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  • 2015 Rhode Island Image
    Don’t miss our Summer Meeting in Newport, RI Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  • 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
    • June 2015 Auto Litigation CLE & webcast

      Suggested Title: TLS Members Save 15% - June 2015 Auto Litigation CLE & webcast


      Automobile Litigation Update 2015: Keeping Current in New York

      Click on the links below to view agenda and faculty lists:

      Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Buffalo
      Holiday Inn Amherst | 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. | Amherst, NY 14228

      Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Melville, Long Island
      Melville Marriott | 1350 Walt Whitman Road | Melville, L.I., NY  11747

      Friday, June 5, 2015 | Albany
      Shaker Ridge Country Club | 802 Albany Shaker Road | Loudonville, NY 12211

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | New York City & live webcast!
      CUNY Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10016

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Syracuse
      Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel | 801 University Avenue | Syracuse, NY 13210-0801

      7.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 in Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 in Skills; 1.0 in Ethics

      Topics to Be Covered Include:

      • Update and Refresher on Underinsured and Uninsured Motorists Coverage and No-Fault Litigation
      • Taking a Meaningful Deposition in an Auto Accident Case
      • Coverage Issues Impacting Automobile Litigation
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Automobile Case
      • Soft Tissue Injuries
      • Use of Biomechanical Experts
      • Ethical Considerations in Automobile Cases

      Trial Lawyers Section Members: $127.50
      (Section Members Save 15% off the NYSBA Member Rate!)
      NYSBA Members: $150

      Non Members: $250
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

    • July 26 - 29: Summer Meeting, Newport, RI - Sign Up Now!

      Register Now!

      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)

      Print/Download Hotel Accommodations Form  (pdf)

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

  • 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 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. 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


    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 Tina Rothaupt at, 518.487.5669 

    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!