elder Law and Special Needs Section (ELSN) Member: $475.00
Loyalty Discount, ELSN Section Member*: $375
First Time Attendee, ELSN Section Member*: $275.00
NYSBA Newly-Admitted Attorney (5 years or less): $350.00
NYSBA Non-ELSN Section Member Attorney: $675.00
Non-NYSBA Member Attorney: $750.00
Spouse/Guest: $275.00
Children 13 to 18: $125.00
Children 7 to 12: $50.00
Children 6 and under: $25.00 
* LOYALTY Discount Rate: Elder Law and Special Needs Section members who have attended 3 of the last 5 years of summer meetings. 
*First Time Attendee Rate: Elder Law and Special Needs Section members who have not attended a Summer or Fall Section meeting since 2006.

 Already an NYSBA Member? Join the Elder Law and Special Needs Section for $30 and save $200 on the registration fees. Call 1.800.582.2452 to join the Section!

For any questions, please contact Lori Nicoll at


Additional Information Coming Soon!


Join nearly 5,000 members of the New York State Bar Association from around the state and beyond at the Annual Meeting, sharing insights and experiences. Take advantage of the excellent schedule of events presented by the Association’s sections and committees, network at the member receptions and make connections with the exciting array of exhibitors.  


Starts: January 14, 2019 
Ends: January 19, 2019 


1335 Avenue of the Americas 
New York, NY 10019   




The Elder and Special Needs Law Journal (formerly the Elder Law Attorney) features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of elder law on such topics as long-term care, Article 81, advance directives, Medicaid, SNTs, guardianship, Social Security, tax issues, and estate planning. Edited by Tara Anne Pleat, Esq., and Judith Nolfo McKenna, Esq., the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal is published quarterly by the Elder Law and Special Needs Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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