CLE | Professional Development Through Mentoring: The Mentoring of Attorneys Seeking Professional Development during their First Year of Practice and of Others Seeking Practice Improvement as a Response to Disciplinary Action

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2020 | TIME: Noon to 1 p.m. |  LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | COST: FREE | MCLE: 1.0 Ethics | Come Hungry — will have pizza and beverages available or bring your own lunch!  This CLE is appropriate for all attorneys, newly admitted and established.The OCBA Committee on Professional Development invites you to this FREE CLE!

Whether you are a mentor or a mentee this hourlong seminar provides a review of ethics rules most likely to be encountered by any newly admitted attorney — and those who would mentor them.

You will learn how to develop the professional habits necessary for building a successful law practice with instruction provided by two legal professionals well-known to Syracuse by virtue of their work with the Attorney Grievance Committee, 5th Judicial District — Mary E. Gasparini, Esq. and Anthony J. Gigliotti, Esq.

Mary Gasparini, Esq., Principal Counsel, Attorney Grievance Committee, Fifth Judicial District: Ms. Gasparini is a graduate of the George C. Taylor College of Law at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society – Criminal Defense Division in New York City. Mary returned to Syracuse for a position with the Hiscock Legal Society. From there she served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse and subsequently moved into private practice. Mary returned to public service in 2007 when she joined the Attorney Grievance Committee where she currently serves as principal counsel. Mary is a frequent lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and presenter at various CLE programs.

Anthony J. Gigliotti, Esq. (Ret.) Chief Principal Counsel, Attorney Grievance Commiteee, Fifth Judicial District: Mr. Gigliotti received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in 1968 and went on to earn his law degree from St. John’s University in 1971. He started his career as a Staff Attorney for Onondaga Neighborhood Legal Services, and in 1976 became its Executive Director for 10 years, expanding its services to four additional counties and changing its name to Legal Services of Central New York. During that time Mr. Gigliotti advocated for and assisted in the authorship of Real Property Law §235-b which codified New York’s Implied Warranty of Habitability. As a member of the NYSBA’s Committee on Legal Aid Mr. Gigliotti helped launch the first Pro Bono Service Awards, now awarded annually by the NYSBA President. Mr. Gigliotti was the founding director of Onondaga County’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, and now serves on its board of directors

From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Gigliotti held positions as Syracuse City Court Judge, General Counsel for the Widewaters Group, Assistant NYS Attorney General in Charge of the Watertown Regional Office, as well as a private law practice.

Since 1996, Mr. Gigliotti has served as Principal Counsel for the Attorney Grievance Committee, Appellate Division Fourth Department, and Fifth Judicial District. In 2001, Mr. Gigliotti was appointed as a member of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust by Chief Justice Judith S. Kaye. Tony is Chairperson of the Onondaga County Lawyers’ Assistance Steering Committee.

Mr. Gigliotti has lectured extensively on ethics, initially as an adjunct professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law and at numerous bar sponsored continuing legal education programs.

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