NY Litigator Vol 29 No 1

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter

2023 Vol. 29 No. 1

Published by: Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

The Future: Innovation = Law Students

The New York State Bar Association, along with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and Hofstra’s School of Engineering, created a law student event never previously put together by a bar association. The Section’s former chair, Mark A. Berman, created a virtual innovation tournament, which was co-organized by John Tsiforas, director of law and … Continued

By Mark A. Berman

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Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Hosts Justice Lawrence Knipel for the Third Session of Webinar Series

On Dec. 13, 2022, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section hosted the third in a year-long series of monthly webinars featuring conversations between junior attorneys and Commercial Division justices throughout the state. The guest for this event was Justice Lawrence Knipel, who sits on the Commercial Division in Kings County. Justice Knipel is a graduate … Continued

By James Maguire

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Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Hosts Justice Jennifer Schecter for Second Session of Webinar Series

On Nov. 16, 2022, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section hosted the second in a year-long series of monthly webinars featuring conversations between junior attorneys and Commercial Division justices throughout the State of New York. The guest for the event was Justice Jennifer Schecter, who sits on the Commercial Division in New York County. Justice … Continued

By Lisa Bentley

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Proposed Rules of Interest to Civil Litigators (2022-2023)

(http://ww2.nycourts.gov/rules/comments/index.shtml) Note: The comment periods for the following proposed rules have expired. Comments must be submitted to [email protected]. December 6, 2022: Request for Public Comment on Amending Commercial Division Rule 32 Pertaining to the Scheduling of Witnesses https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/rules/comments/pdf/RPC%20Comm%20Division%20Rule%2032%20Dec%206.pdf November 29, 2022: Request for Public Comment on Amending Commercial Division Rule 29 Pertaining to the Identification of … Continued

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Observational Notes: Meet New York’s Commercial Judges (by and for Junior Lawyers)

On Oct. 21, 2022, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section hosted the inaugural webinar of a year-long series designed to increase the interaction between junior attorneys and New York’s premier Commercial Division justices. This season’s first guest was Justice Andrea Masley. Justice Masley was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2016 and … Continued

By Mohammad Tahir

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Encouraging Female Leadership: An Interview With Lauren J. Wachtler, 2021 Scheindlin Award Recipient

Lauren J. Wachtler, a partner at Barclay Damon LLP, is a commercial litigator representing clients in the fashion, finance, and real estate industries. She has extensive experience as a mediator for the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division cases and as a receiver for commercial and residential properties in New York State. She served … Continued

By Katharine Smith Santos

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CPLR Amendments: 2022 Legislative Session

(2022 N.Y. Laws ch. 1-841) CPLR § Chapter (Part) (Subpart, Item, §) Change Eff. Date 105(s-1) 346 Extends expiration date to 6/30/2023 6/30/22 203(h) 821(4) Adds provision on claims and actions upon certain instruments relating to foreclosure 12/30/22 205(c) 821(5) Exempts proceedings governing by CPLR 205-a 12/30/22 205-a 821(6) Adds section on termination of certain … Continued

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Commercial Litigation Academy

As a recipient of the Hon. Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship, I had the pleasure of attending the New York State Bar Association’s annual Commercial Litigation Academy (Academy) this past November. The scholarship is intended to increase the number of women prepared to first chair large commercial cases and does so, in … Continued

By Tara Ward

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Message From the Chair

It was exciting to be back in person in January for the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Annual Meeting Program and Luncheon! It was refreshing to see a full ballroom of Section members at our luncheon where the Stanley H. Fuld Award was given to Hon. Leonard Austin and to Hon. P. Kevin Castel. Judge … Continued

By Ignatius

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Annual Meeting: Stanley H. Fuld Award Ceremony

Stanley H. Fuld served on New York Court of Appeals for 27 years and sat as chief judge for six of them. During that time, he heard more than 13,000 cases and wrote more than 1,300 opinions. With a mind akin to a steel trap, Judge Fuld’s mastery of the law was so superb that … Continued

By Kate Clendenen

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An Evening at the Second Circuit

On a rainy New York evening, members of NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section gathered for “An Evening at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse” with the Second Circuit. In the annual event’s first return from being held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of ComFed were treated to an engaging tour of Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, designed … Continued

By Quinn N. D’Isa

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2022 Amendments to the Uniform Rules for Supreme and County Courts, Rules Governing Appeals, and Certain Other Rules of Interest to Civil Litigators

22 N.Y.C.R.R. § Court Subject (Change) Link to Order Eff. Date 202.5(a)(2) Sup. Requires preparation of documents using computer software program AO-141-22.pdf (nysba.org) 7/1/22 202.6(b) Sup. Adds an application for change of sex designation https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/RULES/trialcourts/AO-009-22.pdf 2/1/22 202.8-b Sup. Adds provisions on typewritten and handwritten papers and for cross-motions AO-141-22.pdf (nysba.org) 7/1/22 202.8-g Sup. Permits court … Continued

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