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CPLR Update 2020

Friday, March 20 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | NYC and Webcast
Convene Conference Center | 810 Seventh Avenue | New York, NY  10019

3.5 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Areas or Professional Practice; 1.0 Ethics

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New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

Saturday March 28 -April 1, 2020

The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program. Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved. 


Click here for the 2019 Trial Academy program agenda. The 2020 agenda and faculty will be very similar to 2019.

Frequently asked questions about the Trial Academy

Please note: Seats are limited and the Trial Academy sells out each year.

Young Lawyers Section Member registration fee: $950 (NYSBA Membership required)
NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000
Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,100


Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. A limited number of rooms may be available at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus. To make a hotel reservation at the Statler, call the Statler Hotel Reservations Department at 1-800-541-2501 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group. For alternativehotel accommodations please visit local recommendations. Some local hotels have a daily shuttle to Cornell. The NYSBA has a limited room block and special rate only of $189.00 with the Statler, which is available until 3/6/20. 

Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of up to 37.5 MCLE credit hours, consisting of 2.0 credit hours in ETHICS and 35.5 credit hours in SKILLS. This program is transitional and therefore suitable for newly admitted attorneys. This program is accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only. Attorneys seeking credit in other jurisdictions may contact the governing body for CLE in their respective locations for credit application details. 

Special Thanks to these NYSBA Sections for Co-Sponsoring the Trial Academy

Gold Sponsor
Business Law Section

Family Law Section

Silver Sponsor
Criminal Justice Section

Labor and Employment Law Section

Real Property Law Section

Torts, Insurance Compensation Law Section

Trial Lawyers Section

Bronze Sponsors
Elder Law and Special Needs Section

Intellectual Property Law Section 

Trusts and Estates Law Section

New York Practice 101 | New York Civil Practice Law and Rules

Attend this meeting in person and you can purchase the 2020 New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (Redbook) for only $100, a $155 value!


Co-Sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section, the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association 
Friday, September 11 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | NYC & Webcast

Friday, September 11 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Live Video Conference | Albany 

8.0 MCLE Credits: 6.0 Skills; 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Co-Sponsoring Section Member and Newly Admitted: $350 with book, $250 without book
NYSBA Member: $450 with book, $350 without book
Non-Member: $550 with book, $450 without book
NYSBA Member Webcast Only (no book): $250
NYSBA Non-Member Webcast Only (no book): $350

Program Chair:
Sharon Stern Gerstman, Esq. | Magavern Grimm LLP

About New York CPLR (Redbook): It contains the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules with amendment notes and selected provisions of related statutes. Inside you'll find:
•  Table of Amendments with explanatory notes
•  NY CPLR Timetable sets out statutes of limitations and important deadlines in chronological order
•  Updated New York Court Directory

Selected practice provisions, including:
•  Constitution of the State of New York
•  Business Corporation law (BCL)
•  Court of Claims Act (CCA)
•  Criminal Procedure Law (CPL)
•  Debtor and Creditor Law (DCL)
•  Domestic Relations Law (DRL)
•  Education law
•  Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL)
•  General Associations Law
•  General Construction Law
•  General Municipal Law
•  General Obligations Law
•  Insurance Law
•  Judiciary Law
•  Lien Law
•  New York City Civil Court Act
•  Professional Disciplinary Rules
•  Public Health Law
•  Public Officers Law
•  Real Property Law
•  Surrogate's Court Procedure Act (SCPA)
•  Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
•  and Traffic Law
•  Topical Index

The Redbook is part of the LexisNexis New York Colorbooks series.

Tuition Assistance: Any New York attorney who has a genuine financial hardship may apply for tuition assistance for a CLE program. Learn more at
Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program is transitional. 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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If you have any questions about the content of this program, please contact Simone Smith, CLE Program Manager, Bridget Donlon, CLE Program Coordinator.

For any questions regarding registration for this, or any other CLE programs.  Please contact the NYSBA Member Resource Center directly by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-582-2452. 


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 Stephanie Bugos (staff liaison) at [email protected].

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. View photos from our past events here.

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, consider joining our Section's Diversity Committee

Please contact Stephanie Bugos 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/s you would like to join.

Meet the Section Chair

Executive Committee Roster

Trial Lawyers Section Bylaws

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.

Welcome to our online professional Community for Trial Lawyers Section members. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from experienced trial attorneys to law students and newly-admitted attorneys who are just finding their way in trial practice. 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)