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Ethics and Skills for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys 2016

January 26, 2016

Author: Conrad Teitell

Conrad Teitell, Partner in the Stamford Private Clients Group will be participating in a seminar for newly admitted New York attorneys.  Conrad's topic will be "Presentation Skills for New Lawyers".

Program Overview

Today’s new lawyers are expected to demonstrate a strong understanding of professional skills that aren’t always offered in law school.  Many of these lessons are learned on the job – sometimes through mistakes.  With Bridge-the-Gap I, attendees are taught some common skills and insights that more new lawyers are being challenged to know from day one and our seasoned legal expert faculty are eager to share their insights on how newly-admitted attorneys can avoid potential mistakes and start their careers one step ahead.

Newly admitted attorneys in New York State are required, during each of their first two years after admission to the Bar, to complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in ethics and professionalism, skills and law practice management and/or areas of professional practice.  This program will give attendees a chance to fulfill ethics and skills CLE requirements. 

PLI’s Bridge-the-Gap I and II for Newly Admitted New York Attorneys programs include different course offerings, and may be taken in either order to meet your two-year requirements for newly admitted attorneys.  If you have already attended a PLI Bridge-the-Gap I program, you cannot attend a second Bridge-the-Gap I program and receive MCLE credit.


9:00 How to Avoid Tripping on Ethical Pitfalls When You’re Learning to Walk

(Ethics credit for NY attorneys)

(There will be one five-minute break during this segment)

  • Through a series of video clips and tablet-based voting, this panel reviews everyday ethics issues that arise in law practice, including: handling inadvertently produced documents;
  • Ethics topics, such as: the attorney-client privilege; the duty of confidentiality; conflicts of interest;
  • Candor to the tribunal; the “no-contact” rule; attorney advertising; social media use; unauthorized practice of law; who is the client; and escrow accounts

Chair: David G. Keyko
Speakers: Rebecca L. Ambrose, Jennifer Smith Finnegan, Hon. Dianne T. Renwick

11:35 Break

11:45 Clear and Convincing Legal Writing Skills

(Skills credit for NY attorneys)

  • Increase legal writing impact by changing work usage, organization and style, using “plain English” best practices
  • Review elements of effective legal writing, whether directed to judges, partners or clients
  • Learn to spot and correct common mistakes attorneys use in legal writing

Speaker: Sean Romanoff

1:00 Lunch

1:50 Accounting Basics and Financial Statements for Lawyers

(Skills credit for NY attorneys)

  • Learn key accounting principles
  • Understand legal issues behind financial statements
  • Decode the notes to the financial statements

Speaker: John J. Carney, Matthew B. Greenblatt

2:50 Presentation Skills for New Lawyers

(Skills credit for NY attorneys)

  • Nervous? Not anymore! Projecting confidence in your presentation
  • Connecting with your audience in the first minute
  • Implanting your ideas and information
  • Speaking demos and feedback

Speaker: Conrad Teitell, Cummings & Lockwood LLC

4:35 Break

4:45 Preparation for Negotiation in Deal-making

(Skills credit for NY attorneys)

  • Steps in the negotiation process with emphasis on a variety of deal types
  • Preparing for a negotiation
  • Managing the bargaining process and negotiation strategies
  • Interactive role-playing exercise and video simulation

Speaker: Jason Aylesworth

5:45 PM    Adjourn

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