For Attorneys

A Critical Update: New York’s New Mandatory Contingent Fee Retainer Language

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Ethics)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Description: Speakers Cliff Robert and Michael Ross will address the highly important and newly issued mandatory rules in the four Appellate Divisions concerning contingency fee provisions in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The discussion will focus on areas of clarity in the rules and areas of lack of clarity in the rules. The speakers will also address several other somewhat standard and helpful provisions, which lawyers may wish to include in their fee agreements.
Presented By:
Michael Ross, Esq.
Clifford Robert, Esq.
Sponsored By:
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Cutting Edge Topics in Estate Planning

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Digital Estate Planning – We will explore the definition of digital assets and how to access, secure and distribute them. You will learn the risks and obstacles associated with planning for digital assets, such as potential privacy violation issues and the impact of federal and state hacking laws. We will also cover various planning techniques used to avoid pitfalls and ensure smooth administration of digital assets.
Special Needs Trusts – We will explain the importance of supplemental needs trusts, when to create them and how to fund them as well as the difference between a third-party trust versus a self-settled “payback” trust. A recent New York trust case will be presented to explore the role and responsibilities of corporate trustees of supplemental needs trusts.
Same-Sex Family Planning – Since U.S. v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case that defeated a controversial federal law denying equal treatment to same-sex spouses, some 35 states recognize same-sex marriage. We will recap this trailblazing case and outline issues that remain for same-sex spouses, with an emphasis on estate planning.
Presented By:
Jill Beier, Esq. – Digital Estate Planning
Amy Altman, Esq. – Special Needs Trusts
Daniel Axman, Esq. – Same-Sex Family Planning
Program Coordinator:
Michelle Shagenov, Esq.
Sponsored By:
Surrogate’s Court Committee – Hon. Bruce M. Balter, Chair & Frank T. Strafaci, Esq. Vice Chair
Decedents’ Estates Section – Paul S. Forster, Esq., Chair & Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
Elder Law Committee – Anthony Lamberti, Esq., Chair & Fern J. Finkel, Esq., Vice Chair
Computer Technology Committee - Andrea Bonina, Esq., Co-Chair & Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Co-Chair
Young Lawyers Section – Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Chair & Adam Kalish, Esq., Vice Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Ethical Considerations in Online Marketing for Law Firms

Thursday, January 15, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (Ethics)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
Whether you’re looking to use social media, create a website, or just send out an email, there are ethical issues to keep in mind. Learn about the ethical pitfalls when marketing your firm online and how to avoid them. Topics include: email, social media, websites, online advertising and search optimization, blogging, and interacting with judges.
Presented By:
Andrew Cabasso, Esq.
Sponsored By:
BBA’s Computer Technology Committee – Andrea Bonina, Esq., Co-Chair & Daniel Antonelli, Esq., Co-Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Digital Evidence in Matrimonial Cases – Deconstructing Electronically Stored Information

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
5:30-6PM: Networking & Refreshments
6-8PM: CLE
2 MCLE Credits (.5 Ethics & 1.5 Skills)
Members $50 | Non-Members $80  
+$20 for payment received less than 24 hours before program

Description:
The volume of digital evidence potentially available in matrimonial (and other) cases dwarfs all evidence in all other forms. Recent ethical opinions state that a practitioner must be competent to deal with electronic evidence issues and the Uniform Rules for NY Trial Courts mandate consideration for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) at the time of Preliminary Conference.
Presented By:
Nicholas G. Himonidis, J.D., CFE, CCFS
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Family Law Section – RoseAnn C. Branda, Esq., Chair
To Register Online:
Enter CLE attendee name in the appropriate box below (Member or Non-Member) and click “Add To Cart.”

$50.00

For more information, contact Danielle A. Levine, CLE Director, at 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or dlevine@brooklynbar.org.

Nuts & Bolts of Will Drafting
Originally presented on Tuesday, October 21, 2014- 6:00-8:00pm
2 Professional Practice Credits
Client intake, basics of a complete Will, proper Will execution, PLUS attorney-drafter as nominated executor considerations, attorney-drafter legal exposure, Medicaid trusts, tax apportionment, AND much, much, much more!
Panelists: Paul S. Forster, Esq., Antar Jones, Esq. and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq.
Program Coordinator: Antar Jones, Esq.
Sponsored by: BBA’s Surrogate’s Court Committee – Hon. Bruce M. Balter, Chair and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
BBA’s Decedent’s Estates Section – Paul S. Forster, Esq., Chair and Frank T. Strafaci, Esq., Vice Chair
East Coast Appraisal Service
Fillmore Real Estate
Investors Bank
Westlaw
To Download the Flyer and Registration Form, click this link: Will Drafting Flyer-Form 10.21.2014.2
To Order Online:

+$30.00
$50.00

For more information, contact 718-624-0675, ext. 206 or email dlevine@brooklynbar.org

The 2014 Bankruptcy Update
Credits: 2.5 Credits Professional Practice per course

This program was originally presented on the following dates:
Part I Tuesday, September 9th
Part II Tuesday, September 16th
Part III Tuesday, September 23rd

Presentations by:
David J. Doyaga, Esq., Doyaga & Schaefer
Gregory Messer, Esq., Law Office of Gregory Messer, PLLC
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Bankruptcy Law Committee- Dayid J. Doyaga, Esq., Chair
Part I – Bankruptcy Basics – This Course is for the beginning attorney who has done 5 or less bankruptcies and is excellent for sending your staff and paralegals to learn or re-learn the Basics of Bankruptcy and Chapter 7.
Topics include:  How to properly complete and amend Schedules and other required filings;  How to convert to other Chapters; The basics of how to complete the means test form;  How to get the Meeting of Creditors closed in one visit;  Basic client interviewing; Bankruptcy Exemptions.
Part II –Intermediate Level – This Course is a perfect follow up to Part I.
Topics include: How to get the difficult or high earning debtor under the means test cap for Chapter 7;  Discharge and Dischargeability Actions and how to defend them; reaffirmation of Debts and the alternatives thereto; and advanced Exemptions and analysis.
Part III –Advanced Bankruptcy – Covers Advanced Topics.
Topics include: The new exemptions – advanced analysis; Exemption Planning; Recent Decisions; Chapter 13 and lien stripping; S0.tripping Second mortgages and Chapter 20.
To Download the Flyer and Registration Form, Click Here!
To Order Online:
Part I:

$50.00

Part II:
$50.00

Part III:
$50.00

For more information contact: Danielle A. Levine, at dlevine@brooklynbar.org or 718-624-0675, ext. 206

OCA Approved Article 81 Guardianship Training
7 MCLE Credits (Prof. Practice, Skills, Ethics)
Originally Presented on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014~ 9:00am-5:00pm
123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A panel of experienced attorneys and Office of Court Administration staff will provide certification training required for guardian appointment in New York State. This course is approved for both attorneys and non-attorneys.
Presented by:
•Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq.
•Helen Galette, Esq.
•Fern Finkel, Esq.
•Peggy Barbanel, Esq.
•James Cahill, Esq.
•Liz Candreva, Esq.-OCA Part 36 Staff Attorney
•Louise Albenda, Esq.
Sponsored by:
•    Brooklyn Bar Association’s Elder Law Commitee, Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq.-Chair
•    Investors Bank

Registration Fee includes CLE credits and a CD of the materials. If you would like a printed copy of the materials, the Brooklyn Bar Association can provide at cost for $30.

$100.00

Trial Techiques Part II: Cross Examination & Summation
Originally Presented On: Thursday, May 15, 2014~ 6:00-8:00pm
(2 Skills Credits)

Whether you are just starting your trial practice or have been amazing judges and juries for years, this course is the first part of a courtroom skills series that will provide attorneys with helpful tips to designing and performing excellent voir dire, oral argument, and witness questioning skills for the court.
Presented by: Andrew Smiley, Esq., Partner of Smiley & Smiley, LLP

+$30.00
$50.00

Trial Techniques Part I: Jury Selection, Opening Statements & Direct Examination
Originally Presented On: Wednesday, May 7, 2014~ 6:00-8:00pm
(2 Skills Credits)

Whether you are just starting your trial practice or have been amazing judges and juries for years, this course is the first part of a courtroom skills series that will provide attorneys with helpful tips to designing and performing excellent voir dire, oral argument, and witness questioning skills for the court.
Presented by: Andrew Smiley, Esq., Partner at Smiley & Smiley, LLP
Sponsored by:BBA’s Civil Courts Committee- Jeffrey Miller, Esq., Chair, Lien Resolution Group

To Order Online:

+$30.00
$50.00

Criminal Diversion Programs: Essentials Explained From the Bench

Originally Presented on: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
(2 Professional Practice Credits)
A panel of Brooklyn justices will explain the alternative programs crucial to our criminal justice system.
Presented by:
•Justice Jo Ann Ferdinand, Brooklyn Treatment Court;
•Justice Michael J. Brennan, Veteran’s Court;
•Justice Matthew J. D’Emic, Mental Health Court
Moderated by: Scott H. Klein, Esq.
Sponsored by:
BBA’s Criminal Law Section- George Farkas, Esq., Chair

$50.00