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    • October 13-14, 2016: Doing Business in New York State: Challenges & Opportunities

      CORPORATE COUNSEL & BUSINESS LAW SECTIONS' JOINT FALL PROGRAM 

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      Doing Business in New York State: Challenges & Opportunities


      October 13-14, 2016

      New York State Bar Center 
      One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 

      From Midtown to Mayville, doing business in New York State can present unique challenges for business and corporate lawyers—and also opportunities. Join the Corporate Counsel and Business Law Sections for their joint Fall Program in New York's capital!

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      4.0 New York MCLE Credits: 2.0 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted 2 years or more) 

      Can't make it in person? (WEBCAST)  
      Friday's MCLE program will also be available by simultaneous live webcast!

      Section Chairs:
      Sarah E. Gold, Esq., Jeffrey P. Laner, Esq.

      Program Chairs:
      Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Natalie Sulimani, Esq.

      REGISTER ONLINE

      Or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm) and mention event code CORPJV16.

      Hotel Accommodations: Renaissance Hotel, 144 State St, Albany, NY 12207 (less than a 5 minute walk to NYSBA)
      Book your group rate for NYS Bar Association online, or call 1-888-236-2427 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group and provide the booking ID BLCBLCA.  
      Hotel cutoff date is September 23, 2016. 


      AGENDA:

      October 13, 2016 (Thursday) 
      3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Tour of the State Capitol building (space is limited; pre-registration required) 
      5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception at the Renaissance Hotel (144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207) 

      October 14, 2016 (Friday)
      9:30am – 10:10am | Registration and Continental Breakfast 
      10:10-10:15 | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
      10:15am – 11:30am | How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State
      11:30-11:40 | Refreshment Break
      11:40-12:30pm | You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State
      12:30pm – 1:40pm | Luncheon and Keynote - “Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned”
      1:45pm – 3:25pm | Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics 
      3:25-3:30 | Concluding Remarks and Adjournment 


      PANEL DESCRIPTIONS: 

      How to Make Sausage: Influencing Public Policy in New York State

      Learn about policy development, advocacy, and compliance with New York State’s Lobbying Act

      Part I (10:15-11:05): I’m Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State’s Lobbying Act
      Speaker: Joshua L. Oppenheimer, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP; NYSBA’s outside legislative counsel

      Part II (11:05-11:30): NYSBA’s Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations
      Panelists: Hermes Fernandez, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King; Chair, NYSBA Committee on State Legislative Policy 
      Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq., NYSBA Director of Governmental Relations

      You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

      Doing business in New York – are the state laws on doing business in New York friendly, frustrating or just confusing?  This panel will discuss some examples of the unintended consequences of some New York laws and regulations on the ability to do business in New York.  And then they will host a quiz on just how much you know (or don’t know!) about doing business in New York.  Attendees are invited to submit suggestions of little-known pitfalls for the savvy business lawyer to avoid (here) for the panel to address.

      Panelists: 
      Thomas M. Pitegoff, Esq., LeClairRyan, New York City
      Kathleen A. Scott, Esq., Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, New York City

      Keynote Luncheon Address: “Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned”

      Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany

      Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics 

      As technology evolves and clients become more cost-conscious, opportunities present themselves to utilize technology to streamline your practice and, in some cases, automate certain tasks.  Attorneys can spend less time on tasks, focusing on the substance, while clients are content with the efficiency.  But, the question always forefront on our minds as attorneys: what are the ethical pitfalls, and how do we avoid them? Join us to hear this panel on cutting-edge legal technology and the ethical considerations.   

      Panelists:
      Nathan A. Huber, Director of Business Development, Premonition
      Lance Koonce, Esq., Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
      Nehal Madhani, Esq., Alt Legal Inc.


      COST: 

      Thursday Reception (optional) - $45
      Tour of NYS NYS Capitol building (optional) - $0 (Space is limited)

      Friday Program (Live or Webcast): Live program includes continental breakfast & lunch
      Section members: $100 (member of Business Law and/or Corporate Counsel Sections)
      $130 NYSBA members (non-Section member)* | $200 Non-member

      15% discount for attorneys admitted 5 years or less! (applied automatically at checkout)
      Law students who are Section members: $40 program / $20 reception

      *Not a Section member? Join today to save on this program! Business Law dues are $25 | Corporate Counsel $30. Join online (Business | Corporate) or call 800-582-2452.

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      Questions? Contact Adriana Favreau at afavreau@nysba.org or (518) 487-5669.


      DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, anyone who requires financial aid may apply in writing, not later than ten working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply, please contact: Stephanie Bugos, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or sbugos@nysba.org. 

      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 or sbugos@nysba.org.

    • Free Program Archive: Crowdfunding

      MISSED OUR ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM ON CROWDFUNDING? 

      Never fear... We recorded it!

      Now available free for Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section members. (If you're not a Business Law Section member... Why not join? Dues are just $25 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      CROWDFUNDING: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS AFTER REALLY TRYING TO RAISE CAPITAL

      All the general business lawyer needs to know about Crowdfunding but is too busy to ask

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      Presented by the Business Law Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
      Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.

      So your client wants to use Crowdfunding to raise capital . . . A practical presentation in the form of a client conference to explore how businesses can raise capital under the SEC's new crowdfunding regulations. This presentation is designed primarily for the general business law practitioner representing small businesses or small investors.

      > ACCESS THE RECORDING

      Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

    • Free Program Archive:Cybercrime

      MISSED the ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM ON CYBERCRIME? 

      Never fear... We recorded it!

      Now available free for Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section members. (If you're not a Business Law Section member... Why not join? Dues are just $25 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


      CYBERCRIME - BEFORE AND AFTER

      Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

      Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

      2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
      Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.

      > ACCESS THE RECORDING

      Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

      For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

    • Program Archive: 2016 Public Utility Law Institute

      RECORDED PROGRAM: 2016 PUBLIC UTILITY LAW INSTITUTE

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      6.0 Total MCLE Credits: 4.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Ethics and Professionalism (for experienced attorneys only)

      The 2016 Public Utility Law Institute was presented by the Public Utility Law Committee of the Business Law Section on April 7, 2016. Co-Sponsored by: Environmental Law Section and Local and State Government Law Section

      MCLE Topics:

      • Decision on Verizon FOIL Request
      • State and Federal Jurisdiction Issues
      • Clean Power Plan
      • Ethics

      TWO FREE BONUS SEGMENTS! (non-CLE)

      Cost:
      NYSBA Member Price: $200 | Non-Member Price: $300
      Section Member Price: $90 (Member of the Business LawLocal and State Government Law or Environmental Law Sections)

      Details and Purchase >

      Not a member of the Business Law Section? NYSBA members can join for just $25. Join online or call 800-582-2452.


  • Committees

    Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

    Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

    Banking Law Committee
    Bankruptcy Law Committee
    Corporations Law Committee
    Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
    Insurance Law Committee
    Legislative Affairs Committee
    Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
    Public Utility Law Committee
    Securities Regulation Committee
    Technology and Venture Law Committee

    Join a Committee

    Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to businesslaw@nysba.org.

    If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

  • NY Business Law Journal

    View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

    The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. The NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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  • Community

    New! Business Law Section Private Online Professional Community

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Business Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of business law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

    The Community is private for BLS members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only BLS members can search the site or identify other members.

    As an exciting additional feature of the BLS Community, we have created sub-Communities for our practice area committees. If you are a member of the BLS, you can access all of the committee discussions and information. If you join that committee, you can post on that committee’s sub-Community. You can also elect to get real time or daily summary emails of all new discussion posts on the BLS Community and any sub-Communities you select.

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)

    View FAQs about the Business Law Section Community (PDF)

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