General Practice & Professional Discipline Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Ethics 2.00)
Nassau East, 2nd Floor


Topics tailored toward the general practice or solo/small firm attorney—or any lawyer who wants to keep current with a well-rounded knowledge in the practice of law!

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. General Practice Section Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Award, and Introduction of Program
Paul T. Shoemaker, Esq. | General Practice Section Chair

9:10 - 10:00 a.m. CPLR Update
What’s New in New York State Civil Practice Law and Rules (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Burton N. Lipshie, Esq. 

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

10:00 - 10:05 a.m. Committee on Professional Discipline Welcome and Introductions
Richard M. Maltz, Esq., Committee Chair
Martin Minkowitz, Esq., Program Chair

10:05 - 11:45 a.m. The Ethical Obligations of a Lawyer to Learn the True Facts (2.0 Credits in Ethics)
How confident must a prosecutor be that the star witness is telling the absolute truth? May a defense lawyer simply rely on the defendant’s account – and what if the lawyer thinks the defendant is lying? Is there a different threshold of belief for civil litigators when they agree to file a lawsuit?

Monica A. Duffy, Esq. |
Attorney Grievance Committee, Third Judicial Department
Prof. Bruce A. Green | Fordham University School of Law
David B. Lat, Esq. | Above the Law
Hon. Colleen McMahon | Chief U.S. District Judge, SDNY
Michael S. Ross, Esq. | Law Offices of Michael S. Ross
Joel Cohen, Esq. (Panel Chair) | Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP 

11:45 - 12:00 p.m. Break

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Hot Tips from the Experts (1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice)
Updates to keep the general practitioner current. Topics:
• The Current State of Cannabis Law
• A Man’s Home is (Not Always) His Castle: RPAPL 881 License to Enter Neighbor's Property
• 4 Steps to Picking a Good Trademark
• Presumption of Death in Surrogate's Court Proceedings
• Spousal Maintenance, Taxability and Double-Dipping

Sara E. Payne, Esq.  | Barclay Damon LLP 
Richard A. Klass, Esq. | Law Offices of Richard A. Klass, Esq.
Betty Tufariello, Esq. | Intellectulaw The Law Offices of P. B. Tufariello, PC
Dwayne Weissman, Esq. | Law Office of Dwayne Weissman
Neil Cahn, Esq. | Neil Cahn, PLLC
Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq. (Panel Chair) | DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP

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