FORENSIC ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE OCT. 24 in NYC

Here is a media alert we are passing along for those who may be interested in a CLE program about forensic accounting being held in NYC on October 24. Registration information appears below, towards the end. Please direct all questions to the conference organizers.

MEDIA ALERT

Lawyers and accountants to strengthen crime-fighting partnerships

FORENSIC ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE OCT. 24 in NYC

NEW YORK (September 30, 2013) – Forensic accountants investigate an ever-increasing list of financial crimes that includes money laundering, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, insurance, procurement and securities fraud. Actively sought out by the legal profession, these certified public accountants have advanced knowledge of accounting and data-analysis techniques and are often deemed part investigator, part auditor, part attorney and part accountant.

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and its Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) aims to expand the emerging business understandings between attorneys and accountants at its half-day “Forensic Accounting Conference for Attorneys and CPAs” October 24 in New York City.

“The forensic accounting field is a mature field with plenty of business opportunities for CPAs and attorneys alike,” said Yigal Rechtman, CPA, CFE and the Forensic conference chairman. “One important way to nurture the healthy relationship between the two professions is for us to get together and learn from one another about the unique characteristics of each profession.”

The agenda for the event – to be held at the Citi Conference Center, 388 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor – will focus on 1) accountants’ level of services, 2) lost profit damages, 3) a primer on preventive and detective internal controls, and 4) best practices and challenges in forensic computing.

Key presenters scheduled to speak at the conference include:

·         David G. Trachtenberg, Esq., Founding Partner, Trachtenberg Rodes & Friedberg LLP

·         Vincent Gaudiuso, CPA, MST, Quality Control Partner, Buchbinder Tunick & Company, LLP

·         Gilbert Backenroth, Esq., Partner, Hahn & Hessen, LLP

·         John M. Bonora ASA, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, MBA, Founding Partner, Fairfield Forensic and Valuation Services, LLC

Rising forensic, business valuation, accounting and legal professionals at all levels of experience are invited to attend this program that will help develop core areas of competency and expertise. Attorneys who register and attend will be eligible for four (4) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits just as accountants who attend will receive four (4) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. For more information please call 800.537.3635 or to register go here.

Media members interested in attending please contact Alonza Robertson at 212.719.8405 or email arobertson@nysscpa.org.

ABOUT THE NYSSCPA

Incorporated in 1897 and now representing more than 29,000 CPAs, the NYSSCPA is a not-for-profit organization that represents the issues, standards and public services efforts of certified public accountants who practice in New York State; encompassing all areas of public practice, government, education, business, and industry. Visit the Society’s website at nysscpa.org for more information.

From NAPABA: Momentum Kansas City 2013

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This year’s theme – “Momentum” – bespeaks our goal of highlighting and celebrating the monumental achievements of APA attorneys over the past 25 years at the highest levels of our profession while simultaneously inspiring and encouraging attendees to collaborate for future successes.

Join us for a series of remarkable events at the 25th Annual NAPABA Convention in Kansas City, MO, from November 7-10, 2013Register today through Monday, September 23, to take advantage of the extended early bird discount rates.

We look forward to seeing you in November! For registration and more information, please visit: 2013convention.napaba.org.

Mentors Needed for Legal Outreach

Thanks to Board member Will Ng for sharing this call for mentors from Legal Outreach. Please read and respond to the call if you are available to help out.

At Legal Outreach, we focus on helping underserved students matriculate to top colleges and universities. We have been very successful in our efforts, as every one of our students graduates from high school, 85% complete college within four years, and 14% go on to become lawyers themselves.

We achieve these results through comprehensive programming that includes internships for the students at law firms and public interest organizations, SAT prep, after-school tutoring, and academic counseling. We also run a Constitutional Law Debate Program where students read fact patterns, analyze case-law, prepare briefs, and perfect oral arguments for constitutional law debates.  

All students in our program are assigned an Attorney  Mentor. These mentors are lawyers from major legal services firms, non-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout New York City. We are currently recruiting 50 attorneys to be mentors to our rising-sophomores. Attorney Mentors play an integral role in the success of our program and, based on surveys, students have credited much of their academic, personal, and professional accomplishments to the guidance and support they have received from their mentors.  

Mentoring is a low-commitment, high reward volunteer activity. Although we do ask that our mentors commit to mentoring a student from their sophomore through senior years of high school, mentoring is only a 4 hour per month commitment. Mentors help students with their constitutional law debate preparation and provide academic and personal counseling to our students. Mentors also receive 3 CLE credits each reporting cycle for participating in our Attorney Mentoring Program. 

Our online mentoring application is found at: www.legaloutreach.org/mentor. The application takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. More information about the mentoring program can be found at http://www.legaloutreach.org/ and on Legal Outreach’s mentoring program page. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Ari Joseph, Director of Legal Education at Legal Outreach, at 718.752.0222, ext. 208.

NCVAA: Breaking Barriers 2013

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Breaking Barriers 2013

Join the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) at our Seventh Annual Conference at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel August 16-17, 2013

Featured keynote address from:

The Honorable Judge Jacqueline Nguyen

U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Panels include:

Digital Surveillance, Drones, and Democracy

Litigating with an Eye Toward the Appeal and the Appellate Process

The Poker Face:  Negotiation and Mediation Strategies

Protecting Innovation Beyond Our Borders

Risks and Rewards: Top Secrets of Successful Start Up Law Firms

To register for the conference and/or learn more about the NCVAA, visit www.ncvaa.org 

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VOLUNTEER and Join Us at the Annual Citywide Citizenship Application Assistance Event on May 11th!

Please Support AABANY and Volunteer with Us for the Saturday, May 11th, Citywide Citizenship Day 2013.

We invite you to participate in the largest naturalization application assistance event in New York State! Your skills and experience will be an enormous asset and we greatly value your commitment.

AABANY is co-sponsoring this event again. This year, we hope to have at least 10 experienced AABANY immigration law practitioners participate. But we also need the help of all attorneys and paralegals — whether you practice immigration law or not! We need any and all AABANY members to participate on Citizenship Day, in order to better serve and represent the APA immigrant community.

Needed:

Attorneys and paralegals with or without expertise in naturalization and citizenship law. We need your help to determine applicant’s eligibility for naturalization, assure that applicants leave the event with a properly completed application, and to assist and/or supervise volunteers providing application assistance.

When:

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. But if you can only come for part of the day, that’s ok too. Volunteer whatever time you can — whether it’s a morning or an afternoon. 

Where:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Haaren-Hall Building, 899 Tenth Avenue, Gymnasium, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019. 

How to Register: Click here to be taken to the registration form. Once there, you should chose “AABANY” as your affiliation so we can keep track of registration and attendance for you. 

Why Volunteer?  Because you are helping the many immigrants in our city who hope for and deserve U.S. citizenship — but cannot afford private attorney legal fees to achieve their goal. Plus, I guarantee that you will have fun and enjoy a great deal of personal satisfaction by assisting others during this pro bono event. I know this because I see the happy faces of our volunteers each year! This is always a wonderful experience!

For more information: Contact Rio Guerrero, Co-Chair AABANY Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, at rio@guerreroyee.com.

NY City Bar: 2011 Law Firm Diversity Benchmarking Report Released

NY City Bar: 2011 Law Firm Diversity Benchmarking Report Released