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    Register Now! January 25, 2018: TICL/Trial Annual Meeting MCLE Program
  • Upcoming Events
    • December 1, 2017: Deposition Boot Camp 2017 ALB Live & Webcast


      Friday December 1, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
      New York State Bar Association | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207 

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills


      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Trial Lawyers Section

      Program Chair
      David Paul Horowitz, Esq. | Geringer, McNamara & Horowitz

      Hon. Leslie J. Stein | New York State Court of Appeals
      Click here for bio
      Noreen D. Grimmick, Esq. | Section Chair | Hodgson Russ LLP
      Click here for bio

      Not Able to Attend in Person?
      A Live Webcast Option is Available: Friday, December 1, 2017* 
      If you cannot watch the webcast at the scheduled time and date, the recording will be available to you to access after the presentation date for a 60 day period enabling you to watch on your schedule and earn your MCLE credits.*Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the live program in order to earn Skills credits. *Newly admitted attorneys are not able to earn Skills credits by viewing the webcast.


      9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. - Welcome & Introduction
      David Paul Horowitz, Esq.

      9:10 a.m. -10:00 a.m. - The Rules: What You Know, Don’t Know, & Need To Know (1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice)

      • The Bad Old Days
      • CPLR Provisions                               
      • Part 221
      • Seminal Cases
      • Recent Cases
      • Panel Discussion & Q&A

      10:00 a.m. -10:50 a.m. - Lies, Damn Lies, & Errata Sheets (1.0 MCLE Credit in Professional Practice)

      • CPLR 3116
      • Cillo v. Resjefal Corp.
      • Ashford v. Tannenhauser                               
      • Bottalico v. New York
      • Affidavits Conflicting With Deposition Testimony
      • Feigned/Tailored Testimony
      • Red Zone LLC v Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
      • Proposed Commercial Division Rule
      • Panel Discussion & Q&A

      10:50 a.m. -11:05 a.m. - Break

      11:05 a.m. -11:55 a.m. - You Can Do This (1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills)

      • Where Are You Going?
      • What Wrestling Teaches Us About Depositions
      • “It Depends On What The Meaning Of ‘Is’ Is”
      • Getting To “Yes”
      • Follow The Leader?
      • What To Do When You Don’t  Know Where You’re Going’
      • Panel Discussion & Q&A

      11:55 a.m. -12:45 p.m. - Deposition Shenanigans, Obstreperous Witnesses, & Problem Lawyers (1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills)

      • “I Am Shocked . . . ”
      • Staying On The Record
      • Remembering You Are On The Record
      • Remembering The Rules
      • Obtaining Rulings - To Call Or Not To Call
      • Penalties & Sanctions
      • JHOs & Special Referees
      • Panel Discussion & Q&A

      NYSBA Member: $150
      Trial Lawyers Section Member: $120
      Nonmember: $250


      Interested in registering more than one attorney?
      Three or more registrations from the same firm/organization are eligible for our 20% Group Discount. 

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      Pre-registration Strongly Advised: You can save money and guarantee your seat and course materials by registering early. Registrations received at the door are subject to an additional $15.00 registration fee. Registrations cancelled less than three days from the program date will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25.00.

      Additional Information: This program provides TRANSITIONAL credit to all attorneys. For information about New York MCLE requirements, visit IMPORTANT NOTICE--PARTIAL CREDIT FOR PROGRAM SEGMENTS NOT ALLOWED: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

    • January 24, 2018: TICL/Trial Annual Dinner - NEW VENUE!

      Mark Your Calendar!

      Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law and Trial Lawyers Section Annual Dinner
      The Edison Ballroom
      240 West 47th Street
      New York City

      Wednesday Evening, January 24, 2018

    • January 25, 2018: TICL/Trial Annual Meeting MCLE Program

      Mark Your Calendar!

      Torts Insurance and Compensation Law and Trial Lawyers Section Annual Meeting MCLE Program
      Thursday, January 25, 2018

      New York Hilton Midtown, NYC

    • August 2-5, 2018: Mystic, CT Summer Meeting


      Contact Catheryn Teeter, 518-487-5573 or for additional information.  

    • Deposition Boot Camp 2017

      Deposition Boot Camp 2017

      This program is from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at all participating locations except for Albany.

      Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Long Island | Melville Marriott 

      Friday, November 3, 2017 | RIT Inn & Conference Center | Rochester

      Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst | Buffalo

      Friday, November 17, 2017 | Westchester Marriott | Westchester

      Friday, December 1, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | New York State Bar Association | Albany | Live & Webcast

      Saturday, December 2, 2017 | Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel | Syracuse

      Friday, December 8, 2017 | New York Society of Security Analysts | NYC

  • About the 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 Adriana Favreau 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. Click here for photos from the summer meeting with continuing legal education in Sonoma, California. 

    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. 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 Adriana Favreau 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

  • National Trial Competition

    For the past 40 years, the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association has had the privilege of hosting the New York Regional Round of the National Trial Competition, the country’s oldest and most prestigious mock trial competition for law students.  The mission of the NTC is to “encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.  The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.”

    The 2017 New York Regional Round of the national Trial Competition was held on the weekend of February 10-12.  This is the 42nd consecutive year that the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association has served as the host for this Mock Trial Competition for law students.

    This year, eleven law schools from New York State entered the competition, sending 20 teams made up of three law students each.  The schools that competed this year were Brooklyn Law School, Buffalo Law, Cardozo Law School, Cornell Law, Fordham Law, Hofstra Law, NYU Law, New York Law School, Pace Law School, St. Johns Law and Syracuse Law.

    Fordham Law School served as the host school.  Major thanks go to Adam Shlahet, Director of Student Advocacy at Fordham Law and Prof. James Kieran, both of whom devoted a considerable amount of time to helping organize and run the competition.

    The competition this year was held at the United States District Court, Southern District Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street.  This was a wonderful venue for the students to compete in and we wish to thank the Chief Judge of the Southern District, the Hon.  Colleen McMahon for allowing us to hold the competition at the Southern District Courthouse.

    In this mock trial competition, the law students are required to try an entire case from start to finish, including Opening Statements, Direct and Cross-Examination of witnesses, Closing Statements and motions at various points of the trial.   A presiding judge oversees the trial and lawyer/evaluators score the students based on their performance in presenting their cases. 

    After three rounds of competition, eight teams advanced to the Semi-Finals held on Sunday morning:  Teams A and B from Brooklyn, Team E from Cardozo, Teams I and J from Fordham, Team N from NYU, Team Q from St. Johns, Team S from Syracuse.

    Teams A and B from Brooklyn advanced to the Final Round along with teams from St. Johns and Syracuse..  In the Finals, Brooklyn Team B defeated Syracuse Law and St. Johns Law defeated Brooklyn Team A.

    St Johns Law and Brooklyn Law were crowned Co-Champions of the New York Regional Competition and both teams will go on to represent New York in the National NTC Finals to be held in Texas in March 2017.

    The Trial Lawyers Section recognized several individual students with awards in each of the various disciplines of the trial:

    Best Opening Statement:  Arielle Cummings, St Johns Law

    Best Direct Examination:  Loreen Bousmail, NYU Law

    Best Cross-Examination:  Loreen Bousmail, NYU Law

    Best Closing Statement:  Loreen Bousmail, NYU Law

    Best Overall Advocate, Preliminary Rounds:  Sean Brucker, Hofstra Law

    Anthony DeMarco Jr., Best Overall Advocate Award:  Christopher Clark, Syracuse Law

    The Prof. Travis Lewin Best Coaches Award:  Brooklyn Law School

    Congratulations to all who competed this year and best of luck to St Johns and Brooklyn at the National Finals.

  • Online Communities

    We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Trial Lawyers Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way in the Trial Lawyers field. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

    The Community is private for Trial Lawyer Section members only. (Not a member? Dues are only $40/year with NYSBA membership: Join here.) Commercial search engines are excluded and only Trial Lawyers members can search the site or identify other members. 

    Learn about NYSBA's private online professional Communities (video)