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 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  


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: