Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

Technology and the Commercial Division
Monday, October 15, 2018
12:15-2:00 p.m. (lunch and registration at 11:30 a.m.)
Monroe County Bar Association Center for Education
The Rubin Center for Education 
One West Main Street, 5th Floor
Rochester, NY

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Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy
Monday, October 29th | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Live Program
New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | NYC

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The Commercial & Federal Litigation Section is proud to present it's Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to

  • Rita M Glavin, Seward & Kissel LLPand
  • Diane M. Perri Roberts, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP 

and to announce 

Hon. Judith S. Kaye Commercial Litigation Academy Scholarship Fund Winners

Thursday, November 15, 2018 
US District Court Southern District of New York
Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
New York, NY 10007

Cost to Attend: $35 NYSBA Members, $50 Non-Members

Program flyer coming soon!


Opening Remarks:

  • Robert Holtzman, 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:

  • Rita Glavin, Seward & Kissel LLP
  • Diane M. Perri Roberts, Esq., Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

Keynote Speaker:

  • Vivia Chen, Creator and Cheif Blogger, The Careerist, Senior Columnist, The American Lawyer

7:30 PM: Cocktail Reception

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For questions contact Kristina Gagnon

Streamlining Litigation: Views from the Bench in Upstate New York

In 2012, the New York State Bar Association presented “Streamlining Litigation - Views from the Bench in Upstate New York.” Based on the program’s popularity and the increasingly complexity of applicable rules, legislation, and court decisions, this program will serve as an update to the 2012 program. This program presents a unique and valuable opportunity to engage in dialogue with a panel of federal and state court judges from Upstate New York. The panel will discuss litigation (with a focus on commercial litigation) and ways in which knowledge of the local and/or commercial rules and the preferences of the local bench can help make the process more efficient and more cost-effective. Discovery, motion practice, case management, alternative dispute resolution, and other related topics will be discussed. All judges and location participants will be connected via live interactive video feed.  

This program will be simultaneously presented on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Bond Schoeneck & King's offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.  Register to attend at one of the three locations!

Buffalo: Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, 200 Delaware Avenue, Suite 900, Buffalo, NY 14202

Rochester: Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, 350 Linden Oaks, Third Floor, Rochester, NY 14625

Syracuse: Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, One Lincoln Center, 110 West Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, and by the Monroe County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

2.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

NYSBA Member: $75 | Non-Member: $100
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Member: $50

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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: