General Practice Section

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    General Practice Section Annual Meeting Program - January 24, 2017
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    • GP Improvisational Acting in the Court House

      General Practice Section

      Improvisational Acting in the Court House
      With Robert Galinsky of and the New York Reality TV School 

      January 10, 2017

      Ripley-Grier Studios
      520 8th Avenue
      New York, NY 10018

      “He teaches you to open the portfolio of yourself.” BBC News

      Attendance is limited to 40 people. 

      Cost per session:
      Attorneys admitted 5 years or less: $10
      General Practice Section members: $20
      All others: $45 


      Register for January 10, 2017 

      Following up on last year’s successful workshop, IACH will utilize ‘tried and true’ techniques, infused with a slew of new ideas to show attendees how to: captivate and engage listeners, tap into your authentic passion, find your ‘hooks’ and style, and get results!  IACH is a fun, educational, and invaluable workshop for lawyers of all levels of experience, working in all areas of the legal system.  Robert Galinsky leads this workshop, with assistance from TV/Film and Off-Broadway actress Shannon Hamm, and shows lawyers how to distinguish themselves in and out of the courtroom.  Robert Galinsky wants you to be as effective as possible and will present techniques that professional actors use to mesmerize their audiences on stage or screen 

      Techniques and Takeaways:

      • Managing pressure and stress
      • Changing direction
      • Body language and non-verbal language
      • Confidence and humor
      • Strong starts, powerful closings
      • Quick Thinking and Taking Action Through lines and listening

      Each attendee of the IACH Workshop will also receive a printed certificate of achievement. This 75-minute workshop will be followed by a networking after-party.

      Special Offer for current NYSBA members who are not members of the General Practice Section: Receive membership in the GP Section for the remainder of 2016 included with registration! Your complimentary membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2016, provided current NYSBA membership

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

    • General Practice and Professional Discipline Meeting

      Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:00 AM
      9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      3.5 MCLE Credits

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      General Practice Section and the Committee on Professional Discipline: 

      Disclosure of client confidence, and how the new ethics rules apply; and a perennial favorite, hot tips from the experts—rapid-fire updates on the latest issues on a variety of legal topics and changes to law. 

      Appropriate for the general practice or solo/small firm attorney—or any attorney who wants to keep current with a well-rounded knowledge in the practice of law.

      3.5 Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice (non-transitional) 

      > View/download the Program Flyer

      John Owens, Jr., Esq., New York State Unified Court System, New York

      Richard M. Maltz, Esq.
      , Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York

      Joel E. Abramson, Esq.
      , Joel E. Abramson PC, New York

      Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York 


      9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
      General Practice Section Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Award, and Introduction of Program
      John Owens, Jr., Esq.
      , Chair, General Practice Section

      9:10 - 10:00 a.m.
      CPLR Update
      David H. Rosen, Esq.
      , Former Court Attorney/Referee, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Jamaica

      10:00 - 10:10 a.m.
      Committee on Professional Discipline Welcome and Introductions
      Richard M. Maltz, Esq.
      , Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York
      Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      10:10 - 11:40 a.m.
      Spotlight the Movie:  Ethical Issues and the Attorney-Client Privilege and General Matters in Professional Ethics and Professional Discipline

            I.        Factual background to the issue

           II.        Understanding the applicable ethics rules 

                      o    Rule 1.6:  Duty of Confidentiality

          III.        Is the information at issue privileged?

                      o    Is the identity of a client (or the number of clients) privileged?

         IV.        Was it ethical to disclose the information (assuming its privileged)?

          V.        Exceptions:

                     o    Did disclosure prevent a crime/harm from happening?

                     o    Does it matter who the client was (priests v. church)?

      Hon. Richard T. Andrias, Appellate Division, First Department, New York
      James L. Bernard, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York
      Susanne Craig
      , The New York Times, New York
      Pery D. Krinsky, Esq.
      , Krinsky PLLC, New York

      Moderator: Joel Cohen, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      11:40 - 11:50 p.m.
      Update of the Fund
      Timothy J. O’Sullivan, Esq.
      New York State Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Albany 

      11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
      Hot Tips from the Experts
      Updates on the latest issues on a variety of legal topics and changes to law:

      • The Maintenance Guidelines Law D.R.L. §236 (B)(6)
      • Killing the “Zombies”: Recent Changes to New York State’s Foreclosure Laws
      • Center for Medicare Advocacy Analysis
      • Uber Driving and Law Practicing
      • Pets as Companions in the Law Office Setting
      • Solar Panels and the Residential Real Estate Transaction
      • “Strike While the Iron is Hot”: Get Your Legal Fees Paid Promptly

      Neil Cahn, Esq., Neil Cahn, PLLC, Carle Place
      Douglas J. Costanzo
      , DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP, New City
      Richard A. Klass, Esq.
      , The Law Office of Richard A. Klass, Esq., Brooklyn
      James K. Riley, Esq.
      , O’Connell & Riley, Esqs., Pearl River
      Dwayne Weissman, Esq.
      , Law Office of Dwayne Weissman, Commack
      Moderator: Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq.
      , DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP, New City

      1:00 p.m.


      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.5 credit hours (1.5 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      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 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Stephanie Bugos 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 Stephanie Bugos at 518-487-5524.

      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. Room rates are $260.00 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by January 9, 2017. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Stephanie Bugos at 518-487-5524. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993. 

  • 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

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    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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  • Online Community

    General Practice Section Community

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    We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section now offers a private online professional community—for General Practice Section members only!

    Connect with fellow members on the GP Community, featuring wide-ranging legal discussion topics, document library, and searchable member directory.

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