Continuing Legal Education

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.

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E-mail: msymonds@brooklynbar.org
Phone: 718-624-0675 ext. 209

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“[Eth]ex & The City: Legal Ethics v. The City’s Morality”
Why Doing The “Right” Thing Can Still Cost Your License To Practice Law

Original CLE Date: November 14, 2011

Credits: 2 MCLE Credits (Ethics)

Presentation by: Pery D. Krinsky, Esq., Krinsky PLLC

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Young Lawyers Section – Jimmy Lathrop, Chair
The BBA’s Technology Committee – Andrea Bonina, Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

Lawyers who face disciplinary and court inquiries into their conduct typically get in “trouble” not because they make the “wrong” ethical decisions, but, rather, because they do not see the issues in making their decisions and believe that simply doing the right “moral” thing is always “ethical.” Using real world examples and interactive hypotheticals, this ethics program will explore practical ethical issues relating to and including:
• “Ethics v. Morality” – when is doing the “right” thing “ethically wrong”;
• Client rights v. lawyer self-preservation;
• Keeping your legal fees v. getting sued and having to return your legal fees;
• Revenue generating law firm technology v. computer malpractice; and
• Ingenious attorney advertising v. really bad press.

For more information contact:
E-mail:msymonds@brooklynbar.org
Phone: 718-624-0675 ext. 206

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Original Program Date: November 1, 2011

Credits: 1.5 Professional Practice

Opening Remarks by:
Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine, Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial parts Kings County

Presentations by:
Alison Arden Besunder, Law Offices of Alison Arden Besunder P.C., Principal.
Alyssa Ann Rower, Associate, Matrimonial Law, Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Family Law Section, RoseAnn C. Branda, Esq. – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

New York legalized same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011, but many legal pitfalls still remain for the unwary because of the conflict
between New York’s law and the federal Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. This
CLE will discuss both the state and federal law and how the practitioner can counsel same-sex couples on their rights and
obligations under state and federal law in the areas of estates planning and matrimonial law.

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

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Original CLE Date: October 24, 2011

Credits: 2.5 Credits (Professional Practice)

Presentations by:
Serge Joseph – Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph
James Kasdon – The Law Offices of James Kasdon
Pamela Smith – Stern & Stern
Robert Rosman – Rosman & Associates
Jay Duskin – Duskin & Crowe
Michael C. Rosenthal, Esq. – Rappaport, Hertz, Cherson & Rosenthal

Sponsored by:
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

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

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Original CLE Date: September 22, 2011

Credits: 2 Credits (Professional Practice)

Presentations by:
Ellyn S. Kravitz, JD, LL.M, CELA – Littman Krooks LLP
Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP – Littman Krooks LLP

Sponsored by:
The BBA Elder Law Committee, Anthony J. Lamberti – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director
HSBC Bank – Montague Street Branch

This program will discuss Federal & State Legislative Changes, Recent Cases and Decisions of Interest

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

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Original CLE Date: September 21, 2011

Credits: 2 Credits (.5 Ethics, 1.5 Practice Management)

Presentations by:
Richard A. Klass, Your Court Street Lawyer
Andrea Bonina, Bonina & Bonina, PC
Pery D. Krinsky, Krinsky PLLC
Daniel R. Antonelli, Antonelli & Antonelli
Rachel S. Blumenfeld, The Law Office of Rachel S. Blumenfeld

Sponsored by:
The BBA Mentoring Committee, Richard A. Klass – Chair
The BBA Pro Bono Committee, Jeannie Costello and John Michael Buhta – Co-Chairs
The BBA Young Lawyers Section, Jimmy Lathrop – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

This CLE will cover the following topics: Keeping Your Firm’s Finances; Marketing and Advertising Your Firm; Networking and Social Media Marketing; How Pro Bono Activities Can Help Build Your Firm; and Ethical Considerations in Starting Your Firm, including advertising rules, escrow accounts and retainer agreements.

For more information contact:
E-mail: msymonds@brooklynbar.org
Phone: 718-624-0675 ext. 206

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Original CLE Date: September 27, 2011

Credits: 2.5 Credits Professional Practice

Presentations by:
David J. Doyaga, Esq., Doyaga & Schaefer, and
Gregory Messer, Esq., Law Office of Gregory Messer, PLLC

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Bankruptcy Committee, David J. Doyaga, Esq., Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

Part III –Advanced Bankruptcy – Covers Advanced Topics. Topics will include: The new exemptions – advanced analysis; Exemption Planning; Recent Decisions; Chapter 13 and lien stripping.

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

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Original CLE Date: September 20, 2011

Credits: 2.5 Credits Professional Practice

Presentations by:
David J. Doyaga, Esq., Doyaga & Schaefer, and
Gregory Messer, Esq., Law Office of Gregory Messer, PLLC

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Bankruptcy Committee, David J. Doyaga, Esq., Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

Part II –Intermediate Level – This Course is a perfect follow up to Part I. Topics will 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; The new exemptions – an overview.

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

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Original CLE Date and Time: September 13, 2011
Credits: 2.5 Credits Professional Practice

Presentations by:
David J. Doyaga, Esq., Doyaga & Schaefer, and
Gregory Messer, Esq., Law Office of Gregory Messer, PLLC

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 will 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.

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

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Original CLE Date: May 18, 2011
Credits: 2 Credits Professional Practice

Presentations by:
Dr. Donald H. Marks, MD
Richard Mischel, Esq.
Dr. Lawrence Shields, MD
George A. Farkas, Esq.
Michael Farkas, Esq.

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Criminal Law Section, – George A. Farkas, Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director
The Kings County Criminal Bar Association

This course will review: the use of Functional MRI in criminal matters to explain and litigate issues involving cognitive ability, lie-detection, and mitigation related to brain functions. The presentation will also cover admissibility, motions to suppress and appellate issues related to cell-site data in criminal prosecutions.  The presenters will describe what cell-site data is, what it shows, and how to interpret the documents that you receive from the wireless carriers when they comply with your subpoena.  Additionally, the seminar will discuss using Google Earth for demonstrative exhibits.

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