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Business Law Section Members Live Webinar Series: Project Management for Business Lawyers
Tuesday, February 25th
Noon - 1pm 

1.0 MCLE Credit | Law Practice Management 

This webinar is free to NYSBA Business Law Section Members.  Non Business Law Section members will receive a 2020 Membership to the Business Law Section upon registering. Non-NYSBA Members are $50 to attend. Please click here to register

This one hour webinar is designed to familiarize business lawyers with the process of legal project management (LPM), the benefits many firms have achieved through the implementation of the process, the difficulties many other firms have run into during the implementation and the actions and steps necessary to help address these difficulties to ensure that  LPM is implemented in the best possible fashion within your firm or legal department.  Among the questions that will be addressed in this program are:

  • What are the components of “Project Management” as they apply to “Case Management” vs. “Change Management” 
  • What benefits are firms realizing from the successful implementation of LPM 
  • How do you develop a Project Management Plan? 
  • What are the components of such a plan including the objective to be achieved, plan, assignment of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, schedules and milestones and monitoring and evaluation of results 
  • How to implement this process in your law firm. 
  • What difficulties can you expect to encounter as you implement LPM and how are they best addressed? 


Gary Richards | Principal | LegalBizDev 

Gary is a Principal at LegalBizDev, where he coaches lawyers in Legal Project Management and is a contributing author of the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide.

He has presented to and coached lawyers in the US, Canada, Australia, and Luxembourg. He is a Certified Legal Project Manager and designs and conducts CLE programs, and tailored workshops for individual law firms and legal associations. He has also taught Project Management to corporate executives in, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and Egypt.

He addressed the American Bar Association’s National Convention in Hawaii and has presented CLE workshops for the Young Lawyer’s Chapter in Chicago and New Orleans. Gary developed and conducted CLE programs for American Law Institute. He has addressed the state meeting of the Virginia Bar and has also presented his customized workshops to Bar Associations of Missouri, Nevada, Massachusetts, Indiana, Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska and Kentucky, as well as to Washington Defenders Association, and the Cincinnati and Cleveland Bar Associations. He also conducted workshops for bar associations in eight Canadian provinces, and has conducted tailored workshops for entire law firms, including their paralegals and clerical staff as well as corporate legal departments.

Gary participated with R. Alec Mackenzie (author of The Time Trap) in a nationwide study of U.S. lawyers and Canadian barristers on personal characteristics that enhanced good law practice but interfered with good time management. Gary is the author of Time Management Handbook for Lawyers-How-to Tactics That Really Work.

Gary’s other courses for lawyers include: How To Get Work Done In A Law Firm, How to Keep Clients Happy (Profitable Client Service Skills), How to Reach Productive Agreements ( Day-To-Day Negotiating Skills), How To Conduct Productive Meetings, How Managing Partners Lead and How To Manage Receivables.

He has a B.S. in psychology from Oklahoma State University and attained the Certified Financial Planner designation. He is a former member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and a former member of the American Society for Training and Development.

Gary lives in White Lake, Michigan, with his wife Linda. 

Gary Fiebert | Principal | GBF Management LLC

Gary Fiebert has been the Managing Principal of GBF Management, LLC since early in 2012 and brings a unique combination of skills to his management counsel to their clients. During this time, through the middle of 2018, he also served as a Partner in Smock Law Firm Consultants.

He originally spent seven years in industry applying his education in industrial and management engineering in corporate positions and then 16 years as a general management consultant, first with Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte), then with a general management firm (focusing on profit improvement and operational effectiveness) that he co-founded, and finally as the President and Chief Operating Officer of a leading executive search firm

For the next 20 years, he served as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of three major New York-based law firms (Schulte Roth & Zabel, Rosenman & Colin, and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon) – responsible (as the primary non-attorney manager and leader) for strategic business planning (firm and practice), finance, general firm management, organizational change, human resources, and marketing/ business development.

Mr. Fiebert is a regular speaker at legal management conferences and seminars, focusing on the development and implementation of innovative solutions to achieve long and short term strategic objectives and operational improvements. He has also taught law firm management at the Graduate School of Business at Stony Brook University – SUNY and has guest lectured at SUNY and the Fordham Law School on leadership and strategic management, served on the Editorial Board of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine, and the ABA’s Committee on Lawyer Leadership and Management.

Mr. Fiebert holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from New York University and a Masters of Science in Management Engineering from Long Island University. He was a Certified Management Consultant and is a member of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators. He is a former member of the New York City Law Firm Executive Directors’ Group and the Large Firm Administrators Caucus of the ALA.


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NYSBA Members: $25

Reducing Minority Attrition Rates at Law Firms and Maximizing Potential Through Diversity

Program Description
Learn successful strategies for retaining minority lawyers in your law practice and about how government agencies have successfully implemented in-house diversity
programs to hire and retain minority attorneys.

CLE Live Program
1.0 Credit in Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias

Sponsored by the Business Law Section Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

FREE for NYSBA Business Law Section Members
NYSBA Member: $25 | Non-Member: $25

Thursday, February 27, 2020
CLE Program | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Networking Reception | 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Goodwin Procter LLP | The New York Times Building | 620 Eighth Avenue | Between 40th and 41st Streets | NYC

Agenda Topics

  • Retaining Minority Lawyers
  • Opportunities for Lawyers Beyond the Law Firm - How Government Agencies Have
    Successfully Implemented In-House Diversity Programs to Hire and Retain Minority     

Program Faculty 
Kenneth G. Standard, Esq., Epstein Becker & Green, PC, NYC
Elizabeth Harris, Esq., Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, NYC
Lenel Hickson, Esq., Commodities Futures Trading Commission, NYC
Angelina Whitfield, Esq., Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, NYC

Program Chairs
Peter W. LaVigne, Esq., Goodwin Procter LLP, NYC
Anthony Q. Fletcher, Esq., Law Office of Anthony Q. Fletcher, NYC 



Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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If you have any questions about this program, please contact staff attorney Sally Bratten or program coordinator Jennifer Wright.  



March 20, 2020 
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
1133 Avenue of the Americas 
New York, NY 10036 

This program will take you through key steps in the purchase and sale of a business.  Learn key skills in negotiating, drafting and writing contracts. 

The role of a transactional attorney differs mightily from that of a litigator.  Unlike litigation, a business deal is not -- well, at least it should not be -- a confrontational event.  It is an undertaking to build an "agree"ment that benefits all parties. 

Consequently, the negotiation and preparation of the documents require unique disciplines. The negotiation must be constructive, seeking to blend differences into consensus while not ignoring the advice of "The Gambler":  Know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away; and know when to run. 

Similarly, writing a contract differs from other forms of writing.  Its object is not to persuade or to convey information or to entertain.  A contract is simply a set of instructions, a design for a business relationship or a business deal.  And if that contract is not properly crafted, it will provide a playground for litigators.  In fact, the job of the transactional lawyer is to place commercial litigators on the endangered species list. 

Sponsored by the  Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Friday, March 20, 2020 
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | This program is being recorded but will not be livestreamed. All registrants will receive access to the archive recording. 

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 
1133 Avenue of the Americas (between 43rd and 44th street) 
New York, NY 10036 

3.0 MCLE Credits | 3.0 Skills 

NYSBA Member: $125 | Business Law Section Member: $100 | Non-Member: $225 

Agenda Topics: 
> Applicable legal considerations 
> Different types of an acquisition and their pros and cons 
> Letters of intent vs. term sheets 
> Confidentiality agreements 
> Acquisition agreement (warranties and due diligence, indemnities, non-compete agreements) 
> Opinion letters and multi-jurisdictional transactions 
> Employment contracts for employees remaining with the business 
> Shareholder agreements (acquisitions of less than 100% of the company) 

Program Faculty 
Peter Siviglia, Esq. | Author of "Commercial Agreements - A Lawyer's Guide to Drafting and Negotiating" (Thomson Reuters) 
David A. Gilbert, Esq. | Blank Rome LLP 


New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

Saturday March 28 -April 1, 2020

The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program. Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved. 


Click here for the 2019 Trial Academy program agenda. The 2020 agenda and faculty will be very similar to 2019.

Frequently asked questions about the Trial Academy

Please note: Seats are limited and the Trial Academy sells out each year.

Young Lawyers Section Member registration fee: $950 (NYSBA Membership required)
NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000
Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,100


Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. A limited number of rooms may be available at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus. To make a hotel reservation at the Statler, call the Statler Hotel Reservations Department at 1-800-541-2501 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group. For alternativehotel accommodations please visit local recommendations. Some local hotels have a daily shuttle to Cornell. The NYSBA has a limited room block and special rate only of $189.00 with the Statler, which is available until 3/6/20. 

Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of up to 37.5 MCLE credit hours, consisting of 2.0 credit hours in ETHICS and 35.5 credit hours in SKILLS. This program is transitional and therefore suitable for newly admitted attorneys. This program is accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only. Attorneys seeking credit in other jurisdictions may contact the governing body for CLE in their respective locations for credit application details. 

Special Thanks to these NYSBA Sections for Co-Sponsoring the Trial Academy

Gold Sponsor
Business Law Section

Family Law Section

Silver Sponsor
Criminal Justice Section

Labor and Employment Law Section

Real Property Law Section

Torts, Insurance Compensation Law Section

Trial Lawyers Section

Bronze Sponsors
Elder Law and Special Needs Section

Intellectual Property Law Section 

Trusts and Estates Law Section


Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association

April 30 & May 1, 2020 

Hilton Mystic 
20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT 06355  

Registration and Complete Agenda will be available the week of February 24th 


Or call 860-572-0731 – Please use code NYSBAR. Reserve your room by April 8, 2020 to receive the NYSBA rate of $150 per night (+taxes and fees).

Recorded April 20, 2018 in New York City


6.5 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice

New to the practice area or just need a refresher? This program is structured for those new to the practice as well as seasoned business law attorneys who want to fill in the gaps of their business law knowledge. It provides a wide-ranging overview of business law topics, including:

  • Business Organizations
  • Anti-Money Laundering / Bank Security Act (AML/BSA) Compliance
  • Franchise Law
  • Derivatives & Securities
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Not-For-Profit Law

Cost: $75 Business Law Section members (or purchase individual segments for $10 per credit)*
$175 NYSBA members / $275 Non-members

*Not a member of the Business Law Section? Dues are only $25 with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. 

Learn more and and purchase recording >

Recorded October 13, 2017 at the Business Law Section's Fall Meeting, New York, NY



6.0 MCLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice
This course has been approved for MCLE credit in New York State for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

  • The Future of Financial Services Regulation
  • Changes in Banking Regulation in the New Administration
  • The Impact of FinTech Innovations on the Delivery of Financial Services
  • Securities Regulation, Deregulation and Enforcement

Speakers: James P. Bergin, Federal Reserve Bank of New York | David W. Blass, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett | Prof. John C. Coffee, Columbia Law School | Robert L. D. Colby, FINRA | Edward G. Eisert, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe | Ashby G. Hilsman,  FDIC | Daniel S. Kahl, SEC OCIE | Roberta Kotkin, New York Bankers Association | Peter W. LaVigne, Goodwin Procter | Katherine C. Milgram, NYS Office of the Attorney General | Richard H. Neiman, Lending Club | Anastasia T. Rockas, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom | Seth Rosenbloom, Betterment LLC | Jonathan H. Rushdoony, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency | Kathleen A. Scott, Norton Rose Fulbright US | Manisha M. Sheth, Esq., Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice |  Subhankar Sinha, PwC | Valerie Szczepanik, Esq., U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Maria T. Vullo, Esq., NYS Department of Financial Services

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NYSBA Member price: $200 | Non-Member Price: $300
Business Law Section Member Price: $150

Not a member of the Business Law Section? Dues are only $25 a year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

Recorded October 14, 2016: Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section Fall Meeting, Albany, NY

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Total Credits: 1.5 in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years).

Presented by the NYSBA Business Law Section on October 14, 2016, at the Business Law/Corporate Counsel Sections' Joint Fall Meeting in Albany, "Doing Business in NYS: Challenges & Opportunities."


  • I'm Not Lobbying; or Am I?: An overview of New York State's Lobbying Act
  • You Don't Know What You Don't Know: Challenges of Doing Business in New York State

Also included - a look at NYSBA's Legislative Program and the Department of Governmental Relations (non-CLE bonus segment)

NYSBA Member price: $50 | Non-Member Price: $75
Business Law Section or Corporate Counsel Section Member Price: $35

Not a member of the Business Law or Corporate Counsel Sections? Dues are only $25 (Business) and $30 (Corporate Counsel) per year with NYSBA membership. Join today to save on this program! Join online: Corporate Counsel | Business Law or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.


See also: Emerging Technology, Automation and Ethics (Corporate Counsel Section panel recorded October 14/2016)
1.5 MCLE credits in Ethics, for experienced attorneys - Discount for Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section members

Bonus segment (Free)
Keynote Luncheon Address: "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research & Lessons Learned"
Speaker: Meghan Cook, Program Director for the Center of Technology in Government, University at Albany
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Never fear... We recorded it!

Now available free for Business Law and Corporate Counsel Section members. (If you're not a Business Law Section member... Why not join? Dues are just $25 with NYSBA membership. Join online, or call 800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm)


All the general business lawyer needs to know about Crowdfunding but is too busy to ask

Crowdfunding AM16

Presented by the Business Law Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

1.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.

So your client wants to use Crowdfunding to raise capital . . . A practical presentation in the form of a client conference to explore how businesses can raise capital under the SEC's new crowdfunding regulations. This presentation is designed primarily for the general business law practitioner representing small businesses or small investors.


Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).


Key Legal and Strategic Considerations and Practical Tips on How Organizations Can Navigate Issues of Civil Liability, Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution.

Presented by the Corporate Counsel Section at the NYSBA Annual Meeting in New York City, January 27, 2016. 

2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys
Those who attended the live presentation are not eligible to receive credit twice.


Business Law Section Member Access Instructions: Please log in to your NYSBA member record before attempting to access the recording. Once you do so, the "Your Price" listing at the bottom of the page of the access link will show as $0. Add the program to your cart and check out as you would for an ordinary purchase, but you will not be asked for payment, and you will not be charged (BLS members only). Non-Section members will be charged the member/non-member fees indicated.

For log-in assistance, visit the log-in help page, or call the NYSBA Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452 (M-F, 8am-5pm).

Committees that Enhance Your Expertise

Business Law Section committees address unique issues facing attorneys, the profession and the public. Committees allow you to network with other business law attorneys from across the state, and give you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice. Committees are also an outstanding way to achieve professional recognition.

Banking Law Committee
Bankruptcy Law Committee
Business Organizations Law Committee
Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee
Diversity Committee
Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Committee
Insurance Law Committee
Legislative Affairs Committee
Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
Public Utility Law Committee
Securities Regulation Committee
Technology and Venture Law Committee
Wine, Beer and Spirits Law Committee

Join a Committee

Committee membership is a free benefit of Business Law Section membership. If you are a current Section member, you may join one or more committees by emailing your request to [email protected].

If you are not yet a Section member, you may join the Business Law Section here

View the Latest NY Business Law Journal

The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. The NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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New! Business Law Section Private Online Professional Community

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We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Business Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of business law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

The Community is private for BLS members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $25/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only BLS members can search the site or identify other members.

As an exciting additional feature of the BLS Community, we have created sub-Communities for our practice area committees. If you are a member of the BLS, you can access all of the committee discussions and information. If you join that committee, you can post on that committee’s sub-Community. You can also elect to get real time or daily summary emails of all new discussion posts on the BLS Community and any sub-Communities you select.

Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)

View FAQs about the Business Law Section Community (PDF)

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