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    • March 10 - Trial Lawyers Section CLE Meeting - Albany Law School

      Trial Lawyers Section CLE Meeting 

      Saturday, March 10, 2018

      Albany Law School
      80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208

      This program has been approved for a total of 4.0 MCLE credit hours; consisting of 3.0 credits in skills and 1.0 credit in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias for both experienced and newly-admitted attorneys. Attorneys admitted 2 years of less are not eligible to receive credit in the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category.

      $25 Trial Lawyers Section Member
      $65 NYSBA Member (includes Trial Lawyers Section Membership for 2018)
      $85 Non-NYSBA Member (Become a NYSBA Member by calling our Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452).


      Schedule of Events - Saturday, March 10, 2018

      9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. OPEN Executive Committee meeting

      10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

      11:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. CLE Program

      11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
                                             Violet Samuels, Esq., Section Chair

      11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Introduction to Jury Selection - The fundamentals of picking a jury will be discussed such as conducting voir dire, use of peremptory challenges versus challenges for cause, and the governing statutes for jury selection

      Panelists:                        Hon. Maryann Briganti, Supreme Court, Bronx County
                                             Betty Lugo, Esq., Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, Brooklyn
                                             William Pagan, Esq. The Pagan Law Firm, PC, NYC
                                             Gene Primomo, Esq., Federal Public Defender's Office, Albany
                                             Jesus Zeno, Esq., Jesus M Zeno, PC, Brooklyn

      11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. History of Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny - The background of the seminal case, Batson v. Kentucky, which forbids discrimination during jury selection, and its progeny will be examined, together with the legal standard for making a Batson challenge.

      Panelists:                       Derek Sells, Esq., The Cochran Firm, NYC
                                            Professor Christian B. Sundquist, Albany Law School, Albany
                                            Professor Donna Young, Albany Law School, Albany

      12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Judicial Trial Court and Appellate View - A panel of experienced judges will outline their roles with respect to issues presented during jury selection at the trial and appellate level and governing jurisprudence. Both the federal and New York State rules of procedure will be highlighted.

      Panelists:                      Hon. Maryann Briganti, Supreme Court, Bronx County
                                           Hon. Paul G. Feinman, NYS Court of Appeals, Albany
                                           Hon. Wilma Guzman, State of New York Unified Court System, Bronx
                                           Hon. Christina Ryba , Supreme Court, Albany
                                           Hon. Mae D’Agostino, US District Court Northern District, Albany

      1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Refreshment Break

      1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Mock Jury Selection with Case Law Analysis- An enactment of picking a jury will be conducted in Albany Law School’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, along with a discussion of relevant case law

      Panelists:                       Noreen Dewire Grimmick, Esq., Noreen Grimmick Attorney at Law, Albany
                                            Betty Lugo, Esq., Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, Brooklyn
                                            William Pagan, Esq. The Pagan Law Firm, PC, NYC
                                            Gene Primomo, Esq., Federal Public Defender’s Office, Albany
                                            Violet Samuels, Esq., Samuels & Associates, PC, Rosedale
                                            Charlie Siegel, Esq., Law Offices of Charles J. Siegel, NYC
                                            Jesus Zeno, Esq., Jesus M Zeno, PC, Brooklyn

      2:35 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Networking Reception


      Event Co-Sponsors: 

      Adirondack Women’s Bar Association
      Albany County Bar Association
      Albany Law School
      Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association
      Capital District Women’s Bar Association
      Franklin K. Williams Judicial Commission
      Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
      Network of Bar Leaders
      NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
      Puerto Rican Bar Association
      Saratoga County Bar Association
      Schenectady County Bar Association
      Veritext Legal Solutions
      William Herbert Bar Association of Greater New York


      Travel Information: 

      The Executive Committee Meeting, MCLE Program and Networking Reception will be held at the Albany Law School
      80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208

      Hotel near Albany Law School:
      Hilton Garden Inn – Albany Medical Center
      62 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

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      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 segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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      If you have any questions about this program, please contact Adriana Favreau, Section Liaison.

    • 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


      MYSTIC, CT

      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 online community.

    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)