Auto and Truck Claims, Accidents and Litigation

The Motor Vehicle Hitch: How to Avoid It, How to Deal with It

Program Description:  New and experienced attorneys involved in virtually all areas of the law will benefit from this extremely practical seminar. Seasoned practitioners will present an overview of the law governing depositions and will provide practice pointers on many topics relative to deposition practice under both New York and Federal court practice.

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Education and the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Monday September 9 | NYC
Thursday, September 12 | Long Island
Friday, September 13 | Buffalo
Wednesday, October 23 | Albany & Webcast - This program was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 5.    
Thursday, October 24 | Syracuse - This program was originally scheduled for Friday, September 6

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

NYSBA Members: $175 | Non-member: $275
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section: $150

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9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.        Introduction

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Anatomy of An Accident:  Pre-Accident and Post-Accident Investigation | 1.0 Skills 
                                          - The Import and Implications of Accident Reconstruction
                                          - Fact Discovery
                                          - Abnormal Conditions
                                          - Failure of Control

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.    Criminal law that civil lawyers need to know | 1.0 Skills
                                          - Discussion on How Criminal Proceedings and Findings Can Impact a Civil Proceeding
                                          - How Are a Party’s Rights Impacted
                                          - Penalties or Sanctions

10:50 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.     Break

11:05 a.m.  - 11:55 a.m.    Ethical Issues in MVA cases | 1.0 Ethics
                                           - Representing Multiple Injured Parties
                                           - Settlements with Guardianships
                                           - Driver v. Passenger Dilemmas

11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.       Lunch 

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.                 Nuts and Bolts of UM and UIM | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice
                                           - Basic Concepts for Preserving UM and SUM Coverage
                                           - Priority of Coverage
                                           - Petitions to Stay

1:50 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.         Liability Problems: from Spoliation to Distracted Driving | 1.0 Skills 
Spoliation of Evidence
                                           -  Texting, Calls and Discovery in Today’s Connected World
                                           -  The Problem with Driver Complacency

2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.        Break  

2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.        Coverage Issues Impacting Automobile Litigation | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice
Coverage Under an Auto, CGL or Both?
                                           - The Non-Trucking Use Endorsement
                                           - “Other Insurance” Claims and the Interplay of Coverage Priorities
                                           - Minimum Insurance Requirements
                                           - Duty to Defend and Exploring Possible Exclusions

3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        Evaluating Damages and Use of Experts | 1.0 Skills
Expert’s Deposition and Trial Testimony
                                           - How the Use of a Consultant and Expert Can Change Your Case  

Overall Planning Co-Chairs:
Joanna M. Roberto, Esq. | Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP | NYC
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Esq. | Island Companies | Calverton

Program Location Chairs
Jennifer L. Dominelli, Esq. | Smith Dominelli & Guetti LLC | Albany
Robert A. Glick, Esq. | Brand Glick & Brand, P.C. | NYC 
Philip George, Esq. | Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady LLP | NYC
Richard L. Weber, Esq. | Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC | Syracuse 
Thomas J. Dargan, Esq. | Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP | Long Island
Thomas P. Cunningham, Esq. | Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC | Buffalo

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to
Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
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 program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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