Mark Cuthbertson Presents on Regulations of Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants at Suffolk County Bar Association

On May 21, 2020, Mark Cuthbertson gave a CLE presentation over Zoom for the Suffolk County Bar Association. His presentation, which was titled "Regulating Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants," detailed the different types of entities and activity that solicitation laws seek to regulate, the constitutional issues that such regulations raise, and recent developments in this area of law.

A copy of Mr. Cuthbertson's PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here. Supplemental materials are also available here.


Matthew DeLuca Gives CLE Presentation on Zoom for Lawyers

On May 15, 2020, Matthew DeLuca presented a CLE at the Suffolk County Bar Association titled "Zoom For Lawyers: How Video Conferencing Can Improve Your Practice."  The CLE, which was appropriately presented over Zoom, addressed issues such as:


• How Zoom can be used to improve the productivity both during and after this pandemic
• An overview of Zoom's features, from free videoconferencing tools to paid features like vanity URLs, company branding, and administrative tools to supervise employees
• A discussion of security and privacy issues like Zoombombing, data sharing, and encryption practices, as well what steps Zoom has taken to address these concerns.
• How court reporting companies like Enright have integrated Zoom into their services

A copy of the powerpoint from the CLE can be downloaded here. In addition, the written materials can be found here.


Mark Cuthbertson Presents on Regulations of Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants at Association of Towns Annual Meeting

On February 17, 2020, Mark Cuthbertson lectured at the New York Association of Towns' Annual Meeting and Training School. His presentation, which was titled "Regulating Peddlers, Solicitors, and Transient Merchants," detailed the different types of entities and activity that solicitation laws seek to regulate, the constitutional issues that such regulations raise, and recent developments in this area of law.

For those who could not attend the program, a copy of Mr. Cuthbertson's PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.  Supplemental materials are also available here.


Article on Social Media "Blocking" Published In The Suffolk Lawyer

Last month, Mark Cuthbertson and Matthew DeLuca were published in the September 2019 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer, the monthly publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association. Their article, entitled "Second Circuit Decides Constitutional Significance of "Blocking" on Twitter in Trump Case," examined a Second Circuit decision that focused on the intersection of social media and the First Amendment. Specifically, this case addressed whether the President engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination when he blocked individuals on Twitter after they made posts criticizing the President or his policies.

A copy of the article can be found here.


Mark Cuthbertson And Matthew DeLuca Have Article On Short-Term Rental Regulations Published In The Suffolk Lawyer

Last month, Mark Cuthbertson and Matthew DeLuca were published in the April 2019 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer, the monthly publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association.  Their article, entitled "Regulation of Homestay Uses in Suffolk County," examined how various municipalities across Suffolk County have dealt with the rise of short-term rental companies such as AirBnB, and the regulatory approaches they have taken to tackle this issue.  The article also briefly addressed some of the litigation surrounding short-term rental regulations.

A copy of the short-term rental article can be found here. The full issue of The Suffolk Lawyer is available here.


Mark Cuthbertson Presents on Government Social Media and the First Amendment To Suffolk County Village Officials Association

On May 15, 2019, Mark Cuthbertson will speak at the Suffolk County Village Officials Association's Municipal Training event. His presentation, Government Social Media and the First Amendment, outlined recent developments in this rapidly changing area of law, best practices for social media use by municipalities and municipal officials, and provided tips on how to adopt a social media policy that could prevent legal exposure.  Notably, this version of the presentation has been revised and updated from past iterations.

A copy of the powerpoint presentation, which has been divided into two parts due to size constraints, can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).


Mark Cuthbertson Presents on Government Social Media and the First Amendment To Municipal Administrators Association

On April 24, 2019, Mark Cuthbertson spoke at a meeting of the Municipal Administrator's Association of Metropolitan New York. His presentation, Government Social Media and the First Amendment, outlined recent developments in this rapidly changing area of law, best practices for social media use by municipalities and municipal officials, and provided tips on how to adopt a social media policy that could prevent legal exposure.

A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be found here.


Mark Cuthbertson Presents On Short-Term Rentals For East End Supervisors and Mayors Association

Last week, Mark Cuthbertson gave a presentation to the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association on regulatory approaches to short-term rentals.  The presentation examined how different municipalities on Long Island have responded to the growing number of short term rentals caused by homestay companies like AirBnB, and detailed common themes and aspects of various regulatory schemes. Cuthbertson also gave a more detailed version of the presentation to the Suffolk County Bar Association as part of its Allen Sak Municipal Law Program. 

A copy of the powerpoint used in both presentations can be downloaded here


Mark Cuthbertson Presents On Government Social Media And The First Amendment At Association Of Towns Annual Meeting

On February 18, 2019, Mark Cuthbertson spoke at the New York Association of Towns' Annual Meeting and Training School. His presentation, which was titled Ban At Your Own Risk: How Government Social Media Can Run Afoul Of The First Amendment, outlined recent developments in this rapidly changing area of law, best practices for social media use by municipalities and municipal officials, and provided tips on how to adopt a social media policy that could prevent legal exposure.

For those who could not attend the program, a copy of Mr. Cuthbertson's PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

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Mark Cuthbertson Speaks To Suffolk County Village Officials About New Sexual Harassment Law

On November 7, 2018, Mark Cuthbertson spoke at the Suffolk County Village Officials Association about New York State's newly passed sexual harassment law.  Among the topics discussed was how to create a sexual harassment policy that complies with the law's mandates, the available methods for providing now-mandatory sexual harassment training to employees, and the changes to the ability of local governments to indemnify officials found liable for sexual harassment.  Finally, Cuthbertson addressed how mandatory sexual harassment training provided an opportunity to give employees comprehensive training on workplace conduct, such as preventing other forms of discrimination, religious accommodations, and accommodations for employees with disabilities.

A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be found here.  In addition, the Firm has prepared a model sexual harassment policy and model complaint form, based on the model provided by the State.  However, Villages should consult their attorney or outside counsel before adopting any changes to their policies.



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