March 2017 Archives

Welcome to the March 2017 Issue of Electronically In Touch

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We are pleased to submit the March 2017 Issue of Electronically In Touch. This issue includes a spotlight on a trailblazing female attorney in honor of Women's History Month, an article on the importance of networking, and one attorney's experience while volunteering for a non-profit organization.

Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha R. Grandison, Esq. at or Anne LaBarbera, Esq. at by the 1st of each month.

The Officers of YLS and the Editors of Electronically In Touch wish to make clear that the thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles that follow are those of the respective authors and do not represent the thoughts and opinions of the New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, its Officers, or Executive Committee.

A Message from the Chair of the Young Lawyers Section

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The Young Lawyers Section's Eighth Annual Trial Academy commences on April 5, 2017. I had the pleasure of attending the Second Annual Trial Academy as a participant. At the time, I was in the middle of a career transition, and the Trial Academy gave me the confidence and skills I needed to pursue criminal defense work.

Years later, I realize the Trial Academy provided me with so much more. The Trial Academy was my introduction to the Young Lawyers Section, where I have found my leadership home. I was offered the opportunity first help join our communications committee. That led a role as an editor, then a section liaison, and finally a section officer. With every event I'm a part of, I gain networking, leadership, and speaking skills. Being part of YLS has proven invaluable to my career development.

The YLS Executive Committee Meetings are open to all members, so even if you can't make it up to Cornell, you can call into our meeting and get involved.

YLS Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:15 pm
Call In - 1-866-640-4044 code 4875743#

Erin K. Flynn

Invest Your Time in Networking

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By: Tara M. Zurheide

Networking is a broad term that can seem like an overwhelming task for many young attorneys. One has to remember that networking is fluid and there really is no end goal. It is a continual process of maintaining professional and personal friendships to varying degrees throughout one's career. It is important for us as lawyers to remember that networking is extremely beneficial to help us grow professionally. Instead of thinking of networking as a huge chore, I recommend taking some quiet time to sit and think about the network you already have and new contacts you hope to gain.

Even when I feel like I have not networked enough, I find it helpful to reflect on how I have arrived at this point in my career, to remind me that I have built a solid networking foundation. When you sit down to ponder on your networking history and goals, make two lists. However, before you do that make sure that you know what kind or kinds of law you want to practice and whether you want to practice as a solo practitioner, in a law firm, company, government, or a non-profit organization.

For the first list, write down your current network, including legal and non-legal contacts. Non-legal contacts can be a great source for a solo practitioner to get client referrals. Periodically keeping in touch with neighbors, friends, and former non-legal co-workers have helped me generate clients that I would not have been able to get if it were not for this network.

Legal contacts such as other solo practitioners or those in small law firms have proven valuable for bouncing off legal questions and ideas,as well as garnering contract work. It is important to remember that networking is not only about obtaining employment opportunities, but can also serve as a source of information to assist you with a specific legal issue. The New York State Bar Association listserves for different practice group committees are also a great source for reaching out to other practitioners when you need help with a legal question or idea.

The second list is for contacts you would like to reach out to after performing some research on what types of jobs you want to apply for or for generating new clientele. Again, the New York State Bar Association committees and other local bar associations can prove very valuable for making new contacts in that regard. Since becoming a member of the Young Lawyers Section and other sections like the General Practice Section, I have met new attorneys that have helped expand my network. It is beneficial to get out of your comfort zone and attend events such as committee meetings and other functions. As a solo practitioner, attending association functions has helped me feel much less isolated in my practice and I have learned much more by reaching out and being involved.

As for those attorneys who want to work at a company or firms and have not been successful in obtaining employment opportunities, you must bear in mind that referred candidates in most of these situations are considered first for any employment opportunities. This is why networking and reaching out to new contacts is crucial.

Besides the importance of networking, it is clear that you should be concentrating your efforts into meeting people who work at your dream companies. Small steps can be easily taken in this regard. First, put out the word to your family, friends, and others in your current network that you are looking for an employment opportunity. Asking them to help connect you with anyone who they think would be willing to spend time speaking with you can open up doors in ways you might not have imagined. Don't be afraid to speak with them. It is not just about asking for someone to get you an employment opportunity, but it is also about learning how that person got to where they are. If it leads to an employment opportunity, then of course that would be the ideal result.

If the above method does not lead to an employment opportunity, the second best option is to look on LinkedIn for people who work at your dream company, agency, or organization and connect with them. Ask them questions about the organization and their position. At first you may feel worried that you are bothering them, but more often that not, most people are happy to help in any way they can.

Networking does not have to be daunting and it can turn out to be enjoyable if you stick to your strategic plan. Networking can expand your career horizons and help you learn about different career trajectories that can inspire you to achieve your dreams of being the best attorney you can be. In turn, one day you will also provide valuable information, ideas, and resources to other up and coming attorneys.

Tara M. Zurheide, Esq. is a solo practioner with the Law Offices of Tara M. Zurheide. She is the Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Section Communications Committee.

Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy 2017

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Although online registration is currently closed, it's not too late to register for the 2017 Trial Academy! Please call Megan O'Toole at 518-487-5743 for more information.


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.

NYSBA member registration fee: $875.00
Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000


My Day Volunteering with ORD Lawyers HQ

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By: Marc Whipple, Esq.

I hurt my back (and broke some bones in my foot) in early January: I had scarcely left the house since then. Just as I was starting to feel better, the Executive Order regarding refugees and immigrants from seven particular countries was passed. I don't consider myself part of a "Resistance," and I am not an open-borders advocate. But the way in which that EO was implemented was, in my opinion, an insult to the rule of law. And if the rule of law fails we are in graver danger than a thousand terrorists could hope to cause us. So I volunteered for an afternoon shift with ORD Lawyers HQ, the pro bono legal observation and assistance group operating out of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Fortunately, my back tolerated it (though I was about out of gas by the time my shift ended) and I didn't have to walk around, so I feel okay about it. (And yes, I'm now back in my office.) I'm very gratified and happy to have participated in this effort. As one Twitterer observed, our new President has done the impossible: he's transformed lawyers into superheroes. And the people running this are heroes. Just the value of their time is incredible: I suspect that the team I was on would bill in or nearly in the five figures per hour. That means my shift constituted probably at least fifty thousand dollars worth of legal fees. That's one shift, one day, one airport. Plus a major law firm donated a nice printer and a free Wi-Fi hotspot for us to use and sent one of their senior IT people to set it up. Donations of food and coffee, if you'll excuse the expression, poured in.

What was it like?

First of all, I did my shift on Thursday. It was far from the chaos of the weekend and early in the week: Customs and Border Protection/Homeland Security had reversed some of their harder-line positions and the court orders were kicking in. Lawyers can organize like nobody's business and protocols and allocations of responsibility were pretty well implemented. We had only two serious "possible risk" situations during my shift: one resolved shortly before I left and the other was a private visa matter unrelated to the EO. We had some situations of concern which were due to occur that evening: I found out later they were also resolved satisfactorily.

I had volunteered to be a shift leader/point of contact: the outgoing shift leader gave me some protocol documents and showed me all the responsibilities that needed to be allocated. I thought I was going to be the only shift leader but an amazing attorney who had already done a shift lead jumped in. (Hi, Rebecca!) We sort of naturally settled out that she handled most of the interfacing with the various matter managers, and I mostly did logistics. We cooperated and consulted quite a bit on some things, including on when to kick things higher up the chain.

The most visible matter was the canvassers, those people you've seen pictures of holding signs asking travelers if they need help. What may not be clear from most reports is that those people are standing next to where passengers leave security: the canvassers can't go into the secure areas near the jetways. We were usually contacted by friends and relatives who were concerned that the people who they were meeting were not coming out of Customs after their planes landed. They were under the guidance of a canvasser leader (Hi, Sharada!) who I texted when I had any information on when a flight with potential detainees was incoming.

Aside from being a point of contact, I was also monitoring incoming flights with a very slick dynamic document someone had set up that constantly fed me information on arriving international flights. When one was from a country that seemed likely to have potential detainees, we would take extra care to try to see if anyone needed help. We also asked people coming off the flights if they had seen any unusual activity. If so, they would answer a short questionnaire either with a canvasser or by coming back to our activity center and talking to the intake manager.

The intake manager was fantastic. He not only managed all the data we got from travelers and waiting friends and relations, he reviewed our documentation in response to information requests from multiple groups, including one looking for potential violations of the orders for a possible Motion to Compel. (Hi, Nima!) Also, he spoke Farsi. A really versatile and helpful fellow!

We also had a social media person who was tweeting and posting to the Facebook group. I was sort of surprised how many attorneys (most of whom were much younger than I) didn't use Twitter and weren't even familiar with how it worked. Sometimes I forget that I am a tech attorney, as well as a big old geek, and other people just don't care about this stuff. That went well, although we had some Tweets from people asking for help with the aforementioned private visa matter. That was tough: our options were limited.

At one point, I talked to a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, although I had one of our very able immigration attorneys (Hi, Yvette!) listen to what I said with instructions to stop me if I said something stupid. Fortunately, she didn't have to jump in, although she also answered some of the questions for which I was very grateful. We had reporters from the local NBC affiliate doing bumpers every so often, though so far as I know they didn't interview any of us today.

The reporter, Tammy Leitner from NBC 5, did show us at the end of a story on a local artist affected by the EO. The intake manager, Nima Taradji, is also interviewed in this segment. Ms. Leitner, by the way, was very friendly and courteous when she was filming in our clinic. You can see her report if you look her up on Twitter.

I also talked to a representative of a local Congressional representative, who was trying to help a constituent (again, the private visa matter.) She was very appreciative of the work we were doing and offered the Congressman's support if we could use it.

The afternoon flew by, though we weren't overwhelmed and there was time for discussion of the situation in general as well as some rather sneaky new tactics one of the people pulled out for secondary inspection told us about. I genuinely enjoyed meeting and talking with every single attorney and volunteer. There were several non-attorney volunteers who were interpreters and also helped with canvassing: they were also great.

One thing we did not do was provide legal advice directly to anyone, and we certainly didn't prepare any habeas motions or anything like that. By this point, that is being handled by people higher up the chain, including the ACLU and some dedicated attorneys at large law firms who are receiving our intake information and taking necessary actions. Sitting on the airport floor filing habeas motions was an emergency thing, assuming it actually happened (I wouldn't be surprised, but I don't know.) It's no longer necessary: we were functioning as much as legal monitors and community outreach as actual immigration advisors.

Customs and Border Patrol definitely knew we were there: we didn't interact with them during my shift, but the incoming shift leader (Hi, Alex!) said he had on an earlier shift. He was considering asking them about the matter that resolved right before I left, but fortunately it resolved before that was necessary. And at one point I stepped across the hall to get a drink at McDonald's, and the two men ahead of me were uniformed CBP agents.

"This could be interesting," I thought.

One of them turned around and saw my badges, which made very clear that I was part of the volunteer attorney group. I nodded and said, "Good afternoon, gentlemen. I hope things are going smoothly." One of them responded very politely, "Afternoon. They're going pretty smooth." Things were quite cordial. Some police also stopped by at one point and asked if we knew about any planned protests. They were very friendly about it. We told them protests weren't really our department and we didn't know of any, but it seemed possible.

So, in summary, volunteering at the airport, at least at O'Hare, is not exactly something out of a legal drama, but it was good, useful work and I'm glad I did it. If you are an immigration attorney and/or an interpreter, please consider volunteering if you live near an international airport or other port of entry. Otherwise, you should still think about it, but be patient: right now they have plenty of volunteers and interest will probably drop off. Unfortunately, the need will probably not drop off as fast, so please keep in touch with your local volunteer group: they may need you well after the next crisis pulls media attention away from this one. As of this writing (March 8th, 2017) most of the major international airports still have teams in place and they are anticipating the need to continue when the new Executive Order goes into effect on March 16th, 2017. If you are interested, here are some links:

O'Hare Volunteer Group: @ORDLawyersHQ on Twitter for O'Hare specifically.

General info: @Helpthelawyers on Twitter, which is tracking all the groups and related activity.

Marc Whipple is Of Counsel to Crawford Intellectual Property Law, LLC. He is the former General Counsel of Meyer/Glass Design, Meyer/Glass Interactive, and Incredible Technologies, Inc. Licensed to practice in Illinois and before the US Patent Office. He has spent his career in the fields of corporate and technology law, as well as working pro bono with artists and creators. You can find him on Twitter @legalinspire and at his blog at He lives in Algonquin, IL. This article was previously published at Legal Inspiration located at

EIT Women's History Spotlight- Arabella Mansfield

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In 1869, Arabella Mansfield became the first female attorney licensed to practice in the United States. She passed the Iowa Bar exam in 1869, despite a law that limited the applicants to white males over the age of 21.

Ms. Mansfield also became one of the first female college administrators in 1893, when she became the Dean of the School of Art at DePauw University.


A CLE at Yankee Stadium

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Yankees v. Houston Astros Game to Follow

Yankee Stadium
1 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY

YLS Member: $110.00
NYSBA Member: $125.00
Nonmember: $150.00

Registration fee includes:
CLE (1.5 hrs.), private box seats and food.

Register at

The CLE will begin with a discussion of how baseball is a coherent legal system, with judges (umpires), an elaborate code of laws, precedents, and even common law. It also allows for enormous judicial discretion. Part of this discussion will focus on how baseball teaches Americans to respect the rule of law and live under a set of rules that are applied and interpreted by judges (umpires). Then we will look at specific issues such as application of rules (think of a high strike zone or a low strike zone or the famous "pine tar" incident) ownership of baseball memorabilia (including the Barry Bonds baseball case), performance enhancement drugs, and the integration of baseball. There will be lots of time for discussion, questions, and participation.

This CLE will be taught by Paul Finkelman, who is currently the John E. Murray Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Professor Finkelman was also the main expert witness for the plaintiff in Popov v. Hayashi -- the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball. He is the co-author of Baseball and the American Legal Mind which is now being published by the W.S. Hein Company (HeinOnline) and is also the author of more than 100 law review articles and 40 books. Additionally, Professor Finkelman has been cited in four U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Seating is Limited!
Registration Deadline is April 29, 2017

Contact Alex Englander at

New Members of the Young Lawyers Section

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We are pleased to welcome the following new members of the Young Lawyers Section:

Anna Deiana
Adam Dexter
Rebecca Marie Gargi
Mary Claire Kennedy
Alexander Mazza
Andrae Nelson
Tatsiano Salanco
Joseph Thomas

Judicial District: 01

Remy Asper, Esq.
Gillian A. Bader
Sarah A. Baugh
Leonard Brumfield
Toi Kendall Carrion, Esq.
Brittany W. Cohan Baclawski
Emily Cummins
Jourdan Dozier, Esq.
Danielle Efros
Laurie Frey
Dylan Hans
Saif Ali Kazim, Esq.
Maira Khamisani, Esq.
Qing Lin
Amanda Lipman
Michael Mainiero
Brian J. Mendick
Krina Merchant
Nicholas C. Ognibene
Louisa Taylor Olds, Esq.
William A. Organek
Daler Radjabov
Matthew E. Rosenthal
Shira Sandler, Esq.
Rebecca Ann Sussman
Kyla Thornton
Adam N. Weissman
Pawel P. Wierzbicki
Jian Wu
Chengdong Xing

Judicial District: 02

Charles Ainbinder
Farah Alchamaa
Chris Antonelli
Rokeya Bejum
Dimitris Gizas
Celena Gonzalez
Craig Harrington
Joseph Indelicatio, III
Paul Jang
Ethan Johnson
Hailey Lonsford
Karina Masolova
Stephanie Mcpeake
Anne Marie Mierzejewski
William R. Ognibene
Malita Picasso
Ivelina Popova
Artie Shaykevich
George Somi
Gregory Voigt
Sabina Yevdayeva

Judicial District: 03

Jordan A. Aguirre
Dana E. Cochrane
John Henry Tator Dow, III, Esq.
Harry William Eisnaugle, Esq.
Daniel L. O'Neil
Bridget M. Schultz
Melinda Bea Seiden, Esq.

Judicial District: 04

Stephen L. Perkins, Esq

Judicial District: 05

Melissa S. Almeyda
Judson N. Knappen
Dr. Jennifer R. VanReenen, Esq.

Judicial District: 06

Mohammad Hyder Hussain, Esq.

Judicial District: 07

Brettanie L. Hart Saxton
Kristina M. Hinkley

Judicial District: 08

Christopher R. Castro
Anthony Domenico
Alexander Greco
Peiyuan Guo
Brian Mazurowski
Thomas D. Migliaccio, Esq.
Marina Ann Murray
Chelsea A. Nicoloff
Sarah A. O'Brien
Jennifer M. Puglisi
William Rossi
Jessica B. Smith
Robert M. Zielinski

Judicial District: 09

Achumboro Ataande
David Diab
Matthew Marcus, Esq.
Kathleen M. Prystowsky, Esq.
Hasmik Vardanyan

Judicial District: 10

Christopher F. Bolz, Esq.
Bryon Chou
Leah R. Glowacki
Alexander Ip, Esq.
Philip Paul Nash, Esq.
Max B. Sender
Robert Andrew Von Hagen, Esq.

Judicial District: 11

Lourdes J. Cajamarca
Sara Choe
Aleksandra Ciric
Linhadley Eljach, Esq.
Edward Franco
Maura Heron, Esq.
Luis Laboy
Milagros Lopez
Nereen Stewart
Carl Andre Vulcain
Sahill Yadav

Judicial District: 12

Christine Barnett
Joseph Noonan
Hernan Ortiz

Judicial District: 99
Andrea Aguilar
Vicken Antounian, Esq.
Alejandra Maria Aramayo, Esq.
Katherine Marie Arango, Esq.
Latasha De She Boone, Esq.
Jonathan R. Brigati
Timothy Wayne Brown
Charlotte C. Buijs
Osly Jose Burgos Interiano
Kelly G. Cannon, Esq.
Edvie Marie Castro, Esq.
Silvia M. Cavalot
Rebecca Pearl Chang
Eurie Choi, Esq.
John M. D'Elia
Diana C. De Santo
Mohammed Dieye
Matthew Eaves
Carolin Andrea Emmert, Esq.
Xinqing Feng
Payton Fisher
Alexis S. Gettier
Michael Edward Giordano, Esq.
Charles A. Gish
Daniel Sinclair Graulich, Esq.
Karen L. Greene
Wael Haffar, Esq.
Brett J. Haroldson
Randall James Hurlburt, Esq.
Ethan G. Isaac
Jennifer M. Joseph
Minji Kang, Esq.
Angela C. Kerins
Amanda Ann Konarski, Esq.
Kateryna Kuntsevich
Hideaki Kurauchi
Victoria A. Leblein
Si-on Lee
Maxwell D. Lesser
Jing Li, Esq.
Benjamin Lin
Samuel A. Litz
Linda Liu
Xiaoxi Ma
Christopher MacColl
Kaitlyn T. Mahoney
Jack Eli Meek, Esq.
Frederick T. Mendenhall
Yangyugian Meng
Liz Mercado
Charles W. Miller
Austin Dow Moody, Esq.
Oliver J. Newman
Erika B. Nyborg-Burch
Carson John Olsheski, Esq.
Dana Margaret Palombo, Esq.
Rhonda Pasto
Lauren Akin Pratt
Brian Prewitt
Jennifer Ann Queliz, Esq.
Miriam Joy Rosenblatt, Esq.
Ariela Rutkin-Becker, Esq.
Racquel Saddler
Henry Sanchez
Caroline L. Schurra
Daniel S. Severson
Arielle E. Sharma
Sierra P. Shear
Seung Jee Shin, Esq.
Nigel Thomas-Edward Stacey
Tashi Sun, Esq.
Benjamin K. Symons
Elizabeth B. Turley
David Ullman
Peter Rosenau Viola, Esq.
Sara E. Washington
Makiko Watanabe
Charles Stephen Welcome, Esq.

Join the Young Lawyers Section

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Become the voice of newly-admitted and young attorneys in NYSBA. Designed to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for newly-admitted attorneys, the Young Lawyers Section connects you with experienced attorneys lending general advice, legal guidance, or expert opinions. Take advantage of educational programs, networking events, and the exclusive Young Lawyers Section Mentor Directory, which is just one of the Section's mentoring initiatives. The Section publishes Electronically In Touch and Perspective. Law students may also join the Section and get a jump start on their careers.

Are you interested in volunteering for a Section Committee? Please email Megan O'Toole at and indicate the committees you wish to join.


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Electronically In Touch
is the electronic news-publication of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS). It is a member-driven publication that encourages YLS members to write articles. We 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 R. Grandison, Esq. at or Anne LaBarbera, Esq. at by the 1st of each month.

The Officers of YLS and the Editors of Electronically In Touch wish to make clear that the thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles that follow are those of the respective authors and do not represent the thoughts and opinions of the New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, or its Officers or Executive Committee.

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