16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap:
Practical Skills, Ethics & More… (Both Days)

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. &
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

  • Earn all of your annual CLE credits while obtaining invaluable knowledge in a variety of areas. Our Bridge-the-Gap programs fulfill a full year’s credit requirements for those who are newly admitted, while providing essential information and credits for more experienced attorneys. This program is particularly distinct in that one day will allow attendees to fulfill all required ethics and skills credits. Attendance on both days will provide the total professional practice required of all newly admitted attorneys. A skilled faculty will guide you through the day-to-day practice of law and cover topics of interest to all attorneys, including legal ethics. Each Bridge-the-Gap program contains updated content and will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past.

    In addition to the live program, each day of this Bridge-the-Gap program will be available as a webcast.  Experienced attorneys may therefore choose to attend live or by webcast. Newly admitted attorneys must attend the live program in order to receive skills credits; therefore newly admitted attorneys should register to attend live. For further information on the CLE rules and requirements for newly admitted attorneys, please visit http://www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE/

    Save by registering for both days!

    Live Program & Webcast (Both Days): $499 for Members | $699 for Nonmembers
    Live Program & Webcast (Per Day): $399 for Members | $599 for Nonmembers
    Members who are Recent Law Graduates or Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019) attend this program for free.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Day 1 (Professional Practice Day)
    Jonathan D. Lupkin
    Lupkin PLLC
    Gerry M. Oginski
    The Law Office of Gerald M. Oginski, LLC
    Innes Smolansky
    Law Office of Innes Smolansky
    Christopher E. Wright
    Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Day 2 (Ethics & Skills Day)
    Edgar De Leon
    The De Leon Firm, PLLC
    Muhammad U. Faridi
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Christine M. Fecko
    General Counsel
    IOLA Fund of the State of New York
    Benjamin Jackson
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Michael Knight
    Deputy Counsel
    Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection
    Joseph Lipari
    The Sultzer Law Group P.C.
    Vitaly Lipkansky
    Deputy Chief Attorney
    Attorney Grievance Committee
    First Judicial Department
    Deborah A. Scalise
    Scalise and Hamilton, LLP

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Day 1 (Professional Practice Day)
    9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Land Use & Zoning in NYC: The Basics
    Christopher E. Wright
    10:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. What Non-Personal Injury Attorneys Need to Know About Medical Malpractice
    Gerry Oginski
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. An Introduction to Entertainment Law
    Innes Smolansky
    2:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Break
    2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. E-Discovery: What New Attorneys Need to Know
    Jonathan D. Lupkin
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Day 2 (Ethics & Skills Day)
    8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Introduction
    8:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Attorney Escrow Accounts: What All New Attorneys Need to Know
    (This session will include a 10 minute break)
    Panel Chair: Christine M. Fecko
    Panelists: Michael Knight, Vitaly Lipkansky, and Deborah A. Scalise
    11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Break
    11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. My First Client Interview
    Edgar De Leon
    12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
    1:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. New York Practice: The What, Where & How of Commencing a Lawsuit & Serving Parties
    (This session will include a 10 minute break)
    New attorneys will learn details concerning:

    • What papers need to be filed
    • Where to file
    • How papers need to be served
    • Time for responses & more

    Muhammad U. Faridi & Benjamin F. Jackson

    4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Break
    4:05 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Conducting Your First Deposition
    Joseph Lipari

  • New York, California & New Jersey:

    Both Days: 16.0 Total: 7.0 Professional Practice, 6.0 Skills, 3.0 Ethics
    July 11: 7.0 Professional Practice
    July 18: 9.0 Total: 6.0 Skills, 3.0 Ethics

    Pennsylvania:

    Both Days: 13.0 Total: 10.5 General, 2.5 Ethics
    July 11: 5.5 General
    July 18: 7.5 Total: 5.0 General, 2.5 Ethics

  • Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org

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