Young Lawyers Section

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  • Young Lawyers Trial Academy 2018
    Register Today for the Trial Academy: April 4 - 8, 2018 at Cornell
  • Upcoming Events
    • Electronically In Touch - Call for Submissions

      Electronically In Touch is the electronic newsletter of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS). It is a member driven publication, encouraging YLS members to write articles, and as such we would welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life advice, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha Grandison at no later than the 28th of the month.

      Sasha Grandison, Esq.
      Editor-in-Chief, Electronically In Touch

    • Upcoming Young Lawyers Section Events and Programs


      January 24, 2018 - Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting Program and Executive Committee Meeting, NYSBA's Annual Meeting 2018:  New York, NY REGISTER HERE

      March 29, 2018 - Transcending Label:  Diversity Challenges in the Legal Profession REGISTER HERE

      April 4 thur 9, 2018 - 9th Annual Trial Academy:  Cornell University School of Law; Ithaca, NY REGISTER HERE

    • January 23, 2018: Evening at Thurgood Marshall with the Second Circuit

      Foley Square


      The New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section invites its members, the Young Lawyers Section and others, including younger members of the Bar to meet the Judges of the Second Circuit the evening before its Annual Meeting and the awarding for the Stanley H. Fuld Award to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

      There will be tours of selected spaces at the courthouse, Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, and Mitchell J. Katz, Chair, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section will speak.

      Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

      Tuesday, January 23, 2018
      5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse
      50 Foley Square
      New York NY 10007

      Cost to Attend: 
      $35 for NYSBA Members
      $45 for Non-NYSBA Members
      $25 for Attorneys Admitted 10 Years or Less


      To register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452.

      For questions: Beth Gould at

    • Wednesday, January 24 2018: Young Lawyers Section Half-Day Program

      New York State Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting
      Young Lawyers Section - Half Day Program

      Hilton Midtown Hotel New York
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      New York, NY 10019

      Bryant Room | 2nd Floor
      Wednesday, January 24, 2018
      8:45 AM - 12:15 PM

      9:00-10:15 a.m.       
      Best Practices for Winning Your Case Before Trial 
      (1.5 Credits in the Area of Skills)
      With the overwhelming majority of cases settling or being disposed of prior to trial, most litigators go through the pre-trial steps without giving the proper consideration to preparing their case for trial from inception.  This CLE will examine best practices for utilizing the pre-trial procedure to develop your case so as to put your client in the strongest and most prepared position if and when the case is ready for disposition on summary judgment or trial.  

      Daniel Shapiro, Esq. - Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
      Suzanne M. Ratcliffe, Esq. - Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd LLC
      William Newman, Esq. - Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP

      10:25-11:15 a.m.      
      Ethical Considerations for Lawyers in the Digital Age: Exploring the Do's and Don’ts of Attorney Websites, Blogs and Social Media 
      (1 Credit in the Area of Ethics)
      Social media and the internet have undoubtedly changed the landscape of attorney advertising.  This CLE program concentrates on the ethical considerations for modern day marketing for attorneys.   Whether it’s utilizing and managing your own blog or marketing yourself on social media, every attorney should be aware of the ethics of marketing themselves in the digital age. 

      Omid Zareh, Esq. - Weinberg Zareh Malkin Price LLP
      Vikram Rajan - Practice Marketing 
      Chris McDonough Esq. - Foley Griffin LLP

      11:25-11:50 a.m.

      Ethics and Professionalism for New York Attorneys: How to present yourself professionally, competently, and in line with the Rules of Professional Conduct

      (.5 Credit in the Area of Law Practice Management)
      One of the most important things to do early in your career is to start building your brand.  This CLE will explore the tips and best practices for young lawyers who wish to manage their own practice, to expand their network and market themselves, while utilizing professionalism and civility.  

      Michael DiFalco, Esq. - Aiello & DiFalco LLP
      Christopher Clarke, Esq. - Moritt, Hock & Hamroff LLP
      Alena Shautsova, Esq. - Law Offices of Alena Shautsova 

      Branding Yourself
      (Non CLE)
      This interactive program will also explore the unique hardships young attorneys face and how to manage these issues while still developing your brand for the long haul.  

      Michael DiFalco, Esq. - Aiello & DiFalco LLP
      Christopher Clarke, Esq. - Moritt, Hock & Hamroff LLP
      Alena Shautsova, Esq. - Law Offices of Alena Shautsova  

    • Trial Academy: April 4 - April 8, 2018

      New York State Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Trial Academy


      The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program. Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved. 

      Registration for 2018 now open!

      Scholarships to the 2018 Trial Academy are sponsored by some NYSBA Sections. Apply for a Scholarship.

      The program for the 2018 Trial Academy is not yet available. View the 2017 program here.  

      Frequently asked questions about the Trial Academy

      Remember, seats are limited and the Trial Academy always sells out.

      Young Lawyers Section Member registration fee: $850 (NYSBA Membership required)
      NYSBA member registration fee: $900
      Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000

      Under New York's MCLE rule, this program qualifies for up to 37.5 MCLE credit hours, consisting of 2.0 credit hours in Ethics and 35.5 credit hours in Practical Skills. 


  • Electronically
    in Touch

    About this Publication

    Published 12 times per year, Electronically In Touch features advice, guidance, and tips useful to the young lawyer both professionally and personally; includes “nuts and bolts” information about substantive legal issues; highlights cases and decisions of interest; provides updates from the Executive Committee; offers opportunities for career, professional, and leadership development; and lists a calendar of events.  In addition, the newsletter highlights some of the interesting and noteworthy things young attorneys and law students are doing from around the state, and serves as a forum for keeping the membership informed about Section and Association activities, news, programs, benefits, and services.

    Article/Content Submission

    Electronically In Touch welcomes articles from members of the legal profession on subjects of interest to New York State young lawyers.  If you are interested in sharing your articles, advice, guidance, and/or tips, please send them to Sasha Grandison, Esq., Editor-In-Chief at Electronically In Touch is a monthly publication.  

    Please submit articles no later than the 20th of the month.

    Beginning in 2011, Electronically In Touch is available in blog format only.  To view the current issue, visit

  • Perspective Newsletter


    The Young Lawyers Section print publication (Perspective) is published by the Young Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.  Perspective features substantive legal articles on current issues in all areas of practice, offers more in-depth treatment of professional development, career and networking topics, and provides a forum for expressing opinions and/or commentary on issues affecting young lawyers.
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  • Young Lawyers Section Bylaws
    YLS Bylaws 2012.pdf