CLE: 20th Annual Bridge the Gap

Friday, October 14 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.| CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette St., Syracuse | 6.0 MCLE (1.5 Skills, 1.5 Ethics, 2.5 Professional Practice, 0.5 Practice Management) | COST: $120 Member | $100 Newly Admitted (2015/16) | $80 Paralegal | $180 Non-Member | $40 Lifetime/Agency/Student | $30 Single Session



Specifically focused on the needs of the newly admitted attorney, the 20th Annual Bridge the Gap CLE is a great way to gain knowledge plus 6.0 MCLE credits in one sitting. This year’s Bridge the Gap CLE offers insight into these topics presented by the following presenters:


  • Vaughn D. Lang, Esq. | Lang Law Offices | General Counsel to the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors | Topic: Real Estate Closings | 1.0 MCLE – Skills
  • Loretta Kilpatrick, Esq. | Confidential Law Clerk for State Supreme Court Justice Donald A. Greenwood | Topic: Motion Practice| 1.5 MCLE – 0.5 Professional Practice, 0.5 Practice Management, 0.5 Ethics
  • Mary E. Gasparini, Esq. | Principal Counsel, Attorney Grievance Committee, Fifth Judicial District |Topic: Ethics for Lawyers | 1.0 MCLE – Ethics
  • James M. Williams, Esq. | OCBA President | Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Central New York| with Brian J. LaClair, Esq.| Partner, Blitman & King LLP | Topic: Employment Law | 1.5 MCLE – Professional Practice



KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Paula C. Johnson, Esq. | Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law | Co-Director, Cold Case Justice Initiative | 1.0 MCLE – 0.5 Ethics, 0.5 Professional Practice



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This is a highly anticipated event and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate attendees and an on-time start. Coffee and donuts will be offered.

A buffet lunch will be served.

Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. CLE Tuition Waiver Policy available here.

This year’s all-day seminar is ideal for those newly admitted attorneys who wish to begin accruing their required 16 MCLE credits within their first year of practice from the anniversary of their admission to the Bar.

The following from may be helpful review:

Q] As a newly admitted attorney, what is my CLE requirement?

[A] Newly admitted attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the Bar, as follows:

Category of Credit Before first anniversary of admission During second year of admission
Ethics and Professionalism 3 3
Skills 6 6
Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice 7 7
TOTAL 16 transitional CLE credit hours 16 transitional CLE credit hours

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.

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