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NYSBA announces annual meeting agenda

Any of these topics grab you:

Social media, legal ethics, the state Constitution, music rights management, crowdfunding, data protection and electronic surveillance in the workplace, human trafficking, mediation and arbitration, or manipulation in the financial services industry?

All are up for discussion this month at the New York State Bar Association’s 139th Annual Meeting in New York City.

More than 4,000 attorneys are expected to attend the week-long conference at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan from Monday, Jan. 25, through Saturday, Jan. 30.

Scheduled speakers include New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton; M. Patricia Smith, solicitor of labor; U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, Southern District of New York; Associate Judge Leslie E. Stein, New York State Court of Appeals; Jason Furman, chairman, Council of Economic Advisers; and Donna Lieberman, executive director, New York Civil Liberties Union.

The presidential summit on the Wednesday will feature panel discussions on social media and a potential state Constitutional Convention.

The first summit forum will examine social media in the legal profession, including attorney advertising, mining social media for evidence, juror research and legal ethics. Ari Kaplan, legal analyst and author of “Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace” will deliver a keynote address about how to demonstrate social media savvy for client service and litigation, as well as firm marketing. He also will moderate a panel discussion with Mark A. Berman (Ganfer & Shore), chair-elect of the Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Nicole Black, attorney, columnist for The Daily Record and author of “Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier;” and Casey Sullivan, a journalist with Big Law Business, a Bloomberg BNA website.

The second summit forum will focus on how the state Constitution impacts the practice of law and the lives of New Yorkers. New Yorkers will vote in 2017 on whether to authorize a convention to rewrite, revise or amend the state Constitution. Henry Greenberg (Greenberg Traurig), chair of the Association’s Committee on the New York State Constitution, will moderate a discussion featuring Professor Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz; Professor Richard Briffault, Columbia Law School; and former state Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.

The presidential summit will be available via live webcast at

The State Bar’s House of Delegates will hold its quarterly meeting on the Friday. It can be viewed via live webcast at
The bar association’s link for this year’s meeting is