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Brooklyn Bar Association adds three CLE sessions to schedule

June 9, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Bar Association recently announced three more Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for the month of June. County Clerk Hon. Nancy T. Sunshine, seen here accepting an award from the Association of Law Secretaries to the Justices of the Supreme and Surrogate's Courts, will host a CLE on the E-Filing process in Brooklyn. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) season is winding down, but the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) recently scheduled three lectures that will be held before the group takes its traditional summer break.

The upcoming seminars include a course on how employers can protect themselves from lawsuits from their employees, a session on E-Filing and a lecture on jury selection in the ever-changing borough.

“We’re proud to announce that we have three more CLEs coming up before the summer break that we just scheduled,” said the BBA’s CLE Director Amber Evans. “We were lucky enough to get some commitments from a few highly respected members of the legal community, and we just couldn’t put these off until next season. I think these are lectures that our members will definitely be excited for.”

The first of the three CLE sessions will take place on June 21. It will be hosted by the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, presented by attorney Gena Usenheimer, of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and will be titled “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: How to Protect Yourself from Employee Lawsuits.” The lecture will review the latest rules and regulations governing employers. It will also recommend good practices and will outline mandatory paperwork requirements, overtime requirements, unlawful deductions and more.

On June 23, Kings County Clerk Hon. Nancy T. Sunshine will host a CLE seminar titled “Litigation Made Simple: E-Filing in Kings County.” Judge Sunshine will be joined by Craig Schatzman, James Blain and Joseph Leddo and the group will teach attendees the ins and outs of the E-Filing system. It is sponsored by Andrea Bonina and Daniel R. Antonelli, co-chairs of the BBA’s Computer Technology Committee.

The last CLE meeting of the season, titled “Jury Selection in a ‘New’ Brooklyn: Hipsters, Transplants and Millennials,” will take place on June 27 and will be hosted by Justice Ellen Spodek. She will be joined by Michael Ronemus of Ronemus and Vilensky LLP and Thomas Gerspach, of Gerspach Sikoscow LLP, as the group discusses how Brooklyn’s changing demographics affect jury pools. The session will provide insight on how attorneys can deal with unforeseen issues that may arise.

Barring any further changes to the schedule, these will be the final three CLE seminars hosted by the BBA until September. For more information on these events, visit


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