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  • 2015 Rhode Island Image
    Don’t miss our Summer Meeting in Newport, RI Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015. HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 6th.
  • National Trial Competition 2013 winning teams
    Trial Lawyers Secton Trial Advocacy Award winners Hofstra and Fordham Teams shown here with NYSBA Past President David Schraver and former TLS chair Tom Valet 2015 Region 2 Teams will receive their awards June 20, Cooperstown, NY. Congratulations to Hofstra School of Law and St. John's University School of Law teams.
  • YLS Trial Academy Scholarship
  • 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 a Law School
  • Upcoming Events
    • July 26 - 29: Summer Meeting, Newport, RI - Sign Up Now!

      REGISTER NOW ONLINE!

      HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 6th!

      Please be advised the mailed Hotel Accommodations Form was not printed correctly and was missing the hotel rate information. 
      The HYATT REGENCY NEWPORT HOTEL RATE is  $299 per night plus a $10 per day resort fee (includes self-parking) plus 13% tax.

      Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
      The Hyatt Regency Newport
      Goat Island (Newport), Rhode Island

      Attorney Registration Fees:  
      NYSBA Trial Section Member:  $575.00
      All Other Attorneys:  $675.00
      See Registration Form for Spouse, Guest and Children’s Registration Rates

      CLE Topics Will Include:
      • Recent Developments in NY Ethics Including Attorney’s
         Fees and Handling Prospective Clients 
      • NY Practice and CPLR Update
      • How to Improve Your Client’s Potential For Success in NY
         Appellate Courts 
      • May It Please the Court:  Tips on Courtroom Etiquette 
         and How to Avoid Common Courtroom Mistakes 
      • Plaintiff’s Proof in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
      • Defense’s Proof in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

      MCLE Credits:  6.0 Total; 1.0 in Ethics and 5.0 in Professional Practice for Experienced Attorneys Only.

      View/Print Summer Meeting Program  (pdf)

      Print/Download Meeting Registration Form  (pdf)
      or 
      REGISTER ONLINE HERE

      Print/Download Hotel Accommodations Form  (pdf)
      Hyatt Regency Hotel Rate:  $299 per night plus $10 resort fee (includes self-parking fee) plus 13% tax.
      Reservation Cut-off Date Extended to July 6th

      Contact Cathy Teeter, NYSBA Meetings Dept., 518-487-5573, with questions. 

  • About the Section

    About the Trial Lawyers Section

    Welcome!

    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 Tina Rothaupt at trothaupt@nysba.org

    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 Tina Rothaupt 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

    The 2015 New York Regional Round of the National Trial Competition that the Trial Lawyers sponsors was held this past weekend in Syracuse.  The event was held at the Onandaga County Courthouse. Syracuse Law was the host law school.

    This year, 20 teams from 10 New York law schools participated:  Brooklyn Law, Buffalo Law, Cardozo, Cornell, Fordham, Hofstra, New York University, Pace, St. John’s and Syracuse Law.  Each school brought two teams.

    The eight teams that advanced to the semi-finals were:

    Brooklyn A, Buffalo C, Cardozo E, Hofstra K, NYU M, St. John’s Q, Syracuse S and Syracuse T.  

    Hofstra K, St. John’s Q, Syracuse S and Syracuse T advanced to the final round. There were split decisions in virtually all these trials; it was very close.

    In the final round, Hofstra beat Syracuse T and St John’s beat Syracuse S.  

    Hofstra and St. John’s will represent New York in the Texas Nationals in March.  Whichever New York team advances farthest in Texas will receive the Trial Lawyer’s Cup from the Section.

    The individual awards that we presented are as follows:

    Best Opening:
    1.  Andres Sanchez, Hofstra Team L 
    2.  Helene Weiss, Hofstra Team K
    3.  (tie)  Prescott Loveland, Fordham Team I; Sylvia Dai, Brooklyn Team B

    Best Closing:
    1. Aaron Spurlock, Hofstra Team K  
    2. Joseph Fortunato, Pace Team O
    3. Sean Carberry, Buffalo Team C

    Best Direct Examination:
    1.   (tie)  Amanda Russo, NYU Team N;  Jennifer Camillo, Syracuse Team T
    3  Amanda Cannavo, Buffalo Team C

    Best Cross-Examination:
    1. Christopher Berloth, Buffalo Team D 
    2. Aaron Spurlock, Hofstra Team K
    3. Helene Weiss, Hofstra Team K

    Best Overall Advocate for the Preliminary Rounds:
    1. Sylvia Dai, Brooklyn Team B 
    2.  Jared Hoffman, Cornell Team G
    3.  Rebecca Hausner, Cardozo Team F

    Anthony J. DiMarco Esq. Best Overall Advocate Award:
    1. Steven Michelen, Brooklyn Team A 
    2. Helene Weiss, Hofstra Team K
    3. Aaron Spurlock, Hofstra Team K 
    4. Rahul Hari, NYU Team M

    Congratulations to all the students and coaches!

  • 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!