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  • Edison Ballroom
    TICL/TRIAL Annual Dinner - New Venue! Now at the Edison Ballroom - 240 West 47th Street! Honoree: Court of Appeals Judge Rowan Wilson
  • Trial Lawyers Mtg
    Photos from the Trial Lawyers Summer Meeting
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    Register Now! January 25, 2018: TICL/Trial Annual Meeting MCLE Program
  • Upcoming Events
    • TICL and Trial Lawyers Section Annual Meeting Off-Site Dinner: January 24, 2018 - NEW VENUE!


      Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:30 PM
      6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      NEW VENUE!

      240 WEST 47TH STREET 
      NEW YORK, NY


      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.

      Sponsorship opportunities available | View TICL/Trial Annual Meeting MCLE program (1/25) 

    • TICL and Trial Lawyers Section Annual Meeting; January 25, 2018


      Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:45 AM
      8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
      MCLE Credits: 6.5 transitional credits in Skills for all attorneys, both experienced and newly admitted.

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      The Mechanics of a Trial:  From Jury Selection to Verdict - How to Improve Your Litigation Skills and Make the Case - Whether you are just starting out, have tried a few cases, or been trying cases for years, learn from experienced judges and attorneys on how you can better you litigation skills. 

      Total Credits: 6.5 transitional credits in Skills for all attorneys, both experienced and newly admitted.

      MCLE Program Location –  Regent, 2nd Floor

      Sponsorship opportunities available | View 2018 TICL/Trial Annual Meeting Dinner (1/24)

      Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, Esq., Island Companies, Calverton

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

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

      Violet Samuels, Esq., Samuels & Associates, PC, Rosedale, New York

      8:45 am
      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 am – 9:50 am
      Jury Selection 
      Peter S. Thomas, Esq., Peter S. Thomas, P.C., Forest Hills 

      9:50 am – 10:40 am
      Motions in Limine
      Hon. Michelle Weston, Supreme Court Justice, Kings County, Brooklyn  

      10:40 am – 11:00 am
      Refreshment Break 

      11:00 am – 11:50 am
      Opening Statements
      William Pagan, Esq., The Pagan Law Firm, P.C., New York City 

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

      1:15 pm – 2:05 pm
      Expert Witnesses
      Hon. Michelle Weston, Supreme Court Justice, Kings County, Brooklyn 

      2:05 pm – 3:20 pm
      Direct & Cross Examination
      Hon. Carmen Victoria St. George, Supreme Court Justice, New York County, New York City 
      Heather Palmore, Esq., Law Office of Charles J. Siegel, New York City
      Michael C. Tromello, Esq., Tromello, McDonnell & Kehoe, Melville
      Hon. Shawndya Simpson, Supreme Court Justice, Kings County, Brooklyn
      Thomas P. Valet, Esg., Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP, Islandia

      3:20 pm – 3:40 pm
      Refreshment Break Sponsored by PHYSICIAN LIFE CARE PLANNING

      3:40 pm – 4:30 pm
      Closing Arguments
      Jesus M. Zeno, Esq., Jesus M. Zeno, P.C., Brooklyn 

      4:30 pm

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 6.5 credit hours in Skills. 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 12, 2018. 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 or 

      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 or on the web at The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates.  Reservations must be made by December 29, 2017. 

      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. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.

    • Keeping Current with New York Automobile Litigation

      Keeping Current with New York Automobile Litigation

      Thursday, February 8th | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Long Island 
      Friday, February 9th
       | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Buffalo
      Thursday, February 15th | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. p.m. | Albany  
      Thursday, March 1st | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | NYC & Webcast
      7.0 MCLE Credits: 3.0 Professional Practice; 3.0 Skills; 1.0 Ethics

    • CPLR Update 2018

      CPLR Update 2018

      Friday, February 9th | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Westchester 
      Tuesday, February 13th | 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Long Island 
      Friday, March 2nd | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Buffalo
      Saturday, March 3rd | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Rochester
      Friday, March 16th | 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Albany & Webcast
      Saturday, March 17th | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Syracuse
      Tuesday, March 27th | 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | NYC
      4.0 MCLE Credits : 3.0 Professional Practice; 1.0 Ethics

    • Anatomy and Medicine for Lawyers 
      Thursday, March 29th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Live & Webcast
      CFA Society New York | 1540 Broadway | Suite 1010 | NYC 

      7.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

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


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

  • 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)