Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section


Sponsored by the Commercial Federal Litigation Section

October 15
AAA-ICDR Dispute Resolution Center | 150 East 42nd St., 17th Floor

Program Co-Chairs:
Charles J. Moxley, Esq. and Jeffery T. Zaino, Esq.

David Brodsky and Laura A. Kaster

Program begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, contact Lara Nowicki, Section Liaison.

To register by phone, or to join this Section, call the Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 during business hours. 



Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial & Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel Section, and Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Friday, October 18, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Live CLE Program 

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013 

5.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics 

NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325 
Section Member: $150 

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Learn how to take advantage of the courtroom’s high-tech assets for your case. The program will address, among other things, an “ELMO” visual presenter, touch-screen displays providing for live highlighting and manipulation of documents, Skyping, secure internet access and real-time reporting.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Law Practice Management Committee, and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019  
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   
Live CLE Program and Lunch  

Queens County Supreme Court 
88-11 Sutphin Boulevard 
Courtroom 66 
Jamaica, NY 11435 

*Sandwiches will be served 

1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills 

NYSBA Member: $50 | Non-Member $75 
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $10 
Free for Court Staff 



The Women on the Move program is a Continuing Legal Education seminar focusing on an array of topics of particular interest to women attorneys.

This year’s program theme is Women Charting a New Course.  Because there are still obstacles to shattering the glass ceiling, this program will address the ways women attorneys have made changes – in our mindset, in our careers and in the law – in order to overcome challenges we have faced as women attorneys, along with a frank discussion of challenges we still face and what we can do to move forward.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. | CLE: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wolferts Roost Country Club
120 Van Rensselaer Blvd
Albany, NY 12204


Blazing a Trail: Removing Implicit Bias and Strategies for Dealing With It  
Keynote Speaker M. Cornelia (Connie) Cahill, Deputy Managing Partner of Barclay Damon, will address how she navigated the challenges of creating and chairing a leading public finance practice and rose to the position of the first woman Deputy Managing Partner of her firm.  She will also discuss how she and her firm have worked on removing implicit bias and strategies for dealing with it.

Changing Our Mindset: How to Effectively Communicate Your Talent
Our society, our culture, our experiences or our own self-doubts may tell us to keep our head down, keep quiet, work hard and wait for recognition.  But the fact remains that in the law, as in any profession, speaking up is often the key to advancing your career, building your business, and rising to positions of leadership. Our panel consists of leading lawyers who will discuss how to effectively communicate your talent and market your skills, and how to overcome the voices – both external and internal – that may keep you from your goal. 

Women in Leadership Changing Paths | Leadership Development, Overcoming Barriers and Honing Your Skills
There isn’t only one way to use your law degree.  Different paths can lead to the same destination:  hopefully, a satisfying career.  Attorneys who decided to change their legal career path, whether by transitioning to the judiciary, public service, solo practice or non-traditional corporate roles, will discuss the pressures women face in traditional law practice, as well as the changes many women seek by charting a new course in the judiciary, in-house or public service sectors.  They will share with us how and why they set their new goals, what steps they took along the way (including honing legal skills), whether their new career met their expectations, and what advice they would give to attorneys considering a change in their legal career.

Changing the Law: Current State of Sexual Harassment Law and Dealing with Harassment in the Legal Workplace
The #MeToo Movement galvanized women to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace and, in 2018, led to significant changes in NYS employment law.  In 2019, the testimony of women and men before the NYS Legislature led to even more changes in the law.  Our third panel will review the 2019 changes to employment law in New York, what changes may still be ahead, whether the law reflects our reality, and what we can do to implement changes on the ground.

A networking reception will follow the program to allow for attendees to meet and speak with panelists and each other.

3.5 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 1.0 Skills, 0.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

NYSBA Member: $150 | Women in Law Section Member: $125 | Non-Member: $250

Sponsored by the Women in Law SectionLaw Practice Management CommitteeCommittee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial and Federal Litigation SectionGeneral Practice Section and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the New York State Bar Association. 

Program Faculty
Terri A. Mazur, Esq. | Women in Law Section Chair of the New York State Bar Association
Jennifer M. Boll, Esq. | Program Chair | Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Nancy Sciocchetti, Esq. | Program Chair | Managing Director, Mercury LLC
M. Cornelia Cahill | Managing Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
Hon. Christina Ryba | Supreme Court Justice, NYS Supreme Court, 3rd Judicial District 
Candace J. Gomez, Esq. | Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Natalie Runyon | Director of Enterprise Content, Thomson Reuters
Libby M. Coreno, Esq. | Moderator | General Counsel, Bonacio Construction, Inc.
Hon. Mary Beth Walsh | Assemblywoman, New York State Assembly, 112th District
Diane E. O’Connell | Director, PwC
Laura Sulem, Esq. | Moderator | Senior Director, Litigation at Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
Scott M. Peterson, Esq. | Founding Partner, D’Orazio Peterson LLP
Sheryl B. Galler, Esq. | Moderator | Law Office of Sheryl B. Galler 
Ivie Guobadia Serioux, Esq. | Littler Mendleson P.C.
Katharine Neer, Esq. | Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Rita Pasarell, Esq. | NY Sexual Harassment Working Group
Hon. Rachel Kretser | Retired Judge, Albany County Court


If you have any questions about this program, please contact Michella Weiss, CLE Program Manager, or Leanne Isabelle, CLE Program Coordinator. 

The Commercial & Federal Litigation Section is proud to present its Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom  
and Hon. Judith S. Kaye Commercial Litigation Academy Scholarship Fund Winners  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  
6:00 PM-9:00 PM  
US District Court Southern District of New York  
Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse  
New York, NY 10007  

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM:  Registration  
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Awards Ceremony  
7:30 PM- 9:00 PM; Cocktail Reception   

Opening Remarks:  

  • Laurel Kretzing, Esq., Chair, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Chief Judge Colleen McMahon, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York
  • Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (ret.), United States District Judge, Southern District of New York

Presentation of the  Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship   

Presentation of the    Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom:  
Award Recipients:  

  • Sharon L. Nelles, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Sharon M Porcellio, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC
7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception 

For questions contact Lara Nowicki at [email protected]  


2019 Commercial Litigation Academy

Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Live and Webcast
Dentons US LLP | 1221 6th Avenue | NY, NY  10020

16.0 MCLE Credits: 6.0 Skills, 3.0 Ethics, 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice

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Save the Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Business Arbitration and Mediation 2020
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street | New York, NY  10023


The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Monday unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.

The measure is based on a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) report entitled If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR, and was presented to the ABA by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman.

The report was compiled by the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives, and was approved by NYSBA’s House of Delegates in November 2017. It encourages law firms, members of the judiciary, corporate clients, and alternative dispute resolution providers to provide women lawyers with opportunities to gain trial experience, participate in the courtroom and all aspects of litigation, and be selected as neutrals in ADR.

The ABA action was part of its Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The approval by the ABA of this groundbreaking report underscores the importance of ensuring that women and diverse voices are empowered and able to play an active role throughout the judicial and dispute resolution process,” Gerstman said. “This is an issue of fundamental fairness and justice, and with agreement regarding the scope of the problem, we can now work together most effectively to address it.”

Gerstman noted that the ABA measure approved on Monday suggests specific actions, including encouraging judges to ensure that women lawyers have equal opportunities to participate in the courtroom, calling on corporate clients to work with outside counsel to facilitate the participation of women attorneys in all aspects of litigation and calling on corporate counsel to work with ADR providers to encourage the selection of women attorneys as neutrals.

The report is based on the first-ever observational study of women attorneys in the courtroom. It reveals that female attorneys comprise about 25 percent of attorneys in lead counsel roles in courtrooms statewide.

The study took place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Approximately 2,800 questionnaires were completed and returned by judges in participating courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, two of the four federal district courts, all four appellate divisions, and commercial divisions in supreme courts in counties from Suffolk to Onondaga and Erie. Three of the leading ADR providers in the state also participated.

The NYSBA Task Force on Women’s Initiatives is co-chaired by NYSBA Past President Bernice K. Leber of New York City (Arent Fox), retired U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin of New York City (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and JAMS); former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie H. Cohen of New York City (Morrison & Foerster); Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner, Ellman & Krause); Sharon M. Porcellio of Buffalo (Bond, Schoeneck & King); Lesley F. Rosenthal of New York City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); and Lauren J. Wachtler of New York City (Phillips Nizer LLP). All are former chairs of NYSBA’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section.


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The Commercial Division Advisory Council has produced a new version of its short film about the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. The film features eleven General Counsel of major corporations speaking about the Commercial Division. 

The film portrays some of the recent improvements to the Commercial Division’s rules, procedures, and operations which have been designed to be responsive to the needs and concerns of the business community. The ultimate goal of these changes is to make the business litigation process in New York more cost‑effective, predictable, and expeditious, and to thereby provide a more hospitable and attractive environment for business litigation in New York State.

See the video here: