Young Lawyers Section

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    Young Lawyers Section Fall Meeting - November 6, 2015
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    • Electronically In Touch - Call for Submissions

      Electronically In Touch is the electronic newsletter of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS). It is a member driven publication, encouraging YLS members to write articles, and as such we would welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life advice, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Kara Buonanno at or Tyear Middleton at no later than the 28th of the month.

      Kara J. Buonanno, Esq.
      Editor-in-Chief, Electronically In Touch 

      Tyear Middleton, Esq.
      Managing Editor, Electronically In Touch

    • January 27, 2016: Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting



      Time for a Little TLC: Time Management, Leadership & Career Skills. Topics will include navigating social media as a professional (or Lawyers Can Tweet Too!: Responsible Use of Social Media); Pathways to Leadership in NYSBA; Overcoming Procrastination: Taking Charge of Your Time to Eliminate Stress and Better Serve Your Clients. Full program coming soon.

      Meeting 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the NY Hilton Midtown

      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 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

    • January 28-29, 2016: Bridging The Gap Annual Meeting


      registration information COMING SOON

      Earn all your CLE credits at this two-day CLE, which includes topics such as criminal and civil litigation boot camp, cybersecurity law, employment law, and ethics from prominent trial attorneys, practitioners, and legal scholars. Full program coming soon.

      Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the NY Hilton Midtown
      Lunch on your own

      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 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

    • Trial Academy March 30, 2016 - April 3, 2016

      Coming Soon
      The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy

      The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program.  Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved. 
      Next year's program will again be held at Cornell University School of Law in Ithaca, New York.  The dates are March 30 thru April 3, 2016.  

      To register for the 2016 NYSBA Trial Academy, Click Here!

      For more information about the New York State Bar Association Trial Academy, please contact Megan O'Toole at

    • District 10 Holiday Party

      Pathway to the Profession | Young Lawyers Section | Real Property Section | Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section |  Nassau County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Committee 


      Thursday, December 3, 2015
      6 pm to 9 pm
      Eleanor Rigby's
      133 Mineola Blvd
      Mineola, NY

      Please bring one unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

      Register at
      Contact Alex Englander at

      YLS District 10 Holiday Party

    • Young Lawyers Section Call for Nominations for 2016-2017

      Mentor - Lead/Learn

      Executive Committee Nominations for 2016-2017

      Dear Young Lawyers Section Member: 

      As we look forward to the new year, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) are working to prepare for the 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City, beginning the week of January 25, 2016.

      • Wednesday, January 27, 2016: Annual Meeting 1/2 day continuing legal education program, which will immediately be followed by our executive committee luncheon and membership meeting.
      • Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 12:30 pm: presentation of our 2016 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. It will take place during the Executive Committee meeting and luncheon. 
      • Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29, 2016: two-day Bridge-the-Gap continuing legal education program.

      As part of our Annual Meeting events, we will be selecting the Section leadership for next year (June 2016-May 2017). Therefore, we invite you to put forth an application for a position on the YLS Executive Committee for 2016-2017 (see nomination form below). The Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section is comprised of four (4) officers of the Section; one (1) representative and one (1) alternate representative member from each judicial district of New York State; four (4) YLS delegates and (1) YLS alternate delegate to the New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates; one (1) YLS delegate from the New York State Bar Association to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates (not currently vacant); all chairpersons of the standing committees of the YLS; all liaisons from the YLS to other Sections, divisions or committees of the New York State Bar Association; and the Editors of Perspective and Electronically-In-Touch.

      If you currently hold one of the above mentioned positions, and wish to continue, you need to submit a nomination form as well. This includes current district representatives, section liaisons, committee chairs, etc.

      As a member, you have enjoyed the valuable services, benefits, and opportunities for young lawyers working in and around New York State, including, but not limited to access to valuable publications such as Perspective and Electronically-In-Touch; interesting and informative Continuing Legal Education programs, such as Bridge-the-Gap; and a wealth of networking opportunities with other young and experienced attorneys and practitioners.

      As a leader, you will have opportunities to network on a larger scale with the YLS membership, and other Section and Association leaders who are regarded as top experts in their practice areas. You may assist in organizing district programs and events or Section-wide initiatives, such as the annual Trial Academy. Most of all, you will serve with a talented group of young attorneys from around the State to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for young and newly-admitted attorneys by enhancing and developing career, professional, and leadership skills; providing opportunities for mentoring and networking with peers and seasoned practitioners; and, serving as a champion in the facilitation and resolution of issues common to our membership.

      Whether you currently serve in a leadership capacity and would like to continue your service, or are a Section member who would like to be considered for a position on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee for 2016-2017, I invite you to submit a Nomination Form expressing your interest. Nomination forms can be accessed by clicking here.

      If you would like to be considered for any one of the three elected officer positions (Chairperson-Elect, Treasurer, or Secretary), we ask that you submit a one-two (1-2) paragraph statement, indicating the position you are seeking and your reasons for seeking such position, along with your Nomination Form.

      Nomination Forms should be emailed to:

      Terrence Tarver
      YLS Nominating Committee Chair
      Email completed nomination forms to:

      Deadline for Submission: Friday, December 18, 2015

      Nomination Forms will be reviewed by the YLS Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will then prepare and vote upon the slate of Nominations. The slate will be presented to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for presentation and a vote at the Annual YLS Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

      On behalf of the Young Lawyers Section, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your families for a happy new year!  See you in 2016!


      Erica M. Hines
      Young Lawyers Section

    • Dec 3: Young Lawyer Section 3rd and 4th District Holiday Party

      Young Lawyers Section | Real Property Law Section | Business Law Section | Corporate Counsel Section | Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section 

      3rd and 4th Districts Holiday Party


      Twas the holiday season, when all through the firm
      Associates were tired and ready to squirm.   
      The subpoenas were sent, by courier with care
      In hopes they’d be answered, without much of a scare. 
      While partners were out, celebrating with glee
      Junior associates were sweating, but wanting to flee.   
      Then, all a sudden and without any notice
      Just like a new ruling, from the vaunted, high SCOTUS.   
      Their weary eyes read with delight and disbelief: 
      An invitation for all, to a party, what relief.   
      It read: “Come join us and spread some holiday cheer,
      Don’t worry; there really is nothing to fear.”
      So off they all ran, to Albany, that shining star
      The Pump Station was calling, it really isn’t too far.   
      The party was free, bring just one toy
      For a disadvantaged child, it will provide lots of joy.   
      SO, join us on Thursday, December of Three
      For food, fun and spirits, and yes, even coffee.   
      They heard a partner exclaim, as they partied ‘til eight
      “Happy Holidays to all, come on, let’s celebrate!”

      NYSBA’s Young Lawyers Section, Business Law Section, Corporate Counsel Section, Real Property Law Section and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section cordially invite you to attend the 3rd and 4th Districts Holiday Party.

      Thursday, December 3, 2015
      6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
      Albany Pump Station
      19 Quackenbush Square
      Albany, NY 12207



      Registration deadline is December 1, 2015 | Register HERE
      Contact Alex Englander at with any questions.  

  • Electronically
    in Touch

    About this Publication

    Published 12 times per year, Electronically In Touch features advice, guidance, and tips useful to the young lawyer both professionally and personally; includes “nuts and bolts” information about substantive legal issues; highlights cases and decisions of interest; provides updates from the Executive Committee; offers opportunities for career, professional, and leadership development; and lists a calendar of events.  In addition, the newsletter highlights some of the interesting and noteworthy things young attorneys and law students are doing from around the state, and serves as a forum for keeping the membership informed about Section and Association activities, news, programs, benefits, and services.

    Article/Content Submission

    Electronically In Touch welcomes articles from members of the legal profession on subjects of interest to New York State young lawyers.  If you are interested in sharing your articles, advice, guidance, and/or tips, please send them to Kara Buonanno, Esq., Editor-In-Chief at Electronically In Touch is a monthly publication.  

    Please submit articles no later than the 20th of the month.

    Beginning in 2011, Electronically In Touch is available in blog format only.  To view the current issue, visit

  • Perspective Newsletter


    The Young Lawyers Section print publication (Perspective) is published by the Young Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.  Perspective features substantive legal articles on current issues in all areas of practice, offers more in-depth treatment of professional development, career and networking topics, and provides a forum for expressing opinions and/or commentary on issues affecting young lawyers.
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