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Commercial And Federal Litigation Spring Meeting 2021

Commercial And Federal Litigation Spring Meeting 2021



Join the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section for a series of programs designed to assist a cross-section of our membership in moving their career forward. Whether you are on the cusp of your career or well-established in the New York legal community, our programming offers insight and skills to help you better serve your clients, increase your knowledge, and help you spring forward in your career.

Please note:

You may choose any number of segments or all of the programs listed below as a package of the entire Commercial and Federal Litigation Spring Meeting. The pricing structure is as follows:

Per segment: $35 for Section members (Commercial and Federal Litigation and Young Lawyers Section), $50 for NYSBA members, $150 for non-members.

Package: $100 for Section members, $175 for NYSBA members, $375 for non-members.

The Spinning Straw into Gold program: Free for all NYSBA members, and $50 for non-members.

The non-CLE award ceremonies: Free for all NYSBA members and non-members.

Please click "register" and then choose your segment(s) or the entire program.


The Path to Arbiter: Tips for the Litigator and Jurist Looking for a Second Act as Neutral

Thursday, May 6, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Panelists: Hon. Henry Pitman (Ret), JAMS and Vivien Shelanski, JAMS

Moderator: Jaclyn M. Ruggirello, Associate, Farrell Fritz, PC

0.5 Credit in Skills and 0.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

Presentation of the George Bundy Smith Award to the Honorable Peter Tom, Former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department

Thursday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free for all NYSBA members and non-members.
Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Assemblyman David Weprin

By Jonathan Fellows, Section Chair

New York State Assembly Proclamation 

By Assemblyman David Weprin

Remarks Regarding the Hon. George Bundy Smith 

By Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Introduction of Presenter Vincent Chang

By Kan Nawaday

Presentation of Award

By Vincent Chang

Remarks by Awardee, Hon. Peter Tom

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

By Daniel Wiig, Section Chair-Elect

Passing the Baton: Accomplished Women Attorneys Advise the Next Generation, a Program for Rising Female Litigators

Friday, May 7, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Panelists: Laurel Kretzing; Bureau Chief, Nassau County Executive and Immediate Past Chair of ComFed

Lesley Rosenthal, COO, The Julliard School and Former Chair of ComFed

Anne Sekel, Partner, Foley Lardner LLP and Treasurer, ComFed
Sonia Low, VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Javits Center

Moderator: Hamutal Lieberman, Associate, Helbraun Levy LLP and NYSBA Young Lawyers’ Section Liaison to ComFed

1.0 Credit in Diversity and Inclusion

Spinning Straw into Gold: How to Make Communication in the COVID World Your Golden Opportunity

Friday, May 7, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, Act of Communication ( and Authors of “Harvesting Witness Stories” (, Andrew Caple-Shaw, Esq. Partner at ACT of Communication

1.0 Credit in Professional Practice

Presentation of the Robert L. Haig Award to the Honorable Loretta Lynch, Former Attorney General of the United States

Friday, May 7, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free for all NYSBA members and non-members.

It Does Please the Court: What Judges Want to See in Young Litigators in Both Skills and Ethics: A Program for Rising Attorneys

Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Panelists: Hon. Robert Reed, NY County Supreme Court Commercial Division

Hon. Elizabeth Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, EDNY

Hon. Mae D’Agostino, U.S. District Court Judge, NDNY

Hon. Linda Jamieson, Westchester County Commercial Division

Moderator: Viktoriya Liberchuk, Associate, Farrell Fritz PC and Co-Chair, ComFed’s Young Lawyers’ Committee

Moderator: Peter J. Sluka, Associate, Farrell Fritz PC

1.0 Credit in Ethics

Private Judging: Can it Help to Advance Your Cases?

Saturday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Panelists: Hon. Rosalyn Richter (Ret), Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP

Hon. Andrea Masley, NY County Supreme Court Commercial Division

Stephen P. Younger, Partner at Foley Hoag LLP; Past President of the New York State Bar Association

Moderator: Maryann Stallone, Partner, Tannenbaum, Helpern, Syracuse & Hirschitt, LLP; Co-Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s Mentoring Committee

0.5 Credit in Skills and 0.5 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice

Thank You to Our Sponsor


Former Senior Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department Supreme Court of the State of New York

Justice Peter Tom's judicial career — which spans over 33 years from his appointment as a Housing Court Judge to his last judicial position as the senior justice and former Acting Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department — encompasses a number of judicial “firsts” for an Asian American. 

Justice Tom was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, he practiced briefly at private law firms before embarking on his judicial career.

Read full bio (PDF)


Former United States Attorney General

Loretta E. Lynch, the former United States Attorney General, is a partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department. Ms. Lynch advises clients on government and internal investigations and on high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters. Ms. Lynch’s legal career has included both private law practice and public service, including three presidential appointments. Ms. Lynch served as the U.S. Attorney General from 2015-2017, where she was appointed by President Barack Obama. As Attorney General, Ms. Lynch oversaw more than 100,000 employees across numerous agencies and offices, including the 93 U.S. Attorneys; major investigative agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the U.S. Marshals Service; the Bureau of Prisons; the National Security Division; and the Office of the Solicitor General, among others. Ms. Lynch received her J.D. and her B.A. in American Literature from Harvard University.

Start Date:
  • May 6, 2021
End Date:
  • May 8, 2021
Start Time:
  • 4:00 PM
End Time:
  • 12:00 PM
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 2.0
Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Credit(s):
  • 1.0
Ethics and Professionalism Credit(s):
  • 1.0
Skills Credit(s):
  • 1.0
Total Credit(s):
  • 5.0
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • 0KG61
Section Member Price: $100.00
NYSBA Member Price: $175.00 Join (or renew) for special member pricing
Non-Member Price: $375.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section