The 2013 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference took place on Saturday, September 21, at the New York offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges. It started with breakfast and registration at 8:00 am. Panel session 1 began at 9:30 am, featuring CLE programs on “Office Politics 101 – How to Win the Popularity Contest at Work,” “Post-Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later and its Impact on the Northeast,” and “The Nexus of IP and Everything Else in the Universe.” The morning session of the Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) began with a lecture.

Panel session 2 followed at 11:00 am with CLE programs on “How to Get Disbarred: Avoiding Ethics Complaints and What to Do if you Can’t,” “Girlfriends: ‘Lean In’ – When, Where and How,” and “Bright Lights, Big Pharma.” TAP breakout sessions took place, allowing participants to engage in actual exercises based on the morning lecture.

At the same time, during the morning session, the In-House Counsel Forum, Judicial Forum, numerous pitch sessions and the AABANY Career Exchange were simultaneously going on. It was a busy morning.

From CUP: Fall 2013 Executive Leadership Program

Maximize Your Leadership Potential! 

Apply Today for the Fall 2013 CUP Executive Leadership Program

Kick-Off Retreat November 14 – 16
Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center, Florham Park, New Jersey

Who Should Apply:

High performing, senior professionals from all industries are welcome to apply.  The ideal candidate for CUP’s Executive Leadership Program will have the following profile:

  • Financial Services & Professional Services Firms: Senior Vice Presidents, Directors, Executive Directors, New Managing Directors
  • Law Firms: Senior Associates, New Partners, Deputy General Counsels, Associate General Counsels
  • Media & Entertainment Firms: Directors, Vice Presidents

For more information, click here.

All applicants must be nominated by your firm or provide two letters of recommendation from current or previous managers.

All nominations must be submitted to Sonnia Shields at sshields@nycup.org by Friday, September 27.

SDNY NOTICE: No Mediation Panel Applications Accepted after April 8

CONTACT: Rebecca Price, 212-805-0650 


Please be advised that after April 8, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) will temporarily stop accepting new applications for its mediation panel, the court’s roster of volunteer attorney-mediators, to conduct a review of the program’s eligibility criteria. However, the SDNY’s Mediation Program will continue to provide mediation services to the court’s litigants as usual.  Applications for the mediation panel that were submitted to the court prior to April 8, 2013 will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

From USCIS: Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested individuals to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. (Eastern).

During the teleconference, subject matter experts from the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program will provide stakeholders with a program updates regarding near-term system enhancements and the new SAVE Case Check service for state and local benefit granting agencies and their customers.

Read all the details here.

NYSBA: Empire State Counsel Program

Passing along some important information from NYSBA:

New York State Bar Association

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Dear Jean:

I write in my capacity as the President of the New York State Bar Association to tell you about the Empire State Counsel® Program and cordially invite you to join the ranks of this elite group.  The Empire State Counsel® Program is a purely voluntary initiative which seeks to recognize those who perform significant pro bono service. 

The Empire State Counsel® designation is reserved exclusively for NYSBA members who, during the calendar year, performed 50 hours or more of free legal assistance either through direct legal representation of a low-income individual; or by donating free legal services to an organization whose services are designed primarily to address the legal and other basic needs of persons of limited financial means; or by providing free legal services to an organization dedicated to increasing the availability of legal services to vulnerable and/or low-income populations.   The program is open to NYSBA members even if they are employed in another state or overseas. If you are not currently a member of the Association, but otherwise meet the criteria, we hope that you will consider becoming a member. If you join the Association by February 28th, you will receive a free membership to the section of your choice and a free NYSBA tote bag. Click here to access the Membership Application.

To date, more than 6,897 NYSBA members, located in virtually every state in the United States, as well as in Europe, Indonesia, Africa, Canada and India, have achieved this distinction.  Since the program was launched by then President Mark Alcott approximately six years ago, Empire State Counsel® members, collectively, have donated 1,001,924 hours of free legal services to individuals and families. Our members’ pro bono contributions have provided critical legal assistance in the areas of mortgage foreclosure, landlord-tenant issues, bankruptcy, immigration, asylum, domestic violence, child custody, and vital government benefits. 

In recognition of the significant contributions our members make to pro bono through their law firms, the Association plans to award a plaque to the law firms enrolling the largest number of Empire State Counsel® for service during 2012.  An award will also be presented to two individual attorneys whose pro bono contribution made a significant difference during 2012.

Individual honorees will receive a certificate suitable for framing and the signature Empire State Counsel® lapel pin.  Honorees may use this honorific designation as a credential on their resume and the names of the individual honorees will be published in a variety of Association publications.  Empire State Counsel® honorees will be recognized during the Association’s Annual Meeting at the complimentary Justice for All Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, January 24th at the Hilton New York, from 12:30 to 2:00pm.

Kindly share this letter with the attorneys at your firm who are actively involved in pro bono. Hopefully they will find the program worthwhile and wish to register.  Enrollment is open now through the end of February 2013.  The 2012 Verification Form is a fillable PDF form that is available online at www.nysba.org/2012ESCVF  and may be submitted directly to the Department of Pro Bono Affairs for processing.  Alternatively, if it is more convenient, the firm’s pro bono coordinator may submit a list of attorney names and their respective pro bono hours, together with a single completed verification form attesting to the accuracy of the list.  The Department of Pro Bono Affairs will be responsible for determining the membership status of each attorney and will relay that information back to the firm pro bono coordinator.  Any questions about the program may be directed to Gloria Herron Arthur, Director, Department of Pro Bono Affairs, at probono@nysba.org  or by telephone at (518) 487-5641.  
Thank you for your consideration of this program.


Seymour W. James, Jr., President

Milbank Diversity Scholars Program

Our friends from the Inter-APALSA Council passed along this announcement:

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is pleased to accept applications to its Diversity Scholars Program. Milbank is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are (i) understood, respected and appreciated, (ii) recognized as sources of strength for the Firm, and (iii) valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work.

Each year Milbank selects law students who will receive a salaried 2L summer associate position and a $50,000 scholarship. Factors considered in the selection of Milbank Diversity Scholars include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a sincere interest in our practice. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms are encouraged to apply. To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar, candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program. Interested candidates must submit an application form, essay, official law school transcript and resume by August 15th. Application forms and more information on the program can be found here.

Milbank’s summer program is extremely comprehensive and provides summer associates the opportunity to rotate through several of the Firm’s practice areas. Our Recruiting Committee and practice groups ensure that each summer associate receives a broad and challenging experience. A variety of professional trainings and opportunities to connect socially round out the experience.

What sets the Milbank experience apart?

  • Our diversified global practice
  • Our robust Diversity and Women’s Initiative programs and active affinity groups
  • Our award-winning pro bono program
  • Our innovative professional development offerings

We recently launched Milbank@Harvard, a multi-year program on Harvard’s campus that helps our associates develop cutting-edge skills and expertise that clients value in their legal advisors.

For more information on Milbank, please visit www.milbank.com . If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Salila Yohn, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, at syohn@milbank.com.