Continuing Legal Education
The CLE Committee endeavors to provide quality, cutting edge, and stimulating continuing legal education, coupled with networking socials at fine dinner clubs and restaurants. These informative and enjoyable occasions are offered to DANY members and the Bar at large for very reasonable pricing. The Committee consists of Chair Teresa A. Klaum of Manson & McCarthy, Chair Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors & Corcoran, PLLC, and Claire F. Rush of Barry, McTiernan & Moore. For materials from some of DANY's past CLE presentations, see the CLE page on this website.
Dinners and Awards
The Dinners and Awards Committee is responsible for identifying potential venues, including information regarding attendee capacity, cost detail, and other relevant information for consideration by the Board and the Executive Director in their scheduling and arranging for an event. When requested by the Executive Director, the Committee will select and purchase awards that are to be given to honor recipients by DANY. It also will reach out to Board members and other committees with respect to their identifying and soliciting sponsors for events. If requested by the Executive Director, the Committee will review the event’s Program for completeness and accuracy and will assist with other support efforts the Executive Director might require in order to effectively hold a DANY event. The committee is comprised of Chair James M. Begley of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (now retired), Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Deputy Chair Jennifer A. Ehman of Merchants Insurance Group, Thomas Maroney of Maroney O'Connor LLP, and Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito.
Keisha A. Parker, Deputy Chair
The purpose of the Insurance Committee is to address emerging insurance issues to the defense bar including through CLE topics and speakers, contributions to The Defendant, and service as a resource to the membership on insurance questions. The Committee is comprised of Chair Julian D. Ehrlich of Aon, Chair Darrell John of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Deputy Chair Keisha A. Parker of Nicolson Law Group, Seth A. Frankel of Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP, and Jennifer A. Ehman of Merchants Insurance Group. Feel free to contact us regarding a coverage issue, or check out the DANY journal dedicated to this subject via the following link: Defendant - Spring 2010 - Coverage.
The principal goal of this committee is to encourage new and ongoing membership in DANY of constituents of New York's civil litigation defense bar, consistent with DANY's mission. It is also to encourage committee participation, diversity and inclusion, and support of the interests of the organization, particularly as to representation of carriers, self-insureds and other clients. Potential members are encouraged to consider joining by reviewing this website concerning membership types and criteria, and the many aspects of what DANY is and does. This committee welcomes any questions about the foregoing. Its chairs are Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito and Thomas E. Liptak of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP. Meghan Kearns of Kowalski & DeVIto is a member of this committee as well.
DRI and Other Bar Organizations
The DRI and Other Bar Associations Committee advises DANY as to collaborative opportunities and innovative ideas to the mutual benefit of DANY and other attorney associations and networks. The committee Chairs are Thomas J. Maroney and James P. O'Connor of Maroney O’Connor LLP. Orla Thompson of Perkins Coie LLP, another valued committee member, is DRI's New York State representative, coordinating DRI's efforts with DANY. DRI is affiliated with 65 State & Local Defense Organizations (SLDOs) across North America, and DANY is the New York SLDO. To learn more about DRI, visit http://www.dri.org/About.
Richard L. Steer, Chair - RSteer@tarterkrinsky.com
The Employment Law Committee brings to the attention of the defense bar significant developments and new issues that arise in the context of the workplace. The Committee’s focus includes examination of litigation theories regarding employment discrimination, wage and hour laws, misclassification of employees, workplace torts, and Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA’) enforcement, among others. The committee Chair is Richard L. Steer of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.
Ethics and Professionalism
The DANY Ethics and Professionalism Committee develops and coordinates relevant CLEs in the areas of Ethics and Professionalism. Our committee is also an available resource to provide assistance to DANY members when questions of professional ethics arise. Through network collaboration, our committee is able to provide relevant resources and referral services for the benefit of members. The committee Chairs are Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP and Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill.
The mission of the Golf Outings Committee is to plan and conduct DANY’s annual upstate and downstate golf outings. These outings are important and enjoyable fundraising events, providing support for DANY’s Amicus Curiae submissions, CLE programming and other activities for the education and benefit of its membership. The Chair for the upstate outing is Thomas E. Liptak of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP. The Chair for the downstate outing in any given year is the officer or director who procured the event. The Emeritus Chairs procured outings in prior years. The Committee members, in addition to Mr. Liptak, are Lawton W. Squires of Nationwide, Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP, Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, Patrick Kenny of Gallo Vitucci Klar, LLP., and Gianna N. McArthur of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
Steven Dyki, Chair Patrick Kenny, Chair
The mission of the Pro Bono Committee is to foster pro bono legal work by our members in collaboration with pro bono legal services providers, other bar associations and in their communities. The Committee members are Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Margaret G. Klein of Margaret G. Klein & Associates and Mary Frances G. Marino of Kowalski & DeVito.
Technology / Website
This committee provides a website and email blasts that inform members and the public about DANY and its events, resources, committees and leadership. The committee also uses LinkedIn and other social media to promote the organization, including its events and accomplishments. Additionally, the committee considers the interrelationship of technology and the practice of law, e.g. how AI, machine learning and cybersecurity products, services and issues may impact the legal profession. The members are Chair Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Chair Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, Leon R. Kowalski of Kowalski & DeVito, and Emeritus Chair Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill. Saya Ghinea, a student at Fordham University, serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist for the committee.
Young and New Lawyers
The purpose of the Young and New Lawyers Committee is to facilitate the transition of new attorneys into the profession by providing career advancement forums through various vehicles such as networking socials, continuing legal education, and mentorship programs. This committee also assists with promotion of DANY events, with a focus on encouraging participation of young and new lawyers. This committee is comprised of Chair Orla Thompson of Perkins Coie LLP, Chair Meghan Kearns of Kowalski & DeVito, Gianna N. McArthur of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Monique Allen of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Zaina Ayyoub of Smith Mazure, P.C., Laina Boris of Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP, Karl E. Daniel of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, John P. Campana of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., LaTrace Dabney of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., Andrew O'Connor of Maroney O'Connor LLP, Amin Hfaiedh of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Nadine Ibrahim of Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP, and Madjeen Garcon Bonneau of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP. DANY members admitted to the New York Bar for less than 10 years are welcome to join this committee.
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