Trial Lawyers Section Home

  • TICL Trial New Orleans Fall16
    Save the Date for our upcoming Fall Meeting (click on image for details)
  • 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
  • Upcoming Events
    • June, 22nd, NYC Networking Reception hosted by the Diversity Committee





      Gather with your colleagues and friends to network with successful and influential members of the NYSBA's Trial Lawyers Executive Committee, the Diversity Committee and many more association members! Participate in casual, relatable, career-focused conversations. You'll have a great time meeting friends in a supportive environment and making new connections.

      Registration is free, please RSVP to 

      Bring your business cards!

      HOSTED BY:

      NYSBA Trial Lawyers Diversity Committee   
      NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers     
      LGBT Bar of Greater NY   
      Puerto Rican Bar Association                               
      Metropolitan Black Bar        
      New York Women’s Bar Association
      Association of Black Women Attorneys 
      Asian American Bar Association of NY
      Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
      Filipino American Lawyers Association of NY   
      Dominican Bar Association                 
      South Asian Bar Association
      Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater NY      


      Plaintiff Exam Services, LLC

      Diamond Reporting & Legal Video

      Creative Capital

      Precision Resolution  

    • October 7 - 10: Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA

      Get Jazzed for Our Joint Fall Meeting!
      Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section and Trial Lawyers Section


      Additional Information Coming Soon

      For information about Sponsorships for this event, view our Sponsor Brochure or contact Catheryn Teeter

      Questions: Contact Catheryn Teeter in the NYSBA Meetings Department, 518-487-5573

  • 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!