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Bridging the Gap - Spring 2019

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$295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys & Young Lawyers Section Members
NYSBA Members - $420 | Non-Members - $695

Bridging the Gap - Spring 2019
The New York State Bar Association is pleased to offer newly admitted attorneys a two-day Bridging the Gap CLE program. Transitional courses are designed to help newly admitted attorneys develop a foundation in the practical skills, techniques and procedures that are essential to the practice of law.
The Bridging the Gap continuing legal education program offers 16.0 total credits. Newly admitted attorneys can satisfy all of their annual MCLE requirements by attending this two-day program which is ideal for “bridging the gap” between law school and the realities of practicing law in New York State. Experienced attorneys who have an interest in other areas of practice can also attend and benefit from this program by learning practical information from skilled and experienced practitioners.
Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar. The first set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the Bar, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries. To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings, or through attendance at fully interactive video conference locations that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys. For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

Thursday, March 21, 2019
 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This program is being recorded and streamed as a live webcast.

New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

16.0 MCLE Credits
7.0 Areas of Professional Practice | 6.0 Skills  | 3.0 Ethics
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.
$295 Special Rate for Newly Admitted Attorneys & Young Lawyers Section Members
NYSBA Members - $420 | Non-Members - $695

Learn More about Bridging the Gap:
Program Agenda
Program Brochure

Program Faculty Biographies

Program Topics:

Day One
Labor and Employment Law for New Attorneys
Intellectual Property Law Basics for the Non-IP Lawyer
Attorney Wellness & Wellbeing | Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Legal Profession | Lawyer Assistance Program
Health Law 101
Real Estate Closings 101 – Upstate New York

(8.0 MCLE Credits | 5.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics)

Day Two
Basics of Will Drafting (including review of Powers of Attorney)
Advising Clients Charged with DWI | Local Criminal Court Practice
Risk Management 101 – Ethical Considerations for New Lawyers
Immigration 2019 – Basics for New Attorneys

(8.0 MCLE Credits | 4.0 Skills, 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 2.0 Ethics)

Program Speakers
Mary E. Armistead, Esq. | The Legal Project
Scott W. Bush, Esq. 
| Corrigan, McCoy & Bush, PLLC
Hermes Fernandez, Esq. | Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Joseph Gerstenzang, Esq. 
| Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
Danielle E. Holley, Esq. | O'Connell & Aronowitz
David P. Miranda, Esq. | Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, PC
Kellena Richards, Esq. | NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Thomas E. Schimmerling, Esq. | Delhi, NY
Robert T. Schofield, IV, Esq. | Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Jeffrey J. Sherrin, Esq. | O'Connell & Aronowitz
Patricia J. Shevy, Esq. | The Shevy Law Firm, LLC
Michelle H. Wildgrube, Esq. | Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube P.C.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors:

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If you have any questions about this program, please contact Katherine Suchocki, Esq. Director of Continuing Legal Education, Patrick Boland, CLE Program Manager or Pamela Chrysler, CLE Program & Marketing Coordinator.