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, September 26, 2019

 T-Shirt Decorating for the Breast Cancer Walk

WHEN:   Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30pm

WHERE: Albany Law School, Room W-120, 80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208


Come join The Health Law Society and Women’s Law Caucus at Albany Law School in decorating t-shirts for the Breast Cancer Walk!

Please bring your own t-shirt, decoration supplies will be provided.

To view the flyer for this event, click here!


Friday, October 11, 2019

 Special Education Task Force Training

WHEN:   Friday, October 11, 2019, 9:30a.m.

WHERE: Colonie Public Library

DETAILS: As the carefree days of summer wind to a close, children and parents are starting to think about the return to (or start of) school. While there is typically excitement about the new school year, there is generally some level of anxiety about what lies ahead. The balance between excitement and anxiety is influenced by a number of factors including: your family’s schedule, parent-teacher relationships and opportunities for much needed “down-time” from the weekday routine. This presentation will help attendees embark on the new school year, with some strategies to help make the year a success.
Resister here!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Revenge Porn: Combatting Cyber Sexual Abuse

WHEN:   Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4pm -6pm, (registration 3:30-4 p.m.)

WHERE: Alexander Moot Courtroom, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, N.Y.


On July 23, 2019, Gov. Cuomo signed a bill making it a Class A misdemeanor to disseminate revenge porn. Additionally, with this measure, New York becomes the first state in the nation allowing victims to seek a court-ordered injunction to require a website to remove the offending images. A two-credit (pending) CLE will examine and analyze the new law. 

Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.), chair, Gender Fairness Committee, Third Judicial District, will moderate a presentation and discussion that will include representatives of the judiciary, prosecution and advocacy community. Confirmed speakers to date include: Rensselaer County Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Court Judge Catherine Cholakis; Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly; sexual privacy specialist Carrie Goldberg (or associate) of C.A. Goldberg PLLC; Andrew Sta. Ana, Legal Director at Day One in NYC; and Tracey Downing, Esq. of the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence.

It is anticipated that the program will qualify for two CLE credits.

The program is sponsored by the Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, chaired by Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.)

Co-sponsors: Albany Law School, The Legal Project, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

Register here!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Women in Law Annual CLE Program: Women on the Move 2019

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 23, 2019

WHERE: Wolfers Roost Country Club 

DETAILS: This year’s program theme is Women Charting a New Course. Because there are still obstacles to shattering the glass ceiling, this program will address the ways women attorneys have made changes – in our mindset, in our careers and in the law – in order to overcome challenges we have faced as women attorneys, along with a frank discussion of challenges we still face and what we can do to move forward.

  • Blazing a Trail: Removing Implicit Bias and Strategies for Dealing With It
  • Changing Our Mindset: How to Effectively Communicate Your Talent
  • Women in Leadership Changing Paths | Leadership Development, Overcoming Barriers and Honing Your Skills
  • Changing the Law: Current State of Sexual Harassment Law and Dealing with Harassment in the Legal Workplace

A networking reception will follow the program to allow for attendees to meet and speak with panelists and each other.

Register here!


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Legal Project’s 24th Annual Silent Auction 

WHEN:   Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:30pm 

WHERE: Hart Theater, The Egg, Albany 

DETAILS: The Legal Project’s 24th Annual Pro Bono Reception will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Hart Theater Lounge at The Egg in downtown Albany.  We will celebrate the work of The Legal Project’s many volunteers and supporters with a cocktail reception with a beer and wine open bar, and delicious selections from a variety of local restaurants as well as a wonderful Silent Auction and raffle.  This is our major fundraiser for the year and 100% of the proceeds from the event will help support our pro bono programs and services.

Register here!


Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday October 29, 2019

NYSDRA Annual Conference: Breakthrough! The Age of Presumptive ADR

WHEN:   Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 5:15-7:15pm

WHERE: Saratoga Springs, NY

DETAILS: At this event, we will be honoring Chief Judge DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Marks as the Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke Peace Innovator Honorees for their efforts in developing presumptive ADR on a statewide level. This year in the Chief Judge’s State of the Judiciary, the Chief Judge called for the implementation of presumptive early mediation as a standard component of the courts case management process for identified types of disputes known to be promising candidates for mediation. Each judicial district has drafted their plans due to the Chief Judge and the Chief Administrative Judge that were submitted in early September. As we await this transition of the courts to implement presumptive ADR, NYSDRA’s Annual Conference is a tremendous opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state, meet new people, and get important information about presumptive ADR—where it is, where it’s going, and what it means for you and the network of ADR professionals in New York State, including those from the Community Dispute Resolution Centers

Conference Information

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Friends of Pro Bono Night 

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:30pm -7:30pm, 

WHERE: 1 Elk Street, Albany NY 12207


Please join the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY in October in celebrating pro bono with the various organizations that offer pro bono opportunities throughout the Capital District and New York State. Don’t forget to bring a friend!



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Rosenberg Trial Re-enactment 

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6pm

WHERE: James T. Foley Courthouse 

DETAILS: Please click here for more details. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Meet and Greet Reception 

WHEN:   Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:15-7:15pm

WHERE: State Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207


Please invite a colleague, come join us for an evening of networking, and learn more about the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

Raffle prizes and more! Pizza, Beer and Wine will be served!

This is a FREE program, open to all attorneys, and PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

RSVP | Register online by Monday, November 11 here!
Hosted by the Membership Committee: Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Family Court CLE

WHEN:   Friday, November 15, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

WHERE: The Legal Project, 24 Aviation Road, Albany 

DETAILS: The Domestic Violence Legal Training Coalition (Empire Justice Center, The Legal Project, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and Albany Law School Domestic Violence Clinic) will present a Continuing Legal Education training, “Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Family Court”, on Friday, November 15, 2019.  The comprehensive training provides six and one half hours of transitional CLE credit, including 1 Ethics credit and 1 diversity credit.  The training will take place at The Legal Project at 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101, Albany and includes lunch.

 The primary purpose of this program is to 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.  The training includes a section on domestic violence dynamics and safety planning in order to give attorneys a good foundation in the complex issues and obstacles that face victims of domestic violence who are seeking a safer life for themselves and their families.  The program also provides a comprehensive overview of family offenses and custody and visitation, and includes a section on client interviewing with a particular emphasis on the needs of the domestic violence survivor. 

This 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 the training, attorneys will be able to represent victims in family court.  Attorneys agreeing to take at least one pro bono case annually for both The Legal Project and Legal Aid may attend the training for free.  The course is also a good refresher course for more experienced family court practitioners.  To register or for more information, please contact Susan S. Pattenaude, Esq., at or (518) 435-1770.