October 2018 Archives

Welcome to the October 2018 Issue of Electronically In Touch

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We are pleased to submit the October 2018 issue of Electronically In Touch. This issue consists of a welcome letter from YLS Chair Terrence Tarver, an article on four things to watch for when thinking about "smart" contracts, a feature on opportunities for internships and fellowships at an organization that advises social entrepreneurs, an introduction to the ADR Pro Bono Clinic available through NYSBA and a recap of its effective training session, an update from Section Liaisons on activity in other NYSBA sections, an interview of former YLS member Laurie Vahey on how she practices, recommended events for October, and a list of the new members of YLS. There were many new members the past month, as incoming law students were eager to sign up!

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 Justin Batten at jwb413@nyu.edu.

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 necessarily represent the thoughts and opinions of the authors' employers or clients, the New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, or its Officers or Executive Committee.

Message from the Chair

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As summer fades and fall is upon us, I wanted to take a moment to update you and ask you to get involved.

A few months ago, we had a wonderful summer meeting in Saratoga Springs on June 29 and 30 whereby the CLE portion of our meeting was co-chaired by John P. Christopher, Esq., who is the Immediate Past Chair of the YLS, and Brandon L. Wolff, Esq., both of whom did a fantastic job.

Trying something new and exciting rather than the same, boring, substantive subjects, Matthew Goerke lectured on Memory Techniques; Professor Heidi K. Brown spoke on The Introverted Lawyer; and Samara D. Anderson, Esq., relaxed us with Mindfulness For Lawyers. It was well attended and received very nice reviews. Here are a few photos:

During the Executive Committee Meeting, we discussed, among other things, teaming up with the Senior Lawyers Section for a program in which experienced lawyers looking to transition out of their practice, work with and mentor younger lawyers over time with the hopes of preparing said young lawyer with the ability to take over said experienced lawyer's practice.

To that end, a wonderful event entitled, "Preserving Your Legacy - Transferring Your Practice," is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Monroe County Bar Association. There will be more of these to follow around the state. Click here for more details:

On September 6, 2018, we had our Fall Executive Committee Meeting in Albany, NY. Thank you to Lauren Sharkey, Esq., our Chair-Elect for helping to put the meeting together. We held our meeting in conjunction with the NYSBA Bridge The Gap, and we invited all those in attendance to join us in our meeting during their lunch break. Thanks to all who were able to do so; many of those there not only decided to become members of the YLS but also decided to take leadership positions. The YLS could not be happier or more thankful for them.

Despite the awesome attendance and response at the Fall Meeting, we still have leadership positions on the Executive Committee that need to be filled, and we are actively looking for someone to step up and lead. If you or someone you know is interested, then please reach out to me at the e-mail address listed below. Those leadership positions include Liaisons to the following Sections of the NYSBA:

  1. Business Law,
  2. Environmental Law,
  3. International Law, and
  4. Senior Lawyers

Our next meeting will be at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown. It will be a half-day CLE focused on Litigation for Young Lawyers followed by the YLS Award for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year and our Executive Committee Meeting. For more information, click here: http://www.nysba.org/am2019/.

In the meantime, we will have several events and functions around the state. Please check out our website for registration and more information about those: https://www.nysba.org/yls/.

To highlight just one that is near and dear to the hearts of Young Lawyers and the YLS, we will be promoting the annual Young Lawyer Friends of the Foundation and YLS giving challenge to help Veterans. All gifts go to helping support the NYSBA Foundation's grant program with a special focus on Veteran's legal service projects. There will be a 24-hour giving period on Veteran's Day. We are in the process of establishing everything for this year, but to read about the program and what was done in 2017, please click here: http://nylawyerslovevets.swellgives.com/.

Lastly, I want to end with a request of and challenge to all young lawyers around the state to join the YLS if you have not already, and beyond just joining, please call into or attend our meetings, CLE, events, and/or functions. We want you to know that you are welcome. We want your presence and your ideas to improve the YLS not only today but as we venture in the future.

Have a wonderful fall,


Legal Issues Surrounding "Smart Contracts"

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By: Emily A. Georgiades, Esq.

As technology advances so must the law. Recently, we have been seeing a surge in popularity in blockchain technology and the rise of "smart contracts". Articles have even been written stating that smart contracts may replace the need for lawyers. So why aren't lawyers panicking? Well, because there are issues with smart contracts that will require professional legal intervention.

"Smart contracts" are self-executing, self-enforcing, self-verifying1 contracts with the terms of the agreement between buyer and seller being directly written into lines of code which exist across a distributed, decentralized blockchain network. In theory, smart contracts will eliminate the need for a middleman and allow for the secure transfer of anything of value - including property, shares, virtual currency, etc. It is believed that smart contracts would reduce the need for court intervention. Ethereum is one such decentralized platform which is famous for its wide use of smart contracts. However, before smart contracts can be used on a grand scale, some technological adjustments have to be made to be able to sustain a large volume of transactions being executed simultaneously.

In January 2018, New York State introduced legislation2 which proposes to allow "signatures, records and contracts secured through blockchain technology to be considered in an electronic form and to be an electronic record and signature." Essentially, this would allow smart contracts to exist in commerce. Therefore, given that smart contracts may become more widely used in the near future, it is worth considering certain legal matters which may arise from using them. Such matters include:

  1. the language of the contract;
  2. who bears the responsibility if the smart contract does not properly execute and damages ensue as a result;
  3. what happens if the contract needs to be modified; and
  4. what is the legal status of a smart contract.

Contract Language

Smart contracts are algorithms/code which look something like this:

As with any contract, the terms of the contract must be made clear to all parties at the onset. In the case of an express contract, the lawyer drafts the agreement in a language mutually understood by the parties. If it is translated into other languages then a clause should typically be added to state which language prevails in the event of a dispute. This is very significant as the same word in two different languages can have very different meanings. However, smart contracts are written in code and in the event of a dispute it would take a tech expert to translate the code to discover what went wrong. This is not per se a problem but it is a consideration when using and examining smart contracts.

Jurisdictional & Liability Issues

In a traditional contract, generally the party who breaches the contract bears liability. In a smart contract, if the request is not properly executed then it could possibly be a result of an error in the algorithm. The code may have been defective (i.e., poorly written), or hackers could change the code either pre-execution or while the contract is in the process of being executed. The question to consider is "who is liable for damages in such instances?" Is it the original programmer of the algorithm? Is it the Blockchain that contains the smart contract? Then, one must consider in which forum one could sue for damages. Every transaction could potentially fall under the jurisdiction(s) of every node in the network. This could create a legal nightmare in that every jurisdiction has differing laws and the blockchain may have to comply with these various laws. Another consideration is whether the smart contract contains a clause stating in which forum disputes could be settled. Will disputes be settled by an automated settlement program or in traditional courts or arbitral tribunals? Since these contracts are electronic and could simultaneously be used by people of different nations, a settlement dispute clause is of the utmost important.


Contract modification is easy to handle when the contract is fully written but what happens when a self- executing smart contract is in the process of being executed and the agreement requires modification? Such a problem could occur where the law changes whilst the contract is being performed or an impossibility arises or performance of the contract becomes impracticable.3 There would need to be a master override on such contracts but the question becomes how could this be done and who would bear the responsibility of doing this.

Legal Status of Smart Contracts

In examining the nature of a smart contract, Dr. Maciej Hulicki4 points out that smart contracts can coexist independently from actual legal contracts. He states that smart contracts may be used as a tool for contract enforcement in some instances and as actual contracts in other instances. Whether a smart contract is an actual agreement or merely an enforcement tool would depend on whether the legal requirements of a contract (including the intent of the parties to be mutually bound by the agreement) are met. Therefore, lawyers should be aware of this potential issue in examining the nature of a smart contract when it is brought before them.


Although contract law is an established body of law, the above are just a few issues to consider when establishing smart contracts so that they may be widely used. Smart contracts have the potential to make transactions in the business world faster and more efficient if executed properly. Everyone enters into several contracts on a daily basis and so all lawyers should be aware of smart contracts and the issues that surround their use. The more issues that can be addressed before smart contracts are utilized on a grand scale, the easier it will be to avoid recourse to courts to solve these issues.

Emily A. Georgiades, Esq. is a member of the New York State Bar, the Bar of England & Wales and the Cyprus Bar Association. She is a business lawyer with a Master of Laws in Corporate, Banking and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law, was a Deputy General Counsel of a business consulting firm in NY and teaches an advanced course in Business Law at Queens College in New York. Emily can be reached at Emily@altfinesq.com.

1. Tim Swanson, Great Chain of Numbers: A Guide to Smart Contracts, Smart Property and Trustless Asset Management 312 (2014).
2. NYS Assembly Bill A8780.
3. Max Raskin, The Law and Legality of Smart Contracts, 1 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 304 (2017).
4. Maciej Hulicki, The Legal Framework & Challenges of Smart Contract Applications, www.cs.bath.ac.uk/smartlaw2017/papers/SmartLaw2017_paper_3.pdf.

Good Counsel for Young Advocates

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By: Giselle Ayala M.

Going to law school, getting the best grades and knowing legal formulas to solve complex problems is not enough when it comes to being a lawyer worthy of trust. Indeed, many people's observation is that lawyers think only about money, do not care about their clients, and that young attorneys do not know anything.

So, how do we go from being law school graduates to performing as real advocates? Is anyone making a difference? What role do young lawyers play in all of this? To answer these questions, I want to talk about an organization helping social entrepreneurs to succeed, Good Counsel, Inc.

Good Counsel Services was founded in 2016 by Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky. Elizabeth attended night school to get her law degree from Brooklyn Law School while working full-time as the Executive Director of Keren Or, Inc. Her passion for the law and her goal of having the opportunity to impact others' lives with her work were key components of Good Counsel's foundation.

"While going to law school at night I was learning about contracts, intellectual property, compliance rules and business entities and I realized that the not for profit I was leading as an executive director needed more focused legal help. I learned then that I wasn't alone in leading a small organization without having the needed legal advice related to our organization's issues - I realized I wanted to eventually use my law degree to help meet this need," said Elizabeth.
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From the beginning Good Counsel Services has always been dedicated to the success of its clients. The entity's main goal is to provide organizations and social entrepreneurs with more than just legal advice. Their mission is to provide its clients with comprehensive assistance regarding their legal, financial, marketing, and fundraising efforts.

Two programs stand out in Good Counsel Services' work. "The Cohort Program," a six-month incubation project for social entrepreneurs that provides affordable legal, financial, and marketing counseling. There is also the "Lunch and Learn," a space designed to bring together experts, professionals, and innovators to guide social entrepreneurs and emerging nonprofits on issues of current relevance such as incorporation and compliance, social media privacy, intellectual property, nonprofit fundraising and communications, and digital & cyber privacy law. Through these programs Good Counsel Services intends to create a community of socially-driven, innovative, and dedicated entrepreneurs.

In addition to that, Good Counsel Services offers internship and fellowship opportunities which consist of both educational opportunities and one-on-one supervisor instruction and feedback. Legal interns assist Good Counsel Services with pro bono work that varies from immigration advocacy to corporate counseling work.

Each summer Good Counsel Services welcomes law students interested in areas such as intellectual property, immigration, corporate law, contracts, and public law. The students who have worked with Good Counsel Services say the best part of their experience is being able to establish a flexible schedule, learn to develop independent work, and be exposed to the real-life challenges that young practitioners have to face after finishing law school.

Good Counsel Services is focused on giving law students the opportunity to get experience in the areas of law that they feel passionate about while helping others. Interns are exposed to a variety of assignments and research questions.

Olivia Rawlings studied music and later completed law school in the U.K. She came this Summer to the U.S. to complete an eight-week internship with Good Counsel. Olivia says that an internship is in general a great opportunity to gain real work experience and be exposed to many different challenges. Her experience with Good Counsel Services went beyond her expectations.

"During my internship with Good Counsel Services I had the opportunity to work on asylum cases and immigration issues. This was very special because I had the opportunity to really help others. I worked drafting demand letters, doing document review, dealing with employment issues, and learning a lot about contracts. In addition to that, this experience was very enriching because I learned about the importance of understanding how language barriers and cultural diversity can impact your work as a lawyer," said Olivia.

Among Good Counsel's clients one can find a wide variety of entrepreneurs. Good Counsel Services has worked with organizations such as:

  • Future Meets Present, an entity focused on designing for the integration of human and natural systems;

  • The Artist Co-op, a coworking space for performing artists;

  • Dida Academy, an innovative interest-driven learning center for ages 11-18; and

  • Project Liberation, an organization that disrupts the pathways that lead to criminal justice intervention.

Carla Friend, founder of Tikya Music, shared her view of Good Counsel Services and the work they have done together. Tikya uses participatory music experiences to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture. It was founded in 2017 and Good Counsel Services supported Carla through the whole process of incorporation, completing tax forms, and drafting contracts.

"What has made the Good Counsel experience a success is that they had always been open to respond to questions quickly. They are concerned about not wasting her clients' time, interested in getting to know their clients' fears and goals, and focused on giving not only legal counsel but also in being like a partner for clients... Additionally, since my organization is growing, having Good Counsel Services to advise me on issues such as incorporation in other states has been very important," says Carla.

Roman Zelichenko is the Co-Founder of LaborLess (www.laborless.io), an immigration compliance digital application and the Director of Strategy and Communications at Carita (http://www.mycarita.com), a nonprofit fundraising and mobile dating app that connects singles over the causes they care about while allowing them to fundraise for the organizations that support those causes. Good Counsel Services has supported his work on matters related to Privacy Policies and websites Terms and Conditions.

Roman says of Good Counsel Services, "They took the time to understand our app and business model, asked specific questions, and proposed changes that fell in line with our needs. This has been very important because for most startups the biggest challenge is awareness and growth."

I asked this question to Good Counsel's interns and the clients and these are some of the answers that I received.

"Form a solid and professional relationship, based on trust, and all other activities can develop smoothly. My advice to prospective lawyers is to open doors and focus on the success of the client's business. All other things should follow this genuine interest in the client's achievements."

- Daniel Herkenhoff, Founder of Holistica Foundation

"Social entrepreneurs are business owners first and foremost, but they're in business because of a higher calling. My advice to young lawyers is to make sure you take the time to first listen to your client and really understand their needs. A good lawyer will understand the nuances of the client's situation and get to the core of their needs. Then work from there."

- Roman Zelichenko, Co-Founder of LaborLess

"It is important to offer affordable legal counsel to startups without sacrificing quality and honesty. Always introduce yourself to your client by being clear about your experience - what you know and what you don't."
- Carla Daniel Friend, Founder of Tikya Music

"Be polite and show willingness. When talking to clients explain things with clarity and don't make assumptions. If you go to another country for an internship be open minded and don't be afraid just because the law will be different."

- Olivia Rawlings, Good Counsel Services Legal Intern

"From the start, in any job or internship, be conscious but don't be afraid of not knowing everything. Be prepared to work under pressure and to conduct extensive research about the task you are assigned. However, don't be afraid of asking questions."
- Michael Tal, 3L J.D. Student at Brooklyn Law School

In order to be a real advocate I think it is important to gain as much experience as we can and to face the fear of putting ourselves out there. It is important to know that the world is expecting more than legal gurus; it is expecting professionals with diverse skills. One may say that opportunities to get such skills are limited. That is in part because the typical goal of many new lawyers or law school graduates is to start at a firm. However, there are organizations like Good Counsel Services which are giving law students and young lawyers the opportunity to gain from real experiences the skills they need to be great lawyers. An organization like Good Counsel Services can be a great place to explore, be challenged, and learn what it takes to advocate for the interest of social entrepreneurs.

Finally, I encourage you to not just take my word for it. Go out there and look for an organization that wants to see you succeed, that wants to encourage you to learn, and that will be invested in seeing you achieve your professional goals while also helping others.

Around the Sections

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The Young Lawyer Section Liaisons play an important role to the Section, keeping us informed of what is going on in the other substantive sections of NYSBA. Here are a few recent updates from them. The Family Law Section held its summer meeting in Manchester, Vermont, featuring lectures from Steve Gassman, several judges, and a speaker on implicit bias. In the 10th District, the Supersized Summer Social was successful and had over 150 attendees. The Health Law Section planned a well attended event in July titled "Healthcare on the Blockchain." This link contains photos from the event as well as a listing of the speakers and co-chairs:

In the Young Lawyers Friends of the Foundation, they will host its 3rd Young Lawyers Annual Lawyers Love Veterans Campaign in November. They expect to raise even more money this year than in previous years. The Foundation is looking for additional members from the Young Lawyers Section to join the YLFOF so if you are interested in serving in an officer capacity, please email sravala@lawcrt.com. And the Dispute Resolution Section is undertaking projects, including written reports, live forums, and scholarship/mentorship programs. These projects are a great opportunity for young lawyers who are interested in getting involved in (or getting introduced to) the dispute resolution field. YLS members who would like to get involved can reach out to Randy Tesser at rtesser@tesserryan.com. On November 15, the Young Lawyers and Law Students' Committee of this Section will be hosting a networking reception where young lawyers and law students will have the opportunity to mingle with each other and with experienced practitioners at the top of the field.

ADR Pro Bono Clinic

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By: Randy Tesser, Esq.

Surprised and disappointed by the lack of resources available to pro se disputants engaged in mediation and arbitration proceedings, the New Lawyers and Students Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association (the "Committee") decided to address this underserved area. The Committee leveraged its experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") and relationships with leaders in the field to create a framework to improve the process and support unrepresented parties. The initiative is being led by Alex Bachuwa, Bachuwa Law PLLC; Randall Tesser, Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP; and Ross J. Kartez, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.

The clinic, as formulated, trains new lawyers and transitioning lawyers in the principles of ADR and how to effectively represent parties in mediation and arbitration. After completing the training, clinic participants are paired with experienced practitioners who serve as supervisors and mentors. The participants are then able to get hands-on experience representing clients, while providing an indispensable service to parties who otherwise would go unrepresented.

The clinic is off to a running start, having recently completed its training program for its inaugural group of participants. The training was held on May 18 and 19 at St. John's University, in collaboration with St. John's Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution.
The program was a huge success. The event was overbooked and the organizers scrambled to find a larger room to house the audience - an enthusiastic crowd made for a fun and engaging program.

Day One was all about mediation. Randall Tesser led the mediation program that included industry leaders Simeon Baum, Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.; Lew Tesser, Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, LLP; Proffesor Elayne Greenberg, St. John's University School of Law; and Robyn Weinstein, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York who trained the attendees on how to effectively reach their counterparts without conceding their client's interests. There were plenty of exercises that kept the attendees on their toes, and attendees learned a lot about the process while having fun too.

Day Two was all about arbitration. Alex Bachuwa led the arbitration program, starting with the arbitration provision and moving all the way through post-award issues. Attendees received a comprehensive understanding of arbitration. The faculty included experienced arbitrators and advocates Alex Bachuwa; Ross J. Kartez; Charlie Moxley, MoxleyADR LLC; M. Salman Ravala, Criscione Ravala, LLP; David J. Abeshouse, Law Office of David J. Abeshouse; and Erica Garay, Garay ADR Services. The presenters made an effort to create a theme throughout the day that arbitration is a creature of contract, and that advocates must understand the flexible and streamlined nature of the process. The audience participated in various exercises that allowed them to utilize many of the tools learned throughout the day.

The success of the training program was an important first step in realizing the vision of a clinic, formulated by young lawyers with the support of seasoned industry leaders that can address an "access to justice" problem, while giving young and transitioning lawyers an entrée to one of the law's fastest growing fields.

How I Practice: Laurie Vahey

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Laurie Vahey
Leclair Korona Vahey Cole LLP
Rochester, NY

By: Brandon Vogel

1. What are your areas of practice?
I practice in the area of civil litigation, with a focus in insurance coverage and disputes, personal injury, and commercial litigation. In sum, I try and help individuals and businesses solve conflicts.

2. Describe a typical day for you.
Often, what I plan for the day is not what happens because of a new or urgent matter. However, most of my days are in the office researching, investigating facts of a dispute, speaking with clients or claims representatives, drafting legal documents, supervising delegated work, and getting cases ready for trial or oral argument of motions. On the best days, I am in court.

3. Where do you practice? Do you have a stand-alone office or home office?
My firm's office is located in downtown Rochester, New York. However, my practice can take me across the state.

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4. What is the most rewarding thing about having your own practice?
The great thing about having your own practice is the direct contact with clients and seeing your work to completion.

5. What are some of the challenges about having your own practice?
Having your own practice can be challenging, at times, because of the constant need for making decisions, supervising delegated work, and need to be constantly accessible. Responsiveness is very important.

6. What are your must-have tech tools/apps?
A large-screen, constantly charged, and fully functional smart phone is a must. Of course, a fast and reliable computer with internet source is also invaluable. To date, I have not found an app that is a go-to for me. However, for defending personal injury cases the social media sites are a gold mine!

7. How do you market your practice? How do you find new clients?
Marketing is so personal to the individual. You need to do it in a genuine way. I enjoy networking and making friends through all kinds of organizations - legal, non-legal and non-traditional. For example, I am a spin instructor and have made business contacts from that endeavor. I believe that everyone is a potential referral source. The largest focus of my marketing, however, is involvement in bar associations - especially the New York State Bar Association. NYSBA has been invaluable in developing professional and genuine friendships for me that have brought repeat clients through referrals.

8. When and where do you interact with other attorneys?
I interact with attorneys everywhere. We are all over. Everywhere you turn, you trip over an attorney. Specifically, I interact with legal colleagues on community boards and very heavily through bar association events, continuing legal education courses, and through the various sections and committees of the bar associations. Joining NYSBA and being active in a section established my network of attorney friends across the state.

9. How do you stay informed with legal news and developments?
Staying on top of legal developments is easy with the internet and I read every New York State Bar Journal, TICL Section Journal and State Bar News. There are also great newsletters from various firms, email listservs about recent cases and the New York Law Journal is a tremendous resource.

10. If a fellow attorney decided they wanted to start their own practice, what is the one thing they should know?
Starting a law firm has so many layers beyond just practicing law, but if you love what you do - then do it. Do not listen to naysayers. Why not try and fail, then wonder what if?

Laurie, a former standout YLS member, is a winner of our Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and a frequent faculty member on YLS programs.

Recommended Events

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October 4-5, 2018
Elder Law and Special Needs Section Fall Meeting - This event will take place in Ridgewood, NJ. 11 MCLE credits are available.
Cost: Tickets are $400 for members, $300 for section members, and $250 for members admitted fewer than 5 years.
Time: October 4, 9am to October 5, 4pm.


October 16, 2018
Copyright and The Art Of Its Protection - This event takes place in White Plains at Arts Westchester. This is a presentation which is designed to explain the basics of copyright and is suitable for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
Cost: Complementary, but registration is required.
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm followed by a reception.


October 18, 2018
Sports, Drugs, and Rock and Roll - EASL Fall Meeting - This event takes place in New York City in Midtown and is co-sponsored by the Food and Drug Section. It provides 3 MCLE Credits. There are two panels, one dealing with rules governing the use of drugs in sports and one concerning the fallout from the MeToo movement in the Entertainment Industry.
Cost: $75 for Members and $50 for section members.
Time 1:00 pm to 5:00pm


October 23-26, 2018
International Fall Program - This CLE event takes place in Montreal, Canada. You can earn up to 20 MCLE credits at this event.
Cost: This event is $1095 for members and $1295 for non-members. Lower rates for associates, government, and non-profit attorneys.


A full list of all New York State Bar Association Events can be found at www.nysba.org.

Brand New Members of the Young Lawyers Section

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Please join me in welcoming the following new members to the Young Lawyers Section!

Robert Austrian

Danielle A. Bates, Esq.

Elliot E. Braun, Esq.

Elizabeth Bunker

Corinne E. Cater, Esq.

Rachel E. Craft

Peter Jay Cramer

Ryan D. Daugherty, Esq.

Jacob Elkin

Daniel H. Fishman, Esq.

Autumn Ginsburg

Naama Hod, Esq.

Michele Jarrouj

Kristin S. Luna, Esq.

James MacKay

Pablo O. Madriz, Esq.

Sunny Mangal

James Montesano

Jocelyn Ng

Fabrizio Rapicano

Rachelle L.T. Rubin

Bobby Sahachartsiri, Esq.

Nicole Trotman

Cynthia L. Vella, Esq.

Chelsea Walcker

Cort Welch, Esq.

Melissa Andrews

Monica Beshay

Connor Bloncoto

Lance Bond

Cristina Cahn-Speyer, Esq.

Nicholas Carra

Catherine Cintron

Jessica Coonrod

Jill Davis

Andrew J. Fuller, Esq.

Gertian Ghanem

Diego Gomez

Kathryn Gutt

Megan Hallson

Samuel Hines

Shweta Kapoor

Zachery Kotin

Marine Leclinche

Julia Levy, Esq.

David Merlino

Lauren Miller

Benjamin Mosery, Esq.

Andrew M. Nelson

Matthew T. Prewitt, Esq.

Daron R. Ravenborg, Esq.

Zachery Rippe

Eli Shmulik, Esq.

Darby Singh

Madison Smiley

Megan Smith

Heather Todoroff

Huihua Ye, Esq.

Bing Bing Zheng, Esq.

Mara D. Afzali, Esq.

Stephen J. Altman, Esq.

Jenni Barra

Shellea Daniel

Andrew Ellis

Benjamin Farstad

Jesse Gleason

Randy Gray

Parker Gross

Matthew Hallock

Henry Jacobs

Matthew Miller

Matthew Morales

Scott Owen

Kevin Perry

Matthew Rimkunas

Angelica Rivera

Carly Roberts

Jessie Schuster

Kaitlyn Smith

Rhiannon Snide

Sarah Valis

Louis G. Vuksanaj, Esq.

Rachel Wadsworth

Haley Werner

Timothy J. Willox

Michael D. Zahler, Esq.

Jillian Lambert

Mariena Mareno

Olivia Marine

Carly Ovitt

Tyler Rexhouse

Mia Noelle Wolfe, Esq.

Andrea J. Clark, Esq.

Stephanie H. Fedorka, Esq.

Abbi Fuhrken

Melanie J. Prasad, Esq.

Kayla J. Anderson

Simone Arthur

Jake Barney

Kiersten Batzli

Connor Boehme

Annika Burton

Chris Callery

Alizah Charaniya

Deltry Chu

Faith Cody

Eric Cummings

Ethan Everett

Kayla Gebhardt

Joseph Grosser

Eungi Hong

Joshua Howard

Taji Hutchins

Chen Jiazheng

Christopher Johnson

Hannah Jung

Anna Kaufman

Logan Kenney

Eirene Kim

Julie Kjeldseth

William Kwon

Hun Lee

Ji Hyung Lee

Chengli Li

Nuozi Li

Debbie Lin

Zhong Chen Lin

Perrin Lowrey

Brian Marta

Christina McDonogh

Emma Morelli

Joseph Morrone

Marisa O'gara

James Patton

Nikaury Payamo

Bree Peilen

Kristian Perez

Lachanda Reid

David Relihan

Olivia Rosen

Christina Sauma

Robert Serrano

Syed O. Shah

Thomas Shannan

Yimeng Shen

Eric Stivers

Limeng Sun

Alexa I. Tirse

Robert Ward

Federcio Wynter

Jennifer Yu

Junda Yu

Chenjia Zhu

Michelle Zhu

Rebecca Bentley

Jena Boise

Stephanie Lipari

Cecilia Meyer

Rachel Wade

Carrington Wells

Ayman Ali

Makallie Banker

Alana Becker

Catherine Blanchette

Ranja Bose

Daniel N. Celani

Aarti Chandan

Jaynie Doe

Marissa Egloff

Ann Fahey

Leah Farwell

Savannah Figueroa

Morgan Flitt

Eduardo Flores

Lucas Fromen

Joseph Fumerelle

Gabrielle Gannon

Nathan Harp

Rachel Harper

Kevin Hartnett

James Hatton

Michelle Hoyt

Keith Jensen

Alex Kaczmar

Briana Krawczyk

Alyssa LoGrasso

Hoda Moussa

Tyler O'neill

Kainat Rizvi

Jacqueline Robertson

Kyle Ruffner

Jessica Tiburcio

Connor Wack

Kaitlynn E. Walker, Esq.

Anna Whistler

Jake Eisland

Tamara R. Levi-Weiser, Esq.

Krystal Macharie

Isabel J. Malmazada

Jillian L. Panzella

David Paulstich

Ariana Reinhertz

Alizabeth Volkman

Nick Zazzi

Keley Abbriano

Alessandra Albano

Patrick J. Argento, Esq.

Christopher N. Bhola

John J. Bonanno

Stefania Bordone

Alyssia Burriesci

Luke Calle

Joseph Caputo

Haley Chechik

Margarita Christoforou, Esq.

Ashley Cohen

Keith M. Collado, Esq.

Gabrielle Costa

Nezihe Diril

William Dowd

Gabriela Fortich

Raymond Fragola, Jr.

Kaleigh Gormon

Kristy Harrison

Alanna Harte

Ryan Hecht

Dennis Hewson

John Iacone

Sebastian Jablonski

Alicia Johnson

Benjamin Kazenoff

Kristin Kelty

Tony Kim

Elizabeth Konstantakopoulos

Annemarie Lanni, Esq.

Madelene Laser

Anthony Lategano

Guofeng Li

Dewitt B. Linton

Shannon Litvic

John Lonigro

Jacob Manning

Elena Menagias

Gabrielle Mercogliano

Angelica Morra

Catherine Muhlenforth

Cristina Negrillo

Dane Pierre

Nicole Pourgol

Nicolette Ragnanan

Perry Russell

Jared Sanders

Gina Scali

Adam Schoen

Victoria Sepe

Sam Sherman

Alexander Sieger

Priyanka S. Sule

Thomas Terrill, Esq.

Masouda Tokhie

Dominique Wilson

Lester Xu

Kristiana C. Zuccarini, Esq.

Anita M. Armstrong, Esq.

Latoya S. Belle, Esq.

Stacy A. Bushay-Morrison, Esq.

Samuel Caffrey-Agoglia, Esq.

Abigayle Erickson

Emmarie A. Etheridge, Esq.

Winter J. Flowers-Olowofela

Carolina Garcia, Esq.

Vishal Hardowar, Esq.

Meili He, Esq.

Lovashni Khalikaprasad

Natalie Kushmakova

Jun Lang, Esq.

Devin Ly

Renee Mariotti

Priya Mathon, Esq.

Sam Sheridan

Michael Aaron Shulman, Esq.

Adeneiki Chole Williams, Esq.

Jian Xiao

Cindy Chau

Jennifer N. Howell, Esq.

Oscar Ortiz

Tameshwar Persaud

Richard Samboy

Chulani Sterling

Susan Kuruvilla, Esq.

Adam Amirault

Blessing A. Anosike, Esq.

Alessio A. Cianci, Esq.

Elleni Avila

Gaia B. Brambilla, Esq.

Kelly Bermudez

Ayumi Berstein

Alexander Bragg

Lauren Brown

Benedict C. Bussmann

Danielle Caswell

Sandeep S. Chandi, Esq.

Jessica Clark

Mariangel C. Rangel, Esq.

Caroline Rebecca Corcos, Esq.

Christina Cottone

Shanna L. Cushnie, Esq.

Daniel Cutler

Isabela De Jesus

Brooke DeKolf

Mario Derevjanik, Esq.

Lynne I. Dzubow, Esq.

Abdelazim Ewais

Solveig Galbo, Esq.

Nathalie Greenfield

MacKenzie Hamill

Weiying Huang, Esq.

Kengo Ishikawa, Esq.

Alexandra L. Jamel, Esq.

Kiran Kaur

Charles W. Knapp, Esq.

Marissa R. Labelle, Esq.

Conor Lalamera

Cheng Li

Jonathan Lugo

Oxana Lukina, Esq.

Deirdre Macchia

Michael A. Mahr, Jr.

Aidan Markland

Alix Martin, Esq.

Michael Mirabella

Jack Morgan

Kenny Moy

Layla Noriega

Katsuhiro Onishi

Alex Simon Parker, Esq.

Benjamin Place

Emma Powlin

Tyler Prugh

Margarita K. Riley

Katie Schuff

Nallely Shapiro

Nirosha Sithirapathy, Esq.

Joseph Son, Esq.

Elizbeth Steinborn

Karima Tawfik, Esq.

Alexandra Tomanelli

Rebecca Valentine

Inja Vojnovic, Esq.

Meredith Volpe

Linzhi Wang

Total New Members: 351

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