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  • Upcoming Events
    • TICL and Trial Annual Meeting Dinner at Cipriani: Wed., January 25


      Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:30 PM
      6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Joint Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section 
      Reception and Dinner Offsite at:
      Cipriani 42nd Street
      110 E. 42nd Street, New York City


      Tickets:  $175/Tables of 10 also available for purchase.
      Individual Tickets may be purchased online or by mail.  
      To purchase a Table, download the Dinner Table Reservation form.

    • TICL and Trial Section Annual Meeting: Thurs., January 26


      Thursday, January 26, 2017 8:45 AM
      8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
      MCLE Credits TBA

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Total Credits: 6.0 credits in Professional Practice for all attorneys, both experienced and newly admitted.

      Kenneth A. Krajewski , Esq., Brown & Kelly, LLP, Buffalo

      Charles J. Siegel, Esq., Law Offices of Charles J. Siegel, New York City

      Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq., Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC, Rochester

      Gary A. Cusano, Esq., The Law Office of Gary A. Cusano PC, Yorktown

      8:45 am - Regent, 2nd Floor
      Business Meeting and Election of Officers and District Representatives of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and Business Meeting and Election of Officers and District Representatives of the Trial Lawyers Section

      9:00 – 10:15 am
      Keep Your Eye on the Ball: 
      The Current State of Assumption of the Risk and Comparative Negligence

      Kurt E. Lundgren, Esq., former Professional Baseball Pitcher (incl. NY Mets) 1983-1987, Thwaites & Lundgren, Elmsford
      Gary A. Cusano, Esq., Law Office of Gary A. Cusano PC, Yorktown

      10:15 – 10:35 am
      Refreshment Break

      10:35 – 11:50 am
      Everything You Wanted to know about Motions in Limine, Opening Statements, Trial Objections and Summations, But Were Afraid to Ask

      Carlos Calderon, Esq., Weisman & Calderon LLP, Scarsdale
      Heather Palmore, Esq.,  Law Offices of Charles J. Siegel, New York City
      Honorable Lewis J. Lubell, New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County, White Plains

      11:50 am – 1:15 pm
      Lunch on Your Own

      1:15 –  1:40 pm
      Trending Topics in Toxic Tort Litigation:  Recent NY State Decisions of Note; Trending Substances (such as talc litigation); and Recent Changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act

      Richard L. Weber, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse

      1:40 –  2:55 pm
      Updates on Cyber Risk and Liability
      Implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and Practical Considerations for Guarding Against Internal Data Theft;  Lessons Learned from Recent Decisions on Cyber Liability Coverage under CGL and Cyber-Risk Policies; Federal and State Statutory and Regulatory Proposals to Address Cyber Liability; and Cyber Liability Insurance –  Coverage, Underwriting, and Claims

      Heath J. Szymczak, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Buffalo
      Kevin D. Szczepanski, Esq., Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo
      Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq., Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC, Buffalo
      Sal Johnson, Professional Liability Consultant, Cyber Practice Leader, USI Affinity, Philadelphia, PA

      2:55 –  3:10 pm
      Refreshment Break

      3:10 pm –  4:00 pm
      Lies, Damn Lies, & Errata Sheets: Deposition Shenanigans,
      Obstreperous Witnesses, and Problem Lawyers

      David Paul Horowitz, Esq., Geringer, McNamara & Horowitz, LLP and Affiliated Neutral with JAMS, New York City

      4:00 pm

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 6.0 credit hours in Professional Practice. This program is transitional and is suitable for MCLE credit for both newly-admitted attorney and experienced attorneys.

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Catheryn Teeter in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573.

      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by Wednesday, January  4, 2017. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452.

      Don't forget to sign up to join us on Wednesday Night, January 25th at 6:30 p.m. for the
      Joint Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section 
      Reception and Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd Street
      Honoree/Speaker:  Janet M. DiFiore, Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals

      Dinner Tickets:  $175/Tables of 10 also available for purchase.

  • 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.”

    This year’s competition was held in the courtrooms of the Queens County Supreme Court from January 29-31, 2016.  Twenty teams from ten different New York law schools entered to compete: Brooklyn Law, SUNY Buffalo Law, Cornell Law, Cardozo Law, Fordham Law, Hofstra Law, NYU Law, Pace Law, St. Johns Law and Syracuse Law all entered teams.  St. Johns Law, the defending 2015 Regional Champion, served as the host school.  More than 100 members of the Bench and Bar volunteered their time to serve as Judges and Evaluators during the competition.  

    The NTC requires teams of law students to try an entire case before a presiding judge and a panel of lawyers.  The students must argue motions in limine, make an opening statement, offer evidence in support of their case, perform direct and cross examination of witnesses, and present a closing argument.  

    The students are scored by the lawyers in each of the various disciplines during the trial based on the trial advocacy skills they demonstrate.   After three rounds of trials, eight teams advanced to the Semi-Final Round held on Sunday morning:  Brooklyn Law School Teams A and B, Hofstra Law Teams K and L and teams from St. Johns, Syracuse, NYU and Fordham Law faced off in the Semi-Finals, with Hofstra K, Hofstra L, Syracuse and NYU advancing to the Finals on Sunday afternoon.  

    In the Finals, Hofstra Team K defeated NYU Law and Syracuse defeated Hofstra Team L.  Hofstra and Syracuse were crowned Co-Champions. They represented New York and the State Bar Association in the National Finals held in Dallas, Texas in late March 2016.  

    The members of the Co-Champion Teams were:
    Syracuse University School of Law:
    Carly Halpin
    Joe Gattuso
    Cory Schoonmaker

    Hofstra School of Law:
    Lauren Reilly
    Helene Weiss
    Sean Brucker

    The Trial Lawyers Section also presents several individual awards during the competition, based on the scores each student receives during the trials in which they compete.  These awards were presented to the law students during a reception held at St. Johns Law School on Saturday night January 30.  The following students were recognized:

    Best Opening Statement:
    1. Rahul Hari, NYU Law
    2. Samantha Oakes: Brooklyn Law
    3. Helene Weiss, Hofstra Law

    Best Direct Examination:
    1. Evan Jaffe, St. Johns Law
    2. Carly Halpin, Syracuse Law
    3. Samantha Oakes, Brooklyn Law

    Best Cross-Examination
    1. Justin St. Louis, Syracuse Law
    2. Andrew Mark, Buffalo Law
    3. Wyatt Smith, Cornell Law
    Brianne Richards, Hofstra Law

    Best Closing Argument:
    1. Lauren Reilly, Hofstra Law
    2. Phil Schultze, Brooklyn Law
    3. Austin Minogue, Brooklyn Law
    Dan Rosenbaum, Fordham Law
    Justin St. Louis, Syracuse Law

    The Best Advocate Through the Preliminary Rounds Award was presented to Justin St. Louis from Syracuse Law

    The Trial Lawyers Section also presents two special awards in honor of individuals who have been instrumental in the organization and administration of the Trial Competition over the years:  the late Tony DeMarco; and Prof. Travis Lewin from Syracuse Law School.  Both Tony and Prof. Lewin dedicated years of service to the NTC because they believed that the competition afforded young lawyers and law students an invaluable opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a trial lawyer.  

    The 2016 winner of the Anthony J. DeMarco Best Advocate Award was Lauren Reilly from Hofstra Law School.  Lauren had the highest overall score of all students in all disciplines during the competition.  She is a member of the Co-Champion team from Hofstra and will compete in the NTC National Finals in Dallas later this year.  This is the fourth time in the past five years that a female competitor has won the DeMarco Award as the Best Advocate in the competition.   

    The 2016 winners of the Travis H.D. Lewin Best Coaches Award are the coaches from Hofstra Law School, Jared Rosenblatt, Gerard McCloskey and Courtney Charles.   Jared and Courtney practice with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and Gerard also worked at the Queens D.A before recently going into private practice on Long Island.  Both of the Hofstra teams they coached advanced to the Semi-Finals and one of the Hofstra teams was named Co-Champion for 2016.  

    The Trial Lawyers Section applauds all of the schools and laws students who competed in the NTC this year.  

    Congratulations to all of the law students who participated in the 2016 competition.

  • 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!