July 2019 Archives

Welcome to the July 2019 Issue of Electronically in Touch

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We are pleased to submit the July 2019 issue of Electronically in Touch. This issue consists of informative articles regarding opportunities for young attorneys in the area of liquor law, a recap of bridging the gap CLE for young lawyers, an enlightening chat with NYSBA member Joseph Hanna as well as details on upcoming events 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.

A Message from the Chair of the Young Lawyers Section

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By Lauren E. Sharkey, Esq.

NYSBA President, Hank Greenberg, recently established a blue-ribbon multidisciplinary task force, which includes the Young Lawyers Section, to review the New York State bar application character and fitness questionnaire to ensure mental health treatment will not be a deterrence to gaining admission to the bar. This task force will address the resolution recently passed in February 2019 by the Conference of Chief Justices urging its members and state and territorial bar admission authorities to eliminate from bar admission applications any questions that ask about "mental health history, diagnosis, or treatment" and to instead use questions that only focus on an applicant's conduct.

Recent studies suggest that law students may be delaying seeking treatment for mental health issues because they feel it may prevent them from being accepted into the Bar. As President Greenberg has stated "Seeking help for anxiety, stress, or other mental health issues should be encouraged, supported and rewarded." He continued that "The review of the bar application's questionnaire is an important first step in our efforts to help law students become healthy lawyers."

Greenberg has asked NYSBA's Young Lawyers Section, Committee on Disability Rights, Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, Law Practice Management's Attorney Wellness Sub-Committee, and Lawyer Assistance Committee, to issue recommendations for comment and possible adoption at NYSBA's November 2019 House of Delegates meeting.

The Young Lawyers Section is thrilled to be part of this initiative, as it directly affects many of our Section's members. Specifically, President Greenberg asked the Young Lawyers Section to contribute to the report by researching and reporting on the stress and anxiety experienced by law students--a topic all too familiar to and fresh in the minds of young lawyers. During the Young Lawyers Section's Summer Executive Committee Meeting, held on June 26, 2019, the Executive Committee voted to establish a temporary committee to work on this report. The temporary committee is chaired by the current YLS Chair, Lauren Sharkey, and the current YLS Treasurer, Anne LaBarbera. The committee currently consists of a few members from the Executive Committee interested in contributing to the report, as well as three law students (from Albany Law School and Hofstra Law).

This initiative has been garnering interest from legal media, including the New York Law Journal, Law360, Bloomberg Law and Above the Law.

By Cannon C. Kearney

I struggled to find a purposeful position after graduation and passing the bar like many young attorneys today. It never occurred to me that I would land a career that so precisely suited my current lifestyle. In November 2018, I was hired as a Senior Attorney Trainee for the New York State Liquor Authority ("the Authority"). The Authority is located in Harlem, New York, just minutes away from my apartment. Once I took on the position, it immediately began to feel like home.

I had no knowledge about liquor law or the role of a liquor law attorney. This was not an area of practice that was addressed in law school. It was never mentioned by professors or offered in legal trainings. Therefore, when I accepted the position, I was nearly clueless about what I was yet to embark on within the specific field. It was offered to me through a Veteran's Preference from the New York State Civil Service. Aside from some vague research I came across prior to the job interview, I had no idea how I could utilize my vast knowledge as a liquor connoisseur to aide me in my work.

Because I studied wine and liqueurs in my leisure, it has been an exciting feat to steward the effects of alcohol on citizens of New York. Through this role, I find myself becoming more aware of my surroundings in both personal and professional settings. Bar stops and club hops are no longer just for entertainment or an evening beverage. My frequent visits to these premises has led to opportunities for me to gain insight into the establishments that hold the fate of so many lives on their shelves and counters. I have come to recognize the service of the bartenders, the state of the customers, the vibe of the atmosphere, and how closely it all resonates within confines of the law. I have started having conversations with club patrons and licensees alike, and my curiosity has been aroused by the finest details of the business and my attention has turned to the conduct or misconduct of patrons. Law has become more than work for me and liquor has become more than recreation. The two have meshed and turned the world of a young attorney into a highly accountable one both at work and recreational time.

More young lawyers should consider liquor law for countless reasons. Young people already enjoy frequenting the most dynamic scenes that serve alcohol. Liquor law provides an opportunity to practice multiple types of litigation and alternative dispute resolution ("ADR"); And it allows for intermingling and networking with public and private sector leaders.

The New York State Alcohol Beverage Control Law ("ABCL") was created to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the communities in which licensed premises are located. The ABCL governs the licensing process for those applying to receive the privilege to traffic in alcoholic beverages and the behavior of licensees or principals of licensed premises once they are afforded the privilege to traffic in alcoholic beverages.

This privilege has been extended to vast numbers of premises in the Greater New York City area that many young attorneys frequent. Whether considering your local bodega that sells beer, a grand arena such as Madison Square Garden that serves liquor, cider, wine and beer, or night life entertainment (i.e. bars, lounges, and clubs) that serve most alcoholic beverages, liquor law is important to the communities in which these premises serve and the attorneys who represent them.

My time at the Authority has provided me with the opportunity to practice administrative law, civil litigation in New York Supreme and Appellate Courts, and assist law enforcement in criminal investigations. I have been actively involved in drafting complaints, memorandums of law, affirmations in opposition, notice of pleadings, affidavits, administrative hearing summations, letters to community leaders and boards, and multitudes of other moving and working papers. This experience is invaluable to me because, while most attorneys specialize in one specific aspect of law practice, litigation or ADR, I have received a rare opportunity to engage in a diverse legal environment.

Liquor law is intertwined not only in New York's cultural and economic livelihood, but into the fabric of the United States. From Prohibition (Amendment XVIII), to the repeal of Prohibition (Amendment XXI), to today, liquor has been celebrated in all walks of American life. Congress members and New York State Senate and Assembly are heavily involved with liquor law because they want to ensure that constituents of their respected areas can create economic opportunities through small business as well as ensure safety from the harmful use of liquor. Private sector leaders must be aware of liquor law because of the vast revenues it brings their businesses and its ability to create cohesion between their organizations and the communities they serve. Whether it's Governor Andrew Cuomo or New York Giants CEO John Mara, public and private sector leaders alike have an interest in ensuring that liquor laws are adhered to and enforced responsibly.

Accordingly, I believe more attorneys should develop an understanding of liquor law and how to position themselves to be a part of this practice and develop it as a long-term career. While liquor law courses are not currently being taught in New York law schools, but instead are grouped into the practice of Entertainment Law, it would benefit educational institutions to teach its soon-to- be litigators about a sector of law that is relevant to their lifestyles, affords a variety of legal and ADR experiences, and offers the ability to communicate and network with public and private leaders. If liquor law courses were taught in law school, young lawyers could learn how deeply engrained alcoholic beverages are to their livelihoods and their respected communities. If I knew more about liquor law earlier in my career, I would have quickly 'wet my whistle' and immersed myself in this area of practice much sooner. All of the above-mentioned legal attributes and lifestyle choices have been invaluable to me in developing my career as a young attorney.

Cannon C. Kearney is a Senior Attorney Trainee at The New York State Liquor Authority, where Cannon has been entrusted with stewarding, and promoting, the health, welfare and safety of the communities of the State of New York.

Cannon has worked with reputable law firms including The Law Firm of Poppe and Associates, PLLC, and, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer. Cannon prosecutes NYS licensees who have violated their privilege to traffic in alcoholic beverages. Licensees, or prospective licensees, can expect 100% transparency, calm and consistent communication, and a negotiator that utilizes litigation as a last means option.

Cannon is the fourth of five children, and an avid sports and fashion lover, enjoys volunteering, as well as a Veteran originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. Please email cannon.c.kearney@gmail.com or go to LinkedIn.com/in/cannon-c-Kearney- 7474ab62 to contact Cannon.

Cannon is writing on his own behalf and not on behalf of the New York State Liquor Authority.

A Recap of Bridging the Gap

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By Julie T. Houth

As a young lawyer, it is important to be aware of the requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to maintain the license to practice law. Fortunately, the New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA") offers a two-day Continued Legal Education ("CLE") program called Bridging the Gap that is targeted at newly admitted attorneys that need CLEs. The courses offered in this program are transitional courses and are intended to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in practical skills, techniques, and procedures that are essential to the practice of law. Newly admitted attorneys can generally satisfy all of their annual CLE requirements upon attendance of the two-day program. The program is offered several times a year and hosted in different locations throughout the State of New York. In addition, there is a lower, special rate for newly admitted attorneys to attend the program. On June 7, 2019, the NYSBA held a special one-day only Bridging the Gap program that offered skills CLEs. I was amongst one of the attendees at this unique event. The CLE presentations in this program were outside the area of my practice, but I still learned valuable legal skills and made lasting connections. This article is intended to provide some insight on NYSBA's Bridging the Gap program and the value of attending live courses.

As a first-time attendee to this program, I was unsure of what to expect. I reviewed the materials that were offered to me in advance through an email from the NYSBA coordinator of the program in order to prepare. When I arrived, there were an abundance of snacks and beverages provided for all attendees and these were available for the remainder of the program. I appreciated the constant stream of coffee throughout the duration of the program because I am a non-resident attorney that is licensed in the State of New York and traveled from California to attend this program. The NYSBA coordinator greeted attendees upon arrival and we were all provided with several NYSBA flyers that consisted of upcoming CLE programs and the Young Lawyers Section's updates and events for the rest of the year. In addition, a physical book that had each CLE presenter's PowerPoint presentation slides and materials were given to all attendees. This was a welcomed surprise, especially if you were unable to review the materials ahead of time, decided not to bring your laptop, or if you preferred to review the materials in physical form. The program started promptly at 9 in the morning and ended around 4 in the afternoon with an hour lunch break.

In this special format, there were four CLE presentations on the legal skills of client counseling that all addressed practice areas that involve New York state law--criminal law, matrimonial cases, auto litigation, and workers compensation. Each presentation was allotted 90 minutes to provide a general overview of the topic. While I thought all the presentations were great, I liked the first presentation the most, "Client Counseling: Criminal Law" by Attorney Jonathan Cohn from the law firm of Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohen & Gerstenzang in Albany, New York. Jonathan provided guidance on how to handle specific situations in criminal law in terms of client counseling and driving while intoxicated ("DWI") and driving while ability impaired ("DWAI") was a hot topic that he focused on throughout his presentation. As a non-resident attorney, this topic is still very applicable because New York is a tourist destination for my friends and family and I personally visit New York often. Though a lot of people do not drive in New York City, they might drive in other areas of the state or know someone who drives in New York. Below is a brief list with a short description on what I found to be useful and could be beneficial to the legal community.

The Late Night Phone Call: This is one of the most common scenarios according to Jonathan. He suggests that as lawyers, we should not ask the person open-ended questions like "How much did you drink?" because the amount of drinks a person had is just one of many factors that could affect why that person was considered over the legal amount of intoxication. We should instead ask very specific questions like "Do you have any priors?" and "Was there an accident?" In addition, the form of the question and answer is important. Jonathan suggests we say, "I want you to answer questions with a 'yes' or a 'no'" because the person on the call might be with people and his or her statements might sound incriminating regardless of his or her intentions. This was sound advice because it is applicable no matter where you practice.

DWI Consequences: Jonathan also defined DWI and DWAI and discussed the differences between the two in terms of the consequences of each. Jonathan referenced the New York State Criminal Jury Instructions when he defined DWI and stated that a person is in an intoxicated condition when such person has consumed alcohol to the extent that he or she in incapable, to a substantial extent, of employing the physical and mental abilities which he or she is expected to possess in order to operate a vehicle as a reasonable and prudent driver. If a person is found to be in violation of the above stated law, some of the consequences could be (1) a 6-month license revocation with no full re-licensing until the expiration of statutory revocation period and/or (2) the installation of the ignition interlock device. A person could be eligible for the Impaired Driver Program and a conditional license as defined further below. DWAI offenses are slightly different than DWI offenses as seen next section.

DWAI Consequences: Similar to DWI, Jonathan referenced the New York State Criminal Jury Instructions when he defined DWAI and said no person shall operate a motor vehicle while the person's ability to operate such motor vehicle is impaired by the consumption of alcohol. Furthermore, when that person's consumption of alcohol has actually impaired, to any extent, the physical and mental abilities which such person is expected to possess in order to operate a vehicle as a reasonable and prudent driver. There seem to be more consequences under a DWAI. If a person is found to have violated the laws of DWAI, the consequences include but are not limited to the following: (1) 90-day suspension of driver's licensed with certain exceptions; (2) the person is eligible to enroll in the Impaired Driver Program and have a conditional license; (3) is fined between $300-$500 plus $255-$260 surcharge; (4) is subject to a driver responsibility assessment; (5) is subject to alcohol screening and assessment; and (6) may be required to attend the victim impact panel, a volunteer group of DWAI victims and surviving family members who speak to audiences about the life altering consequences of impaired driving. Before this presentation, I was unaware of the differences between DWI and DWAI so it was very interesting to learn what acts fall under each law and interesting to compare the consequences.

The Impaired Driver Program ("IDP"): This is a 7-week course with a total duration of 16 hours. The program is intended to help participants examine the arrest experience and make more appropriate choices in the future. The enrollment costs for the course are $255. To be eligible for IDP, the person should fit under the below requirements: (1) conviction of an alcohol or drug-related driving violation and (2) did not participate in the IDP if a previous participant within the past 5 years with the 5 year window running from the completion date. If a person has a prior conviction within 5 years, he or she is ineligible for the IDP. Jonathan suggested that those who qualify for IDP should enroll within 15-18 days from sentencing because failing to enroll in the IDP within 20 days and continuing to drive could result in an aggravated unlicensed operation ("AUO") of a motor vehicle in the 2nd offense. In addition, $75 is due immediately at the Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") and $225 is payable to the program. The timing of when to enroll in the IDP is something that Jonathan repeated several times as very important to the client.

Conditional License: Once a person enrolls in the IDP, they may be eligible for a conditional license. Factors that are taken under consideration when attempting to obtain a conditional license are a person's employment, alcohol treatment, higher education and school that do not include high school, court ordered probation activities, the DMV, medical conditions, and childcare. A person who has 3 convictions within 25 years is not eligible for a conditional license. After some questions on several examples of a conditional license from fellow attendees, Jonathan stated that an important note is that upon completion of the IDP, a person might be able to obtain a full license.

This presentation provided a cursory look into criminal law and the differences between DWI and DWAI. Although the topics presented were outside of my practice area, I still found that the program provided significant value not only because I learned new law, I made some connections with other young attorneys that were in similar practice areas. I've been able to network with many lawyers across the country through in-person bar association programs, including programs offered by NYSBA. These connections have proved helpful in mutual case referral situations and have created lasting friendships within the legal community. Furthermore, I think knowledge on different areas of the law, including those that are outside your practice area, enhance your legal knowledge and skills as a lawyer and can help initiate meaningful conversations with lawyers in that practice area at networking events. The skills gained at these programs can also give you the ability to make intelligent decisions on when to refer a case to an attorney in that particular field. I appreciate the convenience of CLEs in webinar format, especially in a technology driven world and specifically for me because I do not reside in New York, but I've learned that live interaction is invaluable. Overall, I had a very positive experience at Bridging the Gap and I look forward to attending more programs in the future and I highly recommend lawyers, specifically young lawyers, to attend the program to further enhance their legal skill set.

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 co-editor in chief for the NYSBA YLS Electronically In Touch.

How I Practice: Joseph Hanna

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By Brandon Vogel

Who is your hero or heroine in the legal world?

My hero is my mentor and friend, Chris Belter. Chris is one of the most talented lawyers that I know, but more importantly, he's an even better person. He's taught me everything I know about practicing law - from cultivating relationships with clients to providing them with the best legal representation possible. Chris has been like an older brother to me, a great mentor, and an even better friend to me from my first day at the firm. I am lucky to learn from him every day and fortunate to have him teach me how to be the best lawyer I can be.

Did another lawyer mentor you or advise you on your career path?

As the first associate that Goldberg Segalla ever hired directly out of law school, I am grateful to our managing partner Rick Cohen for taking a flyer on me. Over the last 15 years, he has gone above and beyond to advocate on my behalf, support my ideas and projects, and inspire me to achieve great things.

What or who inspired you to become a lawyer?

When I was six years old, my father and I would walk to the North Park Library in Buffalo and read books about U.S. Presidents. I turned to him one day and told that I wanted to be a lawyer so that I could become the President of the United States. Education was a top priority in the Hanna house - my blue-collar parents went out of their way to stress the importance of a good education to me and my three sisters. I went through grammar school, high school, and college knowing that I was going to be a lawyer, and 30-plus years later, here I am: a partner at Goldberg Segalla and still contemplating that presidential run.

What advice would you give a young lawyer just starting her or his career?

You've worked hard enough to graduate law school, pass the bar, succeed in student clerkships, and maybe even land your first job. If you feel like good luck should be coming your way right now, you're half-right. You need to keep investing in yourself, your clients, your colleagues, and the causes that matter to you - and you'll put yourself in a position where good luck can happen. Read about developing areas of the law, take advantage of networking and professional development opportunities, and learn from your partners and senior associates. If you think you're the smartest person in the room, there's nothing you can learn there. Instead, surround yourself with smarter people and strive to be the hardest working and the best prepared.

What is your passion outside of work and the law?

Besides my family, my greatest passion outside of work is helping our troops and veterans through my non-profit charity, Bunkers in Baghdad. Bunkers collects and ships golf equipment to our brave men and women around the globe. We have sent more than 10 million golf balls and nearly 800,000 clubs to our troops and vets in 65 countries and all 50 states. Another important part of the charity is our Bunkers Buddies program. We have worked with over 600 schools across the country. The students write letters, draw pictures, and collect golf equipment for us. I love the opportunity to work with children and help teach them the importance of giving back to others and trying to make the world a better place.

What is your favorite book, movie or television show?

My favorite book is Green Eggs and Ham. And, you guessed it - I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere!

What kind of music do you listen to or who is your favorite musician?

After a long drive or challenging day at work, Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel help me wind down.

Lawyers should join the New York State Bar Association because...

NYSBA has served as the best possible vehicle for me to advance and enhance my leadership skills throughout the last 15 years. It has given me a platform to work on diversity initiatives, professional development opportunities for young lawyers, and resources in the realm of sports and entertainment law. The opportunities for personal and professional growth are unlimited.

Practice Resource

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As a law student, we have access to nearly all legal databases like Westlaw and LexisNexis. Once we become law school graduates, we only have access to these databases for a short number of months. Legal research is extremely important in the legal profession, especially as a newly admitted young lawyer.

Fortunately, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has partnered with Fastcase, the leading next-generation legal research service, to provide NYSBA members with exclusive member benefits.

Fastcase puts powerful searching, sorting, and visualization research tools at your fingertips. Perform searches on Fastcase just like you would on the Web or traditional legal research services - by keyword, natural language search, or citation look-up.

As a NYSBA member, you receive free and unlimited access to the Fastcase New York library, which includes:

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Upcoming Recommended Events

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August 7th - 10th, 2019

Join the Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section this summer at the beautiful Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia on August 7th - 10th, 2019! This destination conference is co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section!

Register here: http://www.nysba.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=TICLSU19

With the stunning James River setting, two renowned 18-hole golf courses, and a boundless range of recreational activities, the Kingsmill is considered another world nestled into Williamsburg, Virginia. Rediscover the nation's past at Colonial Williamsburg or visit Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic's largest water park.

Reserve your room at the Kingsmill Resort Now!

Room block is for August 7th - 10th. If you would like to reserve your room outside of these dates, please call the Reservation Department directly at 1-800-832-5665 and tell them you would like the NYSBA TICL Section Summer Meeting rate.

*Room block is open until July 18, 2019*

This program is approved for a total of 7 MCLE credits.


The Young Lawyers Section is offering $500 scholarships to attend the Torts, Insurance, Compensation Law Section Summer meeting at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA on August 7 - 10, 2019. To qualify for the scholarship, attorneys must be admitted to practice 10 years or less, commit to attending the entire TICL Summer Meeting, and be a member of NYSBA and the Young Lawyers Section. Those who are selected to receive the scholarship will be reimbursed $500 following the event. Scholarships are limited and are issued on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: Government attorneys may be prohibited from accepting a scholarship from the NYSBA, as The New York State Bar Association is registered with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the Lobbying Act to engage in lobbying activities. Consequently, public officials cannot accept certain benefits from the Association. Applicants who work for the government should confirm with their employer/ethics officer before they apply whether they can accept a scholarship, and indicate on their application if they work for the government full or part-time.

To apply, please email the completed application form and resume to Amy Jasiewicz@ ajasiewicz@nysba.org

Not a Young Lawyers Section member yet? Section dues are $20 and any NYSBA member admitted to practice 10 years or less can join. To join, call 1-800-582-2452 or join online today!

Wednesday, August 7th

2:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Program Registration

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Executive Committee Meeting

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception

7:30 p.m. - Dinner on Your Own (Guests are encouraged to make reservations prior to arrival)

Thursday, August 8th

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Program Registration

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Executive Committee Meeting

8:45 - 8:55 a.m. - General Session Begins

8:55 - 9:45 a.m. - The 10 Commandments of Trial Practice and Tactics: Observations from The Bench and Caution From Counsel - 1.0 MCLE Credit

9:45 - 10:35 a.m. - The State of Affairs for Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Machine Making Decisions - 1.0 MCLE Credit

10:35 - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 - 11:35 a.m. - Product Liability: Warnings, Defects and More - 1.0 MCLE Credit

11:35 - 12:25 p.m. - Premises Liability: Sports and Activities - 1.0 MCLE Credit

1:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Optional Golf and Activities

Golf - River Course - Advanced Sign-Up Required

For more than three decades, The River Course has hosted the world's best players on both PGA and LPGA tours. It has also hosted thousands of lesser-known golfing superstars.

Bordered by the calm azure waters of the James River, this famed championship course has tested the mettle of the game's most famous names. On a still morning, dew still beading on the precisely manicured greens, you can almost hear the echoes of applause for crisply struck irons and delicately holed putts. The River Course inspires you to test your own mettle. To see how you stack up against the greats of today, and of years gone by.

The course has been reborn thanks to the efforts of original architect Pete Dye. The renowned course designer tinkered just enough with his layout, bringing out the subtle details that make for a truly unforgettable round of golf.

Looking for ideas on other activities? Visit The Kingsmill Resort website for ideas!

7:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Friday, August 9th

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

8:30 - 12:00 p.m. - Program Registration

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. - General Session Begins

9:10 - 10:00 a.m. - Ethical Concerns Facing Modern Litigation: Integrity, Impartiality and Competence - 1.0 MCLE Credit

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. - Insurance Coverage: How Bad is Bad Faith? - 1.0 MCLE Credit

11:05 - 11:55 a.m. - The Cannabis Quandary: Legal Issues vs. Moral Muddle - 1.0 MCLE Credit

1:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Optional Golf and Activities

Golf - Plantation Course - Advance Sign-Up Required

The Plantation Course is an Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay design that challenges players of all skill levels. The 6,432-yard, par-72 course favors accurate iron play and good putting.

Fairway landing areas are generous, but water comes into play on eight holes, and there's no shortage of deep woods or yawning ravines. Greens are large and provide inviting targets for approach shots. Once on the putting surface, undulations and swales make getting down in two a satisfying accomplishment.

With landmarks from Richard Kingsmill's 1736 plantation woven into the landscape, a round on the Plantation Course is truly historic.

Looking for ideas on other activities? Visit The Kingsmill Resort website for ideas!

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Barbecue, Cocktails and Entertainment

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.


August 15, 2019

Brooklyn Brewery Tour | Networking Event
Sponsored by Young Lawyers Section 10th Judicial District
2 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Cost: $65 per person. Includes coach transportation to all 4 breweries, beer tastings at each, and food. Light dinner provided.

To register: go to: www.nysba.org/YLSBrewery19

Seating is Limited.


Please RSVP by August 12, 2019
Questions? Contact Amy Jasiewicz at: ajasiewicz@nysba.org

Sponsored by:

Farrell Fritz
Marcum LLP

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

Karen Margaret Chau, Esq.

Caitlin Ann Cleary, Esq.

Deborah Jane Cooper, Esq.

Lindsay Shana Feuer, Esq.

Danielle L. Jackson, Esq.

Jadranka Jakovcic, Esq.

Jichael Kim, Esq.

Crystal Lynn Levy, Esq.

Jennifer Xinrong Luo

Andrew James Marino, Esq.

Fahad Hussain Mithavayani, Esq.

Barret Jackson Nye

Jacob Daniel Roth, Esq.

Jillian Alessandra Ruggiero, Esq.

Michael Andrew Scott, Esq.

Matthew Aaron Wolff, Esq.

Emma Louise Wood, Esq.

Judicial District: 02

Babatunde S. Aremu, Esq.

Judicial District: 03

Bria J.m. Cunningham, Esq.

Clare Frances Irvine, Esq.

Nicholas R. Wall

Judicial District: 04

Eric Thomas Weyand, Esq.

Judicial District: 07

Camille Marie Ingino, Esq.

Judicial District: 08

Jason Kim

Jordyn Marie Phillips, Esq.

Judicial District: 09

Donna Erez-Navot, Esq.

Judicial District: 10

David A. Arpino, Esq.

Syed M. Fatmi, Esq.

Samantha Marie Guido, Esq.

Kyle R. Silverstein Esq.

Judicial District: 11

Joseph David Brees, Esq.

Sebastian Ovalle, Esq.

Judicial District: 13

Rasica Selvarajah, Esq.

Judicial District: 99

Kaleab Kassaye Ahmed

Chikezie Anachu

Domenick N. Calabrese

Maria Larua Crespo

Laura Crisafulli Morais

Mahmoud Ezz

Tiffany Friend

Marilyn Guirguis, Esq.

Laura Harrison

Christopher J. Hayes, Esq.

Robert Levent Herguner

Seungjoo Lee

Megan Erin O'Connor

Sarah B. Petrak

Shouryendu Ray, Esq.

Jonathan Ross

Aklia Sarathy

Kevin B. Weehunt, Jr. Esq.

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