Women on the Move

Thursday, October 17, 2013

- Location -
New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 463-3200

Women on the Move 2013:
Racing Ahead of the Curve: Tech-Savvy Practice Pointers for Innovative Women Attorneys

12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 A Networking Reception will follow the Program

4.0 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Skills; 1.0 Law Practice Management; 0.5 Ethics

This program is available via a simultaneous live webcast option

This program will be presented in person at the New York State Bar Association.
Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.

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. 

Who Should Attend: Attorneys engaged in all areas of practice will benefit from attending this program.

Program Agenda

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Registration 

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.     Welcome and Introduction

                                   Melissa C. Lee, Esq., Program Chair
                            Anna S. Park, Co-Chair, NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law                       

1:00 p.m – 1:20 p.m.      Keynote Speech

                            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 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.                       Adjourn

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.      Networking Reception: Official Launch of NYSBA Women's Community Initiative

                                     Welcome and Introduction - Ellen G. Makofsky, Co-Chair, NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law

                                     Opening Address - Lillian M. Moy, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.

The NYSBA Women's Community is a new initiative aimed at connecting women attorneys with NYSBA and each other for professional success.  Come learn how you can become part of this Exciting new program.  

NYSBA Co-Sponsors:
Committee on Women in the Law
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

NYSBA Section Co-Sponsors:
Antitrust Law Section
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
Intellectual Property Law Section
Real Property Law Section
Senior Lawyers section
Torts Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Young Lawyers Section
Membership Committee

Program Co-Sponsors:

Asian American Bar Association of New York
Association of Black Women Attorneys
Black Bar Association of Bronx County
Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
Capital District Chapter, Women's Bar Association
Dominican Bar Association
Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York
Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Metropolitan Black Bar Association
Mid-Hudson Chapter, Women's Bar Association
New York Women's Bar Association
Orange-Sullivan Chapter, Women's Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association of New York

Program Faculty

Program Chair

Melissa C. Lee
Mental Hygiene Legal Services
Brooklyn, New York


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. Hevelry
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