Sandy-delayed sessions rescheduled for January

Two of the BBA’s CLE programs set for this past October and November were postponed due to Hurricane Sandy which, sorry to say, also wreaked significant damage on the homes and lives of some of our members who have our ongoing concern as they deal with this disaster.

The first adjourned session, set for Jan. 14, is titled, "To Value or Not To Value,” presented by a panel which includes moderator RoseAnn C. Branda, Justice Rachel Adams and a team from Brisbane Consulting Group. consisting ofLouis Cercone and Douglas Sosnowski, with the BBA's Aimee Richter.

This expert group will explore the complexities inherent in determining the market worth of the "closely held company that drive value." They will also offer tips -- invaluable to the new practitioner -- on “best practices” and review important, recent case decisions in the Second Department.

Panelists Branda and Richter are also prime movers in the BBA's Family Law Section. Lawyers who participate will receive 2 CLE credits in the area of Practice Management. (This program was initially scheduled for November 5.)

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Traversing the pitfalls of settlement techniques

As all lawyers know, there is no substitute for experience when engaging in actual, sometimes hard-nosed, confrontation when trying to reach a satisfactory settlement in any legal conflict where money, property and rights of one's clients are concerned. The next best thing, however, is to spend an evening hearing from -- and questioning -- veteran barristers who have had direct, day-to-day roles in closing out tough cases.

That's why the BBA is offering "Negotiation Tips And Techniques” the evening of Jan. 28 at BBA headquarters with a knowledgeable panel consisting of Acting Supreme Court Justice Robin Garson; Hon. Elizabeth Bonina, National Arbitration & Mediation; Dean Delianites and Steve Harkavy.

The program promises to help new attorneys “learn tips and techniques to help achieve the best settlement result for your clients, whether conferencing your case at a mediation or in court.” It's sponsored by the B.B.A.'s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, which is co-chaired by the Hon. Bonina and Barrister Harkavy; and the B.B.A. Volunteer Lawyers Project led by Executive Director Jeannie Costello.