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Save the Date!In conjunction with National Diversity Day, please join the Trial Lawyers Section in celebrating Diversity on October 2nd. More Details to Come!

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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.

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.

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.


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.”


Contact the Trial Lawyers Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Gina Bartosiewicz
[email protected]
(518) 487-5671

Betty Lugo

Betty Lugo

Betty Lugo is the new chair of the Trial Lawyers Section.

Lugo is a founding member of Pacheco & Lugo, the first Hispanic women owned law firm in New York established at One World Trade Center in 1992. In 2014, Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC received one of the Top 2014 New York Verdicts and was ranked among Top Worker/Workplace Negligence Cases in New York State Ms. Lugo leads the firm’s litigation practice in the areas of general and commercial liability, construction, labor law, and real estate. She has conducted trials, hearings, arbitrations and appeals in complex matters in both State and Federal Courts. She has counseled and represented clients on matters involving real estate and corporate issues.

Lugo received her Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from Albany Law School of Union University and her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in 1981 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is admitted to practice in New York, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She began her legal career as the first Hispanic woman to work as an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office from 1984 to 1987.

Within the State Bar, Lugo is a member of the NYSBA House of Delegates and Committees on the New York State Constitution; on Federal Priorities, . She served as co-chair of the NYSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2010-2013) and the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. She served as president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association in New York (PRBA) during its 59th year from 2015-2017. She currently serves as chair of the PRBA Judiciary Committee. She served as a member of the State of New York Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial District. She served as a member of the American Bar Association Unaccompanied Minors Working Group Committee. She has served on the Judicial Screening committees for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Kings County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee and New York Democratic Screening Committee. She is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Nathan R. Sobel Kings County Inns of Court, Hispanic National Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association.

Upcoming Events

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Making & Protecting The Record: Virtual And Live - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

An Appellate Judge's View: Key Points for Preserving Error for Appeal | How do an offer of proof and a voir dire of a witness…

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Handling The Virtual Hearing - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

This presentation will discuss the preparation and handling of virtual hearings. There will be discussion about litigating in the local and county courts during COVID-19.

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Taking And Preparing Depositions - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

Know the rules and be ready. In this segment, you will learn how to prepare for, take, and defend depositions both in person and virtually.…

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Grand Jury Presentations & Representing Clients In Grand Jury - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

Preparing clients to testify, requesting legal instructions, making favorable witnesses known to the prosecutor and other essential defense strategies, obligations, and considerations will be discussed.…

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Making Objections And Rules Of Evidence - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

What are objections and How we use them to help win our case is the theme of the presentation. When to object and more importantly…

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Evidence: Introduction Of Exhibits - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

What are exhibits? Exhibits are anything other than testimony that can be perceived by the senses and presented at the trial or hearing.

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Developing Your Theory Of The Case - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

To win a trial an attorney must argue facts, weave in the law and make logical arguments based on the emotions that will compel the…

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Past Events Highlights

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The 10 Commandments Of Trial Practice And Tactics: Ten Topics In 100 Minutes (Webinar)

Join members of the TICL and Trial Sections for an interactive discussion amongst attendees and panelists about the common pitfalls in current trial practice. We…

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The Virtual Court System: Challenges Of Converting To Virtual Courtroom & The Pitfalls Of Virtual Practice - NYSBA Trial Academy Virtual Conference (Webinar)

The Virtual Court System: Challenges of Converting to Virtual Courtroom and the Pitfalls of Virtual Practice. Topics to be discussed: Guiding you through the transition…

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The Attorney Disciplinary Process In The Time Of The Pandemic: The Four Departments Speak (Webinar)

While the worldwide pandemic we have been experiencing since mid-March has put a stop to many activities, the Attorney Disciplinary Process has, of necessity, continued,…

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Trial Lawyers Section Digest

The Trial Lawyers Section Digest features peer-written substantive articles and case summaries relating to the practice of trial law. Edited by Steven Prystowksy, Esq. and Andrew S. Kowlowitz, Esq., the Trial Lawyers Section Digest is published by the Trial Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

The Digest is published as a benefit for members of the Trial Lawyers Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission. © New York State Bar Association.

All rights reserved. ISSN 1530-3985 (print) ISSN 1933-8457 (online)


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