Trial Lawyers Section Home

  • YLS Trial Academy Scholarship
    Now accepting applications for the Trial Lawyers Section scholarships to the YLS Trial Academy Deadline: On or before December 15, 2014
  • Photos of Student/New Attorneys Program
    Trial Lawyers Courtroom Etiquette Presentation and Networking for New Attorneys and Law Students Stay Tuned for another event at Brooklyn Law School
  • National Trial Competition 2013 winning teams
    2013 Trial Lawyers Secton Trial Advocay Award winners Hofstra and Fordham Teams shown here with NYSBA President David Schraver and former TLS chair Tom Valet 2014 Region 2 Teams will receive their awards June 21, Cooperstown, NY. Congratulations to Syracuse Law School and St. John's Law U. Law School teams.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Saturday November 1, 2014 Co-sponsor Rochester Black Bar Association Gala

      The Trial Lawyers Section is pleased to co-sponsor the Rochester Black Bar Association Gala celebrating its 20 years commitment to the community and the legal profession.

      Saturday, November 1, 2014

      Keynote Speaker: Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

      Reception: 6 p.m. 

      Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

      The evening's program will include local musical talent with special presentations recognizing pioneers and leaders who have significantly contributed to the success of the organization and also to the greater Rochester community. 

      Check back for more information. 

    • November 5, 2014 Trial Lawyers Section Pointers on Courtroom Conduct

      Trial Lawyers Section Pointers on Courtroom Conduct for Students and Newer Attorneys 

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 

      - Location -

      Brooklyn Law School
      250 Joralemon Street
      Subotnick Center, 11th Floor
      Brooklyn, NY  11201

      Hosted by the New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section Diversity Committee and the Brooklyn Law School

      6:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m. with reception to follow

      RSVP to Tina Rothaupt at or (518) 487-5688 

      We  look forward to meeting you and sharing in this enjoyable event. 

    • Dec. 15 deadline: Trial Lawyers Section Scholarship Application to the YLS Trial Academy

      Young Lawyer Section Trial Academy Scholarships

      The Trial Lawyers Section sponsors and supports the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy. In addition, this year the Section will provide two tuition scholarships to attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to diversity. A stipend towards some of the actual travel expenses of the Awardee is provided in addition to the scholarship award winners.

      Young Lawyers Trial Academy - View or Download the brochure here.
      Sunday, March 29, 2015 through Thursday, April 2, 2015
      Location - Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY

      This is the New York State Bar Association’s only comprehensive trial training program. The intensive 5-day trial techniques and advocacy program is geared toward young and new lawyers – teaching, advancing, and improving the quality of their experience in the courtroom, in order to benefit their careers and their client’s interests. The Trial Lawyers Section scholarship will include a stipend toward actual room and travel expense.

      CLICK here for a Trial Lawyers Section scholarship application. Application deadline is December 15, 2014.

      Join the Trial Lawyer Section here


    • Save the Date Trial Lawyers Section Annual Meeting Events Jan. 28 and 29, 2015

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015: Trial Lawyers Section

      Section and Executive Committee Meeting 3-5 p.m. 

      Annual Dinner and Reception 6:30 p.m.

      Thursday, January 29, 2015: Trial Lawyers Section and Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section CLE

      Join us at the 138th NYSBA Annual Meeting (January 26-31, 2015)

      New York Hilton Midtown
      1335 Avenue of the Americas
      (between 53rd and 54th Streets)
      New York City

      Save the Date!

  • About the Section

    About the Trial Lawyers Section


    The Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. Among the resources available at this site is a comprehensive listing of links relevant to the Section, information concerning the National Trial Competition Region 2 for law students that is sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section, information concerning scholarships made available by the TLS to new attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and upcoming networking and CLE events. Members of the Section are invited to share ideas and seek opinions in the Trial Lawyers Section e-community listserve/forum.

    Stay tuned to sign up for the community and take advantage of the opportunity to network and share with your colleagues in the Section. You must be a member to join.  Thank you.

    We encourage you to get more involved with the section. There is an opportunity to assist in the writing of articles, in the planning and participation of networking and programming events, and assisting the Executive Committee in accomplishing the Trial Lawyers Section mission to bring together for furtherance of their mutual interests such members of the New York State Bar Association as are interested in the problems of the trial lawyer and other branches of the law relating to trial practice and procedure. To get involved contact any member of the Executive Committee or Patricia Johnson, Section Attorney Liaison at

    The Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers is comprised of 4 Officers, Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of Delegates, former section chairs, and two representatives from each Judicial District in the State.

    The Trial Lawyers Section engages in many activities, including a CLE program put together with the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law section during the NYSBA Annual Meeting. The Section also has an annual summer meeting with additional CLE provided and an opportunity to enjoy a fun location and networking opportunities. See here for photos from the summer meeting with continuing legal education in Killarney, Ireland. 

    To maintain our activities in the years ahead, we need you to become more involved in the Trial Lawyers  Section, to go beyond attending a few of our conferences. Please join our section.

    The Trial Lawyers Section hosts events to provide new attorneys and diverse attorneys an opportunity to hear from a panel of judges and experienced attorneys regarding bar association membership and provide support to all trial attorneys and law students through involvement in the New York State Bar Association and the promotion of high professional standards and courtesy. See here for our most recent event. The section won the Section Diversity Champion Awards in the 2012 and the 2013 NYSBA Diversity Challenges for these efforts. For more information or to get involved see Section Diversity.

    Please contact Pat Johnson if you are interested or complete and mail in the Trial Lawyers Section Membership Brochure to become a member of the section and to select any committee you would like to join.

    Meet the Section Chair

    Executive Committee Roster

    Trial Lawyers Section Bylaws

    Apply for a Trial Lawyers Section Scholarship to the YLS Trial Academy 

  • National Trial Competition


    Pace Law School hosted the 2014 competition on February 6, 2014 through February 9, 2014, at the Westchester Supreme Court in White Plains, NY.

    Each year the NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section sponsors the National Trial Advocacy Competition as it has since 1974 to recognize law students, the future talent of our profession and Association, and to encourage the inclusion of trial advocacy and technique as part of the law school curricula. Monetary awards, plaques and a traveling cup are provided to some of the winning advocates, coaches and law schools.  Winning teams are invited to a NYSBA meeting to accept the awards with their coaches and the Section subsidizes the travel expense as well.

    In 1978 it was formalized with the Trial Lawyers Cup Awards Program to encourage and support the teaching of Trial Advocacy by Law Schools of the State of New York. The Trial Lawyers Cup, the "Traveling Cup," is awarded on a rotating basis to the New York State Law School Team which participates in and places the highest in the annual National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

    2014 First Place Team:  Syracuse University School of Law

    2014 Second Place Team:  St. John's University School of Law

    See video here of the 2014 award presentation by the NYSBA Executive Committee Member and Trial Lawyers Section Executive Committee Member, Evan Goldberg, at the NYSBA House of Delegates Meeting in Cooperstown, NY on June 21, 2014.  

    2014 National Trial Competition Award Region 2 Winners, Syracuse University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team:  Jennifer A. Camillo, Frank A. Deluccia, Jason J. Krisza, Meghan A. McGrattan Coaches:  Dmitriy Chernyy, Joseph S. Cote, III, Joanne Van Dyke, Jeffrey G. Leibo. Jennifer A. Camillo and Jason J. Krisza represented the team in the finals in Texas. 

    2014 National Trial Competition Award Region  2nd Place Winners, St. John's University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team:  Adam Papas, Michael Schillinger Coaches:  Eylan Schulman, Kareem Vessup

    Traveling Cup Award

    In August 2010, the Travis H. D. Lewin award was established for the winning Coach of the competition. See the Trial Lawyers Section resolution establishing the Coach’s award here. The winners of the Travis H.D. Lewin Coaching Award for 2014 were the Coaches of the Syracuse Law School team. 

    The 2014 awards will be presented this year at the NYSBA House of Delegates meeting on June 21, 2014 at the Otesaga Hotel. See here for the 2013 Awards Presentation including a description of the National Trial Competition Section 2 Awards by the former Section Chair, Thomas Valet.

    For this year's individual award winners and previous award winners click here.

    To get your law school involved, contact Pat Johnson at, 518.487.5688

    Photos of 2013 Winning Teams

    First Place Team Hofstra

    Second Place Team (Fordham)

    Link to the National Trial Competition homepage

    2013 National Trial Competition Award Region 2 Winners, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Trial Advocacy Team:  Kaitlyn Flynn, Jana McNulty, George Michel IV, Jared Rosenblatt, Coach, Gerard McCloskey, Coach

    2013 National Trial Competition Award Region  2nd Place Winners, Fordham University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team: Brittany Russell, Graham Amodeo;  Adam Shlahet, Coach, Jeff Briem



  • Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon! Professional Online Private Communities

    We are pleased to announce that the Trial Lawyers Section will soon offer a professional online private community—for Trial Lawyers Section members only.

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools.

    Stay tuned for details!