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!

 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Volunteer Opportunity

The Northeast Black Law Student Association (NEBLSA) will be hosting their 50th Annual Regional Convention in Albany beginning on Thursday January 25, 2018 and ending on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Volunteer judges are needed for the competition.

See solicitation letter HERE for more information.

If you are interested in serving as a judge or have any other questions, please contact Jarmonique C. Smith at (501) 412-4924 or



Thursday, December 7, 2017 and Friday, December 8, 2018

NYSBA CLE – Critical Areas in Matrimonial Law:  Ethics, Evidence, Separate Property/Commingling

WHEN:  Thursday, December 7, 2017 and Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Thursday December 7, 2017:  Live & Webcast, NY Society of Security Analysts; Friday, December 8, 2017:  Albany, NY State Bar Association

This unique full-day program will examine a variety of topics critical to the matrimonial law practitioner. The program will begin with a review of the latest cases, legislation and trends in matrimonial and family law Presenters will tackle vexing ethical challenges unique to the areas of matrimonial and family law through the use of “real life” hypothetical scenarios and in-depth audience discussions providing 2.0 ethics credits. The program will then navigate the complex areas of separate property and commingling to better understand when premarital assets lose their separate property nature and are in danger of becoming marital assets subject to equitable distribution or, alternatively, when separate property credits are warranted. Finally, the program will provide an invaluable and thorough lesson n authentication and evidentiary foundation principles – crucial tools for any trial attorney, from novice to the most experienced.

7.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice, 2.0 Ethics, 2.0 Skills


Friday, December 8, 2017

Blaming Mothers: A Talk by Pace Law Professor Linda Fentiman

WHEN:   Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  University Club, 141 Washington Avenue, Albany

DETAILS:  Professor Fentiman’s fascinating and engaging book and talk will be of interest to lawyers, healthcare professionals, and social workers, including those involved in criminal, family, and health law, as well as public policy makers, and anybody who cares about how our legal system treats women – and mothers in particular.

A Fulbright Scholar and Capital District native, Fentiman presents a gripping explanation of the biases that lead to the blaming of pregnant women and mothers. She describes an American legal system that is deeply shaped by unconscious biases and risk perceptions that distort legal principles to punish mothers who “fail to protect” their children. Time recently quoted Fentiman in, “The Goddess Myth: Why Many New Moms Feel Guilt and Shame,” in its October 30 issue.

Fentiman asks whether mothers are truly dangerous to their children’s health, and explores how mothers became legal targets. She cites real-world examples, including a Utah woman who was charged with murder after declining to have a C-section and subsequently delivering a stillborn child, and mothers who have been prosecuted for child abuse or homicide based on the actions of their abusive husbands or boyfriends.

Blaming Mothers is a powerful call to reexamine who–and what–we consider risky to children’s health. Fentiman offers an important framework for evaluating childhood risk that, rather than scapegoating mothers, provides concrete solutions that promote the health of all of America’s children.

Copies of Blaming Mothers will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

This luncheon event is sponsored by the University Club Foundation and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The cost is $20 and includes a hot buffet lunch.

RSVP/More Info:  Blaming Mothers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NYSBA CLE – Dementia Science & The Law

WHEN:  Thursday, December, 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Live & Webcast, The Core Club,  66 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

This timely program will address the fragility of the human brain and how and by whom capacity determinations are made for and/or on behalf of the millions of adult Americans who have diminished mental capacity, including the estimated five million Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s diseases. Special emphasis will be placed on the tensions between lawyers and healthcare professionals as to how, where, and by whom such capacity determinations should be made.

 4.5 MCLE Credits: 4.5 Professional Practice

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, January 24, 2018 and February 14, 2018

E-Filing Training for Surrogate’s Court

WHEN:   Wednesday, January 3, 2018, January 24, 2018 and February 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  On-Line Training Sessions via Skype

DETAILS:   FREE Online Training Session VIA Skype for Business.  ONE HOUR E-FILING TRAINING for Surrogate’s Court provided by New York State Courts E-Filing Resource Center.  Learn how to E-File documents from your office or personal computer.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please go to and click on the “Register for Training” link.  An email with an access link to the online session will be sent to your registered email address prior to the training date.  This is a general class that offers no CLE credit.


Save the date for the Pro Bono Awards Luncheon at the Century House
Friday, April 27, 2018