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MEDIATION CHOICES FOR EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial & Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel SectionDispute Resolution Section and the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Friday, October 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Live CLE Program

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

5.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325
Co-Sponsoring Section Member: $150

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Agenda & Faculty

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m:  Welcome and Introduction
Deborah Masucci | Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services
Immediate Past Chair, Dispute Resolution Section

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Session 1: Preparing for Mediation and Selecting the Mediator
Liz Shampnoi | Shampnoi Dispute Resolution and Management Services, Inc.

Panel
Gabrielle Y. Vázquez | McGrail & Bensinger LLP
Stephen P. Younger | Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

  •  Key Benefits of Mediation
  •  Managing Client Expectations
  •  Strategic Mediator Selection
  •  Developing Mediation Strategy
    1.0 Credit in Skills
     


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  - Session 2: You Get Out of It What You Put Into It!
Mark Morril | Morril ADR

Panel
Mitchell F. Borger | Corporate Counsel Section Chair
Laurel R. Kretzing | Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair | 

Topics to be covered include:

  •  Developing strong pre-mediation checklists so as to prepare clients, adversaries, the mediator and most importantly, self.
  • Utilizing submissions and pre-mediation phone calls to give and get information, demonstrate strength and flexibility.
  • Using the joint session to set the foundation for the day and the resolution.
    1.0 Credit in Skills


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m: Break


11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. - Session 3: Negotiating Within the Mediation, Avoiding Impasse and Closing the Deal
David Brodsky | Brodsky ADR LLC

Panel
Vivian O. Berger | Columbia University Law School
Marjorie E. Berman | Krantz & Berman LLP

  • Client counseling and role division;
  • Adjusting the spigot of disclosure – delivering the right information at the right time in a well crafted message;
  • Building effective risk and transaction cost analyses.
    1.0 Credit in Skills

12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m: Lunch


12:50 p.m. – 1:40 p.m - Session 4: “Careful the Things You Say: Ethics for Negotiators”
Danielle B. Shalov | Adjunct Professor Mediation Clinic, NYLS New York Law SchoolHow to balance cooperation and competition when negotiating on behalf of your client.  A presentation of challenges facing negotiators, applicable ethical guidelines, and an interactive discussion using hypotheticals.
     1.0 CLE Credit in Ethics

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m - Session 5: Emphasis on Mediation Advocacy Skills and the Importance to the Courts
Deborah Masucci | Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services

Panel:
Lisa Denig | Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives Office of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge George Silver
Hon. Timothy Sean Driscoll | NY Supreme Court Commercial Division
Daniel F. Kolb | Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Paul D. Sarkozi | Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP 
Robyn Weinstein | ADR Administrator, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

This panel will talk about the NY Court’s Presumptive Mediation Initiative and how it will impact the cases advocates file in court. The discussion will include how advocates need to prepare for the challenges they will face. Some federal courts maintain Mediation Advocacy Programs which offer pro bono opportunities to gain experience as limited scope mediation advocates.  How are they working?
     1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills 


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WOMEN ON THE MOVE


The Women on the Move program is a Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on an array of topics of particular interest to women attorneys.

This year’s program theme is Women Charting a New Course.  Because there are still obstacles to shattering the glass ceiling, this program will address the ways women attorneys have made changes – in our mindset, in our careers and in the law – in order to overcome challenges we have faced as women attorneys, along with a frank discussion of challenges we still face and what we can do to move forward.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. | CLE: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wolferts Roost Country Club
120 Van Rensselaer Blvd
Albany, NY 12204


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Blazing a Trail: Removing Implicit Bias and Strategies for Dealing With It  
Keynote Speaker M. Cornelia (Connie) Cahill, Deputy Managing Partner of Barclay Damon, will address how she navigated the challenges of creating and chairing a leading public finance practice and rose to the position of the first woman Deputy Managing Partner of her firm.  She will also discuss how she and her firm have worked on removing implicit bias and strategies for dealing with it.

Changing Our Mindset: How to Effectively Communicate Your Talent
Our society, our culture, our experiences or our own self-doubts may tell us to keep our head down, keep quiet, work hard and wait for recognition.  But the fact remains that in the law, as in any profession, speaking up is often the key to advancing your career, building your business, and rising to positions of leadership. Our panel consists of leading lawyers who will discuss how to effectively communicate your talent and market your skills, and how to overcome the voices – both external and internal – that may keep you from your goal. 

Women in Leadership Changing Paths | Leadership Development, Overcoming Barriers and Honing Your Skills
There isn’t only one way to use your law degree.  Different paths can lead to the same destination:  hopefully, a satisfying career.  Attorneys who decided to change their legal career path, whether by transitioning to the judiciary, public service, solo practice or non-traditional corporate roles, will discuss the pressures women face in traditional law practice, as well as the changes many women seek by charting a new course in the judiciary, in-house or public service sectors.  They will share with us how and why they set their new goals, what steps they took along the way (including honing legal skills), whether their new career met their expectations, and what advice they would give to attorneys considering a change in their legal career.

Changing the Law: Current State of Sexual Harassment Law and Dealing with Harassment in the Legal Workplace
The #MeToo Movement galvanized women to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace and, in 2018, led to significant changes in NYS employment law.  In 2019, the testimony of women and men before the NYS Legislature led to even more changes in the law.  Our third panel will review the 2019 changes to employment law in New York, what changes may still be ahead, whether the law reflects our reality, and what we can do to implement changes on the ground.

A networking reception will follow the program to allow for attendees to meet and speak with panelists and each other.

3.5 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Skills, 0.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

NYSBA Member: $150 | Women in Law Section Member: $125 | Non-Member: $250

Sponsored by the Women in Law SectionLaw Practice Management CommitteeCommittee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial and Federal Litigation SectionGeneral Practice Section and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the New York State Bar Association. 


Program Faculty
Terri A. Mazur, Esq. | Women in Law Section Chair of the New York State Bar Association
Jennifer M. Boll, Esq. | Program Chair | Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Nancy Sciocchetti, Esq. | Program Chair | Managing Director, Mercury LLC
M. Cornelia Cahill | Managing Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
Hon. Christina Ryba | Supreme Court Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 3rd Judicial District 
Candace J. Gomez, Esq. | Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Natalie Runyon | Director of Enterprise Content, Thomson Reuters
Libby M. Coreno, Esq. | Moderator | General Counsel, Bonacio Construction, Inc.
Hon. Mary Beth Walsh | Assemblywoman, New York State Assembly, 112th District
Diane E. O’Connell | Director, PwC
Laura Sulem, Esq. | Moderator | Senior Director, Litigation at Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
Scott M. Peterson, Esq. | Founding Partner, D’Orazio Peterson LLP
Sheryl B. Galler, Esq. | Moderator | Law Office of Sheryl B. Galler 
Ivie Guobadia Serioux, Esq. | Littler Mendleson P.C.
Katharine Neer, Esq. | Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Rita Pasarell, Esq. | NY Sexual Harassment Working Group
Hon. Rachel Kretser | Retired Judge, Albany County Court


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If you have any questions about this program, please contact Michella Weiss, CLE Program Manager, or Leanne Isabelle, CLE Program Coordinator. 

UPDATE 2019

This program will cover the most recent developments in areas of practice that New York attorneys regularly handle, including: Civil Procedure; Matrimonial and Family Law; Trusts and Estates Law; Business and Corporate Law; Criminal Law; and Ethics and Professionalism. All that is new in each field – cases, statutes, rules, procedures and practice techniques – will be reviewed by an experienced faculty member. Don’t miss this all-inclusive program providing a comprehensive overview of the important changes that occurred during 2019!

Sponsored by the Business Law Section, the Family Law Section, the General Practice Section, the Trusts and Estates Law Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

7.0 MCLE Credits: 5.5 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.5 Ethics

Business Law, Family Law, General Practice, and Trusts and Estates Law Section Members: $150
NYSBA Member: $175 
Non-Member: $275


Agenda Topics
> Matrimonial and Family Law
> Ethics and Professionalism
> Business and Corporate Law
> NY CPLR Update
> Criminal Law
> Trusts and Estates Law

Program Faculty
Jennifer M. Boll, Esq. | Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Erica T. Dubno, Esq. | Fahringer & Dubno
David L. Ferstendig, Esq. | Law Offices of David L. Ferstendig LLC
Michael Gaynor, Esq. | Attorney Grievance Committee | Appellate Division, Third Department
Bruce J. Wagner, Esq. | McNamee Lochner P.C.
*Additional speakers to be announced.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Patrick Boland, CLE Program Manager, or Leanne Isabelle, CLE Program Coordinator.

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Corpus Wellness: The Path to Attorney Health
Robert S. Herbst, Esq.


Corpus Wellness: The Path to Attorney Health – Robert Herbst, Esq.from New York State Bar Associationon Vimeo.

Lawyers know about stress. In hunter-gatherer days, the “fight or flight” response served humans well when dealing with imminent threats. But what about stressful professions today when the pressure never ends? With prolonged exposure, this same fight or flight reflex can lead to depression and issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Some turn to drugs, alcohol or other means to try to cope. Hear how one New York lawyer—who also happens to be a 19-time world champion powerlifter and member of the AAU Strength Sports Hall of Fame—deals with the stresses of law.

Robert Herbst shares some practical tips on:

  • Using exercise to combat the negative health effects of stress
  • Making yourself your own client in committing to wellness
  • Healthful eating
  • Setting realistic goals

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Presented by the NYSBA General Practice Section

General Practice Section and Committee on Professional Discipline Annual Meeting

Recorded January 23, 2018 - New York, NY

Our 2018 Annual Meeting program sold out, so a recording is being made available for purchase (with a special discount for General Practice Section members!)

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Total credits: 4.0 (2.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Ethics), for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years)

Topics and Speakers:

  • CPLR Update (Burton N. Lipshie, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP)
  • Loose Lips and Emailing Lawyers: The Ethics of Protecting Client Confidences (Hon. Karen K. Peters, Former Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Third Department; Timothy J. O'Sullivan, Esq., New York State Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection; William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times; Michael Ross, Esq., Law Offices of Michael S. Ross; Jonathan Stribling-Uss, Esq., Constitutional Communications)
  • Hot Tips from the Experts (Ash Ahluwalia, National Social Security Partners LLC; Richard A. Klass, Esq., The Law Office of Richard A. Klass, Esq.; Bruce D. Steiner, Esq., Kleinberg Kaplan; Dwayne Weissman, Esq., Law Office of Dwayne Weissman; Moderator: Lynne S. Hilowitz-DaSilva, Esq., DaSilva & Hilowitz LLP) 

NYSBA Member price: $135 | Non-Member Price: $200
General Practice Section Member price: $85

Not a member of the General Practice Section? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! (Join Online, or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 M-F, 8:45am-4:45pm)

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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.)

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

Questions? Contact [email protected]

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.

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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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