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Meet New York’s Commercial Judges: By and for Junior Lawyers – Part 8

Meet New York’s Commercial Judges: By and for Junior Lawyers – Part 8

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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. 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 a Commercial Division Justice.

This Session's guest: Justice Elizabeth Hazlitt Emerson
JUSTICE ELIZABETH HAZLITT EMERSON graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. She has served as a Supreme Court Judge since 1996.

After spending several years in a general civil part, Justice Emerson was asked to help establish a commercial division in Suffolk County. Consequently, the Suffolk County Commercial Division was established in October 2002. At that time Justice Emerson became the first Commercial Division Justice in Suffolk County and has served in that capacity ever since.

Before coming to the Bench, Justice Emerson was a partner of Shearman & Sterling. Her practice included the representation of domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks, and corporations in the structuring, negotiating, and documentation of complex financing transactions. A representative sample of these transactions included acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, project finance, and public offerings.

Justice Emerson began her practice as an associate at White & Case, where, in addition to handling the types of transactions referred to above, she represented corporate clients in a variety of securities litigation, general commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and other complex proceedings.

She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. Justice Emerson is a founding member and co-chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Commercial Division Committee.

She recently served as a member of the Chief Judge’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21St Century. Justice Emerson currently serves as a member of OCA Second Special Commission on Fiduciary Appointments and chaired by Hon. Michael V. Coccoma. Justice Emerson also designed and implemented Project Assist, a program originally located at the John P. Cohalan, Jr., Courthouse in Central Islip, New York, that connects members of the public with programs providing services supporting basic needs.

Since 2004, she has authored Chapter 84, Secured Transactions, in the highly regarded Commercial Litigation in the New York State Courts.

Justice Emerson has served for many years as an adjunct professor at The State University at Stony Brook in the Masters in Business Administration program. She has also taught courses and presented lectures at other universities and law schools within the New York City metropolitan area such as Fordham University School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and Dowling College.


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

If you are having any trouble registering, please contact our Member Resource Center Team at 800-582-2452.


SINGLE DAY PROGRAMS (Live, Webcast, Webinars & Video Replays)

Cancellations received more than 3 days from the scheduled program date: 100% refund

Cancellations received between 0-3 days from the scheduled program date: 100% refund (less the $25 cancellation fee) 

Cancellations received after the scheduled program date: No refund

Start Date:
  • May 9, 2023
Start Time:
  • 1:00 PM
End Time:
  • 2:00 PM
  • Virtual Participation
  • Webinar
Product Code:
  • FED5923
Section Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $25.00
Sponsoring Committee Group
  • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
  • Young Lawyers Section
  • Committee on Continuing Legal Education