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!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers Diversity Committee

Join the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers Diversity Committee for a FREE happy hour celebrating diverse relationships across the bar.

WHERE:  Ama Cocina, 4 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY

WHEN:  May 18, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Click here to register here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Recert. Training for Part 36 Appointed Article 81 Guardians, Court Evaluators and Court Appointed Counsel – CLE

WHEN:  Tuesday May 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Cahill Room, 112 State Street, Albany, NY 12207

Click HERE for details.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

26th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon

WHEN:  Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

DETAILS:  Join the Capital Region Chamber in honoring this year’s women of excellence, including one of CDWBA’s own, the Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, who is receiving the Distinguished Career Award.  CDWBA has purchased a table for this event and a few seats are remaining.  The cost of this luncheon is $60.00.  For those interested in attending and sitting at the CDWBA table, please contact Sharri Kinley at  All others interested in purchasing tickets can do so by registering for the event at the following website: or by calling 518-431-1400.

Friday, June 2, 2017

CLE – Representing Domestic Violence Clients

WHEN:  Friday June 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  The Legal Project, 24 Aviation Road, Albany, NY 12205

DETAILS:  Join the Domestic Violence Legal Training Coalition for a training on Representing Domestic Violence Clients on Friday, June 2, 2017.

The training is free for attorneys accepting pro bono clients, and lunch is included.

CLE credits:  6 1/2 hours transitional credit including 1 1/2 hours ethics.

Presented by The Domestic Violence Legal Training Coalition:

  • The Legal Project
  • Empire Justice Center
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
  • Albany Law School Domestic Violence Clinic

Click HERE for details and registration information.  For more information, email or call Susan Pattenaude at (518) 435-1770.

Tuesday, June 6, 13 and 20, 2017

2017 Aging Law Series

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 6, 13 and 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Rochester Moot Courtroom – Albany Law School

DETAILS:  The Government Law Center and the Elder Law Pro Bono Project present the 2017 Aging Law Series.  Each session offers 2.0 hours CLE in Professional Practice.

  • Tuesday, June 6, Using Advance Directives to Avoid Prolonged Dementia
  • Tuesday, June 13, Opioid Abuse and the Older Adult
  • Tuesday, June 20, Privacy Rights of Residents in Long Term Care Facilities

Registration is free, but requested.  To register, visit and click on the event listing.  For more information, contact Amy Gunnells at 518-445-2329 or

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Women @ Work Summit:  New York State of Women

WHEN:  Wednesday June 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Hearst Media Center (at the Times Union), 645 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

DETAILS:  Presented by Women @ Work (Times Union), this is a daylong conference that focuses on the issues that women face in education, career and leadership.  A panel of experts will present on financial empowerment, workplace diversity and helping other women succeed.  Participants have the opportunity to help craft an agenda of specific action items, based on the day’s discussions and the results of the Women @ Work View on Women poll highlighting attitudes toward women in NYS,  The keynote speaker will be Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.  Admission includes lunch and a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres following the event.  Tickets may be purchased by following this link.

Friday, June 9, 2017

CLE – Representation in Family Court Proceedings

WHEN:  Friday June 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  NYSBA – One Elk Street, Albany, NY

DETAILS:  This program is complimentary and lunch will be served during the biannual awards ceremony for the Outstanding Achievements in Promoting Standards of Excellence in Mandated Representation and the Denison Ray Criminal Defender Awards.

The day-long CLE will cover the outer boundaries of Article 10, best practices for representing third parties and relatives, provide an overview of defending and prosecuting cases involving domestic violence, cover the UIFSA, UCCJEA, ICWA and the Hague Convention, and provide insight on relevant ethical issues.  The CLE will feature a panel of experienced practitioners who will discuss special considerations in Family Court proceedings and offer practical suggestions and strategies for how to best represent your clients. 

Click HERE to register for this event.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

State-Federal Judicial Council Symposium

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Reception to follow)

WHERE:  NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY

DETAILS:  The State-Federal Judicial Council is pleased to present a free 3-credit CLE Program co-sponsored by NYSBA and the NDNY Federal Court Bar Association.  The Symposium is in honor of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and encompasses State Constitutional Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Children in the Courts and Juvenile Justice.  The Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza will be selling books before the event for donation to the Children’s Center at the Albany Family Court.  Attorneys interested in attending must register.  Details and registration information can be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Peter Pryor Pioneer Award Ceremony

WHEN:   Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  NYSBA – One Elk Street, Albany, NY

DETAILS:  CDBHBA will be hosting it’s annual Peter Pryor Award

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bryan Simmerman Memorial Golf Tournament 

WHEN:   Saturday, September 16, 2017

WHERE:  Briar Creek Golf Club, 2347 Pangburn Road, Princetown, NY 12056

DETAILS:  SAVE THE DATE!  A fun and not-to-be-missed event sponsored by the Schenectady County Bar Association to benefit the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.

Opportunities for special sponsorships, including honorary foursome, honorary golfer, and hole sponsor.  To register or to sponsor the event, contact Deanne Grimaldi at 689-6336 or by email.