The American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN) will host its annual ANSWERS Leadership Conference again this summer, after seeing record attendance and participation from vendors in 2014. At the conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada, attendees can network with other professionals and potential clients and attend educational seminars. In a recent press statement, Jerry Azure, senior vice president of Mortgage Servicing Operations at BSI Financial Services, said that he attends ANSWERS each year because the seminars are based on information from people working in the field and cover issues that he deals with regularly in his work.

The invitation-only conference is primarily attended by ALFN members and serving partners. Meet-and-greets and mixers provide opportunities for attendees to get together during the evening, while the daytime is filled with learning opportunities. Previous seminar topics include economic outlooks, third-party vendor management, and bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation.

Members of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are part of the American Legal & Financial Network.

Suffolk Bar pic Each year, the Suffolk County Bar Association awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior at a public or private Suffolk County high school who plans to attend a four-year college immediately after graduation. The award is designed to promote good citizenship and social awareness as well as to encourage students to think about larger social issues and see themselves as valuable members of their communities. Along with lists of their accomplishments and activities, applicants must submit an essay addressing a social issue that concerns them. The essay is heavily weighted in the scholarship committee’s decision.

The Suffolk County Bar Association was incorporated in 1908 with the purpose of promoting legal reform, encouraging a spirit of congeniality among its members, upholding high standards in the legal profession, and facilitating justice. It reaches out to the community by providing pro bono legal services and other initiatives, such as the scholarship program.

Legal professionals at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are members of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

The Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL) Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County was established in 1978 to provide confidential assistance to lawyers and judges struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. According to the Association, one in five lawyers is addicted to drugs or alcohol, two times the rate of the general population. This higher risk can at least partially be attributed to the fact that lawyers are often highly driven individuals who work long hours in high-pressure environments.

Just as in the general population, one legal professional’s struggles with drugs or alcohol may differ substantially from those of others; whereas one individual might drink daily, others may abstain for long periods and then binge. Similarly, while some people begin exhibiting out-of-control behavior rapidly, others develop addictions over time. Common symptoms of addiction include lying about drug or alcohol use; feeling nervous, tense, or angry when drugs or alcohol aren’t available; and missing work because of drug or alcohol use. Depression and poor decision-making, as well as neglecting personal relationships with friends and family, are also symptoms.

The LHL Committee offers discreet, confidential assistance through referrals, local support groups, and help getting connected with organizations that specialize in assisting people with addictions.

Legal professionals at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., are members of the Bar Association of Erie County.

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity pic Three families are potentially moving into homes in Batavia, New York, thanks to a partnership between the City of Batavia and Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County. Through this program, the city sells longtime vacant homes to nonprofit organizations with the goal of combating blight and providing affordable houses to people in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County recently made plans to renovate houses on Oak, Pearl, and State streets in Batavia, essentially stripping the structures to the studs and rebuilding them, according to the organization’s CEO Jessica Maguire-Tomidy. She said the nonprofit and the city believe that the current housing situation for many families is not acceptable and that the program improves neighborhoods and people’s lives. Work on the three houses will take about a year.

Qualifying families must demonstrate that they need adequate housing, can afford it, and are willing to help renovate the house. Children in families who live in decent housing are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and be active in their communities, Ms. Maguire-Tomidy said.

Carla Cole serves Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., as the team lead in its Batavia office. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County.

This spring, Baruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People will host its eighth annual conference featuring My Luu, IBM accessibility program director of global innovation, solutions, and policy, as the keynote speaker. Morning and afternoon workshops will be available after her talk.

Workshops will cover a wide range of topics of interest to people with visual impairment. For example, “Accessible Labeling for Prescription Drugs” will discuss how companies are complying with legislation regarding labeling drugs for people with vision loss. Audience members in this workshop will learn about the laws that affect their ability to take the correct medications. In addition, Craig Wolfson of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates will lead a workshop aimed at job seekers and employers about the business advantages of recruiting and hiring people who have vision impairment. The workshop also will provide an employer’s perspective on how businesses can integrate people with disabilities into their workplace.

The conference will feature a vendors’ area with demonstrations of assistive technology products and a workshop for placement counselors who help people with disabilities find job training and employment.

depression pic A new documentary about depression among legal professionals is now in widespread distribution. Produced by Daniel T. Lukasik, a Buffalo, New York, attorney, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession” is available at area law firms. Attorneys can receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits for viewing it.

The 30-minute documentary focuses on four lawyers and a former judge, who talk about their experiences with depression, which has been a problem in the legal profession for more than a century. In fact, the title of the documentary is taken from a book about President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln worked as a trial attorney before he was elected president, and his lifelong struggle with depression is well known. Several national experts on depression also appear in the film, which is designed to offer hope and resources to legal professionals who may be quietly suffering from the illness.

The documentary was funded through grants from the Erie County Bar Foundation, the New York Lawyer Assistance Trust, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. To earn CLE credit for watching the film, attorneys must schedule a viewing at the Erie County Bar Association headquarters.

Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates legal professionals are members of the Erie County Bar Association.

The Dutchess ARC Youth One Stop Program, which was established in 2013 and is a program of the Workforce Development Center, helps at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 find job training and employment or begin postsecondary education. The program was founded by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which gave Dutchess ARC a 23-month contract to build and run the program. Youth One Stop is free for eligible youth and foster children.

Each candidate is paired with a case manager who can help him or her with housing, transportation, childcare, and other services available from local agencies. Case managers also work with clients with everything from completing GEDs to filling out financial aid forms and creating individual employment plans. Job training and internships are available for Youth One Stop participants, who can also receive mentoring and tutoring and are eligible for various certification programs.

The Workforce Development Center has helped connect businesses to the public workforce system for more than 27 years. Its mission is to build a skilled and competitive workforce, promote an understanding of workplace trends, and help businesses and individuals become lifelong learners.

Tom Frost, a senior attorney in Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.’s Fishkill office, is a member of the Dutchess County WIB.