June 2019 Archives

We are pleased to submit the June 2019 issue of Electronically In Touch. This issue consists of informative articles regarding business law basics, understanding the legal skills required of lawyers, federal tax law changes to personal tax returns based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, mediation as an option when faced with separation or divorce, tax reporting requirements AirBnB hosts should consider, and upcoming events put on by the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section. This issue also includes a message from the Young Lawyers Section's incoming chair, Lauren E. Sharkey.

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 Julie T. Houth at jhouth@gmail.com or Mansi Parikh at mansiparikh.1711@gmail.com.

Julie T. Houth and Mansi Parikh are the newly elected co-editors of Electronically In Touch. Julie received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and her LL.M in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is currently a staff attorney for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, a law firm with more than 200 lawyers across the nation specializing in complex litigation representing plaintiffs in securities fraud, antitrust, corporate mergers and acquisitions, consumer and insurance fraud, multi-district litigation, and whistleblower protection cases. Julie is based at the firm's headquarters in San Diego, California. She is also involved with the American Bar Association's events and holds various leadership roles within several divisions.

Mansi is an attorney at the law firm of Schumann Hanlon Margulies LLC, where she chairs the Intellectual Property group. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Her intellectual property practice puts emphasis on trademark clearances and enforcement, patent clearances, due diligence analysis, copyright filing and enforcement, freedom-to-operate investigations, and the assignment or licensing of intellectual property rights. In addition, she is also involved in commercial litigation, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and contract drafting and negotiations.

Disclaimer: 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.

A Message from the Chair of the Young Lawyers Section

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By Lauren E. Sharkey, Esq.

As incoming Chair of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS), I have to first give a huge thank you to our outgoing Chair, Terrence Tarver, for his great leadership and hard work this past year. Terrence's collaborative style and southern charm always made working with him on YLS matters a pleasure. Under his leadership, YLS had another successful Trial Academy (the 10th Anniversary Year) at Cornell Law School, a well-attended Summer Meeting in Saratoga Springs, a great program at the Annual Meeting, and various district events throughout the state--all while running his own firm!

Turning to the 2019-2020 bar year, I'm excited for what YLS is up to: We'll be going to Williamsburg, VA for a joint Summer Meeting with Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section in August; then headed to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Supreme Court Admission's Program in November; we'll host a CLE in January during Annual Meeting in NYC; and have our Spring Meeting in Ithaca during the Annual Trial Academy.

My goal for YLS this year is to become more accessible to our members, young lawyers and law students alike, through technology and district events. We are all super busy and it can be hard to find time for bar activities. With more access to the Section's benefits and with your help, our members will be able to see the value of our bar association.

Our Executive Committee still has a few available positions. Anyone interested should reach out to me at Lsharkey@cswlawfirm.com.

Business Law Basics CLE Event

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By Lauren Barrett, Esq.

As a young lawyer, I am always striving to find new ways to enhance my knowledge and expose myself to different areas of law. On April 29th, the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association held a Business Law Basics CLE event. Events like this are a perfect way to gain insight into multiple areas of law in one swoop. The agenda covered business organizations, trademark law, not-for-profit law, franchise law, derivative & securities, bankruptcy law, and attorney escrow accounting. Each topic was allotted one hour to provide a high-level overview.

My favorite presentation from the agenda was "Business Organizations" by Matthew Moisan from LECleairRyan because Matthew provided guidance on the rationale behind each entity type. When helping a client determine what entity aligns best with their goals, Matthew suggests you should consider the following: Liability, taxation, managerial control, ease of formation, and industry specific needs. Below is a list of business entities with brief descriptions on what I found to be useful and I believe that this information could also be beneficial to the rest of the legal community.

Sole proprietorship:

This is the easiest entity to form because no documents need to be filed. You can just start your business today with no strings attached. A sole proprietorship essentially means the person and the business are viewed as the same entity. The owner has 100% ownership and unlimited personal liability. The income from the business is treated as personal income for tax purposes. This is a great option if the risk of the business is low and you do not plan on raising capital or expanding vastly.


To form a partnership, like a sole proprietorship, documents do not need to be filed. However, it is highly recommended that the individuals create a Partnership Agreement. This agreement can save significant time and money in the long run if the partnership ever struggles to agree on issues or if one partner wants out of the business. A partnership consists of two or more individuals who split the company evenly when it comes to control and profit sharing, but this is not always the case. Taxation will also pass-through to the partners. These partners are jointly liable for the business and have a fiduciary duty to one another.

Limited Partnership:

A limited partnership is similar to a partnership, but joint liability is restricted and it tends to be a bit more difficult to form. Agreements among partners must be drafted and a Certificate of Limited Partnership must be filed. Limited partnerships are made up of general and limited partners. Limited partners are typically inventors who do not make management decisions. The general partners are the individuals who are running the day-to-day business like a partnership discussed above. As for taxation, this is still treated as pass-through entity.

Limited Liability Company:

Limited Liability Companies are increasingly becoming more popular and for good reason. These entities require an Operating Agreement and a Certificate of Formation or Articles of Organization to be filed. The Operating Agreement lays out the overall organization of the company, control when it comes to both management and voting power, capital and service contributions, distribution of profits and shares, and change in ownership or dissolution. Although this entity is more difficult to form compared to those above, they provide limited liability. This means that there is no personal liability and the only personal risk would be any capital contributed directly to the business unless the corporate veil is pierced, which can occur if a fiduciary duty is violated. Tax treatment in this instance still remains as a pass-through entity.


A C-Corporation ("C-Corp") is the most common type of corporation. This entity requires the filing of a Certificate of Incorporation and numerous corporate documents. Once the C-Corp is created there is no personal liability. The company will be treated as if it is a separate "individual" with the same rights and limitations. Again, the courts may pierce the corporate veil but this only occurs in extreme circumstances. The company's control is laid out in their corporate agreements, but it usually consists of a board of directors, and shareholders. This entity is taxed on both corporate profits and individual income, which is also known as double taxation. A C-Corp is often used for companies that are seeking investments and venture capital opportunities.


The S-Corporation is a combination of a C-Corporation and a Limited Liability Corporation. An S- Corporation mirrors a C-Corporation when it comes to liability and formation. Both the board of directors and its shareholders also control it. However, the S and C Corporate entities differ when it comes to taxation. An S-Corporation is taxed based on the pass-through method, not double taxation. To be eligible to register as an S-Corporation, the corporation must be a domestic corporation with no more than 100 individual shareholders. An S- Corporation is only able to issue one class of stock so looking to the future growth of an entity may determine what type of entity formation is best.

The above overview is just a portion of the seven programs offered at the Business Law Basics event. Please know that if business law is not for you, that's okay! The New York State Bar Association has numerous events throughout the year as well as other "basics" courses. I recommend the "basics" courses to individuals who are trying to determine what area of law sparks their interest or attorneys who want to provide well-rounded advice to their clients. To be clear, the "basics" courses do not give you an in depth look at each area of law, but they will give you the ability to field questions in an intelligent manner and point your clients in the proper direction.

Lauren Barrett is a business and finance attorney with a J.D. from John Marshall School of Law and a Masters of Law in Banking and Finance from Boston University School of Law. She is licensed in New York State and will soon be sworn into the Massachusetts bar as well. Lauren is currently a Legal Consultant at Wellington Management and specializes in private and public capital market transactions and derivatives. Lauren can be reached at Lgbarrett@outlook.com.

By Jennifer Bergenfeld, Esq.

Prepared for Work

Like other professions, lawyers have a tool kit and supplies. For some of us, this means a device for doing work or something used for a particular job. We should all be conscious of what we bring to a role and what an employer expects. In our profession, we need to be savvy about legal innovation, without forgetting the basics.

Book Learning

In law school, we are taught how to conduct research using online access and for those of us old enough to remember, there libraries full of books. While attending law school in the late 90s after a stint as a paralegal, I informed my librarian that I already knew Lexis and Westlaw, therefore I did not need to use books. Needless to say, I ended up learning from the dusty tomes set back on bookcase shelves and received a very high grade in Research.

Data Management

Recently, I was concerned when I asked an associate a question and she reached for a book from her law school days, instead of using an online search engine. She flipped through the index and found a page with information that was far too brief (no pun intended) for our purposes. I tell this story because I was raised in the Internet age and learned early on how to harness data. Consider using a variety of sources and sharing information. As a network manager for an employer's legal research sharing site a year ago, I learned to be mindful of my findings and kept them organized.

Tools of the Trade

Carpenters carry around their tools, sometimes on a belt, in a bag or sealed in a box; attention is paid to make sure that something sharp does not fall out. For lawyers, we lug a briefcase, backpack or purse to work, but we all bring something to contribute. With our smartphones and laptops, we have the parts for assembling an exceptional pleading, memo, filing or deal document. Most lawyers are familiar with Dropbox, data rooms and the cloud, while others prefer red pens and color-coded filing systems. We all need to work together to function effectively in today's legal landscape.

Technological Competence

As lawyers, we have a duty of technology competence. As mandated by the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Section 1.1 comment), we are required to have the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for representation, including the use of methods and procedures that meet the standards of competent practitioners. This means more than being adept at navigating the vast resources of the Internet and tapping your fingers on your phone. Our other tools need to include understanding the management of email privacy, safeguarding electronically stored client information, conducting ethical Internet investigations, participating in e-discovery and knowing how to manage online court filings.

What is in Your Kit?

I have a networking group acquaintance that had a business called Policy P's Toolkit. She sought to improve the effectiveness of her client's policy programs with guides and references. Her expertise was so well regarded that she ended being hired by a major legal research organization. The lesson learned here is know what technical talent you bring and promote it.

Supply Closet

Oftentimes the most valuable tools for your law firm success are already there to greet you. I refer to this as the supply closet. This does not mean the paper, pens and staplers. It means the firm's own database of forms, templates and guides. I know a law firm that expected a new employee to bring their own online forms from their personal library from a recognized source, but that information was proprietary to a former employer. Do not make the mistake of assuming the documentation center at a law firm or corporate law department is available or accessible.

Accessories and Resources

Your ability to succeed as a lawyer also entails intangibles. This includes connections made through networking and resourcefulness. I consider myself a subject matter expert and often help colleagues with questions. Likewise, I rely on their guidance. Having this collaborative legal mindset is an approach that you can take with you to the courtroom, boardroom or office.

Jennifer Bergenfeld, Esq. is an experienced deal wrangler. She focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, specializing in transactions, contract negotiations and regulatory/governance advisory for financial institutions. She holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, an M.B.A. and M.A., from New York University, having served as professor of business law/ethics at the Stern School of Business, a Chartered Regulatory Counsel designation and a B.A. from George Washington University. In her free time, Jennifer conducts legal training and dedicates pro bono legal services to local nonprofits and socially responsible startups. She is also a cat rescue volunteer, with help from her family.

By Amanda Gracia, Esq.

While working with one of the country's leading tax preparation service companies during the 2018 tax season, a top question I received when assisting clients completing their own personal tax returns was, "Why is my refund so much different than last year?" Although we have heard a lot about the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), practically speaking, its changes have left most taxpayers confused about its implications. More specifically, you may have noticed a drastic difference to your personal tax refund or balance due compared to previous years.

While 2018 was the first year of implementation for the TCJA, as of now, its changes are set to remain in effect through the 2025 tax year. In the ever-changing world of tax reform, its difficult to know whether this will mean much for the future, but for the sake of understanding your 2018 personal tax return, lets dive into some of the truths and myths about the TCJA.

MYTH (mostly): You had no major changes this year, so your refund or balance owed amounts should be the same as past years.

With the slew of changes from the TCJA, some of which have affected virtually every return, even if your tax identity was identical to last year, chances are you experienced some change to either the amount refunded to you or the balance you owed the IRS this year compared to 2017.

TRUTH: Personal tax exemptions were eliminated entirely under the TCJA.

A significant change under the TCJA was the elimination of personal tax exemptions. In previous years, almost everyone qualified for personal exemptions and they worked to decrease your taxable income in a similar way as deductions. In 2017, the personal exemption amount was $4,050 for each member of your household. That means if you were a family of 4, your taxable income was decreased by $16,200 with just personal exemptions! This is potentially a big change depending on the size of your household and the amount of your other deductions. If your refund amount or balance due was less than desirable this year as compared to years past, this is likely the culprit as it probably left your taxable income amount higher than in the past even if you earned the same amount.

TRUTH: The standard deduction amount increased under the TJCA.

Under the TCJA, the standard deduction amount this tax year was $12,000 for individual return filers ($6,350 in 2017), $18,000 for head of household filers ($9,350 in 2017), and $24,000 for married joint filers ($12,700 in 2017). This jump from 2017 is in response to both the loss of personal tax exemptions, and changes in inflation as in past years.
Speaking of inflation, the TCJA also changes the inflationary adjustment calculation from the "CPI index" to the "Chained-CPI index" both calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For us, this means generally a smaller increase for inflation in years to come than was calculated in the past.

MAYBE: Your itemized deduction amount was lower this year.

If you are accustomed to itemizing your deductions, depending on what you typically deduct, you may have seen changes to those amounts this year. If in the past your deductions were limited because your income was over a certain amount, you may have noticed that phase-out based on your income level was eliminated this year. On the flip side, another notable change was the new $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes paid ($5,000 if married filing separately).
Another significant change came to the amounts qualified for the home mortgage interest deduction. If your loan originated on or before December 15, 2017, under the TCJA you could deduct interest on up to $1 million in qualifying debt ($500,000 if married filing separately). But if the loan originated after that date, you could only deduct interest up to $750,000 in qualifying debt ($375,000 if married filing separately).

Other itemized deductions modifications include personal casualty and theft loss deductions being limited to only losses attributable to federally declared disasters. The limit on the deduction for charitable cash donations increased to 60% of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income (limited to 50% in 2017). And medical expenses were deductible when they exceeded 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, the same threshold as 2017 (down from 10% in 2016). You may have also noticed that all miscellaneous itemized deductions were eliminated under the TCJA, which included unreimbursed employee expenses and tax preparation expenses to name a couple.

With the major jump in the standard deduction, less taxpayers itemized their deductions in 2018. Even so, with the number changes in this area under the TCJA, if you still itemized in 2018, you may have also been impacted by these changes.

MAYBE: The child tax credit increased to $2,000 for each child on your return.

A popular personal tax credit is the Child Tax Credit, which reduces your tax owed amount for qualified children on your return. The TCJA increased the Child Tax Credit to $2,000 for each qualified child ($1,000 in 2017), but it remains a "nonrefundable" credit with the same caveat that it will work only to reduce your tax bill to $0. This means that if the tax you owe on (after deductions) is only $1,000, you will still only receive $1,000 for the Child Tax Credit when you qualify. Like previous years, there is a "refundable" portion of the credit named the Additional Child Tax Credit, which will still give you a credit for your child even if your tax liability is lowered to $0, and that credit is limited to $1,400 for each qualifying child.

Beside the amount of the Child Tax Credit, under the TCJA more taxpayers were eligible to receive this credit than in the past. In 2018, the income-based phase-out for the Child Tax Credit began at income exceeding $400,000 for married joint filers and $200,000 for all other filers ($110,000 and $75,000 in 2017). It also added a nonrefundable tax credit of $500 for other qualifying dependents (like children over 17, or elderly parents).

The Bottom Line...

While the changes outlined here only begin scratching the surface on the TCJA, it is clear to see that as expected, it is a major shift to tax reform with wide-reaching impacts on many taxpayers. The changes may have taken you by surprise in 2018, but it is never too early to begin assessing how you can make your next return more favorable. As mentioned earlier, tax law is an ever-changing area, and there's no telling what changes may come for your 2019 taxes. Stay tuned, it may be an interesting ride.

Amanda M. Gracia, Esq. works as a Tax Analyst and Research Specialist at H&R Block.

By Ira Mandel MBA, CDFA™, CRPC®

The purpose of this article is to highlight why mediating a couple's divorce offers many benefits compared to litigation.

Divorce mediation is a common method of negotiating a separation or divorce settlement. Mediation can save a couple substantial expense, time and reduce the stress of a separation or divorce. Mediation allows the spouses to move on with their lives much faster.

The mediator is a trained, impartial, neutral, fair, unbiased third party. A mediator's role is to guide the couple through the open issues by helping improve communication, clarify positions, identify each spouse's core concerns, help brainstorm options that address core concerns, and assist the couple reach a consensus. The couple makes their own decisions. The mediator does not make any decisions.

Mediation offers couples many benefits as they consider divorce:

Spouses Make All The Decisions Themselves.

The spouses themselves make all the decisions themselves about their children and the issues. Unlike a contested divorce in court, there are no potential surprise decisions from the court. Additionally, the couple can develop a creative parenting plan that works for their children and family, and can change as the children grow.

Mediation is Less Expensive Than Litigation.

Mediation is much less expensive than a litigated divorce. Typically in mediation, each spouse retains a consulting attorney to advise them on legal issues and review the draft-mediated agreement before completion. Court litigation sessions are avoided.

Mediation is Much Quicker Than a Litigated Divorce.

A mediated divorce is much faster than a litigated divorce. Most divorce mediations can be concluded in several mediation sessions (e.g., 6-15 hours total), depending on the number and complexity of the issues involved. The couple goes at their own pace, not the court schedule.

Mediation is Less Stressful on Each Spouse.

Mediation is typically significantly less stressful on each spouse than an adversarial litigated divorce. The intense emotional stress and acrimony from litigation are avoided.

Mediation is Much Less Stressful on the Couple's Children.

The couple reduces the likelihood of having their children choose between fighting parents who are in court, since the couple will be working together to find joint solutions to open issues in mediation.

Potential For Cooperative Relationship Going Forward.

Mediation provides a means for the couple to have a cooperative relationship with their ex-spouse going forward. This is particularly important where children are involved, or where your ex-spouse's input will be needed on future issues.

Your Personal Information Remains Private.

Sensitive family issues like custody and child concerns, income and asset/liability details are dealt with in private; not argued in court.

To prepare for mediation, many spouses retain consulting attorneys with whom they review their legal rights, the issues to be mediated and the final draft mediated divorce agreement. Many spouses also research divorce issues on the Internet. Some spouses also consult with therapists to help address any psychological concerns they may possess.

While mediation offers many benefits to a couple, mediation also has some downfalls. Effective mediation necessitates that spouses come prepared to advocate for themselves. Additionally, some spouses with overbearing, dictatorial partners, find mediation challenging. Mediation also requires spouses come prepared to make concessions to their partner to 'make a deal'. Although every couple has a separate set of issues, mediation is an option that every couple should consider when faced with separation or divorce.

Ira Mandel MBA is a NY City based Mediator, CDFA™ Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Investment Advisor. Ira holds two securities licenses in addition to NY State licenses for real estate and insurance. Ira's pro bono work includes serving on the Board of Savvy Ladies, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to empower women to achieve financial independence by providing free financial education and resources. Over 15,000 women have been assisted since the organization's founding. Additionally, Ira was recently nominated to the Board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York whose missions are to promote professional excellence by family mediators and to increase the public's awareness of family and divorce mediation. Ira received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Vassar College. Ira can be reached at Ira@divorce-financial-advisors.com.

Tax Reporting Requirements for AirBnB Hosts

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By Julie T. Houth, Esq.

The popularity of AirBnB and similar companies provides individuals with more affordable options, more flexibility, and more amenities than most hotels. Hosts are able to earn supplemental income, but extra income may also cause unwelcome tax consequences.

Treatment of Rental Property

Several factors should be considered for proper treatment of rental income including whether the property was used personally and the duration of the use.

When a personal residence is rented for a short time, it is non-taxable income as long as these two elements are met: (1) the property is rented out for no more than 14 days during the year and (2) the individual uses the vacation house 14 days or more during the year or at least 10% of the total days rented to others. This is known as the 14-day rule. Rental income earned under this situation does not have a reporting requirement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, an individual also cannot deduct any related expenses. If one room out of the property is rented, the 14-day rule applies in the same way as if the entire house was rented.

If property is rented out for over 14 days, dates should be properly reported and detailed records should be maintained. This also allows hosts to properly divide out personal and business expenses like mortgage interest. Note that if only a room is rented instead of entire house for over 14 days, hosts pay taxes on the rental amount and are allowed to declare a business expense on their tax return. Unfortunately, hosts cannot deduct 100% of expenses like mortgage interest and property taxes in this case. Those expenses must be apportioned between personal and business use of the property.

Deductible Business Expenses

Hosts are allowed to deduct all ordinary and necessary expenses related to the operation of the rental business. For example, if a host repaints the bedrooms or buys new bathroom and kitchen towels for guests, the host can deduct these expenses from the rental income earned. Detailed records should be kept of all business expenses in the event the IRS asks for proof.

Short-term rental companies like AirBnB often charge a percentage fee called a host-service fee that is an additional fee that guests pay. If the rental term was more than 14 days, hosts can also deduct this fee from their reported rental income and 100% of the fee can be deducted because it was directly related to the rental use of the property.

AirBnB Reporting Requirements to the IRS

Because of reporting obligations, companies like AirBnB may report rental income earned to the IRS even if the rental income falls within the 14-day rule. Consequently, hosts may receive an inquiry from the IRS about unreported income. Hosts will need to prove the income qualifies for the 14-day exception of non-taxable income. Thus, it is essential to keep detailed records of all rental periods and expenses.

Federal Income Tax Withholding

AirBnB and other similar companies are required to withhold a full 28% of rental income if a W-9 form is not provided. In most cases, the effective tax rate for hosts is lower than 28%, so it is strategically best to fill out a W-9 form because it would give the host immediate access to maximum amount of rental income.

Additional Tax Responsibilities including Self-Employment Tax

Some states and localities require hosts to collect sales tax and occupancy tax from guests and remit it to the appropriate taxing authorities. AirBnB hosts have the responsibility of determining whether this applies specifically to their rental income.

If an individual is self-employed, that person must pay self-employment taxes and income taxes. Self-employment taxes cover Social Security and Medicare contribution for income earned in an individual's business. When hosts rent out their property and provide amenities like coffee, breakfast, or maid service, hosts may be classified as self-employed in the vacation rental business because substantial services were provided. The best way to avoid having rental activity classified as a self-employment business is to not provide guests with substantial services. Hosts can instead charge guests a cleaning fee at the end of their stay that is separate from their daily rental charge.

Julie T. Houth, Esq., LL.M (Taxation) is a staff attorney for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, a law firm with over 200 lawyers across the nation specializing in complex litigation representing plaintiffs in securities fraud, antitrust, corporate mergers and acquisitions, consumer and insurance fraud, multi-district litigation, and whistleblower protection cases. She is currently an American Bar Association Young Lawyers Fellow for the 2018-2019 term with the GPSolo Division. In addition, she serves as one of the New York State Young Lawyers Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and is the incoming co-editor in chief for the NYSBA YLS Electronically In Touch.

Upcoming Recommended Events

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The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program. Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.

June 7, 2019


Special One-Day Skills Only CLE Program
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Convene Conference Center | 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd Streets) | NYC

$195 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys
NYSBA Member: $295 | Non-Member: $495


June 17-18, 2019


Day One: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Day Two: 9:00 a.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Fordham University School of Law | Skadden Conference Center | Constantino Room
150 W 62nd Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues) | New York

$295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys & International Section Members
NYSBA Member: $495 | Non-Member: $695


August 8-13, 2019

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA - NY Delegation

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Assembly Annual Meeting is being held on August 8-13 2019, in San Francisco, CA. New York has one of the largest delegations in the ABA YLD Assembly, and we are seeking interested New York Young Lawyers who would like to represent the State and the Bar Association.

The Assembly is the policy-making body of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. The YLD Assembly precedes the ABA House of Delegates Annual Meeting, and the vote of the YLD Assembly binds the Delegates from the YLD to the ABA House.

All YLD Assembly Delegates from New York (other than the District Representative) are appointed on a per-meeting basis, meaning each Delegate must be re-appointed before attending any future meetings as a Delegate to the Assembly. The head of the New York YLD Delegation is Natasha Shishov, Esq., the New York District Representative in the ABA YLD.

The New York State Bar Association Finance Committee will provide $500.00 stipends for up to eleven (11) New York Young Lawyer Delegates attending the ABA YLD Assembly Annual Meeting. Funding is contingent upon the Delegate being 1) a member of the NYSBA, 2) a member of the ABA YLD, and 3) satisfactorily attending the ABA YLD meetings (including the Assembly Meeting). The appointment of delegates and award of stipends are on a first-received basis for those individuals satisfying the above appointment criteria. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

All delegates who commit to attending the Assembly must fulfill that commitment. Last-minute emergencies are understandable, but backing out at the last minute prohibits other potential delegates from attending. Check your calendars closely before deciding. Also, if the list for funded delegates is full, you can still attend as an unfunded delegate and your name will be put on a wait list for a stipend in order of your registration in the event one of the funded positions becomes available.

If you are interested in seeking appointment as a New York Young Lawyer Delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly, please contact Natasha Shishov at nshishov@nycourts.gov.

August 14, 2019


The Young Lawyers Section will host a summer mixer at Druthers Brewing Company located at 221 Harborside Drive, Schenectady, NY 12305. Complimentary finger foods and beer served during the first hour, cash bar for the second hour. Free event for members of NYSBA, the Albany County Bar Association, and the Schenectady County Bar Association. $10 registration fee for non-members to attend this event.


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

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!

Judicial District: 01

Christian Kwabena Ansah, Esq.

Justin W. Batten, Esq.

Vivian Rose Depietro, Esq.

Emily Catherine Ellis, Esq.

Philip John Furia, Esq.

Aaron S. Gaynor, Esq.

Melissa Fran Glassman

Jordan Alexandra Katz, Esq.

Gianncarlo Ortega, Esq.

Marissa Julia Welner, Esq.

Judicial District: 02

Mehdi Essmidi, Esq.

Jibril George Gelly-Rahim, Esq.

Beatrice Elizabeth-Ann Hinton, Esq.

Rayna McKenzie, Esq.

William A. Winnick

Judicial District: 03

Briana Janel Brinson, Esq.

Judicial District: 08

Amber Rose Poulos, Esq.

Judicial District:09

Alexander Farah

Jennifer Anne Gemmell, Esq.

Judicial District: 11

Van Thi Nguyen

Yang Xu

Judicial District: 99

Xiaoting Fu, Esq.

John Wesley Pohai Kealoha Kelly, Esq.

Julianna Maria King, Esq.

Sukkyun Lee, Esq.

Kara Elizabeth Nisbet, Esq.

Kylie Pennick, Esq.

Michael Luigi Rosella, Esq.

Mark David Sayre, 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 Amy Jasiewicz at ajasiewicz@nysba.org and indicate the committees you wish to join. The Young Lawyers Section has the following committees:

  • Executive Committee

  • Communications Committee

  • Community Service and Pro Bono Committee

  • Diversity Committee

  • Law Student Development Committee

  • Long-Range Planning Committee

  • Membership Committee

  • Mentoring Committee

  • Nominating Committee

  • Perspective Editorial Board

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