Monday, November 30, 2009

Appellate Practice CLE This Week

If you want to become familiar with the basics of appellate practice in New York, or you simply want to fine tune your appellate skills, this Thursday, December 3, I will be chairing an all-day Continuing Legal Education program on appellate practice sponsored by the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction of the New York State Bar Association.

The program, which begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4:45 p.m., will he held at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, 371 Seventh Avenue, at 31st Street.

The program will present insiders' views from Stuart Cohen, the Clerk of the New York Court of Appeals; John W. McConnell, Clerk of the Appellate Division, First Department; and James Pelzer, Clerk of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Justice Angela M. Mazzarelli, of the Appellate Division, First Department, will speak on brief writing and oral argument, and experienced appellate attorneys will address such matters as stays pending appeal, and preservation of error.

The session will conclude in the afternoon with a panel discussion, "Differences in Briefing and Arguing a Case in the Court of Appeals and in the Appellate Division." Panelists will include two experienced appellate attorneys and Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Justice Steven W. Fisher, of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Former Justice of the Appellate Division Betty Weinberg Ellerin will chair the panel.

This is a wonderful and valuable opportunity to hear from very experienced appellate judges and attorneys. A 487 page book is included with the program which carries seven CLE credits. Walk-in registration is available.

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