Trial Lawyers Section Home

  • Trial Advocacy Awards
    Trial Lawyers Section Trial Advocacy Award winners Hofstra Law School 2015 Region 2 Teams received their awards on June 20, Cooperstown, NY. Congratulations to Hofstra School of Law.
  • Trial Lawyers Summer Meeting
    Photos from the Trial Lawyers Summer Meeting in Newport, RI
  • YLS Trial Academy Scholarship
    2015 Trial Academy at Cornell Law School Check back for more information on the 2016 program.
  • Upcoming Events
    • October 27, 2015: Diversity Program for Law Students and Newly Admitted Attorneys


      With reception to follow

      Tuesday, October 27, 2015
      6:00pm – 7:00pm (program)
      7:00pm – 8:00pm (reception)

      Touro Law School
      225 Eastview Drive
      Central Islip, NY 11722

      Program Description
      This no cost program will consist of a panel discussion and networking reception for law students. Come, meet & greet the Members of the Executive and Diversity Committees of the NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section along with our panel of distinguished speakers.

      Noreen DeWire Grimmick, Esq., Hodgson Russ LLP, Albany, NY

      Judge Philip Goglas, County Court, Acting Family Court, Central Islip
      Justice Carmen Velasquez, Supreme Court, Queens County
      Larry Inniss,Jr., Queens Trial Counsel, Westbury, NY
      Betty Lugo, Esq., Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY
      Cherice Vanderhall, Esq., Amistad Bar Association, Long Island, NY

      View Program Flyer

      This program is complimentary.  Register NOW!

      Please call Tina Rothaupt at (518) 487-5669 or email with any questions.

  • 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 Tina Rothaupt 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 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

  • 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!