Drafting For the Pros:
Structuring and Negotiating Sports Industry Commercial Contracts
Originally Presented on Thursday, May 9, 2013 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
2 MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)
•Jeff B. Gewirtz, Esq., Executive Vice President of Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Brooklyn Nets and  Barclays Center
•Robert A. Boland, Esq., Academic Chair & Professor of Sports Business and Law at NYU’s Tisch Center

Sponsored by:
Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Committee-Sanaa Z. Harris, Esq., Chair

Course Description:
Learn how to best counsel and protect your client by understanding key clauses used to draft various sports-related contracts and by avoiding the pitfalls that can occur during these complicated negotiations. The panel will focus on sponsorship, media rights, athlete endorsement transactions and other commercial contracts that produce revenue and shape today’s sports industry.

For more information, please contact Meredith Symonds at
msymonds@brooklynbar.org, or 718-624-0675, ext. 206

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Nuts and Bolts of Taking a Deposition*-PreRecorded CLE
Originally Presented on Thursday, April 4th-6:00-8:00pm
123 Remsen Street
2 MCLE Credits (Skills)

Moderated by:
Richard Klass, Esq., Your Court Street Lawyer
Presented by:
• John Bonina, Esq., Partner of Bonina & Bonina, P.C.
• Lara Genovesi, Esq., Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Jeffrey S. Sunshine, Kings County Supreme Court
• Aimee Richter, Esq., Partner of Bender Rosenthal Isaacs & Richter LLP
Sponsored by:
• BBA’s Mentorship Committee
• Investors Bank
• Diamond Reporting and Legal Video

Course Description: Come learn how to prepare for conducting a deposition, one of the most important fact-finding missions in a case.  Learn the rules and laws that apply to deposition objections and how to preserve the record.  Presentations will come from practitioners in fields of personal injury/medical malpractice and matrimonial issues as well as from the judicial perspective.
This program is appropriate for attorneys and newly admitted attorneys.
The Brooklyn Bar maintains a financial hardship policy.

*Indicates a course offering basic training for skills and practice.

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For more information, contact Meredith Symonds:
msymonds@brooklynbar.org, or 718-624-0675, ext. 206


The Media & The Attorney: Handling a High Profile Criminal Case

Originally Presented on  June 26, 2012 – 6:00-8:00pm

2 MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)

Presentations by:
Hon. Allan Marrus, Justice of the Supreme Court Kings County
Benjamin Brafman, Esq.
Sarah Wallace, veteran ABC television news reporter
George Farkas, Esq.
Michael Farkas, Esq.

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Criminal Law Section, George Farkas – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

This course will cover the following topics:
What to do and say when a reporter shoves a microphone in your face. More importantly, what NOT to do and say. Handling, holding a press conference. Ethical considerations. Using the media to your advantage.

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Independent Contractors v. Employees:
Who is Covered and How

Originally Presented On May 2, 2012 – 6:00-8:00pm

Location: 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
Credits: 2 MCLE Credits (Professional Practice)

Presentations by:
Hon. Katherine A. Levine, Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York
Ira Cure, Esq., Employment Lawyer, Labor and Employment Arbitrator and Mediator
Pamela A. Elisofon, Esq., Elisofon Law Office
Joan C. Lenihan, Esq., Private Practitioner
Shamsey T. Oloko, Esq., Partner at The Thorgood Law Firm
Alan Podhaiser, Esq., Private Practitioner
Shaun C. Reid, Esq., Principal at Reid Kelly, P.C.
Brigette Renaud, Managing Member at Renaud PLLC

Sponsored by:
The BBA Employment & Labor Law Committee, Pamela Elisofon, Esq. – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director
National Employment Lawyer’s Association, New York Chapter
Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Lisa Schreibersdorf, President
Judicial Title Insurance Agency

Topics will include: Independent Contractors: how they are covered, defined and treated under: Title VII, the NYS Human Rights Law (Article 15), the NYC Human Rights Law (Title 8), the National Labor Relations Act, ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code (employee misclassification and its tax and labor implications), IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, FLSA, Workers Compensation Law, Unemployment Insurance Board, and some criminal and civil ramifications.

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Whats Inside:

  • The Docket
  • New Members
  • Legal Briefs
  • Respectfully Submitted
  • The State of the Estates
  • Survey of Verdicts & Settlements in Kings Supreme
  • Across my Desk
  • Recent Second Department Decisions Highlight defendants high burden in Threshold motions
  • Justice Kurtz Leads Civil Forum Boosting Efficiency & Morale

Please click HERE to see the PDF version of the Barrister.

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Whats Inside:

  • Liz Padilla Memorial 5K Run
  • The State of the Estates
  • The Docket
  • New Members
  • Legal Briefs
  • Respectfully Submitted
  • Roll Call
  • Across my desk

To see a PDF of the November 2011 Barrister click HERE

Introduction to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act:
An Analysis of Collection Ethics and an Annual Review of FDCPA Case Law

Originally Presented On: December 13, 2011 – 6:00-8:00pm
Credits: 2 MCLE Credits (.5 Ethics, 1.5 Professional Practice)

Presentations by:
Richard A. Klass, Esq., Law Office of Richard A. Klass.
Isaac N. Tuchman, Esq., Daniels & Norelli, P.C.

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Mentoring Committee – Richard A. Klass, Chair
The BBA’s Civil Court Committee – Dino Mastropietro, Chair

Topics will include: What debts are covered by the FDCPA; who is a “debt collector” subject to the FDCPA, and what conduct is mandated or prohibited by the FDCPA; a review of the year’s decisions interpreting the FDCPA; and the ethics and consequences of aggressive collection activity.

For more information contact:
E-mail: msymonds@brooklynbar.org
Phone: 718-624-0675 ext. 209

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