Top 6 Things Clients & Attys Planning for Retirement Must Do

Retirement Planning 101: The Top Six Things Both Clients and Attorneys Planning for Retirement Must Understand and Do

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Westchester Marriott | 670 White Plains Road | Tarrytown

6.0 MCLE Credits: 6.0 in Area of Professional Practice

Senior Lawyers Section Member Rate: $150

Additional Information and/or Register Online 


Kathleen Plog
New York State Bar Association (518) 487-5681
Albany, NY

ATL Clio Solo and Small Firm Compensation Report 2018

Reliable, detailed compensation information for solo practitioners and small-firm attorneys is scarce. Above the Law in partnership with Clio created Solo and Small Law Firm Compensation Report for the benefit of law students looking to join a small firm as well as practicing attorneys looking to benchmark their own compensation.

Women in Law Section Kick-off Networking Event–By NYSBA

Monday, October 15, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY



Meet Members and Leaders.  Learn about Section Membership.


Our Mission: To advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law.


RSVP to or Register Online.

Albany Law School – Sustaining New York’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Stephanie A. Bugos
Stephanie A. Bugos

Dear GP Section members:


The General Practice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the following program. The impetus behind this event is to increase the number of New York attorneys who are equipped to counsel clients who are in the important but vulnerable farm industry. If you are interested in gaining the interdisciplinary competency required for farm business counseling, please consider attending.


Sustaining NY’s Farms: Legal Solutions for Farm Business Futures

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

9:00am – 3:30pm

thINCubator, 326 Broad St., Utica, NY


Farm businesses are fundamental to New York State’s economy and the agricultural food and product diversity that the state is renowned for. Yet many of these businesses are struggling to survive into the next generation. This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of the diverse legal solutions available to farm businesses planning for sustainable futures.


(Note: The accredited provider for this course is Albany Law School’s Institute of Legal Studies, not NYSBA.)


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Registration and details:

Military spouse denied waiver for bar admission gets another chance to make her case–ABA Journal



The Georgia Supreme Court has vacated a decision that denied bar admission to a lawyer seeking to practice in the state under a waiver program for military spouses.

The court sent the case back to Georgia’s Board of Bar Examiners, directing it to clearly apply the state’s military waiver policy and explain in writing why Harriet O’Neal did or did not meet the requirements for a waiver of the bar exam.The Sept. 10 opinion is here.


Read more about this program for military spouses who are lawyers…

The First Gathering: Preserving Your Legacy – Transferring Your Practice

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monroe County Bar Association | Rochester, NY

2.0 MCLE credits in Practice Management (Accredited by MCBA)
Appropriate for all Attorneys.

This is the first in a series of Gatherings co-sponsored by Local Bar Associations and NYSBA Sections (Senior Lawyers, General Practice and Young Lawyers).
These Gatherings are not your typical CLE: We encourage solo and small  firm practitioners to come prepared to exchange thoughts and ideas related to life or business transitions including: growing a law practice; winding-down a law practice; transferring a law practice; or, just not sure what to do next. This may be a good place to collect ideas.

DAs Plan Constitutional Challenge to Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission | New York Law Journal

By Dan M. Clark


The state’s district attorneys may torpedo a proposed commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct if a bill creating the group is approved by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a letter sent to the state’s prosecutors Tuesday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York will be advancing an expedited constitutional challenge to the bill. Soares is president of the DAASNY.

Soares also urged the district attorneys and their assistants to decline any appointment to the commission until the litigation is resolved, which would leave the body without four of its members required by the statute.


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Mandatory Mediation Program – Mediator Applications–Northern District of New York | United States District Court

The District Court for the Northern District of New York will be accepting applications for new mediators pursuant to the District’s Mandatory Mediation Program – General Order#47. Attorneys interested in becoming a mediator may apply during the months of August, September and October.  The application will be posted on our website beginning August 1st. Court approved hourly rates are $150 per hour for the first two hours of the initial mediation session.  If necessary, the mediator may charge an additional $150/hour for up to two hours of preparation time for cases which require substantial preparation.  Thereafter, the rate is capped at $325 per hour.

For additional information please see General Order #47 on our website at

Just the Facts: Americans with Disabilities Act | United States Courts

While overall civil rights cases have declined, cases brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have increased three-fold in recent years. Filings in three states – California, Florida, and New York – account for a significant number of the civil rights cases filed under the ADA.

Learn more about this in the new installment of Just the Facts.

Trump tosses hiring process for administrative law judges, gives agency chiefs selection power–ABA Journal



President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order eliminating the exam and competitive hiring process for administrative law judges.

The order gives agency chiefs the power to hire administrative law judges according to their own standards. The process will be similar to the way agencies hire executive branch attorneys, according to a press releasePoliticoGovExecNPRand the Washington Post have stories.

About 1,900 administrative law judges work for the federal government, and all but about 300 of them work for the Social Security Administration, according to the Post


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