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    Welcome to the General Practice Section Join with general practitioners from across the State: Share what makes your law practice a success, and learn tips from other practicing attorneys.
  • 2014 November Pixel Persuasion
    Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century Attendees will learn how to persuasively present information intended to be read on a screen in pdf format.
  • Events
    • November 19 GP Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century


      Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century

      November 19, 2014 (Wednesday) 
      6:00-7:00pm | Wine & Hors D'oeuvres Reception
      7:00-8:30pm | MCLE Program

      Abigael's on Broadway
      1407 Broadway (at 39th Street) 
      New York, NY 

      1.5 MCLE Credits in Skills 
      This program is approved for both experiences and newly-admitted attorneys (under 24th Months) 

      Register Today! 
      Register online, or call the State Bar Service Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8:45am-4:45pm) and mention event code GENNO14

      $35 General Practice Section Members
      $50 All others*

      Registration fee includes Wine & Hors D'ouvres Reception, MCLE Program and Materials

      Program Description:
      More and more judges are reading briefs on computer screens, rather than on paper. While many of the basic principles of effective brief writing apply regardless of the manner in which the court consumes your brief, the electronic medium presents new opportunities to leverage both technology and principles of document design and web usability to give your brief even more persuasive power. 

      In this program, attendees will learn how to more persuasively present information intended to be read on a screen in pdf format. We'll discuss: 

      • how judges are reading briefs today
      • the important differences between screen-reading and paper-reading
      • the F-pattern
      • tips for writing for the 21st-Century legal reader

      The program is appropriate for all litigators, whether they practice at the trial or appellate level. Moreover, while the writing tips presented in the program help to make briefs that are read in pdf format particularly persuasive for reasons related to the medium of consumption, they make printed briefs more persuasive as well. Therefore, even lawyers who practice only in those New York state courts that haven't yet (or haven't fully) adopted electronic filing will benefit from the program.

      Lisa Solomon, Esq., Legal Research & Writing, Ardsley, NY

      Program Chair: 
      Meyer Y. Silber, Esq. (The Silber Law Firm, LLC, New York, NY) 

      Section Chair:
      Richard A. Klass, Esq. (The Law Offices of Richard A. Klass, Esq., Brooklyn, NY)   

      * SPECIAL OFFER for current NYSBA members who are not members of the General Practice Section: Receive a year of membership in the General Practice Section FREE (a $25 value) with registration at the general registration rate. Your membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2015, provided continuous NYSBA membership. 

      Register Today!

      Questions? Contact Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681 or

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    • January 27: 2015 Annual Meeting: Save the Date!

      The New York State Bar Association's 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place January 26-31, 2015:

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York City

      The General Practice Section will meet on Tuesday, January 27.

      Save the date!

  • Chapters & Committees

    The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the creation of four Chapters, based on New York State Judicial Department.

    Meetings will be held in your area and will concern matters that are important to you and your practice. You will be able to:

    • Make an important difference in the practice of law in New York;
    • Network in meaningful ways to enhance your practice;
    • Serve your clients effectively; and
    • Enhance the public interest.

    The following Chapters are available:

    1st Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 1 & 12) | View Roster
    2nd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 2, 9, 10, 11 & 13) | View Roster
    3rd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 3, 4 & 6) | View Roster
    4th Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 5, 7 & 8) | View Roster

    Hint: General Practice Section members: Log into your NYSBA member record to view member contact information in Chapter rosters. 

    To join your local chapter, email the General Practice Section, and indicate your preferred Chapter. Please note that you must be a current member of the General Practice Section in order to join. (Not a member? Join here.)

    Join a Chapter Today!

    Additionally, Committees of the General Practice Section deal with specific areas of the law. View Committees here.

    Questions? Contact

  • One on One

    View the Latest One on One

    The General Practice Section Newsletter (One on One) features peer-written substantive articles about current issues facing the general practitioner, and provides updates on Section activities and ethics opinions. One on One is published by the General Practice Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Private Online Professional Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for General Practice Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities