Letter From The President Of The New York County Lawyers' Association

2011-07-01 00:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

NYCLA's CLE Institute: Keeping Pace With Lawyers' Changing Needs

As the new President of NYCLA, I wanted to use this forum to brag a bit about NYCLA's CLE Institute.

NYCLA's CLE Institute, led by CLE Director Bari Chase, offers innovative programs that run the gamut from updates on changes in the law, to skill building and professional development, to advanced programs in specific practice areas.They are tailored to recent graduates, newly admitted attorneys and seasoned professionals seeking an overview of a particular area of the law.An unparalleled roster of experts from the bench, bar, government, academia and specialty occupations, such as accountants, law enforcement, real estate developers, psychologists and handwriting experts, conduct the programs, offering their insights, knowledge, tactics and guidance to attendees.

Over the past year, CLE programs focusing on recent legislation and developments have included the well-attended "The Remaking of Wall Street," "Understanding the Health Care Reform Legislation and HIRE Act," "The Effect of the 2010 Tax Act on Estate Planning," "Get a Life: Trademarks in a Virtual World" and " Following the Money Trails: From Marital Assets to Nazi-Looted Art."

Co-Sponsorships Create Synergy

Moreover, to create synergy with other organizations, the Institute co-sponsors such programs as "Women Trailblazers: Pathways to Executive-Level Success" with the Financial Woman's Association and PwC, "Federal Criminal Practice Institute" with the Federal Bar Council, "Imposed Joint Custody - Does it Work?" with the New York State Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Family Law, and "Due Diligence When Acquiring Residential Real Estate" with the Community Housing Improvement Program.

Innovative Programs

Among the programs developed to assist lawyers in honing both their legal and business skills were "How to Work with Contract Lawyers," "Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion," "Tips and Techniques for Effectively Communicating with the Courts: A Judge's Perspective" and "Pixel Persuasion: Legal Writing for the 21st Century."

For the third year in a row, the CLE Institute presented its seminal program, "Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute," co-chaired by Hon. Stephen G. Crane and Raymond J. Dowd.The full-day seminar brought together an expert faculty drawn from the bench, bar, galleries, academia, government and trade publications.Over 200 people attended five discussions, with a keynote address by Margaret Morton, deputy commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and Sara Reisman, director, Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Lastly, along with being an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education programs in New York State, NYCLA's CLE Institute has been granted Accredited Provider status in New Jersey.

CLE Institute's Mentoring Program

After a successful pilot program last year, the CLE Institute's Mentoring Program became a permanent program this year, expanding to 20 mentors and 20 mentees. This program seeks to enhance the experience of junior attorneys in the legal profession by providing the tools and resources necessary for their professional and personal development through mentoring services, customized CLE programs and active bar association membership.Each mentee is assigned a mentor who serves as a sounding board for ideas, coach and strategist for personal development and a resource on how to navigate the legal profession in New York.The program also introduces the mentees to programs and services available at NYCLA, including committees, forums, professional development and other programs, pro bono opportunities and trainings, CLE classes and social events.Through a series of both structured and informal events, the Mentoring Program also supplements the 1:1 mentor/mentee relationship with CLE programs and informal monthly get-togethers, providing the mentees with the opportunity to network with their peers, other mentors and the Mentoring Program's Advisory Board.

I invite readers of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel to join NYCLA. You can also visit our website at www.nycla.org and click on "Calendar" to view the full list of NYCLA activities, which include upcoming CLE programs, committee meetings, membership events and pro bono events.You can also follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nyclapres.


Stewart D. Aaron