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 Justice;
conduct CLE programs;
sponsor programs with other bar associations and with other NYSBA sections;
submit proposals and evaluations to NYSBA Executive Committee and House of Delegates;
propose amicus briefs for Executive Committee consideration.
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).
Alan J. Pierce, Esq.
Hancock Estabrook, LLP
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
January 28, 2014
Dinner meeting at Hilton New York, NYC
Honoree: Hon. Dennis Jacobs
March 12, 2014
Afternoon Meeting at Paul Weiss, NYC
April 30, 2014
Afternoon Meeting at The Bar Center, Albany
The committee's next business meeting will take place on a date in September to be determined in New York City.
A half-day CLE program on "Current Issues and Practice in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals," is being planned for New York City and one upstate city.
"New York Appellate Practice," the committee's
traditional full-day, multi-location CLE program, was held in fall 2013 in five locations around the state.
In March 2014, the committee produced a detailed report examining the rules of practice of the four Departments of the Appellate Division and made recommendations about the extent to which they can be made uniform for the benefit of both the courts and practicing attorneys. This report may be viewed here.
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: The Rules of the Appellate Divisions.
Report on Criminal Leave Applications to the New York Court of Appeals
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 viewed here.
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.