New lawyers often face ethical, substantive, professionalism, law office management, practice development, and other issues. The Federal Bar Association offers an unmatched array of opportunities and services to strengthen your connections to the judiciary, the legal profession, and your peers within the legal community. The FBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention in New York City September 13 – 15, 2018 is an ideal chance for attorneys of all disciplines and experience levels to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through unique networking events, social receptions, practical skills programming, and continuing legal education sessions.  Sign up today at

“During the Annual Convention in New York, we will sponsor our annual awards luncheon. The program will include the presentation of the Younger Federal Lawyers Awards and the Robyn Spalter Award,” explains Jessica Toplin, Younger Lawyers Division Chair, 2017-2018. The YLD is one of the largest divisions of the FBA and is comprised of over 4,600 members across the United States. The Younger Federal Lawyers Awards, with remarks by John D. Feerick, Norris Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, is an excellent opportunity to witness the presentation of awards bestowed upon outstanding government and military attorneys who have attained high standards of professional achievement.

YOU PASSED THE BAR. NOW WHAT?: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN YOUR FIRST FEW YEARS IN PRACTICE is a session that will aid attendees in transitioning from law school to legal practice.  This panel will discuss strategies on how to make your first years of practice successful, including the benefits of mentorship, the benefits of FBA membership, time management, and whether work-life balance exists.  Participants will have the chance to ask questions of experienced practitioners.

HOW TO WIN A CASE FROM A JUDGE’S PERSPECTIVE features moderator James M. Wagstaffe (The Wagstaffe Group); Hon. Loretta A. Preska (Senior U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York); and Roger J. Maldonado (Smith Gambrell & Russell, President-Elect New York City Bar Association). This program will discuss important ways to use the procedural rules and statutes to win cases in federal court. It will cover the basics of subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, removal, venue, and summary judgment. Attendees will benefit from hearing about the latest developments in federal civil procedure and the importance of attention to local rules and practices, as well as gaining insight from judges about how to persuade.

FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 2015 AMENDMENT UPDATE: PROPORTIONALITY, PRINCIPLES, AND PERSPECTIVES will provide an update on the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they pertain to electronic document discovery, with the objective of providing insights from the field of what’s been learned and observed over the two-plus years since their implementation. Speakers Stephen L. Buffo (Stout Risius Ross LLC); Justin J. Joyce (Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP); and Hon. Jack Zouhary (U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Ohio) will address the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that took effect on December 1, 2015, placing an emphasis on the speed of proceeding with case scheduling and initiating meaningful and appropriately targeted discovery.

Conferences are essential to help you forge your professional identity as a lawyer. The FBA Annual Meeting and Convention strives to provide you increased value for your membership by facilitating services and programing over a diversified set of practice areas and legal interests.  Register now at as we look forward to seeing you in New York City this September!


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.