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    • September 2016: Law School for Insurance Professionals


      Law School for Insurance Professionals 2016

      Albany | Buffalo | Long Island | New York City

      Co-sponsored by the NYSBA Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section (TICL) and New York Insurance Association, Inc. (NYIA)

      Join insurance industry professionals and their counsel for a unique program involving direct interaction between some of New York’s top insurance and defense attorneys and the industry they serve. Law School for Insurance Professionals is a full-day seminar where coverage and defense attorneys share their knowledge and experience with insurance professionals from around the State. This course does not carry MCLE or CE credit. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

      Attend to receive insights and updates on current legal issues that the savvy insurance professional won’t want to miss.

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      Program Silver Sponsors: 
      DEITZ Court Reporting
      Enright Court Reporting, Inc
      Roman & Associates, Inc.
      Wade Clark Mulcahy 

      Dates and Locations:

      New York City | September 15, 2016
      NYS Insurance Fund | 199 Church Street, New York, NY 10007

      Buffalo | September 16, 2016
      University at Buffalo School of Law | O'Brian Hall (Room 104), Buffalo, New York 14260

      Albany | September 16, 2016
      New York State Bar Center | One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

      Long Island | September 22, 2016
      Touro Law School | 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip, NY 11722

      Time: 9:00am-4:20pm (lunch is included)
      Check back soon for complete timed agenda.


      Lunch and program book are included with registration.

      Registration fee: $105
      Group rate (5 or more from the same company): $95 each
      10% discount for New York Insurance Association (NYIA) or TICL Section members ($94.50 individual, $85.50 group rate)

      Law Student: $15


      Online* (Select location): New York City (9/15)  |  Buffalo (9/16)  |  Albany (9/16)  |  Long Island (9/22)
      By Phone: (800) 582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm). Please mention the event code for your location: NYC (TICLIPNY16) | Buffalo (TICLIPBU16) | Albany (TICLIPAL16) | Long Island (TICLIPLI16) 
      Mail or FaxDownload registration form

      *Don't have an online profile with NYSBA? No problem. To register online, simply click "Login to register" at your event location page, then follow the prompts to create a new user profile.

      GROUP REGISTRATION (Applies to 5 or more attendees from the same company): Email with (1) company name and contact details, and (2) list of names to be registered (specify program location). Please indicate whether you will need an invoice, or if you prefer to call with a credit card payment. If paying by check, make check payable to "New York State Bar Association" and mail attn to: Kathy Plog, NYSBA, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. 

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

      Program Agenda:

      8:30-8:55am                       Registration
      8:55-9:00am                       Welcome and Announcements 
      9:00-9:50am                       Claims Investigations                                      
      9:50-11:00am                     Interactive Presentation with an Expert Engineer: Homeowner's Insurance
      11:00-11:10am                   Break
      11:10am-12:05pm              Claims Handling Practices
      12:05-1:05pm                     Networking Lunch (included)
      1:05-2:00pm                       The Construction Site Accident
      2:00-2:55pm                       Premises Liability          
      2:55-3:05pm                       Break
      3:05-4:15pm                       Interactive Presentation: Verdict, Value, and Settlement: How Much is This Case Worth?
      4:15-4:20pm                       Closing Remarks and Adjournment

      Topic Details: 

      Claims Investigations: Understanding the importance of pre-lawsuit investigation and how it will affect the lawsuit; Dealing with the insured and the claimant; Retaining an investigator to assist with investigation and avoiding spoliation; and Discovery of coverage reports. 

      Interactive Presentation With An Expert Engineer: Homeowners Insurance: First Party Coverage vs. Third Party Coverage; Who is insured and how; Raising exclusions and determining how they affect a claim; and Understanding the necessary burden of proof is establishing damages. 

      Claims Handling Practices: Deciding whether to defend or deny; How is that obligation affected when exclusions are triggered;  Drafting the proper position letter and concluding who to copy; Consequences of a direct action; Maintaining claim notes when they will be subject to discovery.

      The Construction Site Accident: Shifting the risk through contractual indemnity;  Dealing with unsigned contracts, riders, retroactive indemnity agreements, and grave injuries; Determining whether the claim is subject to additional insured coverage. How to develop your defenses; Using Social Media for discovery and trial purposes.

      Premises Liability: Requesting and preserving evidence, use of criminal pleas and convictions, Dram Shop update, and Negligent security cases. 

      Interactive Presentation: Verdict, Value, and Settlement: How much is this case worth? This panel consists of a mediator and a skilled trial attorney who will address recent values of various personal injury and property damage claims and  sustaining verdict values at the appellate level; Deciding whether to mediate or go  to trial; and Putting the proper evidence before the jury.

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

    • October 7 - 10: Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA

      Get Jazzed for Our Joint Fall Meeting!
      Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section

      Columbus Day Weekend - October 7 - 10, 2016
      The Marriott Hotel
      555 Canal Street - The French Quarter
      New Orleans, Louisiana

      Call for Information on Booking Rooms - 518-487-5573
      $225 plus tax per night - Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Extend your stay and pay $214 plus tax for Thursday and/or Monday night stays.

      View/Download MEETING PROGRAM

      MCLE Credits:
        7.5; 2.5 in Skills and 5.0 in Professional Practice for all attorneys including newly admitted.

      For information about Sponsorships for this event, view our Sponsor Brochure or contact Catheryn Teeter.

      Not a member of the TICL or Trial Lawyers Sections? Join now to save on program registration! Dues are just $40 for each Section with NYSBA membership.  Join TICL | Join Trial - or call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 to join by phone.

      Questions: Contact Catheryn Teeter in the NYSBA Meetings Department, 518-487-5573
      Special Non-Resident Commuter Rates available for CLE Program only.  Call 518-487-5573 for information.


      Four (4) Scholarships available, valued at $1,500 each (to offset attorney registration fee, three nights hotel costs, and reimbursement for airfare. Please review application for eligibility, application must be completed and submitted by September 2nd, 2016.

    • October 21, 2016:Workers Compensation Law Division Program and Meeting

      Ethics in Worker's Compensation

      Presented by the Workers' Compensation Law Division of the
      NYSBA Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section

      October 21, 2016
      New York State Bar Association
      One Elk Street
      Albany, NY  12207

      MCLE Program 10am-Noon (Registration opens at 9:30am)
      TICL Workers' Compensation Division Meeting will following with Lunch, - Noon-2:30pm

      2 Ethics credits for experiences attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years)

      Program Topics:

      • How the Workers’ Compensation Law and Workers’ Compensation Board rules impact or conflict with a lawyer's ethical obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct
      • Communications with parties, other system participants and the WCB
      • Identifying and resolving conflicts of interest
      • How to handle disagreements with clients about strategy, including illegal or fraudulent actions

      Speaker: Susan R. Duffy, Esq., Partner, Hamberger & Weiss, Buffalo, NY

      Register Online

      TICL Section Members: $40
      NYSBA Members (not in TICL Section): $65 (See special offer below)
      Non-Members: $85

      Attendance at the Workers’ Compensation Law Division meeting portion (Noon-2:30pm) is free for TICL Section members, free for registrants of the morning MCLE program; and $25 for non-members who are not registered for the morning MCLE program. If you would like to register for the Division meeting without the MCLE program, contact

      Special Offer for current NYSBA members who are not members of the TICL Section: Receive membership in the TICL Section included with registration for the morning MCLE program! Your complimentary membership will be processed automatically following the program date. Membership will be valid through 12/31/2017, provided concurrent NYSBA membership, and provided you have not been a TICL Section member in the last 2 years.

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

    • October and November 2016: Handling and Taking Depositions

      Handling and Taking Depositions 2016 | Statewide CLE Program

      4.0 MCLE Ethics Credits |  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

      Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Long Island | Melville Marriott

      Friday, October 28, 2016 | Syracuse | Sheraton Syracuse Univ. Hotel

      Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Albany | NYSBA

      Thursday, November 3, 2016 | Buffalo | Adam’s Mark Hotel Buffalo 

      Thursday, November 3, 2016 | NYC | NY Society of Security Analysts - Live and Webcast

      Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

      Click date above for more information and/or to register.

    • December 2016 Labor Law Claims, Coverage and Litigation

      Labor Law Claims, Coverage and Litigation

      Sponsored by the NYSBA:
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education and
      Torts, Insurance and Compensation law Section

      7.0 MCLE Credits | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      Overall Planning Chair: Joanna Roberto

      Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – Syracuse – Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel  

      Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Long Island – Melville Marriott      

      Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Albany – New York State Bar Association         

      Friday, December 16, 2016 – Buffalo – Adam’s Mark Hotel   

      Friday, December 16, 2016 – NYC & Webcast – NY Society of Security Analysts 

      The NYC program will also be streamed as a live webcast. 

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    Welcome! The Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. Among the resources available for Section members on this site are Section publications and access to the TICL Section's private online professional community. Section members receive the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Journal  and the Construction & Surety Law Newsletter as a benefit of membership.

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    Kenneth A. Krajewski, Esq. (View profile)
    Brown & Kelly, LLP | Buffalo, NY

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