Pro Bono Opportunities | Free LIT Program

Pro Bono Opportunities Lunch and Learn
Free Program for NYSBA Members

Sponsored by the Committee on Lawyers in Transition and the Department of Pro Bono Services of the New York State Bar Association.

Panelists will discuss how they got involved with Pro Bono legal representation and about their feelings regarding the experience and its benefits to their legal careers.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Free Program for NYSBA Members | Non-members $100

Program Faculty:
Erin K. Flynn, Esq., Chair, Committee on Lawyers in Transition
Marcy C. John, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County Inc.
Anne L. LaBarbera, Esq.
Faye Polayes, Esq., Ernst & Young
Susan Pattenaude, Esq., The Legal Project
Myleah Misenhimer, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
Kristen Wagner, Esq., Director, Pro Bono Services, New York State Bar Association

Kristen Wagner Esq.
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 487-5640


The Legal Profession in Transition- Solo Practitioners and Their Future – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog

Jim Calloway reviews and comments on your editor’s most recent articles:

Stephen P. Gallagher is a thought leader and deep thinker about our future. He is also a long-term friend and mentor of mine. But his area of interest isn’t about the latest technology. He focuses on the challenges of human beings practicing law. His company is  Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. is a solo practitioner in Hancock, NY.

These two teamed up to write “For Sole Practitioners, the Future’s Not What It Used to Be in 2015 for the New York State Bar Association Journal. Some of the thoughts that they discussed then about the future of law seem timeless and others are already somewhat dated, even though it has been less than three years since its publication. Mr. Sienko is understandably proud of his career as what we would now call in futurist circles, an artisan lawyer. Today being an artisan lawyer is often referenced as the opposite of the preferred modern “lean” systems-based lawyer. I note that there are many artisan lawyers still practicing and delivering great value to their clients.

Their follow up article, The Legal Profession in TransitionDownload The Legal Profession in Transition – Gallagher-Sienko-Sept17 was published in September 2017. In it, they discuss Baby Boomers in the legal profession. Sienko postulates that “The new reality is that many lawyers and others are in no position financially to retire.”

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About LawHelpNY | New York, powered by Pro Bono Net, is an online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Our mission is to provide and promote access to high-quality online information about:

  • Free legal services throughout New York State
  • Legal rights in a broad range of substantive areas
  • The New York State court system
  • Advocacy groups, government offices and social service organizations that help low-income New Yorkers

We are committed to helping low-income and other vulnerable New Yorkers achieve equal access to justice by providing information that is user-friendly in English, Spanish and other languages.

*** is New York’s only comprehensive source of legal referral information and includes:

  • More than 600 free legal service projects and organizations with their contact and intake information
  • More than 4,000 Know Your Rights and self-help resources covering 11 areas of law
  • Information about the Court system
  •, a Spanish mirror website
  • Legal rights resources in more than 30 languages
  • LiveHelp, a real-time chat service that helps users find the legal help they need

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Tax Reform | Internal Revenue Service


Tax Reform Resources for Tax Professionals

To help the tax community understand the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the IRS has created a landing page on IRS.govhighlighting provisions of the new law. The page includes a “one-stop” listing of legal guidance, news releases and frequently asked questions related to the TCJA. The page will be frequently updated.

Also be sure to visit Basic Tools for Tax Professionals for information on your responsibilities as a tax pro, tools to file returns for your clients and more.

Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency | Internal Revenue Service

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed.

Following up on a Security Summit alert issued Feb. 2, the IRS issued this additional warning about the new scheme after discovering more tax practitioners’ computer files have been breached. In addition, the number of potential taxpayer victims jumped from a few hundred to several thousand in just days. The IRS Criminal Investigation division continues its investigation into the scope and breadth of this scheme.

These criminals have a new twist on an old scam. After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, these criminals use the taxpayers’ real bank accounts for the deposit.

Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers, and their versions of the scam may continue to evolve.


Lawyer fashion evolves to reflect personality and tradition–ABA Journal


It wasn’t long ago that professional dress for lawyers was constrained and predictable. Womenswear was derivative of menswear, closets were full of monochromatic color schemes, and nude pantyhose or a jacket and tie were part of the daily uniform. It was an era of boxy-shouldered suits, when business casual was an oxymoron and dress codes were often strictly enforced.

These days, legal fashion has loosened up. Depending on where you live and your practice area, women are sporting sleeveless dresses at work and men are wearing dress shoes with no socks.

“We have a generation that has never worn pantyhose in their life, and that’s great,” says Tasha Brown, an attorney and business development executive at DLA Piper‘s Chicago office. “I remember going to stores and stocking up on nude hosiery–that was what you did. That’s a change and a welcome one. I also see more color and flair where everything used to be navy and black. That’s nice–it’s good to have pops of color where we didn’t even have those before.”

Read much, much more…longest ABA Journal I’ve seen in years and its about how lawyers dress….

Budget deal restores tax credits for EV charging stations, electric motorcycles, fuel-cell cars–Green Car Reports

Fears that Congress would kill the federal tax credit for purchase of a plug-in electric car were laid to rest in December when that incentive survived the $1.5 billion tax-cut bill.

Now Congress has added back a handful of other tax credits related to electric cars and greener transportation in the $400 billion budget bill it passed in the wee hours of Friday morning, quickly signed by the president.

The 652-page Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (HR 1892) restores a tax credit for installation of alternative-vehicle fueling property that had expired at the end of 2016.


Taxpayers who purchased or installed a home charging station for electric cars during 2017 will find the forms and rules for individual returns here.

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