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The New York State Bar Association is excited to present its upcoming Virtual Convention for January, 2021. While we will all miss bringing together attorneys and legal professionals from across New York State, and all of the in-person interactions that come with a more traditional Annual Meeting, we are committed to working just as diligently to provide the best experience for all of our attendees in this new virtual format. The engaging programming provided by our talented Sections and Committees, along with some of the most respected presenters in the legal field, will continue to make this Meeting a must-attend!

While everyone in attendance will be experiencing our Annual Meeting in this new virtual convention format, we’ve focused on not straying too far from what attendees appreciated and looked forward to during all of our past in-person conferences. NYSBA’s 26 Sections will continue to offer targeted programs and events for not only their Section members, but any attorney that would like to experience what they have to offer. Select NYSBA Committees will also be a part of this year’s 2-week schedule, offering the most up-to-date and relevant programming based on their Committee’s area of focus.

With an informative Presidential Summit planned, multiple virtual receptions, an exciting “Piano Bar” evening event, a trivia competition, the beloved awards receptions, an abundance of information and resources from our sponsoring partners…and even yoga, start blocking off your calendar for January right now and register for Annual Meeting today!

 

Your Meeting Checklist

Make sure you’re prepared to have the best Annual Meeting experience by following these steps:

STEP #1- Check your tech
Make sure your Zoom account has the latest updates installed and that your audio and camera are working for meeting style CLE programs. While you’re in Zoom, download a free Annual Meeting Virtual Background image here: Annual Meeting Background
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STEP #2- Log-in to your NYSBA.org account
Before the day of your program, log-in to your NYSBA account here so that you’re ready to go when your event starts. Go to your Learning Dashboard to attest online if you are attending a CLE accredited program. You can also submit your completed MCLE Verification Form to [email protected]
STEP #3- Make ‘fun’ a priority
Register for our complimentary piano bar and Go Game events. You deserve it!

 

If you need any assistance, our Member Resource Center is here to help.
Call: 800.582.2452 | Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Annual Meeting Sponsors

 

ROCKEFELLER SPONSORS

 

MyCase Logo

USI Infinity

Annual Meeting Sponsor- Smokeball

 

EMPIRE SPONSORS

 

Clio Annual Meeting

 

Law Pay Sponsor

 

NetDocuments Sponsor

 

Qualia Sponsor Logo

 

 LIBERTY SPONSORS

 

Fastcase Sponsor

 

Annual Meeting Sponsor- LEAP

 

Tabs3 Sponsor

 

Full-Day MCLE Program

 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (Before 12/31/20)   

$149: Section Member | $179: NYSBA Member | $299: Non-NYSBA Member

REGULAR REGISTRATION (1/1/21 and after)

$199: Section Member | $239: NYSBA Member | $399: Non-NYSBA Member

Half-Day MCLE Program

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (Before 12/31/20)

$119: Section Member | $149: NYSBA Member | $269: Non-NYSBA Member

REGULAR REGISTRATION (1/1/21 and after)

$159: Section Member | $199: NYSBA Member | $359: Non-NYSBA Member

We made some updates to the upcoming Annual Meeting pricing structure that many of you may have grown accustomed to.

  • We have eliminated the General Registration Fee for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • Each Section or Committee continues to have its own registration fee, based on whether it is a half-day or full-day event.
  • Section Members receive an additional discount, that is reflected above, so if you’ve been considering joining a Section, now would be a worthwhile (and cost-effective) time to do so.
  • Sections and Committees holding single-day programs (4 MCLE Credits or less) will adhere to half-day pricing fee.
  • Sections and Committees holding multi-day programs (5+ MCLE Credits) will adhere to the full-day pricing fee.

As we continue to announce and post the various Special Events that will be taking place during Annual Meeting, including the Presidential Summit, you’ll notice that registration for those come with no additional charge. As long as you first register for one of the Section or Committee programs, you may reap the benefits of signing up for a handful of complimentary programs throughout the 2-week period, many of them offering MCLE Credits, so your registration cost will be stretched even further.

IMPORTANT: For those of you that wish to attend multiple Section or Committee programs, we are extending a discount of 25% off the pricing of 2 or more programs, however you must contact our MRC Department directly and register over the phone.

HOW TO  REGISTER:

Step 1: Review the “Schedule” tabs on the left navigation, either by Day, or by Section/Committee

Step 2: Find the program you are interested in and proceed with the registration prompts provided

 


MEMBER RESOURCE CENTER

If you have questions please contact us at 800.582.2452 | [email protected]

Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


 

Friday, January 22

Tuesday, January 26

Wednesday, January 27

Program NameTimeRegistration
International Section Program8:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegister Now
Committee on Cannabis Law Program9:00 AM – 1:00 PMRegister Now
Health Law Section Program (2 of 2)9:00 AM – 1:15 PMRegister Now
Trusts and Estates Law Section Program9:00 AM – 1:00 PMRegister Now
Young Lawyers Section Program1:00 PM – 4:30 PMRegister Now
Presidential Summit2:00 PM – 4:00 PMRegister Now
President’s Reception & Virtual Piano Bar5:00 PM – 6:00 PMRegister Now

Saturday, January 30

Program NameTimeRegistation
Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association9:00 AM – 10:00 AMRegister Now
Program NameDate & TimeSection Page
50+ SectionThursday, January 28
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Antitrust Law SectionThursday, January 21
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, January 22
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, January 25
2:00 PM – 5:40 PM
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Business Law SectionWednesday, January 20
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 21
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Visit Section Page
Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionTuesday, January 19
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, January 20
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Corporate Counsel SectionFriday, January 22
12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Criminal Justice SectionWednesday, January 20
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Dispute Resolution SectionThursday, January 21
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5:15 PM – 6 :15 PM
Visit Section Page
Elder Law and Special Needs SectionTuesday, January 19
1:30 PM – 4:40 PM
Tuesday, January 26
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionTuesday, January 19
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, January 26
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Environmental & Energy Law SectionTuesday, January 26
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Friday, January 29
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Family Law SectionThursday, January 28
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law SectionMonday, January 25
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Visit Section Page
General Practice SectionTuesday, January 19
8:00 AM – 1:50 PM
Visit Section Page
Health Law SectionTuesday, January 19
9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Wednesday, January 27
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Visit Section Page
Intellectual Property Law SectionWednesday, January 20
2:30 PM – 5:50 PM
Tuesday, January 26
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Section Page
International SectionWednesday, January 27
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Judicial SectionFriday, January 29
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Labor and Employment Law SectionFriday, January 22
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Local and State Government Law SectionThursday, January 21
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 28
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Visit Section Page
LGBTQ Law SectionMonday, January 25
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Real Property Law SectionThursday, January 21
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, January 28
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday, January 29
9:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Tax SectionTuesday, January 19
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday, January 20
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, January 26
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law & Trial Lawyers SectionsThursday, January 28
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday, January 29
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Visit Sections Page
Trusts and Estates Law SectionWednesday, January 27
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Women in Law SectionTuesday, January 19
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 26
12:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Visit Section Page
Young Lawyers SectionWednesday, January 27
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Visit Section Page
Annual Meeting Committees Schedule
Program NameDate & TimeCommittee Page
Committee on Diversity and InclusionTuesday, January 19
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Disability RightsThursday, January 21
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Law Practice ManagementThursday, January 21
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Law, Youth and CitizenshipMonday, January 25
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Animals and the LawMonday, January 25
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Cannabis LawWednesday, January 27
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police ReformMonday, January 25
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Real Property Law Section Committee on Condos and CoopsThursday, January 28
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Real Property Law Section Not-for-Profit CommitteeFriday, January 29
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit Committee Page
Committee on Children and the LawFriday, January 29
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Visit Committee Page
Annual Meeting 2021 Special Events

 

Featured Event

Annual Meeting Presidential Summit

Presidential Summit

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Legal, Constitutional, and Public Health Issues
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2.0 MCLE Credits [2.0 Areas of Professional Practice]

 

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted.

The COVID-19 public health crisis has affected all aspects of American life, altering travel, work, education – even everyday activities like buying groceries. Lawmakers and public health officials at both the state and federal level quickly implemented emergency orders at the onset of the crisis to stabilize the spread of the disease, and balance the precautions that public health and safety demand with recognition of constitutional, economic, and liberty interests. Now, after months of living with COVID-19, the efficacy and utility of these policies, and their corollary legal, constitutional, and public health impacts, can be deliberately examined. We invite you to attend this informative session.

Scott M. Karson, NYSBA President, Partner, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP

Speakers:
Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director, Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center

Moderator:
Liz Benjamin, Managing Partner, Marathon Strategies

Registration is complimentary.


 

Networking Receptions

Go Game Event

Go Game Virtual Social Event

Friday, January 22, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Please join us LIVE for a collection of engaging game formats, complete with a live professional host, that will connect you and some of your colleagues in new and innovative ways. Trivia, Puzzles, Fact Match, Pictionary, Karaoke (and much more) are all perfectly paced to create an experience that will delight and excite all personality types. This event is all about having fun, driving connection, and including everyone in intentional, engaging ways. We hope to see you there………and yes, showing yourself on video will be an expectation for this Happy Hour Game Show.

Registration is complimentary, but space is limited, so register early before all spots are taken!

 

Karson Presidential Summit

President’s Reception And Virtual Piano Bar

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

We cordially invite you to our (virtual) President’s Reception with a kickoff by our very own NYSBA President, Scott Karson. This reception will provide some fun, some music, and some downtime at the end of the day with Gregory Offner, an internationally known dueling pianist, who just happened to have a 17-year career in corporate sales and insurance. Greg brings a track record of integrity, creativity, and passion to every event – oh, and he also brings an electric piano! When the time comes, grab a beverage of your choice, and join your colleagues for an early evening of entertainment.

Registration is complimentary.


 

Additional Events

Nutrition During Times of Stress

Nutrition Sessions

Nutrition During Times of Stress
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
8:00 AM – 8:45AM

Annual Meeting Registration
Plant Based Eating: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
8:00 AM – 8:45AM

Ann Lapinski
Instructor Ann Lapinski

Join us for these complimentary nutritional sessions delivered by Ann Lapinski. Lapinski has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and practiced in the field of nutrition and wellness for 4 years before going to law school. She has maintained her connection to nutrition and wellness as a strong avocation including writing a monthly column for the Albany County Bar Association. Ann practiced environmental law and employment law for 32 years at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation until her retirement in the spring of this year.

Registration is complimentary.

Sponsored By

Annual Meeting Sponsor- Smokeball
USI Infinity

 


 

Annual Meeting Yoga Sessions

Yoga Session: Body, Soul and Practice

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Heather D. Casale
Instructor Heather D. Casale

Both yoga practice and law practice benefit from higher awareness and sensitivity. Poses are curated for safety, injury prevention with existing injury modification and appropriate for all levels. Yoga clothes are optional! Don’t let your business suit keep you from benefiting from increased stamina, flexibility and most importantly the feeling of well-being being centered in the now. There will be a strong emphasis on alignment and action within each pose that will leave you feeling enlightened, educated and more dynamically present in the NOW.

Heather D. Casale, Esq, eRYT is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and an attorney practicing on Long Island

Registration is complimentary.

Sponsored By

MyCase Logo

 

Friends of Bill Annual Meeting

Friends of Bill

Courtesy of NYSBA’s Lawyer Assistance Program, we will be hosting the following meetings during the 2-week event. Please contact Stacey Whiteley directly at [email protected] to request the private zoom link that will be used.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, January 22, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 28, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Rockefeller Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsor- SmokeballSmokeball legal software is the only case management program that exists in the cloud and on your computer. Manage contacts, automate documents, save emails, automatically track time, view business profitability, and send out and collect client invoices all in one place, whether you’re online or not. With Smokeball you can bill what you’re worth regardless if you bill by the hour or a flat fee. Let’s get started.

 


USI InfinityProud to be the exclusive administrator of the New York State Bar Association Insurance Program, USI Affinity has a notable track record of success in developing and administering a wide array of comprehensive insurance solutions for attorneys, their firms, and their families. For more than 50 years, our reputation and market position have provided the necessary leverage to ensure unique advantages in quality coverage, competitive rates and second-to-none service.

 


 

MyCase LogoMyCase is a complete and powerful Legal Practice Management solution designed to help law firms get organized, increase efficiency, and deliver an exceptional client experience. MyCase covers every step of the client lifecycle, from Lead Management to Case Management to collecting payment. And, our powerful reporting tools enable you
to understand financial performance at a firm, case, and staff levels. Start your free trial today to see how MyCase can help your firm stay efficient in 2021. No credit card required.

 


 

Empire Sponsors

Qualia Sponsor LogoQualia is the leading digital real estate closing platform used for 1 in 5 U.S. real estate transactions. Qualia’s cloud-based closing rooms provide the complete infrastructure to streamline the home closing experience for real estate businesses and their clients. The company offers a suite of products that brings together homebuyers and sellers, lenders, title & escrow agents and real estate agents onto one secure, remote platform. For more information on Qualia, visit www.qualia.com

 


NetDocuments SponsorNetDocuments helps lawyers – individually and collectively – Work Inspired by delivering on promises, providing technology that gets out of their way so they can focus on results, and eliminating the need to re-invent the wheel. When lawyers can spend less time searching and more time doing, when they can stop playing hide-and-seek with their documents, and know that they never have to sacrifice productivity for security – they become free to Work Inspired.

 


Law Pay SponsorLawPay was developed specifically for legal professionals, providing a simple, secure way to accept credit, debit, and eCheck payments online. LawPay’s technology contractually protects client funds by correctly separating earned and unearned fees and by restricting the ability of any third-party from debiting monies from a trust or IOLTA account. LawPay is a proud member benefit of the New York State Bar and trusted by more than 150,000 lawyers. Learn more at lawpay.com/nysba.

 


Clio Annual MeetingClio is the world’s leading cloud-based technology platform that prides itself in simplifying operations, growing businesses, and allowing legal professionals like you to work remotely from anywhere. Let Clio focus on the business side of running your firm while you spend more time doing what you do best — practicing law. Learn more at www.clio.com.

 


 

Liberty Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsor- LEAPLEAP is the #1 cloud-based legal practice management software solution for New York law firms. LEAP has a comprehensive list of features including case management, automated time capture, trust accounting, legal billing, automated forms library for New York for all of the common areas of law, document management, a client service portal, office reporting, and more. LEAP can bring your data over from another provider, and install and train you and your staff entirely remotely.

 


Tabs3 SponsorWith over 40 years of experience, Tabs3 is proud to be the most award-winning legal time and billing software in the nation. Tabs3 Software includes billing, accounting, and practice management solutions to simplify managing matters, calendars, contacts, and documents. Our cloud product, CosmoLex, is a completely integrated billing, accounting, and practice management system. For more information or to set up a personal demo, visit Tabs3.com or CosmoLex.com

 


Fastcase SponsorFastcase is the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and powerful searching, sorting, and data visualization tools at your fingertips. Fastcase provides lawyers, law firms, and bar associations the tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive. Founded in 1999 and based in Washington, D.C., Fastcase has more than 900,000 subscribers from around the world. We help forward-thinking lawyers navigate the law faster and smarter, to democratize legal services.

 


What is Escheatment? That is literally a multi-billion dollar question. Governments require organizations to remit property that has been abandoned or unclaimed after a period of time. Right now, custodians are holding over $50 billion dollars in money potentially owed to your company, a client’s company, a vendor’s company, your college, your local hospital, or favorite charity. Using proprietary software and experiential knowledge, Escheatment helps reunite funds with intended recipients.

 


Interested in being a sponsor?

Contact Holly Klarman | [email protected]

Enjoy this collection of videos from our annual meeting sponsors, with practical technology solutions you can implement in your own practice

 

Qualia

Technology is changing the game and allowing title companies and law firms to grow through partnerships that are facilitated online. In this video, Mimi Bolden at Qualia will be discussing marketing strategies to continue building relationships with real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and home buyers and sellers to create a network that could benefit you for years to come.

 

Fastcase

This Tech Tip video explains how to utilize the internet for online legal research, specifically how to enlarge reading documents online using different internet browsers when the desktop/mobile application does not have a font enlargement feature or function built in.

 

Tabs3

Productivity is not just how much time is being spent throughout the day, but how well it is being spent. Factors include hours worked, efficiency, and the financial return on the time you bill.

 

NetDocuments

Hear from Craig Sixta, CISSP, from Element Technologies he discuss the reality, dangers and risks of hackers and cyber attacks to small and medium law firms.

 

LawPay

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the power of adaptation. In this video, attorney Jordan Turk explores some of the technology solutions lawyers are using to meet their clients where they are and to keep practicing remotely.

It’s absolutely critical that you properly bill your clients. After all, if you don’t bill your clients, you don’t get paid. In this video, attorney Jordan Turk highlights some of her favorite techniques to get your billing done right and drive cash flow in your firm.

 

MyCase

Hear from Niki Black, author, lawyer, journalist and MyCase’s Legal Technology Evangelist, as she discusses how to build resiliency in your firm with actionable tech tips.

 

If you are having difficulty registering online, and would prefer to register over the phone, or if you’re registering for multiple programs, please contact:

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