Introductory Lessons on Ethics & Civility 2020

A Review of Recent Ethics Opinions and the New York Rules of Professional Conduct Including the Standards of Civility

Program Description:
A sound ethical compass and a civil and professional demeanor are the hallmarks of successful and respected attorneys in all areas of practice.  This four hour program will provide attendees with an update on developments in the law in the area of attorney ethics, including the most recent case law.  The rules of civility will be discussed, with emphasis on practical pointers for dealing with the uncivil adversary and civility issues within the law firm.  The program concludes with a discussion of real life hypotheticals by a panel of distinguished practitioners and jurists which is certain to benefit attorneys in all substantive areas of practice.

Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain 4.0 MCLE Ethics credits at this lively and thought-provoking program

Sponsored by the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, the Committee on Attorney Professionalism and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association.  

Friday, March 20 | Convene | NYC 
Friday, April 3 | NYSBA | Albany 
Friday, April 17 | Melville Marriott | Long Island 
Friday, April 24 | Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel | Syracuse 
Friday, May 15 | Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst | Buffalo
*This program is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at all locations 
4.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $150 | Non-Member: $250
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $125

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8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                    Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.                    Welcome and Introduction   

9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.                    What’s New for 2020 on Ethics? 1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics
                                                       An interactive update on recent ethics opinions and changes in the RPC—What every Lawyer should know                                                    

9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                  Civility in Everyday Lawyering: What are the Basic Lessons to be Learned? 1.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics
                                                        -An Update on the Civility Guidelines: What’s New in the Recent Changes
                                                        -How to Deal with Uncivil Lawyer
                                                        -What’s the Difference Between Civility vs. Aggressiveness:
                                                        -Law Firm Civility Issues                                                       

10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.                Refreshment Break

10:55 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.                Colloquium on Ethics and Civility -Discussion of Real-Life Hypotheticals | 2.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics
                                                      An Interactive Bench Bar Discussion on the Important Ethical and Civility Issues that Lawyers Face Every Day
12:35 p.m.                                     Adjournment  

Faculty Information

Overall Program Chair | Vincent J. Syracuse, Esq. | Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP 

Location Chairs
Scott N. Fein, Esq. 
| Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP | Albany
David G. Brock, Esq. | Buffalo 
John M. Brickman, Esq. | McLaughlin & Stern LLP | Long Island
Vincent J. Syracuse, Esq. | Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP | NYC
Julian B. Modesti, Esq. | Harris Beach PLLC | Syracuse

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 program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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For any questions related to registration, please contact NYSBA's Member Resource Center by email at [email protected], or by phone at 1-800-582-2452