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Annual Meeting Recap


On January 25, 2012 the NYSBA YLS leadership presented me with a great opportunity to chair a half day CLE event for young lawyers during the NYSBA Annual Meeting conference in Hilton, New York.

Our Section chose Immigration as the theme for the CLE because we felt there is a growing need for Immigration practitioners and competent counsel who can address needs of non-US citizens within and outside the traditional Immigration Law frames.

The 3.5 hour CLE was titled "An Overview of Representation of non-US citizens," and covered topics of Immigration Basics (speaker Allen Kaye), Removal Proceedings (speaker Kerry Bretz), Representation of non-US citizens in Criminal Courts, motions to vacate (speaker Douglas Reda), and Representation of non-US citizens in Employment proceedings and Labor disputes (speaker Joanne Macri), with Anthony Colleluori a well known Criminal and Civil Rights Trial Lawyer acted to fill in the gaps and stimulate discussion. After the program ended a number of the speakers stayed behind to field further questions from the audience

The panel of our speakers worked hard to put together updated and practical materials, "ready to go forms" and recent decisions of the New York and US Supreme Courts cases. The panelists' presentations focused on points that help to identify most common issues that arise out of one's status, such as prospects of guilty pleas, possibilities of relief from removal, do-s and don't's in Labor disputes. The key point of the training was that counsel should proceed with caution when representing a non US citizen. Lawyers must keep in mind that almost every area of law has developed its own rules and regulations concerning persons that are not US citizens.

The participants truly enjoyed the program and we hope to present interesting programs like this in the future.

- Alena Shautsova, Esq.


For the 2012 New York State Bar Association's Annual Meeting program, the Young Lawyers Section organized a Bridging the Gap CLE entitled, "Transforming Preparation Into Practice." For two days, approximately 170 young attorneys attended thirteen different programs, led by thirty-one panelists and lecturers, who are leaders in their respective fields of practice. Transforming Preparation Into Practice was an amazing success and one of just several programs that the Young Lawyers Section organizes every year.

This year's program had three goals. The first, was preparing young lawyers for professional success. One of the biggest complaints we hear from newly admitted attorneys, is that they are not prepared to practice law. While law school may have taught them the legal principles they need to be successful at their practice, transforming their academic preparation into tangible skills in the work place takes time. Our aim was to expedite that process. Our second goal, was shaping young practitioners into well-rounded attorneys. Today's legal industry does not work in a vacuum. You need a healthy understanding of all forms of law to be successful. By offering a diverse set of programs, we endeavored to make our young attorneys more aware of the legal world around them. Finally, we wanted to get more young lawyers involved in the New York State Bar Association. There are so many opportunities that are available if you just stay connected with your fellow colleagues, and the New York State Bar Association is a terrific way to do so. By organizing a bridging the gap program that appealed to bar and non-bar members alike, we strove to use Transforming Preparation Into Practice as introduction to the New York State Bar Association as a whole.

As for the program itself, the first day was fantastic. Anne E. Dello-Iacono started us off with an amazing program on elder law basics. Her presentation, was followed by Zachary N. Goldstein's presentation on transactional legal negotiation strategies; the Honorable Gerald Lebovits' insights on landlord/tenant laws; and William R. Henrick's lecture on data security and identity theft.

The rest of the day consisted of three panels. John E. Knudsen chaired a litigation panel featuring the Honorable Timothy S. Driscoll, Tucker S. Stanclift, and Don M. Tellock. The next panel discussed the prosecution and defense of New York securities laws under the Martin Act. Marc B. Minor served as program chair on a panel that also featured Joy A. Weber, Andrew J. Lorin, and James Q. Walker. At its conclusion, the same group of panelists stayed on, with James Q. Walker taking over as chair, for a fascinating discussion on corporate investigations.

The second day was just as successful. It began with a first-rate introduction to depositions by David Paul Horowitz and included a clever presentation on opening your own practice by Glenn Truitt. The second morning also featured a work-life balance panel chaired by Marjorie A. McFarlane Lucas, featuring Camille Chin-Kee-Fatt, Adrienne A. Harris, and Supria B. Kuppuswamy; and a legal ethics panel chaired by David A. Lewis, featuring the Honorable Milton A. Tingling, Kermitt J. Brooks, and Mark F. Dewan.

The highlight of this year's Bridging the Gap event was our "New York Law and Policy" program which featured the top decision-makers of New York law. It began with a keynote address from the 55th Governor of New York, the Honorable David A. Paterson, who discussed various legal issues he faced as Governor. Topics included his reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws; his legal authority to appoint a Lieutenant Governor; and his unprecedented use of budget extender bills to insert budget cuts and force the legislature to vote on the budget. After the Governor's keynote address, I chaired and moderated a panel discussion featuring United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta E. Lynch, and First Deputy of the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Harlan E. Levy. Ms. Lynch and Mr. Levy discussed how their offices use the law to protect the interests of New Yorkers, and fielded questions from the audience.

The final program of our event was equally superb. Ted Shaw chaired a panel featuring Joan Biskupic, Roderick M. Hills, Jr., and Noah A. Levine. The panel previewed the Supreme Court's docket for the 2012 term and discussed the ramifications these cases may have on our constitutional rights.

Simone and I had an amazing time co-chairing the Young Lawyer Section's 2012 Annual Meeting program. A special thank you to all the speakers who participated in this year's program, and to the young attorneys that joined us this year. It was a tremendous experience.

On behalf of the Young Lawyers Section, I hope to see you all at next year's Bridging the Gap program.

Jason M. Clark
Co-Chair, YLS Annual Meeting Program

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