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Boot Camp: Basic Training for Lawyers -- Two-Day Program
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:45 PM - 5:30 PM


Member ($110) Free to students and alumni of sponsoring law schools Non-Member ($295)

Join the City Bar now and register for Boot Camp at the Member Rate. Join now using promo code "BootCamp" and pay just the semi-annual dues (we will waive your one-time Admission Fee- this could save you $100 or more).

Presented by the City Bar Center for CLE, the Committee on Career Advancement and Management, and the Committee on Law Student Perspectives.

This two-day program is being offered to provide recent law graduates and current law students with career planning information particularly relevant in today's economy, as well as practical and substantive insights into the practice of law. Whether seeking a job at a large or small law firm, in government or public interest, these sessions will provide information that will help you achieve success when you join a firm or other legal employer.

This Program is Free to Students and Alumni of Sponsoring Law Schools

Tuesday, September 14
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Registration
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session 1-How to Run An Effective Job Search
The current financial crisis has affected thousands of attorneys who are currently seeking new opportunities in a challenging job market. The search process is particularly challenging for newly graduated law students who have little hands on experience and smaller networks. This panel will teach recent graduates effective job search techniques that will help you leverage the skills, experience, and contacts you already have to find a job. Our experts will share timely insight into this process and answer your job search questions. Regardless of the economy, knowing how to conduct a thorough, effective, and informed job search is a lifelong skill every attorney should master.

Introduction: Linda Kleftodimou-Smith, Associate, Financial Services Group, Garrity, Graham, Murphy, Garofalo & Flinn

Speakers: Kathleen Brady, Principal, Brady & Associates; Camille Chin-Kee-Fatt, Director of Career Services, Brooklyn Law School; Diane Costigan, Northeast Managing Director, Shannon & Manch; Sarah Stamboulie, Principal, Stamboulie Career Consulting

No CLE Credit available for this program.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Session 2-Drafting a Research Memo
This program will review the entire process of preparing an objective research memo, including gathering relevant facts; conducting effective research; preparing a focused and thorough legal and factual analysis; using an effective format; outlining your presentation; and drafting/revising your written analysis.

Speaker: Mike Lane, Shareholder, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C.

NY CLE Credit Pending.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM Session 3-
Part I: Knowing How to Read A Court Decision

A partner has asked you to read a complicated forty page court decision and to report back on its relevance to a matter that you are working on with her. How do you approach this project? This program will teach you how to analyze and communicate about written decisions. It will provide pointers on how to distill the facts, analyze the law, and report intelligently to your supervising attorneys on the significance of legal precedent.

Speaker: Suhana Han, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Part II: Document Review Technology
The junior associate's role in civil litigations involving the storage and exchange of information in electronic form, otherwise known as e-discovery and document review, involves a variety of online platforms and changing federal rules. Knowledge of those platforms and rules will be covered in this program. Additionally, your role in responding to e-discovery requests and best practices will be addressed.

Speaker: Kimberly Williams, Executive Director of Project Operations, Strategic Legal Solutions

NY CLE Credit Pending.

Thursday, September 16
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session 1- Communications Skills
As you move into the workplace, your communication with partners, other attorneys, staff and clients, becomes crucial to your success. In this session, you will gain tools to enhance listening and communication skills to help you better assess partners’ perspectives and goals, increase your overall appearance of confidence, instill trust in others, and communicate your knowledge clearly.

Speaker: Jay Sullivan, Managing Partner, Exec|Comm, LLC.

This program provides 1.5 transitional/non-transitional NY CLE professional practice credits.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Session 2- Drafting Corporate Documents
This program will introduce you to drafting and reviewing a contract by giving you your first assignment – one that you might receive early in your career. Your client is the purchaser of a minority stock interest in a private company. Your task will be to review the Stockholders’ Agreement drafted by the controlling stockholders, and mark your changes on behalf of your client.

What You Will Learn:
• Basic provisions and terms of art of a stockholders’ agreement
• Basic structure of a contract
• Basic rules of contract drafting
• How to draft an agreement that accurately reflects the terms of your deal
• Significance of boilerplate provisions

In order to receive the maximum benefit from the program, prior to the session, please complete this assignment prior to the program: http://www2.nycbar.org/htmlemail/YLC/Assignment.pdf

Speakers: Eve Birnbaum, Founder and Principal, Manage.Law; Ori Solomon, Corporate Partner, Proskauer LLP

This program provides 1.5 transitional/non-transitional NY CLE professional practice credits.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Break
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM Session 3-
Part I - Conducting Legal Due Diligence

As law students and recent law graduates move into the workplace, they will often be confronted with the prototypical junior attorney assignment, “due diligence”. This session will discuss the basic function of due diligence, using the term in the context of mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, the discussion will focus on how attorneys work with clients in assessing the benefits and the liabilities of a proposed transaction by inquiring into all relevant aspects of the past, present and predictable future of a business to be acquired or divested.

Speaker: Robert Katz, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Part II - Researching Corporate Laws
This session will discuss legal research techniques and strategies employed when researching corporate law in a transactional or regulatory practice. It will focus on federal and state statutory research, and will give junior associates a perspective on the legal research expectations that partners and senior associates have.

Speaker: Ann Lewis, Counsel, Ropes & Gray

NY CLE Credit Pending.

And Don’t Miss Bridge-the-Gap

2010 Law School Graduates from Sponsoring Law Schools
Attend the Boot Camp at no charge, and then continue your learning at the City Bar Center for CLE's Bridge the Gap on September 22 & 29 and receive off registration for one day or off registration for two days. Not yet admitted? Law school graduates can bank up to 16 credits between graduation and their admission to the New York Bar to put towards their first year credits (no more than 2 years prior to your date of admission). Use promo code "BootCamp" when registering for Bridge the Gap.

Law School Students
Attend Boot Camp to gain a competitive edge and continue your learning at the City Bar Center for CLE's Bridge the Gap on September 22 & 29 for 50% off of member prices.