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Meet New York’s Commercial Judges: By And For Junior Lawyers – Part 5

Meet New York’s Commercial Judges: By And For Junior Lawyers – Part 5

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The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar is having a year-long series devoted to having junior attorneys interact and learn from New York’s Commercial Division Justices. This session will feature Deborah H. Karalunas. We encourage you to invite junior attorneys from your firm to attend which they can do virtually from the office. There is so much to learn. It is free and invaluable for learning what these jurists expect from lawyers who appear before them and other strategies for success in the Commercial Division. This program will not be recorded – don't miss out!

This multi-part program which will involve young lawyers being paired with Commercial Division Justices to put on a "casual" conversation geared to what young lawyers (or future lawyers) should know about the court system and appearing before the Bar Association.


This session's guest:

Hon. Deborah Karalunas

Presiding Justice of NY Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County

The Honorable Deborah H. Karalunas obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1978 and graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1982. At the College of Law, Karalunas was a member of the International Law Review, Moot Court and the Justinian Honor Society. Following law school, Karalunas clerked for United States District Court Judge Howard G. Munson in the Northern District of New York. In 1983, Karalunas joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, New York where she later became a partner. In 2002 Karalunas was elected to serve as a Supreme Court Justice in the 5th Judicial District. She presides over a panoply of civil cases including commercial, personal injury, medical malpractice, intellectual property, constitutional and environmental. In 2007 Karalunas was appointed Presiding Justice of Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County. Karalunas also serves as Chair of the 5th Judicial District Women in the Courts Committee and the 5th Judicial District Library Board. Karalunas lectures frequently for state and local bar associations on many substantive law and trial practice topics. She also teaches New York Civil Practice and is a regular guest speaker, lecturer and moot court judge at Syracuse University College of Law. Karalunas is the Editor of the Judicial Dispatch and the author of a chapter in the treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts.

This series is organized by the following Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Committee Chairs:

Ralph Carter and Mark A. Berman, Co-Chairs of the Commercial Division Committee

Hamutal Lieberman, Programming and CLE Committee Chair

Viktoriya Liberchuk and Laura Tsang, Co-Chairs of the Young Lawyers Committee


•          Mara Aftzali | Litigation Associate | Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

•          Tara Ward | Senior Associate | Phillips Lytle LLP

Start Date:
  • February 7, 2023
Start Time:
  • 12:30 PM
End Time:
  • 1:30 PM
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • FED2723
Section Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education