Representing Corporate and Entity
Clients - and their Owners, Officers and Directors: Managing the
Article IX of the UCC
Bankruptcy (Reality 101)
An overview of bankruptcy, including
filing a bankruptcy petition, representing creditors, &
Bridging the gap between Law School
and the Legal Profession. A gateway program to the
practice of law.
Collections (Reality 101)
Basics of debtor and creditor
Commencing the Civil Action
complaints, answers, filing, and related matters.
on Judicial Conduct
Constitutional, Statutory and
Procedures employed in Commission proceedings
Representative cases and areas of particular concern
Recent litigation in the Court of Appeals and the Federal Courts
Join the Judge and staff as they
take you through the Court of Claims process. All practitioners
How to identify a case that should be pursued
in the Court of Claims.
How to commence an action.
The basic legal principles that govern Court
The following materials will be discussed along
with helpful tips:
Types of Cases - Law vs. Equity
Entities over which the Court of Claims has jurisdiction
Contents of Pleadings
Late Filing Remedies
Appropriation and Contract Claims
Courtroom of the Future Training
The Courtroom of
the Future is now operating in Room 308 of the Onondaga County
Courthouse. Present your case through a document camera,
interactive plasma monitor, a VCR & computers. Don’t be put at
a competitive disadvantage; instead, take advantage of the new
high-tech, user friendly courtroom.
more about the Courtroom of the Future here.
A survey of the cases
decided over the past year on Sex Offender Registration Act;
Discovery; Confessions; Batson Issues; Orders of Protection;
Guilty Pleas; Sentencing and Restitution; and Courtroom Closure
as well as some miscellaneous cases of interest and import.
Law Update Series
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Confessions, Criminal Discovery (CPL Article 240; Alibi Notice,
Psychiatric Evidence Notice, psychiatric records, Subpoenas,
etc.), Sex Offender Registration Act 2002, Restitution.
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
"Update on Selective Issues in Criminal Law and
Procedures." (Including Search and Seizure, Crimes &
Defenses, Accusatory Instruments, and more.)
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
"Federal Sentencing Guidelines on a Need to Know Basis –
And You Need to Know." (Plea Agreements and the
Guidelines; Dealing with the Pre-Sentencing Report; Sentencing
Criminal Division, Hearings; Recent Developments and Amendments;
How relevant is Relevant Conduct?; Sentencing Memos.)
Practice (Reality 101)
A guide to handling felonies, and
misdemeanors in Onondaga County, City, and Justice Courts.
A master of the courtroom stage who
possessed an uncanny understanding of human character, Clarence
Darrow was arguably the greatest trial lawyer of the twentieth
century. He was an adamant opponent of capital punishment and a
passionate proponent of civil and human rights. He was often
called the "Attorney for the Damned" because he fought
for the underdog and took on criminal cases thought to be
hopeless. Yet, while commanding respect as a trial lawyer,
Darrow was often embroiled in bitter controversy for his
unpopular stands on many issues and criticized for his purported
unethical professional behavior.
Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom is a
spellbinding and realistic character portrait of Darrow and his
deeply held beliefs and hard fought courtroom battles. This solo
performance by Graham Thatcher, replete with humor, humanity,
and intense courtroom drama, engages the audience in four of the
great defense lawyer's most famous cases between 1910 and 1928.
Using Darrow's own thoughts and courtroom summations, the show
explores timeless social, legal and ethical issues issues and
provides a fresh and provocative tool to facilitate classroom or
Driver's Licenses Suspensions,
Revocations & Restoration
Discovery in Civil Actions
How to take and
defend a deposition. Using other discovery devises in civil
How to handle a DWI case in Onondaga
County, including dealing with the DA's office; a
demonstration of a breathalyzer by the Onondaga County Sheriff's
Department; hardship licenses; alcohol evaluations and more.
Topics to be covered; Medicaid
Basics, Real Estate Transfers, Alternatives to the Spend Down,
Special Resource Rules, Medicaid Recovery from Spouses,
Advanced Directives and Ethical Considerations, New IRA
Distribution Rules, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Article 81
Discrimination - What is it?
This two-hour seminar is designed
for the general practitioner who is faced with defending a claim
of discrimination for an employer, or prosecuting a discrimination
claim for an individual. It will give the participants the
basics of discrimination law so they will have a greater
understanding of the area.
of Non-Citizens in a Globalize Economy
Syracuse possesses one of the
fastest growing populations of non-citizens in New York State.
This population presents a reliable and dependable source of
skilled, unskilled and professional labor that is readily
available to Central New York employers. "Employment of
Non-Citizens in a Globalized Economy" has been designed to
provide information and training regarding non-citizen
HIGHLIGHTS Overview of Legal and Practical Requirements for
Employment-based visas for non-U.S. citizens.
by learning how to make hiring decisions without violating civil
Be guided through
the steps necessary to verify employee work eligibility so that
your clients can access this under-utilized yet readily
available labor market.
Employer I-9 and
IRCA Document Compliance
from a faculty of attorneys who have extensive experience and
impeccable reputations in the area of immigration law.
answered that are of particular concern to you or your
comprehensive manual containing all information covered within
Planning for Qualified
Distributions Have to Commence From a Qualified Plan or IRA -
The New Rules
of the Participant’s "Required Beginning Date"
Required When the Participant Dies Before Age 70-1/2
Required When the Participant Dies After Age 70-1/2
a Beneficiary Designation Becomes Effective & its Critical
to Avoid When Planning under the New Rules
Planning Strategies Available Under the New Rules
Naming a Trust as Beneficiary
Correcting Deficient Prior Beneficiary Designations
Naming Charities as Beneficiary
Update and Review
New York State Professional
Responsibility, Lawyer Discipline in New York State - an
Overview, Law Firm Responsibilities in NY, Practice of Law
Across State Lines, Conflict of Interest - Current and Former
Clients, Litigation Tactic Problems, and Multi-Disciplinary
Court (Reality 101)
Family Court Procedure and Practice
presented by a Family Court Judge and Court Staff.
Family Law (Reality 101)
Custody, Child & Spousal
Support, and Family Offense Proceedings.
Admission, Clerk's Office, Practice
and Procedure, and Local Rules.
FOIL & Open Meetings
Topics will include
Basis of Open Government Laws
Freedom of Information Law
Grounds for Denial
Burden of Proof
of "Meeting," "Public Body," and
for Executive Session
Topics that will be covered
Proper title review for foreclosure
Addressing the pleadings and
procedure of foreclosures
to do once judgement has been entered
the Lawyer's Office to the E.R.
Dilemmas faced by families,
physicians, and attorneys -
the Law and Medical Ethics concerning Advanced Directives.
the Smaller Civil Action (Reality 101)
How to deal with small claims and
civil actions in City and Justice Courts.
The Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") Privacy
Regulations will change the way in which healthcare providers,
healthcare clearinghouses, health plans and employers who
sponsor health plans handle medical information.
Compliance with these regulations is required by April 14,
2003. This seminar will provide a general overview of the
key components of the Privacy Regulations.
HIPAA For Lawyers
TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
How the Privacy Regulations
Affect Your Health Care Clients (brief background of the
Lawyers as Business
Law Firms as Sponsors of
Group Health Plans
Specific Disclosure Concerns
This program is intended to provide
an overview of the methods available for determining damages in
IP matters and the entitlement to various forms of damages in IP
cases, including lost profits, reasonable royalties, price
erosion and other claim elements. The speakers will also discuss
damages-related discovery issues and the general process for
preparing and supporting a damages claim.
This training will explore the basic
requirements necessary to commence a summary eviction proceeding
including some of the common defenses and where the law
regarding eviction proceedings can be found. We will discuss
evictions from private housing as well as subsidized housing
along with the special laws in regards to mobile homes. This CLE
is ideal for anyone who even sometimes represents landlords or
tenants including those who participate in the Bar Association's
lawyer of the day tenant eviction defense program in Syracuse
President Bush has signed into law
amendments to the Superfund law which require a limited
environmental investigation with regard to individual
residential real estate transactions and established interim
standards with regard to due diligence for commercial
transactions. Final standards for due diligence and for the
qualifications of persons who can perform Phase I and Phase II
investigations are due to be published in January 2004. If you
represent people in residential or commercial real estate
transactions you must be familiar with these requirements.
Matrimonial Law (Reality 101)
Actions for Divorce (Supreme Court),
Separation and "Opting Out" Agreements, and Equitable
Basic Tax Information for the
Matrimonial Practitioner; Basic
Definitions and Relevance to Family Law, Exemptions/Dependents,
Filing Status, Is it Child
Support or Maintenance?, Red Flags for Practitioners in Drafting
When is an Expert
Relationship Between Attorney and Accountant, Confidentiality
Child Support; Using
an Expert to Determine "Income", What Documentation is
Necessary (particularly with respect to self-employed
individuals), Red Flags to Look for as a Practitioner
Business Valuations; Use
of Experts, Documentation Necessary, S-Corporations,
Corporations, Partnerships, Professional Corporations (Limited
Liability, Sole Proprietorships - HUH?), Red Flags to Look for
as a Practitioner
Miscellaneous Aspects; Deductibility
of Legal and Accounting Fees, QDRO’s - Taxable?, Drafting
15 Skills You’ll Learn
- Latz’s 5 Golden Rules of
- Strategies to get past
"No" - if all appears lost
- 1st offer dynamics - when to
make it and when to wait
- Ways to gain leverage when
- Secrets to success in
emotionally charged negotiations
- Powerful agenda control
- Deadline and timing tips -
manage them to gain the edge
- Competitive techniques vs.
problem solving strategies
- Tactics to generate creative
- Powerful information gathering
- When to share information -
and when to keep it
- When to hold - and when to
- Ways to deal with
- How to keep options open while
building future relationships
- The difference between
"puffery" and unacceptable lying
Each year Professor Siegel visits
Syracuse and provides us with a engaging and interesting CPLR
Property Condition Disclosure Act
The Property Condition
Disclosure Act, recently signed into law by Governor Pataki,
adds a new Article 14 to the Real Property Law requiring sellers
of one to four family residential real property to provide a
written statement to prospective purchasers disclosing all known
defects relating to the property and the dwellings thereon.
will provide an introduction to the Act and a review of its main
provisions. It will discuss when it is (and is not) applicable
and how to apply it in the typical residential real property
transaction. Sample forms will be provided.
How to handle a
real estate closing (includes new laws and forms.)
|Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act
and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) provides special rights
under federal law to members of the National Guard and Reserves
who are called to active duty, in the areas of creditor/debtor,
landlord/tenant, mortgages, and civil procedure, among others.
The SSCRA also provides for criminal and civil sanctions against
individuals and companies who violate its provisions.
Additionally, the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment
Rights Act will also be discussed, which provides extensive
mandatory reemployment rights to members of the National Guard
and Reserve when they return to their former jobs from active
and Federal Courts: Where To Go and What To Do When You
This course is intended for both new
and experienced practitioners. It will provide a
relatively in-depth comparison of federal and state court
For specific topic to be covered,
see course schedule listing.
Estate and Business Sales and Brownfields: The Small
Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Act of 2002
The most significant Superfund
Amendments since 1986 were enacted into law this year. The
Innocent Purchaser and his/her responsibilities defined.
Due Diligence defined and other changes in the law affecting
large numbers of commercial transactions.
Practice & Supreme Court Library
Practice; Filings; Service of Summons and Complaints in
Supreme Court. Also the who's who in the Clerk's Office
and available resources. Introduction to Supreme Court Library staff
Court (Reality 101)
Surrogate's Court procedure and
practice, including an overview of how to probate a will.
Vehicle and Traffic
How to handle V&T cases (with the
exception of DWI -- see DWI course above.)
Dealing with the DA's office, judges; and hot tips from the
Wills / Drafting (Reality 101)
How to draft a
simple will and related issues.
Writing to Persuade
Persuasive writing depends on three
elements: your ability to construct a strong argument, to appeal
to your reader’s emotions, and to inspire your reader’s
confidence and trust. This workshop explores techniques to
coordinate all three elements in documents that will convince
readers to act as you and your client wish. Along the way, you’ll
learn how to use the rhetorical resources of the language to
suit your documents to their persuasive task.
Writing Well in Record Time
Do you worry that you spend too much
time producing your documents? Are you experiencing either
burn-out or disgruntled clients who expect first-rate work in
less that a New York minute? You need what other professional
writers rely on: a step-by-step process that you can control,
even under pressure and amid distractions. This workshop
presents a process for writing that you can use to evaluate and
organize your research, get started, produce a rough draft,
check its structure, gain critical distance, and revise, edit,
and proofread in a fraction of the time you usually spend.