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 Amanda K. Kuryluk,Co-Chair, Thorn, Gershon, Tyman & Bonanni, LLP, amandakuryluk@gmail.com, 464-6770
James R. Barnes, Co-Chair, Burke & Casserly, jbarnes@burkecasserly.com, 452-1961

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(From the April 2014 Newsletter)

It has been a very long, cold, and snowy winter, but we would like to say that Spring is finally here and hopefully here to stay!

Thank you again for everyone who braved the snow and came out to our YLC happy hour at the City Beer Hall last month. We had a great turnout and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet new members of our association.

The ACBA’s next big event is the 20th Annual Law Day Run against Domestic Violence. This year the run is being held on May 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Crossings in Colonie. This event supports a great cause so we hope that you will consider participating in either the walk or run. If you are not sure about participating in the actual race-we are always looking for volunteers and spectators to cheer our participants on! You can sign up for the race by visiting the ACBA’s website.

Mark your calendars- on May 17, 2014, the YLC will be sponsoring a wine tasting CLE and bus trip to a winery in the Hudson Valley region, featuring a 1 hour CLE presentation on the ride down, featuring the  Hon. Mae D’Agostino of the Northern District of New York.

The YLC is currently planning additional social and networking events so please continue to check the ACBA’s website for specific event information. As always, if there are certain events or programs you would like to see, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Kuryluk or James Barnes.
 

(From the March Newsletter)

Even though it was a cold, blustery night outside, it was warm by the fireplace at the City Beer Hall last Thursday when the Young Lawyers hosted their happy hour. It is a great place to meet. When Spring arrives (if it ever does), they have a really nice outside patio. If you want to brave riding the bull upstairs, we will cheer you on!!

Speaking of Spring, please mark your calendars for May 17th for a wine tasting/CLE event. The Hon. Mae D’Agostino will be the speaker on the bus on the way down to Millbrook Winery (http:// www.millbrookwine.com/index.php); the topic “Depositions from A-Z” will be most informative. We will have lunch at the Riverstation (http://www.riverstationrest.com), a wine tour at the Millbrook Winery. What a great way to spend a Saturday with your spouse, colleagues or friends. Where else could you get a CLE, wine, lunch and a driver!! Registration is limited so get them in early. The price for the bus, wine tasting and the CLE is a mere $60.

 (From the February 2014 Newsletter)

On January 15, 2014, the Young Lawyer’s Committee held a volunteer night at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. We appreciate all those who came out to volunteer and a good time was had by all. The Regional Food Bank is a busy operation as it serves 17 counties in upstate New York. Volunteers are always needed to keep the Food Bank going.

The YLC has a number of gatherings planned for the year. Over the next few weeks, we will be hosting a happy hour during the month of February. Please continue to check the website and e-mails for a specific date and time. We hope that both new and experienced attorneys will come out and join us.

We also encourage all young lawyers to attend the 2014 annual Court of Appeals Dinner.  This is a great event to network with other attorneys as well as an opportunity to get to know the Judges on the Court of Appeals.
Stay tuned for more details about upcoming events. The YLC will be going forward with a Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day and Spring Wine Tasting Event. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to get involved. Please contact Amanda Kuryluk or James Barnes with any ideas for future events you would like the YLC to sponsor.

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YLC volunteer night at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY located at 965 Albany Shaker Rd, Latham at 6 pm. on January 15th.  Although the holidays are over- the Food Bank continues to serve many families in the area and continues to need the help of volunteers throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to give back and network with other attorneys. This even is not just limited to young attorneys. All are welcome to sign up.

 Everyone can meet at the back door of the food bank. There will be signs in the back for parking and an entrance for volunteers.  If you would like to sign up please e-mail Amanda at AmandaKuryluk@gmail.com or James at Jbarnes@burkecasserly.com

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“The YLC was informed that the Habitat for Humanity work day scheduled for Saturday, November 16th has been postponed.  The Sheridan Hollow project in Albany has been delayed, but we have been assured by Habitat that the project is on course to  begin in early 2014.  As soon as we get a confirmation that the project is underway, we will be scheduling a spring work day.  In the meantime, we are confirming a date with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in early December for a volunteer work night.  Stay tuned for the date and details.”

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The Albany County Bar Association and the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Committee will be hosting a
Networking Happy Hour
at the Olde English Pub & Pantry
683 Broadway, Albany
on
Wednesday, October 2nd at  5:30 pm
Please contact the ACBA’s office at acba@albanycountybar.com or call 445-7691 for additional information to register.

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(From the November 2013 Newsletter)
Last month, members of the Albany County Bar Association YLC gathered together for a social networking happy hour at Olde English Pub. The weather was great and the company was even better. James and I really enjoyed meeting so many new faces of the Albany County Bar Association. We are planning to co-sponsor another happy hour on November 14th in conjunction with the Small/Solo Committee sector of the ACBA. This will be another great opportunity to network and provide us with your thoughts on future YLC events you would like to see. Please check the website and your e-mail for further information. We hope to see you all out at future ACBA bar events. Thanks again for coming to this event and supporting the ACBA. As always, if you have any suggestions about future events you would like to see the YLC sponsor, please get in touch with me or James Barnes.

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the YLC will be having a Habitat for Humanity Day. We are still looking for volunteers. If you would like more details and would like to sign up please contact me, James Barnes, or Barbara Davis, to reserve your spot. As the holidays are quickly approaching, this is a great way to give back to the local community. The YLC is also pleased to announce that in December, we will again be putting on a volunteer night at the Regional Food Bank. Please continue to check the ACBA website for dates, details, and sign up information.

The YLC also knows that for many of you new members, bar results are right around the corner. We have all been there and know exactly how this can be both an exciting and nerve wrecking time. We encourage everyone to stay “cool” and positive! We wish everyone the best of luck.



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YLC Habitat for Humanity Day is postponed until November 16th  We will still be working on the Sheridan Hollow project, but the start time for that site has been delayed.

We will send out information in the fall with additional details and to get volunteers.

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(From the Summer 2013 Newsletter)

August is already here, which means summer is quickly passing. Hopefully everyone has some time to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Its also track season and we know we will find many of you spending your days in beautiful Saratoga!

The Young Lawyers Committee started the summer with a social networking Happy Hour at Taste following the “Views from the Bench” CLE back in June. Most recently, on July 18th, the Hon. Mae D’Agostino of the Northern District of New York and Kathleen Barclay, Esq., of Maguire and Cardona, P.C., presented a CLE on “Ethical Considerations in Discovery and the Courtroom” at the Victory Café where they discussed various topics such as what to do in situations involving inadvertent disclosure, the developments of social networking websites and the scope of permissible discovery, resolving discovery and deposition disputes with your adversary, as well as tips to promote civility in both the discovery and trial phases of litigation.  The presentations were followed by fruitful discussions and a networking social hour. Thanks to Kathleen and Judge D’Agostino for a great event! A great time was had by all who attended!

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the YLC will be hosting a Habitat for Humanity Build in Albany. We are looking for volunteers to join us that day. Please check your e-mail and the website if you would like to volunteer. This is one of the YLC’s annual events and we always have a great time working together while giving back to the community. If you would like more information or wish to sign up, please feel free to contact myself or James Barnes.

Finally, please mark your calendars for October 19, 2013. The YLC will be hosting a wine tasting bus trip to a winery in the Hudson Valley region. The bus ride down will also feature a one hour CLE on the topic of “Conducting Depositions from A to Z.” This event is open to all members of the Albany County Bar Association. This is sure to be a great day! We are asking anyone interested in attending to e-mail myself, James Barnes, or Barbara Davis so that we can determine the size bus that we will need. Please be sure to indicate how many will be attending in your party. Also, please check your e-mail and the website for further details on this event.

Stay tuned for upcoming email announcements with more information about these upcoming events. If you are not on our mailing list, sign up today. You can contact Amanda Kuryuk, James Barnes, or the Albany County Bar Association. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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(From the June 2013 Newsletter)

Upcoming Young Lawyers Events - but not just for “young” lawyers – you’re all young!!

The ACBA Young Lawyers Committee invites all ACBA members to join and celebrate the arrival of summer at a networking mixer w/ CLE on June 19th.  See our calendar for details.
 
Ethics CLE at the Victory Café, 10 Sheridan Ave, Albany on July 18th.  click here to register and for additional information:  http://www.albanycountybar.com/calendar/event_detail.cfm?ID=248!

Wine Tasting and CLE (what a combo!!!) in the Hudson Valley!  A Bus Trip is being planned for October 19th!

See future newsletters and visit our website for additional details on these, and other, events!!!

(From the May 2013 Newsletter)

Upcoming Young Lawyers Events - but not just for “young” lawyers – you’re all young!!

The ACBA Young Lawyers Committee invites all ACBA members to join and celebrate the arrival of summer at a networking happy hour beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, June 13th at the Olde English Pub and Pantry, located at 683 Broadway in Albany.  The initial plan was to meet on May 30th, but please note the change of date to June 13th.  See you there!

CLE at the Victory Café, 10 Sheridan Ave, Albany in July.  Additional details will be forthcoming!

Wine Tasting and CLE (what a combo!!!) in the Hudson Valley!  A Bus Trip is being planned for September!

See future newsletters and visit our website for additional details on these, and other, events!!!

(From the March 2013 Newsletter)

On February 4th the Young Lawyer’s Committee hosted a happy hour at Wolf’s 1-11 before the Siena basketball game. Although it was an extremely cold evening, a good time was had by those who braved the cold and came out for great conversation, food, and drinks.  As we look forward to warmer days ahead, the YLC will be planning several CLEs. We are especially excited to announce that we are currently planning a combo CLE and Wine Tasting Bus trip! Please continue to check the Bar Association newsletter and website for details.  At this time, since we are trying to determine what size bus we will need for the wine tasting, please contact James Barnes, Barbara Davis or myself, if you are interested in attending this event.  If you are also interested in volunteering or speaking at one of our CLEs, we would love to hear from you.

On February 7th, the Albany County Bar Association held its 113th annual Court of Appeals Dinner at the Albany Marriot.  The Bar Association has been holding this event for over 100 years! It was nice to see a diverse crowd of attorneys and from all age groups. I was especially delighted to see many young lawyers attending this event and becoming a part of the tradition. At the Court of Appeals Dinner, our newest President Michael Hutter touched upon the importance of getting involved as mentors to law students and young attorneys. He also previously spoke at great length about the importance of getting involved as a mentor at his swearing in.  It was very inspiring to hear President Hutter tell his own personal story of how he was mentored when he was just starting out and how his mentor helped provide him with the foundation for his successful legal career. We are very fortunate to have President Hutter supporting the YLC along with the rest of the Bar Association. We urge all of you seasoned attorneys to take on President Hutter’s challenge to get involved and become a mentor to either a law student or young attorney. It is often very daunting for law students to make the transition into a legal career and students always look forward to networking and learning from those already in practice. If you would like to help President Hutter’s goal of increasing mentorship among students and young attorneys and you are not sure where to start, feel free to contact myself or James Barnes and we can point you in the right direction.

Please continue to check the newsletter and website for upcoming events. If you have any questions or ideas for future events, feel free to contact myself or James Barnes

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(From the February 2013 Newsletter)

The YLC hosted a happy hour before the Siena men’s basketball game on Friday, February 1st at Wolff’s 1-11 next to the Times Union Center.  Members of the association and their families were able to attend the game that night as the Saints took on Manhattan College. 

Members of the YLC always look forward to the 113th Annual Court of Appeals dinner, which will be held on Thursday, February 7th, at the Marriott on Wolf Road in Albany.  Finally, we encourage members to check out the continuing legal education program entitled “Criminal Law Update: Court of Appeals and Third Department Roundup,” which will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 19th at Jack’s Oyster House in Albany.

Please check the Bar Association website, www.albanycountybar.com, for updates and additional programs.  We encourage YLC members, and prospective new members, to offer ideas and assist in planning new programs, so please feel free to contact James R. Barnes and/or Amanda Kuryluk to obtain additional information.

(From the January 2013 Newsletter)
(From the Nov/Dec Newsletter)

“Finish Strong”

The Young Lawyers Committee has enjoyed a busy fall season filled with committee events and participation in Association-wide programs.  We had a great turnout for the volunteer night held in October at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.  This has become an annual event where members can get together and work for a great cause.  The Food Bank is open year round and is always looking for additional volunteers.  It provides a great opportunity for team building while helping others, so consider it as an option for your community group or work-related volunteer efforts.  In November, the YLC joined with the Small and Solo Committee of the ACBA, in addition to the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, for a networking happy hour at Lark Tavern.  YLC members were also active in attending the Association’s Annual Wine Tasting event, and fall CLE programs.  Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for the ACBA’s Annual Holiday Party, which is being held in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society, on December 13th from 6:00pm–8:00pm at The Hampton Inn in Albany.  Proceeds from the party will benefit St. Catherine’s Center for Children.  Please also make sure to bring an unwrapped gift which will also be donated to St. Catherine’s.  The party always provides a festive gathering with friends and colleagues before the holidays arrive.

As we mentioned earlier in the fall, our long-time committee co-chair, Sonya VanBortel, has transitioned her post after several successful years of service.  Sonya’s efforts and dedication to the committee have made a tremendous impact, and we truly thank her for all of her hard work.  We are happy to announce a new co-chair, Amanda Kuryluk.  Amanda is an associate at the Albany law firm of Thorn Gershon Tymann and Bonanni, LLP.  She focuses her practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense.  Amanda is active in the local community, as a Siena alum and through other professional groups.  She has already jumped right into planning programs and events for the YLC.  The committee is really excited to have her on board.

Please check the Bar Association website, www.albanycountybar.com, for updates and additional programs.  We encourage YLC members, and prospective new members, to offer ideas and assist in planning new programs, so please feel free to contact James R. Barnes and/or Amanda Kuryluk to obtain additional information.  We wish you the very best for the holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2013!

(From the October 2012 Newsletter)

Bench x Bar = Legal Excellence2

The judiciary can be quite intimidating to attorneys of any age, and especially to young attorneys.  We’re fresh out of law school or possibly in practice only a few years.  Trying to learn our craft.  What are the expectations?  I can’t make a mistake in front of a judge.  It’s good news to know that judges are people too, and more importantly, people who truly care about the administration of justice, our legal system, and lawyers in general. 

This was evident at the ACBA’s September CLE “The View From the Bench,” which was co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Committee.  A distinguished panel was moderated by Hon. Victoria Graffeo (NYS Court of Appeals), which included Hon. Mae D’Agostino (US District Court NDNY), Hon. Bernard Malone (NYS Supreme Court), Hon. Leslie Stein (NYS Supreme Court), and Hon. Margaret P. Walsh (Albany Family Court).  These five judges hosted a CLE designed to provide the local bar with advice on best practices and how to demystify appearances in court.  The diversity in backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences, enriched the discussion before a sold-out audience comprising members of the local bar at Taste in Albany.  Following the presentation, the judges graciously answered questions and thereafter, participated in a networking reception. The ACBA plans to present this program on an annual basis, so please look forward to the next “bench and bar” program in 2013.

The YLC will be holding a volunteer night at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, beginning at 5:30pm.  The address is 965 Albany-Shaker Road in Latham.  Please RSVP to James Barnes at jbarnes@burkecasserly.com.

Please check the Bar Association website, www.albanycountybar.com, for updates and additional events.  We encourage YLC members, and prospective new members, to offer ideas and assist in planning new programs.

HAPPY HOUR!!

The ACBA's Small and Solo Committee, in conjunction with the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association are planning a Happy Hour on November 15th at 5:00 PM at the Lark Tavern. Join us for good food, good beverages and good company - this is a great way to meet new friends and colleagues.   To RSVP please contact Dan Coffey at coffey@bcalbany.com, James Barnes at jbarnes@burkecasserly.com or Barbara Davis at bdavis@albanycountybar.com.

(From the September 2012 Newsletter)

“Looking Back, Looking Ahead”

The only constant in life is change.  Our lives and careers are constantly evolving, and how we prepare, react and/or adapt to that change is what will set the path for the future.  Change is coming to the Young Lawyers Committee.  One of the Committee’s co-chairs, Sonya VanBortel, will be transitioning this post after several successful years of service.  James R. Barnes will continue to serve as a co-chair, and the Committee will be looking to fill the other position.  The ACBA and YLC want to thank Sonya for her dedication to the Association and serving the needs of young attorneys.  Sonya has been a leader, a mentor, an organizer and supporter of the work of the YLC.  She helped foster a greater communication among the Association’s veteran and younger attorneys.  Many of the events that you have attended over the last several years would not have been possible if not for her ideas and hard work.  The YLC will miss having Sonya serve in this role, but this is far from farewell.  Sonya will continue to be an active member of the ACBA and will be serving the Association in other capacities.

Sonya’s work as co-chair leaves a large footprint, and now an opportunity for someone else to heed the call to action.  The YLC will be looking for one member of the Committee to serve with James as co-chair.  Candidates should submit their interest to James in writing (via e-mail at jbarnes@burkecasserly.com), as the Association leadership will be looking to fill this position as soon as possible.  The submission should include date of NY bar admission, current/past involvement with the YLC, a brief vision statement of your goals for the YLC, and the type of activities and initiatives you would propose as a leader.  Our transition in leadership lends a perfect opportunity to pass the torch and continue our work in setting a firm foundation for the youth of our profession.

On July 12th, the YLC organized a CLE program held at the Victory Café.  A large group of attorneys (of all ages) came to participate in a CLE entitled “Ethics in Marketing, Advertising and Social Media.”  James R. Barnes moderated a panel discussion, with featured speakers Denise Horan (Integrated Management and Sales Consulting) and Christopher Mills, Esq. (The Mills Law Firm).  This was designed as an interactive program to provide attendees with substantive legal and technical information to assist in the day-to-day use of marketing, advertising and social media in one’s practice.  Ms. Horan and Mr. Mills were well received by the attendees.

On August 11th, the YLC brought a group of ACBA members to Albany’s South End as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.  We worked on homes on Alexander and Delaware Streets.  It was another fulfilling day with Habitat, and the Committee would like to organize another group for a work day this fall.  Stay tuned for details and dates.

While it is always a little sad to see the summer days wane, the YLC is excited for a busy fall schedule.  The YLC will be a sponsor of the Association’s “The View From the Bench” program scheduled for Friday, September 28th at Taste, located at 30 South Pearl Street in Albany.  The program features an impressive group of judges, including Hon. Victoria Graffeo (NYS Court of Appeals), Hon. Mae D’Agostino (U.S. District Court, NDNY), Hon. Bernard Malone (NYS Supreme Court), Hon. Leslie Stein (NYS Supreme Court), and Hon. Margaret P. Walsh (Albany Family Court).  A 1 hour CLE program begins at 4:30pm, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a meet and greet with the judges to follow.  Registration is open now for all attorneys (and law students), and please RSVP as soon as possible for this noteworthy event.

Please check the Bar Association website, www.albanycountybar.com, for updates and additional programs.  We encourage YLC members, and prospective new members, to offer ideas and assist in planning new programs, so please feel free to contact James R. Barnes to obtain additional information.






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