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  • 2017 Jonathan Lippman Pro Bono Award
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  • Senior Lawyers Section Fall 2016 Meeting
    Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting November 15, 2016 Register Now!
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    Senior Lawyers Section Annual Meeting Program - January 26, 2017
  • Technology for Senior Lawyers Nov 1st
    November 1 Technology for Senior Lawyers Workshop
  • Events
    • November 1: Technology Workshop for Senior Lawyers

      Technology for Senior Lawyers Workshop

      Technology for Senior Lawyers Nov 1st

      November 1, 2016 

      9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
      New York Society of Security Analysts 
      1540 Broadway, New York, NY - entrance on 45th St.
      (Note: attendees must bring photo ID for building access)

      Free for Senior Lawyers Section members! | $25 all others (see special offer for NYSBA members below) 


      Practicing law looks different today than it did when some of us entered the legal profession. As technology becomes an increasingly integral part of life and the professional world, it becomes important for the attorney--at whatever stage of practice--to understand the technological tools that can help them market and manage their practice, trade ideas with other attorneys and conduct low cost legal research online, protect and serve their clients more efficiently and also avoid potential pitfalls that technology can pose for the unwary practitioner when filing electronically and when using their multiple “smart” devices.
      This program is not just another lecture. It is designed to be a hands-on interactive workshop with a focus on the interface between technology and law practice (though you might pick up some tips for personal use, as well). Attorneys at all levels of technology experience are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) and their questions for our knowledgeable presenters.


      9:00-9:30am           Registration and Continental breakfast

      9:30-10:30am         Introductory presentations

                                     E-Filing - Paul Aloe
                                     Fastcase - Charles Lowry
                                     Mobile Device Security - Charles Siegel
                                     Social Media - Ignatius Grande
                                     Clio - George Psiharis
                                     NYSBA LawHUB and Online Communities - Brandon Vogel
                                     Email Newsletters - Leslie Tayne

      10:30-11:30am        Break-out sessions in 20 minute rotations

      11:30-11:45am        Break

      11:45am-12:25pm   Break-out sessions in 20 minute rotations

      12:25-12:45pm        Free time for additional questions at break-out tables

      Are you a member of NYSBA but not yet a member of the Senior Lawyers Section?  When you register for this program at the $25 rate, we would like to give you a free trial membership in our Section if you are a NYSBA member age 55 or over. Your complimentary membership will be processed automatically following the program. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2017, provided concurrent NYSBA membership. If you are not age 55 but still would like to enroll in the Section, or if you wish to opt out of this offer, please contact

      Questions? Contact or call Kathy Plog at (518) 487-5681.

    • November 15, 2016: Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting


      November 15, 2016 (Tuesday)
      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown
      455 South Broadway
      Tarrytown, New York  10591

      Also available via simultaneous webcast

      4.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice, for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. 

      View full program brochure and registration form

      Join the Senior Lawyers Section for a half-day MCLE program with up-to-date information on areas of relevance to you and your clients:

      • Advance Directives for Health Care 
        Sara Meyers, Esq. of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, White Plains, NY
      • Powers of Attorney
        Robert J.Kurre, Esq. of Kurre, Schnepps LLP, Manhasset, NY
      • Last Wills and Testaments
        Richard A. Weinblatt, Esq. of Haley, Weinblatt & Calcagni LLP, Islandia, NY
      • Revocable Living Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts
        Anthony J. Enea, Esq. of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, White Plains, NY


      Not able to attend in person? View this program live via webcast!

      Questions? Contact Sydney Joy at or Adriana Favreau at

    • Free Program Archive: Retirement Planning for Clients and the Senior Lawyer


      Free to Senior Lawyers Section Members

      SLS Fall Meeting 2015

      View Recording (member log-in required)

      Not a member of the Senior Lawyers Section? Join today and receive free access to this program recording, and more. Join online, or call the Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm). Dues are only $20/year with NYSBA membership.

      Program materials are also available for download with the recording.

      Recorded October 28, 2015 (New York, NY)

      MCLE credit is not available for this recording.

      Program Topics: 

      • Understanding Your Social Security Retirement Benefits
      • Understanding the Basics of Retirement Plans and IRA Distribution Rules
      • The Basics of Annuities and Life Insurance Benefits
      • Medicaid and Long Term Care Issues Relevant to IRAs, Retirement Plans, Annuities and Life Insurance Benefits
      • Creditor and Domestic Relations Law Issues Relevant to Retirement Accounts
      • Ethics: Formalities of Retirement Vis a Vis Your Clients, the Office of Court Administration and Your Malpractice Insurance Carrier

      Robert K. Leitner CFP, Financial Advisory Network, Scarsdale, NY | Anthony J. Enea, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP, White Plains, NY | Daniel S. Rubin, Esq., Moses & Singer LLP, New York, NY | Charles J. Newman, CLU, The Charles J. Newman Co., LLC, Hawthorne, NY | Sara Meyers, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, White Plains, NY | Nancy D. Kellman, Esq., Law Office of Nancy D. Kellman, White Plains, NY | Matthew Lee-Renert, Esq., NYS Grievance Committee for the 9th Judicial District, White Plains, NY

      Questions? Contact

    • Free Program Archive: Planning for Children within the Autism Spectrum and Other Disabilities

      Senior Lawyers Section Members Only! (Free)

      Issues in Planning for Children within the Autism Spectrum and Diagnosed with Other Disabilities 
      Recorded February 9, 2015 | New York Hilton Midtown

      • Utilizing Special Needs Trusts (First Party and Self Settled) 
      • Education and School Issues Affecting Children With Disabilities 
      • Utilizing Article 17A and Article 81 Guardianships For Disabled Children 
      • Housing Issues For Disabled Children 
      • Medicaid/SSI/SSD Eligibility Issues for Disabled Children 


      Member log-in required

      Forgot your user name or password?

      If further assistance is required, please contact the State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm), or email

      Note: this is a non-CLE recording.

      Not a member of the Senior Lawyers Section? 

      Join Here to gain free access to this recording, or join by phone by calling the State Bar Service Center at (800) 582-2452. (Annual dues are just $20 with NYSBA membership)

    • Free Program Archive: Considering Next Steps - Proactive Career and Life Planning for Baby Boomers

      Considering Next Steps: Proactive Career and Life Planning for Baby Boomers
      What Have You Done and What Can You Do to Make the Post Mid-Life Transition Easier

      Free archive webcast | Recorded May 19, 2014

      Walter Burke, Esq. (Burke & Casserly, P.C. (ret.), Albany, NY)
      Rosemary Byrne, Esq. (Step-By-Step Coaching LLC, Englewood, NJ)
      Stephen R. Stern, Esq. (Law Offices of Stephen R. Stern, P.C., Melville, NY)
      Andra Moss (International Senior Lawyers Project)

      Co-Sponsored by the Senior Lawyers Section and the Committee on Lawyers in Transition

      View Program Video

  • About

    As people are living and working longer, the definition of what it means to be a senior continues to evolve. The demographics affect us all, including lawyers. Senior lawyers currently make up 25 percent of the Association’s membership, and include those who continue to work full time at law firms or in solo practices, as well as those who opt for part-time employment opportunities or donate pro bono services in their communities. In July 2006, the New York State Bar Association formed a special committee to recognize such lawyers and the unique issues that they face. As the result of the work of this committee, in 2008, the House of Delegates approved creation of the first Senior Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association.

    Meet the Chair:

    Carole Burns

    Carole A. Burns, Esq. (View Profile)

    Executive Committee Roster

    View 2014-2015 Annual Report >

    2013-2014 Annual Report >

    Senior Lawyers Section Profile

    Lawyers who are age 55 or older have valuable experience, talents, and interests. Many such senior lawyers are considering or have already decided whether to continue to pursue their full-time legal careers or whether to transition to a new position, a reduced time commitment at their current position and/or retirement from a full-time legal career. Accordingly, the Senior Lawyers Section has been created and charged with the mission of:

    • Providing opportunities to senior lawyers to continue and maintain their legal careers as well as to utilize their expertise in such activities as delivering pro bono and civic service, mentoring younger lawyers, serving on boards of directors for business and charitable organizations, and lecturing and writing;
    • Providing programs and services in matters such as job opportunities; CLE programs; seminars and lectures; career transition counseling; pro bono training; networking and social activities; recreational, travel and other programs designed to improve the quality of life of senior lawyers; and professional, financial and retirement planning; and
    • Acting as a voice of senior lawyers within the Association and the community

    Scope of Activities

    The Senior Lawyers Section seeks to address such issues as:

    • Career continuity
    • Career changes
    • The desire and opportunity to:
      • Render pro bono service
      • Serve on boards
      • Mentor other attorneys
      • Take CLE courses relevant to seniors
    • Social activities for seniors

    2015 Section Officers

    Chair: Carole A. Burns
    Vice-Elect: Elizabeth J. McDonald
    Vice-Chair: Rosemary C. Byrne
    Treasurer: Charles E. Lapp, III
    Secretary: C. Bruce Lawrence

  • The Senior Lawyer

    View the Latest from The Senior Lawyer

    The Senior Lawyer features substantive articles for lawyers who are age 55 or older and is published to help with career continuity and career changes. Articles that have appeared in past issues include such topics as value of important papers, estate planning, ethical issues, life settlements and retaining and maintaining closed files. Also included are updates on Section news, committee reports, programs and events. The Senior Lawyer is published by the Senior Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

    Read now >

  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Private Online Professional Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the Senior Lawyers Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for Senior Lawyers Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities