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  • Events
    • 11 Steps To Superior Legal Writing W/William Bernhardt (ALB)

      Thursday, October 31, 2013

      - Location -
      New York State Bar Association
      One Elk Street
      Albany, NY 12207

      7.0 MCLE Credits: 6 Skills; 1 Ethics

      Sponsor
      NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education

      Description:

      Former litigator and prolific author William Bernhardt comes to NYSBA this Fall to share writing and editing techniques designed to maximize your legal writing skills. Bernhardt focuses on helping lawyers develop skills and strategies for communicating in a rapidly changing legal environment, with a special emphasis on the abilities needed to frame your case, present it persuasively and win. Reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment!

      About William Bernhardt:

      William Bernhardt spent ten years as a litigator and partner at one of Oklahoma's most prominent law firms. After his books consistently hit the New York Times-bestseller list, he left the law to write and teach writing full-time. Bernhardt also holds a Master's Degree in English Literature, giving him a unique resume-the only legal writing instructor in the nation who has had academic acclaim, a successful, award-winning law practice, and numerous New York Times-bestselling novels

      Who Should Attend: Both new and experienced attorneys will benefit from attending this program.

      Agenda

      8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

      9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Introduction

      -Legal Writing Can Be As Good As You Make It
      -Why is Most Legal Writing So Poor?
      -What Can We Do About It?

      9:50 - 10:40 a.m. Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part I

      -Tools for Maximizing Clarity and Precision
      -The Power of Simplicity
      -Eliminating the Unnecessary and the Unhelpful
      -Avoiding Ambiguity

      10:40 - 10:55 a.m. Refreshment Break

      10:55 - 11:45 a.m. Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part II

      -Putting Fire Into Your Arguments
      -How to Find the Right Word
      -Eliminating Legalese
      -Using Quotations Wisely

      11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Eleven Steps to Superior Legal Writing: Part III

      -Every Word Matters
      -Making Your Writing Memorable
      ---Other Considerations

      12:35 - 1:35 p.m. Lunch (On Your Own)

      1:35 - 2:25 p.m. The Writing Process

      -Writing is a Process
      -How to Produce the Highest Quality Efficiently

      2:25 - 3:15 p.m. Ethical Considerations in Legal Writing

      -Writing Ethically
      -Avoiding Invective and Personal Attacks
      -Conceding When You Should
      -Quoting Ethically
      -Your Client is Not Your Excuse

      3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

      3:30 - 4:20 p.m. Pulling It All Together

      4:20 p.m. Adjourn

    • Women on the Move - 2013

      Racing Ahead of the Curve:

      Tech-Savvy Practice Pointers for Innovative Women Attorneys
      New York State Bar Association Great Hall
      1 Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207
      Thursday, October 17, 2013; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      4.0 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Skills; 1 Law Practice Management; .05 Ethics
       
      Co-Sponsors
      NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
       
      Anna S. Park
      Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP
      New York, NY
      Co-Chair, NYSBA Women in the Law
       
      Ellen G. Makofsky
      Raskin & Makofsky
      Garden City, NY
      Co-Chair, NYSBA Women in the Law
       
      NYSBA Section Co-Sponsors:
      Antitrust Law Section; Commercial and Federal Litigation Section;
      Intellectual Property Law Section; Membership Committee;
      Real Property Law Section; Senior Lawyers SectionYoung Lawyers Section;
       
      Co-Sponsoring Bar Associations:
      Asian American Bar Association of New York; Association of Black Women Attorneys, Inc.; Black Bar Association of Bronx County; Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association; Dominican Bar Association; Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York; Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Mid-Hudson Chapter, Women’s Bar Association; Orange-Sullivan Chapter, Women’s Bar Association; South Asian Bar Association of New York; Capital District Chapter, Women’s Bar Association; Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; New York Women’s Bar Association
       

       

                                                                                                                
                                                                                
      Can't be There in Person?
      This Program is also Available Via a Simultaneous Webcast Option

       

      Program Description:

       
      As technology becomes more integrated into everyday life, it changes the speed of interaction as well as the myriad options for interaction. Understanding technology and its benefits is essential for any attorney who wishes to remain competitive. In this program, an experienced faculty will show you: i) how to keep abreast of new technological developments ii) how to use technology to increase efficiency; iii) how to avoid attorney advertising problems in social media; iv) how to communicate effectively given very limited time and v) how to communicate concisely in under 140 characters. An exclusive speed networking segment will give participants the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
       
      Honorable Cathryn M. Doyle, Surrogate, Surrogate Court, Albany, will be the Keynote Speaker. A networking reception will follow the program.
       
       Agenda
       
      12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Registration
       
      1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.     Keynote Speaker: Honorable Cathryn M. Doyle, Surrogate, Surrogate Court, Albany
       
      1:20 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.     Re-Imagining Your Practice: Examining the Ethical and Practical Aspects of Technology and the Law
       
      With the Internet and mobile technology advancing rapidly, it can be difficult to keep abreast of the latest that the digital world has to offer. Mastering the increasing forms of digital communication can be overwhelming and even frightening. Our program will introduce you to and familiarize you with various technologies that can help you manage your schedule, advertise your services, outsource effectively, network and more while avoiding ethical dilemmas and faux pas that could throw you off track.
       
       2:35 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Refreshment Break
       
      2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Snapshot Communications: Creating a Lasting Impression
                                               in a Crowded, Fast-Paced World  
       
      In this world of tweets, podcasts and speed networking it has become more important than ever to convey information quickly and efficiently, and in a way that allows you to stand out in a crowded stream of data. Our panelists will teach you how to tailor your communication style so you can put your best foot forward in any abbreviated interaction.
       
      4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.      Communication Practicum: Speed Networking:
       
      Having heard some tips and tricks for communicating in time constrained settings, put your new skills to use in our moderated speed networking session. The session will be followed immediately by a group debriefing to discuss what we learned when our skills were put to the test.
       
      5:00 p.m. - Networking Reception: Official Launch of
             NYSBA Women's Community Initiative
       
      Opening Address: Lillian M. Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York,
       Inc.
       
       
      Faculty Members:
       
      Eve Birnbaum, Principal, Eve Birnbaum Associates
      Jodi Brockington, Founder, NIARA Consulting and Vice President of the Center of Philanthropy and
        Nonprofit Management at Merrill Lynch
      Sarah E. Gold, Principal, Gold Law Firm
      Professor Robert A. Heverly, Albany Law School of Union University
      Paramjit Mahli, Founder & CEO, Rainmakers Roundtable
      Mirna M. Santiago, Of Counsel, White, Fleischner & Fino LLP (White Plains, NY); host of The
       Opinion Talk Show 
       
      Who Should Attend:
      Both new and experienced attorneys will benefit from attending this program.

    • Maximizing the Use of Your Ipad in Your Law Practice

      1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

      1.5 MCLE Credits

      NYSBA Members $50 | Non-Members $150
      CLE Webcast and Live Program at the State Bar Center

      Sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association


      Keep up-to-date with the ever-evolving practice of law

      Maximizing the Use of YouriPad in Your Law Practice

      Your iPad is good for much more than email and internet.

      During this all new program, John R. McCarron, Jr. will walk you through some of the easiest, most powerful tools and apps on the iPad for your law practice.

      This program will be full of tips, tactics, and shortcuts to maximize the use of your iPad in your law practice. This program is a follow up to the Basic iPad for Lawyers CLE and will feature an advanced discussion and demonstration of legal specific apps.

      Learn to integrate mail, contacts, and calendar apps

      • Time-saving approaches for storing content
      • Save money and learn to maximize the use of free apps
      • Get tips for storing, viewing, and editing Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint files
      • Learn how to print from your iPad
      • Get advice for conducting effective web meetings on the road
      • And much more...

      Special NYSBA member rate is $50. The non-member registration fee is $150. If you would like to join the New York State Bar Association, visitwww.nysba.org/Membership.

      This program will be streamed live from the State Bar Center in Albany. Newly admitted attorneys are encouraged to attend in person as they cannot receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE webcasts/webconferences.

      To learn more about upcoming Law Practice Management programs, visitwww.nysba.org/LPM.

      If you pre-register for the CLE Webcast, you will be able to view the program video online and email questions during the live program. All registrants will have access to the program archive for over a year. Registrants will be able to go back and review excerpts on demand.

      Be advised that during the webcast, program verification codes will be displayed on the screen and announced.In order to receive MCLE credit, you will need to print the MCLE Attestation Form and write down the program codes. You will receive your MCLE certificate via email. Please be sure to provide your email address when registering.

      In the event that you miss any portion of the program, the archive will be posted online.All pre-registered CLE webcast registrants will have access to the online archive file. You will be able to view the archive online, on-demand at your leisure.

      Please note:Newly admitted attorneys may not receive MCLE credit for their participation in CLE Webcasts.

      Directions

      (FROM NORTH: 87 South to I-90 East (toward Boston), then 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Ave exit). Turn left at first light (Broadway), right at State Street and right at Lodge Street. Park at Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Garage and walk up Pine Street. Turn right onto Eagle Street and continue to corner of Elk and Eagle Streets. State Bar Center is directly across the street.FROM SOUTH: NYS Exit 23 to 787. Exit Rt. 9 North and Rt 20 West, bear right. Turn left at light, right onto Broadway, left onto State Street and right at Lodge Street, where you may park at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Garage. Follow walking directions above.FROM WEST: NYS Thruway Exit 24 to I-90 East (toward Boston). Take 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Avenue exit) and follow parking/walking directions above.FROM EAST: I-90 West to 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Avenue) and follow parking/walking directions above)

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