Education Is Focus of Bar Association's 2014 Meeting

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New York Hilton Midtown, where the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting will be held Jan. 27-31.
New York Hilton Midtown, where the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting will be held Jan. 27-31.

How to nurture better educated lawyers able to cope with the rapid-fire changes in their profession is among the emphases of the New York State Bar Association annual meeting in Manhattan.

See the NYSBA Annual Meeting Special Report.

About 4,000 attorneys are expected to participate in the six-day event at the New York Hilton Midtown beginning Monday.

Among those scheduled to speak at the various luncheons, receptions, continuing legal education sessions and other presentations are American Bar Association President James Silkenat, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera, Deputy Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Michael Danilack, Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole and Assembly Chief Counsel James Yates.

Recipients of awards include Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins, director of policy and planning for the Unified Court System.

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The Gold Medal, the association's highest award, will be presented on Saturday to Louis Craco of Craco & Ellsworth in Huntington, who will be honored for his long-time service as chairman of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the Court of Appeals' Committee on the Profession in the Courts.

State Bar President David Schraver of Nixon Peabody in Rochester said his President's Summit from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday will focus on improving legal education and on ways lawyers already in the profession can adapt to challenges posed by globalization, competition from non-lawyers for professional services, new technology and new demands from clients.

William Sullivan, the founding director of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, will be the keynote speaker at the 2 p.m. session on improving legal education. Panelists will be Phoebe Haddon, dean of the University of Maryland's School of Law; Rivera; and Kent Syverud, former dean of the Washington University School of Law and new chancellor of Syracuse University. (See also from the State Bar News: "Legal Education and the Future of the Profession" and "The Cost of a Legal Education Today Eye-Opening to NYSBA Leaders.")

Bruce MacEwen, author of "Growth is Dead: Now What? Law Firms on the Brink" will speak about supporting today's lawyers at 3:30 p.m. He will be followed by a discussion with panelists Frank Jimenez, general counsel of Bunge Limited; Anne Reynolds Copps of Copps DiPaola in Albany, and Benjamin Wilson of Beveridge & Diamond.

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