General Practice Section

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    General Practice Section Annual Meeting Program - January 24, 2017
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  • Events
    • General Practice and Professional Discipline Meeting

      Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:00 AM
      9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      3.5 MCLE Credits

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      General Practice Section and the Committee on Professional Discipline: 

      Disclosure of client confidence, and how the new ethics rules apply; and a perennial favorite, hot tips from the experts—rapid-fire updates on the latest issues on a variety of legal topics and changes to law. 

      Appropriate for the general practice or solo/small firm attorney—or any attorney who wants to keep current with a well-rounded knowledge in the practice of law.

      3.5 Credits: 1.5 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice (non-transitional) 

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      John Owens, Jr., Esq., New York State Unified Court System, New York

      Richard M. Maltz, Esq.
      , Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York

      Joel E. Abramson, Esq.
      , Joel E. Abramson PC, New York

      Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York 


      9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
      General Practice Section Welcome, Nomination of Officers, Presentation of Award, and Introduction of Program
      John Owens, Jr., Esq.
      , Chair, General Practice Section

      9:10 - 10:00 a.m.
      CPLR Update
      David H. Rosen, Esq.
      , Former Court Attorney/Referee, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Jamaica

      10:00 - 10:10 a.m.
      Committee on Professional Discipline Welcome and Introductions
      Richard M. Maltz, Esq.
      , Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York
      Martin Minkowitz, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      10:10 - 11:40 a.m.
      Spotlight the Movie:  Ethical Issues and the Attorney-Client Privilege and General Matters in Professional Ethics and Professional Discipline

            I.        Factual background to the issue

           II.        Understanding the applicable ethics rules 

                      o    Rule 1.6:  Duty of Confidentiality

          III.        Is the information at issue privileged?

                      o    Is the identity of a client (or the number of clients) privileged?

         IV.        Was it ethical to disclose the information (assuming its privileged)?

          V.        Exceptions:

                     o    Did disclosure prevent a crime/harm from happening?

                     o    Does it matter who the client was (priests v. church)?

      Hon. Richard T. Andrias, Appellate Division, First Department, New York
      James L. Bernard, Esq.
      , Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York
      Susanne Craig
      , The New York Times, New York
      Pery D. Krinsky, Esq.
      , Krinsky PLLC, New York

      Moderator: Joel Cohen, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, New York

      11:40 - 11:50 p.m.
      Update of the Fund
      Timothy J. O’Sullivan, Esq.
      New York State Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Albany 

      11:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
      Hot Tips from the Experts
      Updates on the latest issues on a variety of legal topics and changes to law:

      • The Maintenance Guidelines Law D.R.L. §236 (B)(6)
      • Killing the “Zombies”: Recent Changes to New York State’s Foreclosure Laws
      • Center for Medicare Advocacy Analysis
      • Uber Driving and Law Practicing
      • Pets as Companions in the Law Office Setting
      • Solar Panels and the Residential Real Estate Transaction
      • “Strike While the Iron is Hot”: Get Your Legal Fees Paid Promptly

      Neil Cahn, Esq., Neil Cahn, PLLC, Carle Place
      Douglas J. Costanzo
      , DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP, New City
      Richard A. Klass, Esq.
      , The Law Office of Richard A. Klass, Esq., Brooklyn
      James K. Riley, Esq.
      , O’Connell & Riley, Esqs., Pearl River
      Dwayne Weissman, Esq.
      , Law Office of Dwayne Weissman, Commack
      Moderator: Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq.
      , DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP, New City

      1:00 p.m.


      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.5 credit hours (1.5 in Ethics, and 2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Stephanie Bugos in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

      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.

      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 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by January 9, 2017. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Stephanie Bugos at 518-487-5524. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993. 

  • Chapters & Committees

    The General Practice Section is pleased to announce the creation of four Chapters, based on New York State Judicial Department.

    Meetings will be held in your area and will concern matters that are important to you and your practice. You will be able to:

    • Make an important difference in the practice of law in New York;
    • Network in meaningful ways to enhance your practice;
    • Serve your clients effectively; and
    • Enhance the public interest.

    The following Chapters are available:

    1st Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 1 & 12) | View Roster
    2nd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 2, 9, 10, 11 & 13) | View Roster
    3rd Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 3, 4 & 6) | View Roster
    4th Department Chapter (Judicial Districts 5, 7 & 8) | View Roster

    Hint: General Practice Section members: Log into your NYSBA member record to view member contact information in Chapter rosters. 

    To join your local chapter, email the General Practice Section, and indicate your preferred Chapter. Please note that you must be a current member of the General Practice Section in order to join. (Not a member? Join here.)

    Join a Chapter Today!

    Additionally, Committees of the General Practice Section deal with specific areas of the law. View Committees here.

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  • One on One

    View the Latest One on One

    The General Practice Section Newsletter (One on One) features peer-written substantive articles about current issues facing the general practitioner, and provides updates on Section activities and ethics opinions. One on One is published by the General Practice Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

    Read now >

  • Online Community

    General Practice Section Community

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    We are pleased to announce that the General Practice Section now offers a private online professional community—for General Practice Section members only!

    Connect with fellow members on the GP Community, featuring wide-ranging legal discussion topics, document library, and searchable member directory.

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