Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction
Evaluate the practices and procedures of the Court of Appeals
and the Appellate Divisions;
hold meetings at which appellate judges speak;
tour the Courthouses led by the Clerk of the Court and a
conduct CLE programs;
sponsor programs with other bar associations and with other
submit proposals and evaluations to NYSBA Executive Committee
and House of Delegates;
propose amicus briefs for Executive Committee
The chair and members of the committee are chosen by the NYSBA
President once a year on recommendation and application (unlike NYSBA
sections, committee membership is not open to all).
Cynthia F. Feathers, Esq.
Law Offices of
Cynthia Feathers, Attorney at Law
Glens Falls, NY
Denise A. Hartman, Esq.
Office of the New York Attorney General
Jean E. Nelson, Esq.
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
fax: (518) 463-8844
NEW: Pro Bono Appeals Program Expanded
Visit the Pro
Bono Appeals Program page.
The committee provides pro bono
representation in selected appeals to the Third and
Fourth Departments. Previously, the program focused on family law
appeals, but now the following topics are covered: education, family
stability, health, housing, personal safety, public benefits, and
subsistence income. If you are interested in learning more about our
program, please click here for a program brochure. For an application, please click here.
Recent Programs and Meetings
September 12, 2012
Afternoon Meeting at
Goodwin Proctor, NYC
November 13, 2012
Afternoon Meeting at Cohen
& Gresser, NYC
January 22, 2013
Dinner meeting at Hilton New York, NYC
Honoree: Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
March 5, 2013
Afternoon Meeting at Greenberg
The committee's next business meeting will take place at 12:30 p.m.
on May 1, 2013 at The Bar Center in Albany.
October 10, 2012 in Syracuse and October 26, 2012 in NYC
half-day CLE program on "Current Issues and Practice in the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals," featuring several Second Circuit judges on
Appellate Practice," the committee's traditional full-day,
multi-location CLE program, will take place in fall 2013 on dates and in
cities to be announced.
The committee's newsletter, Leaveworthy, is
accessible at the far left column of this page or with this link: www.nysba.org/LeaveworthyNewsletter.
Our newsletter addresses significant appellate
practice decisions, both state and federal, that: 1) clarify the law,
especially if lower courts had inconsistent rulings or interpretations
on the issue, and 2) provide illumination on useful appellate practice
techniques. We also plan to cover news about procedures, personnel and
rules in the appellate courts.
The Rules of
the Appellate Divisions
This handy, easy-to-use guide lists and highlights the rules that
govern motion and appellate practice in the four Appellate Divisions:
Report on Criminal Leave Applications to the New York Court of
The committee's report recommending changes in the procedures for
criminal leave applications to the New York Court of Appeals was adopted
by the Association's Executive Committee in November 2009 and may be
Report on Electronic Filing of Briefs and
Record Material in Court of Appeals
The committee's September 3, 2010 report (click here to
view) discusses its views on, and the pros and cons of, an electronic
filing system in the New York Court of Appeals.