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2015 Professional Development Workshop Series

This annual series provides attorneys with critical training to help them succeed as they transition into more senior roles. As always, the Series is free to City Bar members and attorneys from sponsoring law firms.

View the 2015 brochure

*Before Hitting Send: Tips for More Effective Email

 January 22, 8:30-10:15 am

We all write many emails, at our desks and on our mobile devices. They are not always effective. Attend and learn to improve your use of email.

This program will help you:

  • Decide if email is the best choice for a communication
  • Write more effective subject lines
  • Be more concise
  • Make your long emails easy to read
  • Avoid embarrassing errors (Auto Complete, Reply All, attachments, long email strings)
  • Understand email etiquette and professionalism


Speaker: Marilyn Bush LeLeiko,

New York CLE Credit: 2.0 Skills

*Creating Positive Visibility: The Art of Profile Building

March 10, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
This workshop will explore the potential ways to create and enhance positive visibility inside and outside of your organization, with an emphasis on articulating and measuring return on investment. The participants will learn about the research regarding the impact of participation in meetings and the creation of social capital on performance evaluations and matriculation decisions within their organization. They will also explore the different types of return on investment offered by intentionally building a positive profile outside of their organizations through activities that energize them such as professional organizations, civic organizations and personal activities like book clubs and their children's sports events. The objective of the workshop is for each participant to leave with (1) concrete ideas about high priority and high return on investment activities that create social capital and gravitas and yet feel authentic and personally worthwhile and (2) a game plan on how to implement these ideas.

Speaker: Jennifer Bluestein, Director of Professional Development, Greenberg Traurig LLP
New York CLE Credit: 2.0 Skills

*Ethics, Discipline & Real World Obligations

March 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm


$229 Member/$329 Non-Member
A premier faculty drawn from the judiciary, the disciplinary bar and law firms will focus on the ethical and potential disciplinary issues confronting attorneys in everyday litigation practice, including:

  • Challenges in witness preparation
    •      Where is the line between suborning perjury and effective preparation?
    •      Payments to witnesses
  • Dealing with jurors
    •      Use of social media in jury selection
    •      Post-verdict contracts
  • Conduct toward judges
    •      Disclosure obligations under Rule 3.3 of New York's Rules of
           Professional Conduct
    •      Critical statements to the press
    •      Critical statements in court
  • Attorney civility


Program Chair: Edward M. Spiro, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
CLE Credit: 3.0 in Ethics

*Having Difficult Conversations/Providing Effective Feedback

April 16, 8:30 – 10:15 am
This program will provide attorneys with the tools and motivation necessary to navigate difficult conversations with colleagues. The program addresses common obstacles to providing constructive feedback, including lack of motivation, fear, and limited time, and helps attorneys understand and use feedback as an effective management tool. Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding the value of positive feedback to enhance motivation
  • Structuring and delivering "difficult" conversations
  • Giving "mixed" feedback


Speakers: Lauren G. Krasnow and Lane Winter Vanderslice, SJL Shannon, LLC 
New York CLE Credit: 2.0 Skills

*Color Accounting for Lawyers

May 14, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Color Accounting for Attorneys is a business acumen and financial literacy workshop that lawyers like for a very specific reason: it's visual and it works through the lens of language and definition...home turf for lawyers.

In less than two hours in this truly engaging seminar you'll improve your grasp of business and your standing as a commercial advisor. You'll talk more confidently about finance matters and avoid confusion and misunderstangings.

You will:

  • Grasp the 3 keys to accounting literacy
  • Distinguish concepts you didn't know you didn't know
  • Understand the story Balance Sheets and Income Statements tell
  • Absorb the mindset of clients

Speakers: Peter Frampton, Chartered Accountant and President, Color Accounting International, and Raymond J. Freda, Managing Director, Andersen Tax

New York CLE Credit: 2.0 Skills

*Dynamic Client Meetings

June 9, 8:30 – 10:15 am
Lawyers face several kinds of important meetings as a part of their daily law practice. This program will teach the skills they need to succeed in all types of meetings.

When lawyers complete this course, they will:

  • Prepare in advance for more productive meetings (preparing documents, creating a clear agenda)
  • Understand communication styles (theirs and others)
  • Increase their professional presence and self confidence (voice, eye contact, gesturing, body language)
  • Improve their listening skills and probe for information
  • Present information clearly
  • Handle questions and answers effectively

Speakers: Sean Romanoff and Jay Sullivan, Exec /Comm
New York CLE Credit: 2.0 Skills

* Live Webcast will be available for program for attorneys at sponsoring firms for free; Members - $20; Non-Members - $60