Events & CLE Opportunities Outside of the CDWBA

The CDWBA works to help spread the word for other similar organizations when they are hosting events and CLE opportunities that may be of interest to our membership.  Please check back often to see what is going on around the region!



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala

WHEN:   Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m

WHERE:  1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

DETAILS:  The American Indian College Fund is holding their annual Flame of Hope Gala to provide scholarships and support programs to students.  Rita Coolidge will headline this event where you will have the opportunity to meet student ambassadors and observe a unique art exhibit provided by the students at the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. 

Contact Kim Williams at for inquiries. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Annual Children’s Center Fundraiser and Hon. Anthony V. Cardona Award

WHEN:   Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Jack’s Oyster House, 42 State St., Albany, NY

DETAILS: Join The Friends of the Albany Children’s Center, Inc. for the annual Hon. Anthony V. Cardona Award in recognition of the work individuals and organizations do on behalf of children and families in need.  This year’s award recipient will be former Appellate Division Third Department Presiding Justice Karen Peters.  Judge Peters has worked tirelessly to achieve a justice system that is fair and equitable and is responsive to the needs of families in crisis.  Please join the Friends as well celebrate the legal of Judge Cardona’s good works and recognize the outstanding public service of our award recipient.  Your financial support will ensure the confutation of the Children’s Center’s valuable services. Suggested Donations: $75 (Friend), $100 (Sponsor), $150 (Patron).   For additional information, please call (518) 257-7304

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New York Practice CLE and Book Signing

WHEN:   Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY

DETAILS:  The first installment of David D. Siegel & Patrick M. Connors, New York Practice (6th ed. 2018) has just been published! The treatise has been cited in thousands of reported decisions and has been called “The Bible” for litigation in New York State courts.

Join Professor Patrick Connors, who now authors New York Practice, for a lively discussion and two-hour CLE presentation highlighting significant procedural developments that have been incorporated into the new edition of the Treatise.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NDNY Federal Court  Bar Association Presents Susan B. Anthony Trial Reenactment

WHEN:   Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  James M. Hanley Courthouse, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse, NY 13261

DETAILS:  The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association presents the trial reenactment of Susan B. Anthony. Federal court justices will be participating as Judge and defense attorney. NYS US Attorney General Grant Jaquith will be acting as prosecutor. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Warren County Bar Association/ The ABCs of Escrow Accounts

WHEN:   Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge

DETAILS:  Presented by Monica A. Duffy, Esq. and Alison M. Coan, Esq. Registration begins at 11:45AM. Lunch Provided. Cost: $25.00. RSVP via email: or by calling (518) 792-9239.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Legal Project Pro Bono Awards Luncheon

WHEN:   Friday, April 27, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Century House, Latham

DETAILS: Please join us for our Annual Pro Bono Awards Luncheon, commemorating the 23rd year of service by the Legal Project.  We will honor those volunteers and community partners who have gone above and beyond to promote access to justice in our community and beyond to help others.

For more information, please contact Lisa Frisch at To view a list of the awardees and to register please go to

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ethics in Technology *RESCHEDULED*

WHEN:   Monday, April 30, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:  NYSBA, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

DETAILS:  During this training you will learn about several on-going technology-based initiatives, pro bono opportunities, and how we have made justice more accessible and efficient.

During this training you will learn about several on-going technology-based initiatives, pro bono opportunities, and how we have made justice more accessible and efficient.


Myleah Misenhimer, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
Kristen Wagner, Esq., New York State Bar Association
Susan Pattenaude, Esq., The Legal Project
Devi Patel, Esq., Legal Information for Families Today
Dan Kass, JustFix NYC


Melody Harkness, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York

This training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

  • FREE: Attorney willing to accept at least one pro bono referral from The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and The Legal Project.
  • FREE: Law student
  • $75: Attorney not willing to take pro bono referrals
  • $40: Non-attorney (Paralegal, Legal Assistant, etc.)

*Financial hardship scholarships available.

Please bring payment with you on the day of the training.

CLE Credits: 2: 1 Ethics, 1 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

To Register: Please contact Melody Harkness at

Friday, May 4, 2018

Free CLE: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Family Court

WHEN:   Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Legal Project, 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101, Albany.

DETAILS:  The Legal Project Needs You!

The Domestic Violence Legal Training Coalition (Empire Justice Center, The legal Project, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY and Albany Law School Domestic Violence Clinic) will present a CLE training “Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Family Court” on Friday, May 4, 2018.

CLE Credit: 6 1/2 hrs, 1 Ethics and 1 Diversity Credit.

This program will provide training to attorneys willing to represent victims of domestic violence on a pro bono basis. The training will provide an overview of family court laws and processes, particularly as they impact victims of domestic violence. A comprehensive overview of family offenses, custody and visitation as well as client interviewing will also be taught.

Training is intended for attorneys who are not necessarily familiar with domestic violence or family court practice, but who want to help victims obtain protection from abuse. Upon completion of this training, attorneys will be able to represent victims in family court. Attorneys agreeing to take at least one pro bono case annually from the legal project and Legal Aid may attend for free. To register or for more information, please contact Susan S. Pattenaude, Esq. or register by April 24th as space is limited!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Albany County Bar Association/NYSBA Roadshow

WHEN:   Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: New York State Bar Association, located at One Elk Street, Albany, NY


The New York State Bar Association in conjunction with the Albany County Bar Association (ACBA), Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA), and Capital District Black & Hispanic Bar Association (CDBHBA) is pleased to present a special program in Albany, New York.


11:30 a.m. Lunch | Registration
12:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
12:10 p.m. Lawyer Referral and Information Service Presentation | Eva Valentin-Espinal and Molly Farrell
12:30 p.m. Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias CLE Program | Hon. Teneka Frost, Ricja Rice, Esq., and Glinnesa Gailliard, Esq., 

Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Schenectady County Bar Association Real Estate Practice CLE

WHEN:   Monday, May 21, 2018, 8:15 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.

WHERE: Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia

DETAILS:  7.0 CLE credit hours including 1.0 in ethics and 1.0 in law management skills. RSVP by May 12. See agenda and register here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Celebrating 40 Years of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society

WHEN:   Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany.


The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is celebrating 40 years of advancing women’s rights, advancing a vision of a world where people of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.

We cordially invite you to join us to lift up the importance of women’s rights in New York State and beyond and to commemorate the work of the Center in breaking down gender barriers.

At our anniversary event, we will look back on 40 years of accomplishments, honoring women and men who have been staunch allies for women’s rights and reaffirming our commitment to women’s leadership, economic security, health, safety and well-being in the years ahead.

For more information and registration, visit our website!