CLE | Financial Responsibility, Ethics, and Pitfalls of Running a Small Criminal Law Practice

WHEN: Friday, May 31, 2019 | TIME: Noon to 3 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.) | LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | MCLE: 3.0 (1.0 Law Practice Management, 2.0 Ethics) | COST: $60 OCBA Member, $90 Non-Member, $30 Paralegal, FREE to ACP Panelists and Lifetime/Agency/Student. 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. Lunch is included – Come early and grab a slice!!


The title of this seminar says it all. Learn what the pitfalls are of opening up a small criminal law practice and, even better, how to avoid them! Even if Criminal Law isn’t your practice’s central focus the rules of the road covered here will serve you well.

This CLE is brought to you in proud partnership with


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.

Lisa Cuomo, Esq., is a partner at Felasco & Cuomo, a Syracuse firm handling Divorce, DWI, and Criminal cases. Ms. Cuomo is admitted to practice in New York State and in Federal courts. She is a 1989 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where she was honored as one of two students selected for a combined Juris Doctor program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1987. She has been in private practice sine 2008 and previously served as a Madison County Support Magistrate from 2004-09. From 2001-04 she served the Hon. Dennis McDermott as his law clerk and was, from 1993-2001, a supervising attorney with the Madison County Department of Social Services. Previous to that position, Ms. Cuomo was an Assistant District Attorney with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office from 1988-1993.

Lourdes Rosario, Esq. the owner of Rosario Law Firm, PLLC and an experienced lawyer practicing in Onondaga County and surrounding areas. As a Miami, Florida native, who relocated to Syracuse, New York for the amazing weather, Ms. Rosario is also fluent in Spanish. Through her practice, Lourdes has represented countless individuals and helped families navigate the often complex family law issues. She received both her Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Letters and Law from the Albany Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. She is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York State Defenders Association, and the Onondaga County Bar Association. She has been named among the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Advocates as well as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient in addition to receiving an AVVO’s Clients’ Choice Award.

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