March 2019 Archives

Welcome to the March 2019 Issue

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We are pleased to submit the March 2019 issue of Electronically In Touch. This issue features advice for putting together your own CLE programs, considerations to think about when deciding whether to take a new bar exam, ways to re-energize your passion for the law, a practice spotlight on NYSBA member Kim Wolf Price, interesting tweets about the legal profession from the past month, and an update from the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section

Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Justin Batten at jwb413@nyu.edu.

The Officers of YLS and the Editor of Electronically In Touch wish to make clear that the thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles that follow are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily represent the thoughts and opinions of the authors' employers or clients, the New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, or its Officers or Executive Committee.

Seven Thoughts on Teaching CLE Courses

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By: Ronald J. Coleman, Esq.

Lawyers are often required to take a certain number of continuing legal education ("CLE") courses as part of maintaining a law license. One interesting way to obtain such CLE credit is to teach a CLE course. Teaching a CLE course can also be a great way to develop knowledge in a specific area of law, gain public speaking experience, build a professional profile, and make valuable connections. This Article will offer seven thoughts for those who might be interested in teaching such a course.1

1. Pick a Concrete and Applied Topic

Since CLE courses are for practicing attorneys, it can be helpful to focus on what such attorneys need in their daily practice. In this connection, purely theoretical legal issues--while interesting--may not always gain as much interest as something more applied and concrete (such as "5 Steps For . . .").

2. Make the Course Interactive

Avoid the temptation to simply lecture to the audience, and instead find ways to make the presentation interactive. This could mean posing questions to attendees or debating with a co-panelist on a key point. One great way to increase interaction with the audience is to use technology, such as electronic polling.

3. If Co-Presenting, Coordinate in Advance

Advanced coordination with any CLE co-presenters is important for many reasons. One reason, for example, is to avoid overlap. In any given legal area, there are often a discrete number of hot topics at any given time (e.g. a new case, government investigation, or data breach). While it can be important to cover these items, if multiple different panelists cover the same items, the audience might lose interest. Advanced coordination may also, for example, allow co-presenters to set ground rules for the course, such as establishing how long each panelist will speak. If one panelist dominates the conversation or if each panelist simply speaks for twelve minutes before passing the microphone to the next panelist, the course may be much less interesting than if each panelist only speaks for a few minutes at a time.

4. Create and/or Find Great Course Materials

Although sometimes time-consuming, preparing great course materials can add significant value to a CLE. In order to encourage attendees to review the materials, it can be helpful to provide a smaller set of more important materials, rather than a larger set of quasi-relevant ones. Documents that a practicing attorney can use directly in her practice can be particularly effective, so consider providing items such as a checklist, sample form, or model contract.

5. Meet Relevant CLE Provider Deadlines

In order for a CLE provider to apply for CLE credit for the course, such provider may need certain information from the teacher. In some instances, this may mean that the CLE provider will ask for items such as course materials and speaker biographies well in advance of the actual course date. By meeting the deadlines set by the CLE provider, a CLE teacher helps advance the CLE applications, which may ultimately permit students to receive credit from a broader range of states.

6. Use the Full Time

Although it is always good to leave time at the end of a CLE for student questions, make sure to have spare material to fill such time if no questions are asked. CLE credit is normally granted based on a specific amount of time for the course, and if the teacher ends the course early, this could mean that certain attendees will not receive the expected amount of CLE credit.

7. Confirm Content with Employer

It is helpful to check with one's employer in advance of the course date to confirm any restrictions the employer may request or require. It is typical, for instance, for an employer to ask a presenter to give a disclaimer, such as that the opinions expressed are the presenter's own or that the course should not be considered legal advice. Some employers--for instance certain government entities--might ask for additional restrictions, such as that the session not be recorded or be considered "off the record." Proactively seeking out any such restrictions in advance of the course can help avoid problems with one's employer down the line.

Although creating and teaching a CLE course can be time-consuming, it can also have myriad professional benefits. For those who do choose to teach such a course, it is hoped that the above seven thoughts will be helpful.

Ronald J. Coleman (RJ) is based in Washington, DC at Georgetown Law, but he remains very active in NYSBA. He is currently the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Co-Liaison to the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section (EASL), and he serves on the YLS and EASL Executive Committees, as well as the EASL Committees on Motion Pictures and Television and Radio.


1. The information in this Article is based on my experience, as well as information and guidance from my Georgetown Law colleagues and individuals connected to the Association for Continuing Legal Education.

Happy Valentine's Day - Love Letter to the Law

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By: Jennifer Bergenfeld, Esq.

February is the time of year that we think about love, chocolate and in my case, dreamily contemplating my career. I have found so much warmth through my recent return to a former law firm as a consultant. Entering the office and being greeted by colleagues, new and old, was akin to a hug.

I love the law, and not just because I am married to another lawyer. This has been a long romance. I grew up with legal television shows, which explains my stellar high school debate career and Moot Court performance in law school. My adoration was reinforced by practice and furthered by the teaching of business law and continuing education. Seeing the starry eyes of pre-law students and witnessing their crush on legal jurisprudence warmed my heart.

My late mother loved the law but was never a lawyer. She was known for her acute investigatory ability and love of courtroom dramas. Like others of her background, she felt attached to the law by having a lawyer daughter. Her personalized dedication to the law inspired me.

Along the way through your legal career, you will likely question your infatuation. Sometimes you will be intrigued by other areas of practice or influenced to consider careers adjacent to the law. But my commitment is reinvigorated every time I work on a contract or transaction. Sometimes, however, it may make sense to discover other paths and determine if a "trial separation" is needed.

Below, I have organized some approaches to reinvigorate your love of the law.

Reinforce your Interest

If you are reading this article, you are probably a member of the NYSBA. But if not, please join. If you are already a member, consider joining a section committee or attending a meeting or event. I recently re-joined at the behest of a friend and former colleague, then found out that numerous other friends had assumed committee leadership roles. Staying active in a group that shares your high regard for your profession will make you a better legal advocate. Consider taking or giving a continuing education course, and becoming a subject matter expert by earning a certificate in your preferred area of law.

Have a Date Night with the Law

The law is not simply about drafting briefs in an office or advocating for clients in court. There are evening programs aside from Continuing Legal Education. Discover if your bar association has a concert or happy hour scheduled. In January's NYSBA Annual Meeting, the Women in Law Section held a cocktail hour. This was an incredible event at which I met numerous lawyers with the same loyalty to our shared career.

Share Your Love of the Law

I am a proponent of mentoring lawyers of all ages and practices. From conversations with new attorneys to third year law students and coalitions of all sorts, there are unlimited opportunities to help others in the field learn and grow. These encounters allow me to share my love of the law and renew my devotion to my profession.

Declare Your Love

Whatever your practice, you have something to say. When not negotiating contracts, for example, I revel in writing. I am also enamored with legal practice stories. In December, I attended a friend's law firm holiday party with lawyers from all over the building stopping by to partake in the festivities. Those lawyers should be writing blogs or books.

Good Night Kiss

Whether law is a relationship or a partnership, it is a fellowship. There are lawyers out there to encourage you with your career ambitions. Just as well, there are aspiring legal eagles seeking guidance.

Jennifer Bergenfeld is an experienced deal wrangler. She focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, specializing in transactions, financing, contract negotiations and regulatory/governance advisory for financial institutions. She holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, an M.B.A. and M.A., from New York University, having served as professor of business law/ethics at the Stern School of Business, a Chartered Regulatory Counsel designation and a B.A. from George Washington University. In her free time, Jennifer conducts legal training and dedicates pro bono legal services to local nonprofits and socially responsible startups. She is also a cat rescue volunteer, with help from her family.

By: Leona Krasner, Esq., MBA

A surefire way to make attorneys simultaneously cringe and also feel the camaraderie and kinship akin to a summer camp is the mere mention of the bar exam. We have all weathered that storm together, and many still have nightmares around bar exam time. So, why might one voluntarily sit for the bar exam again, and, should you?

The biggest reason attorneys sit for another jurisdiction's bar exam is because they have moved there, are about to move there, or are very strongly considering moving there. There is little reason to sit for another jurisdiction unless you plan to practice there. Some attorneys believe they can stand out from their peers if they are licensed to practice in more jurisdictions than others. But the months of additional study, plus the additional cost of sitting for the exam, may make this endeavor both expensive and unnecessary.

One common mistake that attorneys make when sitting for a bar exam of another jurisdiction is relying on their real-life legal skills in lieu of fully preparing for the exam to the same extent they did for their first bar exam. This is dangerous because the bar exam is not testing applicants on their knowledge of actual law. Instead, the exam tests solely bar exam-specific information and the ability for examinees to follow instructions. Traditional memo rules do not apply for the PT section. Instead, the IRAC method reigns supreme for each essay and PT. If you do decide to sit for another jurisdiction's bar exam, please ensure that you both adequately prepare, and also put yourself back into the mindset of a first-time bar exam taker.

Finally, many states have reciprocity rules. What this means is that you may qualify to waive into another jurisdiction if you have been admitted and have practiced law in your jurisdiction for a minimum number of years. Please double and triple check that you cannot waive into the state of your choice before applying (and paying) to sit for that state's bar exam. Consider even calling the state's Board of Bar Examiners to be absolutely sure.

Taking the Bar Exam once is tough, and sitting for multiple jurisdictions is even tougher. It is absolutely doable to sit for - and pass - multiple jurisdictions' bar exams, but consider avoiding an additional bar exam unless you absolutely must take it.

Leona S. Krasner, Esq., MBA is Managing Partner of the matrimonial and mediation law firm Krasner Law, PLLC. When not practicing law, she also provides bar exam tutoring and coaching to help her clients achieve their exam and career goals. Leona is a proud member of the New York State Bar Association, and is Chair of Communications of the Women in Law Section, and Assistant Editor of Electronically in Touch. When not lawyering or tutoring, Leona enjoys putting on concerts for children through her nonprofit Tunes for Tots & Teens.

The Law, In 280 Characters or Less

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1. Law review articles are often very long, but you can usually skip the first 2/3 of the article if you are familiar with the subject matter.

2. I personally have used both "pled" and "pleaded" before with some frequency.

3. Good to know, but I would probably stilll stick with formality in such situations.

4. All law schools are capable of producing talented lawyers.

5. Twitter presents a lot of dangers for executives trying to comply with the SEC's reporting and disclosure rules.

6. It is often the case that the odds are heavily stacked against attorneys in such cases, so you cannot win them all.

7. It is a very good writing style, and she is not afraid to challenge conventional Supreme Court wisdom in her writing style.

8. And lastly, a pitch to sign up for the Trial Training Academy.

How I Practice: Kim Wolf Price

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What do you find most rewarding about being an attorney?

Wolf Price: Working with law students. Experiential learning is how students not only gain skills, but also gain confidence. Watching a student who has struggled develop this confidence is quite a privilege. I have encountered students who were truly questioning whether they should practice law in the traditional sense whose entire view of the profession - and more important, their own skills - was changed by an externship.

What or who inspired you to become a lawyer?

Wolf Price: Inspiration comes from many places, but I would say my mother, Jean Wolf. When I was a kid, the school board placed our little elementary school in Utica, N.Y., on a possible closure list. My mom became active, organized people - and then ran for a school board seat, and won! She showed me that if we want things to change, we have to get to work. I saw a law degree as a tool to effect change, big or small.

If you could dine with any lawyer - real or fictional - from any time in history, who would it be and what would you discuss?

Wolf Price: I am going to take some liberties with this dining question. I am looking forward to dinner with my husband, Fred Price (member, Bond Schoeneck & King), in 20 years to reminisce about our sons, our life and our careers.

What do you think that most people misunderstand about lawyers and the legal system?

Wolf Price: There is a perception that a lawyer's most important skill is talking and oral advocacy. But quite often, our most important skill is listening.

What is something that most people don't know about you?

Wolf Price: I am not only the first person in my family to earn a Juris Doctor, I am also the first person in my extended family to earn a Bachelor's Degree. This is why chairing the Youth Law Day subcommittee for NYSBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee is so meaningful to me. I was a kid who didn't know lawyers. Now I can help students realize a professional degree is possible for them - no matter what their background.

Lawyers should join the New York State Bar Association because...

Wolf Price: Membership in the bar association provides a plethora of opportunities to learn, partner and network with other attorneys. Through NYSBA, I have had the chance to organize interesting programs, support legislative comments and discuss what may lie ahead for our profession.

My work with the Women in Law Section, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and Committee on Lawyers in Transition has certainly provided me with an ever-growing network of colleagues and friends. It has been professionally rewarding and provided me with amazing opportunities to develop relationships with attorneys from a variety of practice areas and markets. It keeps me engaged in our profession.

For example, I co-chair Women on the Move, a program of the Women in Law Section. At the end of this year's program, I had the chance to sit back during the networking reception and watch the room for a minute. It was filled with incredibly smart, talented attorneys who were sharing ideas, laughing and making connections. It was truly energizing.

As I tell my students, membership in NYSBA is good, but true involvement in the bar association has tremendous rewards.

Wolf Price is director of Externship Programs at Syracuse University College of Law and Faculty Advisor for Pro Bono Initiatives and of counsel to Bottar Law PLLC. She lives in Manlius, N.Y.

Around the Section

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Update from the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section

By Lauren E. Sharkey, Section Liaison

In an effort to spend-down its surplus on membership-driven initiatives, last year the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section approved funding for four events to support and encourage young lawyer involvement in the Section. To date, the Section's Young Lawyer's Committee (established by former Chair JulieAnn Calareso) has hosted three events: Murder at the Metropolitan Museum (a scavenger hunt followed by networking at The Met roof-top bar); Champagne Brunch Cruise on Lake George, New York; and fall foliage tour of Fly Creek Cider Mill and Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York.

These events are part of an ongoing outreach to build a stronger foundation for the younger and newer members of the Section by offering opportunities to meet each other, network, and build working relationships. To make it easier for young lawyers to attend from a financial perspective, these events are free and open to all Section members admitted 10 years or less. The group also offers assistance, for young lawyers who are interested, with finding a mentor within the Section or committee placements.

A spring event will be held in New York City in March or April, so stay tuned for details!

If you have any associates or know any newly admitted attorneys who would be interested, please have them reach out to me at lsharkey@cswlawfirm.com or to the co-liaison, Katy Carpenter, at kcarpenter@wplawny.com.

Trial Academy: April 3-7

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New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 - SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019
CORNELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, ITHACA, NY

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.

The program agenda and brochure for the 2019 Trial Academy brochure are not yet available, but will be similar to the 2018 program agenda.

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

Young Lawyers Section Member registration fee: $850 (NYSBA Membership required)
NYSBA member registration fee: $900
Non-NYSBA member registration fee: $1,000

Frequently asked questions about the Trial Academy

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.

Q: When and Where is the Trial Academy?

A: The Trial Academy will be held at Cornell University School of Law, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY, from Wednesday, April 3 - Sunday April 7, 2019.
Check-in and breakfast begin on Wednesday at 7:30 am, with the program beginning at 8:30 am. We finish at 4:45 pm Wednesday through Saturday. On our last day we end at 12 noon. Plan to spend time each night preparing for the next day.

Q: How Does Trial Academy Work?

A: The materials for the program will include both a criminal and civil fact pattern which will be provided to attendees before the program's start date. If you do not receive a fact pattern via email two weeks prior to the Academy, please contact Amy Jasiewicz ajasiewicz@nysba.org immediately.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to prepare as much as possible using the fact pattern and materials.
Each morning of the Trial Academy will feature a lecture on the following aspects of the trial process: Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments.
Each afternoon the lecture group will separate into small break-out groups. Prior to the start of the program each attendee will receive materials that will include which "problem" or "witness" they are to prepare for each day's break-out group. You will work with this group and your Team Leader throughout the entire Trial Academy.
The breakout groups will allow you and your peers to put the theory of the lecture into practice with the feedback of your Team Leader and the rotating critique faculty. Your presentations will be recorded to allow for personal playback and review.

Q: My practice focuses on mostly civil litigation. Can I request that I only present from the civil fact pattern?

A: The Academy focuses on the major aspects of both a civil and criminal trial. Students must make their presentations from both the criminal and civil fact pattern. The critique faculty is a diverse mix of those with civil and criminal experience.

Q: What are the Registration and Fees?

NYSBA Young Lawyer Section Members: $850.00 NYSBA Members: $900.00
Non-NYSBA Members: $1,000.00

The Trial Academy is limited to 60 participants. The registration fee includes all materials and continental breakfast each morning, NYSBA sponsored luncheons each day, and the welcoming and closing cocktail receptions.

Q: How late can I register and what about refunds?

A: We strongly recommend that you register at least two weeks prior to the Academy to allow sufficient time to prepare. Registrations paid in full, dependent on space available, will be accepted until March 20, 2019. Two weeks prior to the Academy you will be provided with the fact pattern and other materials. You should begin preparing immediately and not wait until the night before. Cancellations must be received by March 20, 2019 to receive a refund of registration fee.

Q: What CLE Credits are Available?

A: 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 PRACTICAL SKILLS. This program is transitional and therefore suitable for newly-admitted attorneys.

Q: Are Discounts and Scholarships Available?

A: Scholarships are available through several of NYSBA Sections. Check the website listing for application deadlines. Please note that scholarships only cover the registration fee, and do not cover travel, accommodations, or other expenses.
Attorneys may receive financial assistance to attend this program. Under New York State Bar Association policy, attorneys who require financial assistance may apply in writing, no later than 10 working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and, if approved, may receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. For more details, please contact: Amy Jasiewicz, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207, ajasiewicz@nysba.org.

Q: Are there Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities?

A: Yes. 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 Amy Jasiewicz at least 2 weeks in advance of the event at ajasiewicz@nysba.org or 518-487-5682.

Q: What Hotel Accommodations are Available?

A: 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 alternative hotel accommodations please visit www.campustravel.com/university/cornell for local recommendations. Some local hotels have a daily shuttle to Cornell. The NYSBA has a limited room block and special rate only of $187.00 with the Statler, which is available until 3/12/19.

Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking at the Statler. The Statler charges its overnight guests $12 per day to park at the hotel. If you are carpooling and do not have a car, please check to make sure they don't charge you to park when you check in. Even though the Statler is on campus, the hotel is a separate entity from Cornell and the Statler parking pass does not allow you to park on the campus.
To purchase a separate Cornell parking pass, go to any parking booth on campus. To avoid this expense, many people choose to walk from the hotel to Myron Taylor Hall. If the weather cooperates, it is less than 10 minutes to walk.
Parking Off Site. Parking permits are available for $10 per day at any parking booth. Please note that this does not apply to the parking lot, by permit only, behind Cornell Law School. Some local hotels have shuttles to and from the campus. Please check with your hotel. Also, after you arrive at Trial Academy, you may find someone staying at your hotel that you could carpool with to the law school each day.

Q: What meals are provided?

A: Continental breakfast, hot and cold buffet lunch and snack breaks are provided Wednesday through Saturday. On Sunday, breakfast will be provided. Breakfast and lunch will have vegetarian options available, no need to make a special request. You will be on your own for dinner, although there are cocktail receptions on the first and last evenings. If you have other dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know in advance. Kosher meals are available to those who order in advance. If you have requested Kosher meals in advance, please identify yourself to the wait staff to receive your meal as they are labeled individually. Kosher breakfast and lunch are ordered online when you register for the Academy. All conference attendees are on their own for dinner.

Q: Will I be the only one with no trial experience? OR, will there be other attorneys participating who do have trial experience?

A: No, you won't be the only new or experienced attorney. Every year the Trial Academy has great diversity among its participants. There is always a mix of those no trial experience, limited trial experience, and experienced attorneys.

Q: I've registered for Trial Academy! What happens next?

A: Approximately 2 weeks prior to the program, you will be sent an email from Amy Jasiewicz. It will contain a fact pattern to use to study and prepare. Thorough review of these materials is critical to being ready for the program, and presentations. You will be expected to present on your first day of the Academy on Jury Selection.

Approximately one week prior to the program, you will be emailed your team assignment. All participants in the Academy will gather together in the morning for a lecture, and the split into teams for the afternoons. Each afternoon of the Academy will be spent with your team of approximately 10-15 other students, practicing techniques and studying various trial aspects. Each team will have a rotating critique faculty to observe and provide feedback on student presentations.
Along with the team information, you will be sent your problem assignment, which indicates whether you will be handling the civil or criminal case, and when you will be representing the plaintiff or defense.

Q: Are there course materials?

A: Yes. All course materials are available online. There will be a printed NotePadĀ© handed out at the program, however the Notepad does not contain all course materials. We are striving to conserve paper and present the materials in a convenient electronic format. Printing all of the materials would result in two very large books for you to carry throughout the week. When CLE course materials are provided electronically, the Office of Court Administration requires us to provide the NotePad so that participants have something to refer to during a program.
Wi-Fi is available at the meeting site for you to access the materials online during the program. A high volume of users can slow access so you may want to save the course materials in advance on the laptop or tablet that you are bringing. You do not need to print the course materials.
You must have Adobe Acrobat in order to view, save, and/or print the materials. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy at this link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a laptop or tablet, if you have one. A link to program materials will be provided in advance, and you may want to access these materials onsite during the lectures. We will provide notepads for note-taking. You will be provided with an outline/course book that contains some materials, but please bring your laptops, tablets, etc. as the full set of program materials will be online. WIFI access will be available at the school.
Bring business cards, if you have them. You will have lots of opportunities to network and exchange contact information with fellow attendees, leading litigators, judges and NYSBA leadership.
Wear walking shoes - If you are staying at the Statler, you may need to walk from the Statler to the law school. There is also walking and stairs between meeting rooms.

Dress to impress. Please wear business attire each day. This will help you feel more confident, and will make your presentations feel more like an actual court appearance.

Q: Are there workout facilities?

A: No. The Cornell is on break the week of Trial Academy, which is the reason why we have it at Cornell, at this time of year.

Q: Can I tweet about the Academy?

A: Yes! You can follow or post about the program on Twitter, at: #trial19

Q: How do I prepare?

A: Advance preparation is essential!
Approximately three weeks before the program, you will be emailed a set of materials to study in advance of the Academy. This information will prepare you and help you feel more confident about your participation. We strongly encourage you NOT to wait until the evening before Trial Academy to read the materials. Any time you put into preparation using the provided materials will pay off. Please note, on the afternoon of the first day, students will be asked to make presentations on the topic of the day.
Please note that all participants will be required to present to their small group each day of the Academy, including the first day. Day one you will be conducting a voir dire. Day 2: an opening statement. Day 3: a direct examination. Day 4: a cross examination. Day 5: your closing argument. Please prepare as best you can for these in advance of the Academy, once you review the fact patterns and course materials. Some of the course materials relate to the fact patterns.

Q: What Else Can I Do to Prepare for Trial Academy?

A: RELAX. It is natural to be a bit nervous--keep in mind that you are not alone--everyone is feeling the same way you are. Remember that perfection is not expected, only improvement. This is a learning experience. Please come ready to work hard, have fun, begin new friendships, and learn a great deal.

New YLS Members

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Please join me in welcoming the following new members to the Young Lawyers Section!

Jessica M. Blakemore, Esq.

Karen M. Chau Esq.

Emma M. Cohen, Esq.

Michael C. Danna

Anthony Doherty, Esq.

Adabelle U. Ekechukwu, Esq.

Matthew Fenicle, Esq.

Lindsay S. Feuer Esq.

Rachel B. Geraghty, Esq.

Zack G. Goldberg, Esq.

Katherine A, Hardiman, Esq.

Scott H. Henney, Esq.

Talia M. Jaffe

Tianxin Jin, Esq.

Nathan Karnovsky, Esq.

Robert F. Longtin, Esq.

Dylan E. Maag, Esq.

Lauren A. Mendoza, Esq.

Juan Nasimbewe

Emma S. Nguyen

Robert Papazian

Thomas A. Rawlinson Esq.

Brandi I. Ripp, Esq.

Michael Scott

Salam Sheikh-Khalil, Esq.

Ilgih Surel

Maria V. Zamudio

Emily M. Wajert, Esq.

Tianzi Wu

Xuefeng Wu

Qi Zhang

Petr Benimovich, Esq.

Scott A. Burroughs

Mary M. Dahdouh

Melanie De Marnix

Eric S. Landau, Esq.

Peter A. Vakarev, Esq.

Jonathan W. Wood, Esq.

Steven A. Zuckerman, Esq.

Sarah Coli

Ryan Hunlock

Tahlil McGough

Ann N. McNamara, Esq.

Brandon E. Parshall, Esq.

Jillian R. Sauer

Declan R. Chaskey

Andreas T. Christou

Paul Walker

Eric T. Weyand

Kenneth L. Bush, III

Melissa O. Rothbart, Esq.

Marina Resciniti

Aaron M. Gavenda

Camille M. Ingino

Nick Mastrosimone

Cassondra Jo Murphy

Allison Prout

Merrick L. Sadler, Esq.

Tara Marie Ward

Alexis Florczak

Cortney Frank

Samantha Maguire, Esq.

Siana McLean-McDonald

Daniel Muscarella

Jordyn M. Phillips

Natasha Prasad

Maxwell Whitenight

Liesel Zimmerman

David Berman

Gerard M. Damiani, III

Cassandra Jurenci

Daniel Mercedes, Jr.

Lorenzo Venditti, Esq.

Allison Wood

Jason M. Aaron, Esq.

Jared S. Behr, Esq.

Timothy Clark B. Dauz

Andrew M. Finkiel

Samantha Guido

Brianni Lyons

Sara M. Meyer

Maxwell Michael

Adina L. Phillips , Esq.

Ariana K. Politis, Esq.

Corrado Pulice, Esq.

Victoria M. Sarant, Esq.

Melody S. Schor, Esq.

Rhoda Binda

Avraham Davidov, Esq.

Nigina Khasidova, Esq.

Hilary Hou Chi Lee

John Mitris

Ashley S. Rajakaruna

Adeolu Sunday, Esq.

Sanjana Biswas

Wadih El Riachi, Esq.

Michael Moore

Dara N. Smith, Esq.

Mayss Mazen Hani Akasheh

Gunes A. Ozcan

Alexander C. Alton

Kelsey Angeley, Esq.

Jordan Asch

Rukayat Ashogbon, Esq.

Osikhena Awudu

Sara Aziz

Pankti Bhatt

Ashley Blakeney

Barbara Blanchard, Esq.

Sven Boesing, Esq.

Mayan Bouskila

Gina Brignola

Brandon Brown

Sinead Browne

Nemesio B. Canete, II, Esq.

Lillian A. Cardona, Esq.

Daniel Cercone

Dora Wing Lam Chan

Wing K. Chan, Esq.

Christine Chen, Esq.

Soohyun Choi

Hoi Yan Joyce Chow, Esq.

Liting Cong

Kaisei Edoboil

Melanie Cormier

Chris F. Coulson

Nino Martin Benamer Cruz

Catriona Davenport, Esq.

Lilybelle Davis

Dawn Day

Nicola Dean

Robert J. Desmond, Esq.

Harrison M. Dorobek

Ryan Dorsett

Monica E. Tapia, Esq.

Elizabeth K. Ehret, Esq.

Hazel Estwick-Hurley, Esq.

Diego F. De Lima, Esq.

Nicholas E. Forgione

Christopher Forrester

Harold H. Fox

Edward Fricker

Zachary Goldig

Jeremy F. Goldstein

Geraldine J. Gonzalvez

Alexis Granell

Monica A. Grembowicz, Esq.

Caroline Guensberg

Marianne Guery

Jae Won Ha

Ani Hamparsumyan

John P. Hannon

Adele Hayes

Laura Hellwig

Michael H. Herman

Kristin Hopkins

Jamie Huffman

Edilaine I. D'arce

Viacheslav Iavorskyi

Takashi Ikeda

Tetsuya Ishida

Agata E. Jakubczak

Aleema Jamal

Tracy R. Janes

Nicole Jardim

Ying Jiang

Angela M. Jimenez

Krystin M. Kane, Esq.

Geremy Kaplan-Haubenstock, Esq.

Mayday Karugarama, Esq.

Yanfang Ke

Steffanie Kho

Hwajeong Kim

Julianna King

Katrina Krebs

Jeanmarie C. Larkin

Wing Yee Lau

Stephen S. Laudone

Alexandra D. LeBron

Rebecca Mei Chen Lee, Esq.

Seungwoon Lee

Lydia Leung

Linda Li

Sung E. Lim

Melody M. Lins

Shu-Ya Liu

Abigail M. Luhn

Marie N. Luis 01/17/2019

Jonathan Maddalone

Matthew Malone

Alex Marcellesi

James P. Mariano

Lauren C. Matturri

Kerry McBroom, Esq.

Autmn McCourt, Esq.

Rose R. McKiernan

Joshua M. Messick

Max L. Meyers, Esq.

Anna Mikes

Michael Mikulic, Esq.

Matthew Modell, Esq.

Alexandra M. Murdocca

Sierra Murph

Niles B. Murphy

Alexandra L. Muskat

Cristina N. Gonzalez

Hillary B. Neger, Esq.

Jenna G. Olitsky

Caitlin E. Palmer

Malcolm Peck-McQueen, Esq.

Kylie Pennick

Damian Pietrzak

Valentijn Punt, Esq.

Tian Qiu

Harriet E. Raghnal, Esq.

Takhmina Rakhmatova, Esq.

Courtney A. Reed Keren, Esq.

Gersende Marie Lucie Rollet

Sara Rosano

Jacob Roth

Grace S. Lemoine

Walter D. Santiago, Jr., Esq.

Cecilia Santostefano

Timothy Saviola

Edmund Saw

Jacqueline M. Schulkin

Randolph A. Scott

Samantha B. Scully

Eric J. Seltzer

Edmond R. Shinn, Esq.

Kei Shirakawa

Adi Shoval

Dave Singh

Bonnie L. Smith

Jayne M. Snyder

Ziping Song

Ira Brian Stup

Yueyu Sun

Thomas Q. Swanson

Joseph A. Tanimowo-Reyes

Eli Tarlow

Teerin Vanikieti, Esq.

Navy Thompson

Dona Trnovska

Natalie Anne Tupta

Michael Valentino

Kate M. VandenDolder

Michele Vangelisti, Esq.

Jimena V. De Onis

Jiawan Wang

Alexa Warford

Pei Y. Wei, Esq.

Danren Xu

Jessica Yarnes

Isil Yelkenci

Colleen O. Yorke

Masashi Yoshino

Weijian You, Esq.

Shuitian Yu

Gregory Yuen

Kelin Zhang

Leping Zhang

Mingzhu Zhao

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