CLE | Employment Law 101

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2019 | TIME: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette St., Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | MCLE: 1.0 (0.5 Skills, 0.5 Ethics) | COST: $20 Member, $30 Non-Member, $10 Paralegal, FREE to Lifetime/Agency/Student AND to those who commit to volunteering at Talk-to-a-Lawyer clinics. Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed here.

We all know lawyers know a lot about a lot of things and are problem solvers. There are plenty of folks out there who could use the good advice of a counselor, but due to a variety of factors may not possess the resources to cover the cost of hiring a lawyer. That’s where you come in.

Topics Covered:

  • Employment Law Issue Spotting.
  • Talk-to-a-Lawyer Clinic Protocols

This CLE provides you the information needed to VOLUNTEER at more than a dozen Talk-to-a-Lawyer clinics offered throughout the Syracuse area. In any given month there are more than 40 opportunities to offer pro bono assistance to our neighbors in need. Help them help themselves.

This CLE is FREE to those who commit to volunteering at Talk-to-a-Lawyer clinics. Please indicate your willingness to do this when you register as a Volunteer. Thank you!


James M. Williams, Esq., Managing Partner, Legal Services of Central New York

Jim Williams has been with Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) since 2004. LSCNY provides free civil legal services to low income people in 13 counties in Central NY.  Jim currently focuses on employment rights of low-wage workers and economic justice issues.  Previously he coordinated pro bono at LSCNY and was the sole staff attorney on a statewide Protection and Advocacy Project for People with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI).   He teaches Employment Law at Syracuse University College of Law and is Vice President of the Onondaga County Bar Association.  He is a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Workers Center of Central New York and is Secretary of the Board of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.  Prior to joining LSCNY, he was Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in New York City and also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor Bureau of the New York State Department of Law. He is 1986 graduate of Brooklyn Law School.

Laura Diane Rolnick, Esq., Staff Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Eviction Defense Program.

Laurie  earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s NY State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She then graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she was an active member of the Moot Court and President of the Trial Law Academy. Laurie worked for Jackson Lewis’ Atlanta, Georgia office, representing employers in labor law and employment litigation matters, before taking an in-house counsel position with Medical Doctor Associates. She has spent the last several years working as a disability advocate with Attorney Michael P. Daly in Manlius, NY, concentrating primarily on Workers Compensation and Social Security matters.

Laurie became the part-time Pro Bono Coordinator for the Homeless Advocacy and Prevention Program at VLP in January 2017, and has been full time with VLP’s Eviction Defense Program since January 2018. Ms. Rolnick has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1994, and a member of the New York Bar since June 2017.

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