January 11, 2019: State Bar’s Annual Meeting Agenda to Include Panels on #MeToo, Wrongful Prosecutions, Whistleblower Laws, Cannabis Law, Single Payer Healthcare, Data Protection Rules and Much M

By Communications Department

The New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 142nd Annual Meeting in New York City January 14-18 will include programs on #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions, whistleblower laws, cannabis law, pros and cons of a single-payer healthcare system, empowering communities to generate solar power, the effects new data protection rules are having in the U.S., and state laws and policies pertaining to animal rescue during natural disasters.

Scheduled speakers, participants, and presenters for the week include former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the state’s first female Attorney General; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

More than 4,000 attorneys are expected to attend the conference at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan this year to participate in informational forums, networking events, awards presentations, as well as credited continuing legal education programs for attorneys.

Presidential Summit to examine #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions and whistleblower laws
The centerpiece event of the Annual Meeting will be the Presidential Summit on Wednesday, January 16 from 2 to 5:30 pm, hosted by NYSBA President Michael Miller.

The #MeToo panel will examine laws regarding sexual harassment and consider how attorneys can work to prevent it, while also highlighting ways that attorneys can nurture and support gender equity in the profession and in society.

The wrongful prosecutions panel will include leading figures from prosecution, defense, and judicial perspective who will discuss New York State’s newly established Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, the scope of its authority, and whether it can withstand the legal challenges which may be brought by New York prosecutors and others.

The whistleblower law panel will highlight some major successes the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws have had in helping return billions of dollars to the government and large awards paid to whistleblowers. It will also examine how success often comes at the price of considerable professional and personal sacrifices to the whistleblower themselves.

Live from Annual Meeting, It’s the Pro Say podcast
This year at the annual meeting the Law360 Pro Say podcast will record in front of live audience. Hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donohue, and Alex Lawson will chat with NYSBA President Michael Miller and Honorable Colleen McMahon, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Media are invited to NYSBA Annual Meeting events, but daily check-in is required at the registration area on the second floor of the New York Hilton Midtown, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, between 53rd and 54th Streets, New York, NY 10019.

For more information, contact Dan Weiller ([email protected], 518-369-5550) or Brendan Kennedy ([email protected], 845-216-8194).

Follow Annual Meeting proceedings on Twitter at @NYSBA (#NYSBA19), Facebook ( New York State Bar Association) and Instagram (@nystatebar).

Contact: Brendan Kennedy
[email protected]

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