NYSBA Trial Academy

Saturday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Syracuse University College of Law
Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY

The New York State Bar Association Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program. Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved.

32 MCLE Credits: 19.5 Skills, 2.0 Ethics, 10.5 Professional Practice
This program is transitional and suitable for newly admitted attorneys.

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This is an in-person event.

NYSBA Member Price: $995.00

Non Member Price: $1095.00

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Trial Academy 2023

Saturday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Syracuse University College of Law
Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY

32 MCLE Credits
19.5 Skills, 2.0 Ethics, 10.5 Professional Practice

This program is transitional and suitable for newly admitted attorneys.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Registrants: Please view the Pre-Recorded “Jury Selection” webinar created for Trial Academy as part of your preparations for Day One.

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Dineen Hall

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Dineen Hall

8:50 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Storytelling & Developing Your Case Theory

9:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Opening Statements

10:55 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Break

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Faculty Demonstration of Jury Selection

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Dineen Hall

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Team Meetings – Jury Selection Presentations

Each team member will present a demonstration to the Team of a Jury Selection/Voir Dire based on the provided fact pattern. The critique faculty will provide constructive feedback and guidance following each presentation. In addition, a recording of each presentation will be used during a one-on-one critique session with a rotating faculty of experienced trial attorneys and judges.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Cocktail Reception and Founders Award Presentation

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

All Trial Academy students, faculty and volunteers are invited to attend this complimentary reception. Beer, wine and soda and light refreshments served. Come and meet your fellow students and faculty and network over a drink!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Dineen Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Trial Ethics

Dineen Hall

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Break

10:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Direct Examinations

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Dineen Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Faculty Demonstration of Opening Statements

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Team Meetings – Opening Statements Demonstrations

Each team member will present a demonstration to the Team of an Opening Statement based on the provided fact pattern. The critique faculty will provide constructive feedback and guidance following each presentation. In addition, a recording of each presentation will be used during a one-on-one critique session with a rotating faculty of experienced trial attorneys and judges.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee Meeting

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

If any Trial Academy participants are interested in learning more about the Criminal Justice Section and opportunities to become involved, please feel free to join us for our Executive Committee meeting.

Monday, March 13, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Dineen Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Cross Examinations Part I

Dineen Hall

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Break

10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Cross Examinations Part II – Live Lecture

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Faculty Demonstration of Direct Examination

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Dineen Hall

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Team Meetings – Direct Examinations

During each team meeting, each team member will present a demonstration to the Team of a Direct Examination based on the provided fact pattern. The critique faculty will provide constructive feedback and guidance following each presentation. In addition, the recording of each presentation will be used during a one-on-one critique session with a rotating faculty of experienced trial attorneys and judges.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Dineen Hall

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

How to Introduce Evidence

Dineen Hall

9:20 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Trial Motions and Motions In Limine

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Break

10:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Arguments – Live Lecture

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Faculty Demonstration Cross Examination

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Team Meeting – Cross Examination Demonstrations

During each team meeting, each team member will present a demonstration to the Team of a Cross Examination based on the provided fact pattern. The critique faculty will provide constructive feedback and guidance following each presentation. In addition, the recording of each presentation will be used during a one-on-one critique session with a rotating faculty of experienced trial attorneys and judges.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Faculty Demonstration Closing Arguments

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Team Meetings – Closing Arguments

Each team member will present a demonstration to the Team of a Closing Arguments Examination based on the provided fact pattern. The critique faculty will provide constructive feedback and guidance following each presentation. In addition, the recording of each presentation will be used during a one-on-one critique session with a rotating faculty of experienced trial attorneys and judges.

1:00 p.m.

Trial Academy Adjourns

Trial Academy Faculty

Faculty Information will be posted soon

Due to the need to prep in advance of the Academy using the two provided fact patterns, registrants are strongly encouraged to register a month in advance. Registrants will present a Jury Selection/Voir Dire on the first day of the Trial Academy, and other presentations each day.

Registrants will need to view the Pre-Recorded “Jury Selection” webinar created for Trial Academy as part of your preparations for Day One.  Click here to view: https://nysba.ce21.com/ViewerUnAutheticatedLink?x=2WOt5Ic0ciTwH3h2KtRHNw==

Check-in and breakfast begin on Saturday at 7:30 am, with the program beginning at 8:30 am. We finish at 5:00 pm Saturday through Tuesday. On our last day we end at 12 noon. Plan to spend time each night preparing for the next day.

The materials for the program will include both a criminal and civil fact pattern which will be provided to attendees before the program’s start date. If you do not receive a fact pattern via email two weeks prior to the Academy, please contact Amy Jasiewicz [email protected] immediately.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to prepare as much as possible using the fact pattern and materials.

Each morning of the Trial Academy will feature a lecture on the following aspects of the trial process: Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments.

Each afternoon the lecture group will separate into small break-out groups. Prior to the start of the program each attendee will receive materials that will include which “problem” or “witness” they are to prepare for each day’s break-out group. You will work with this group and your Team Leader throughout the entire Trial Academy.

The breakout groups will allow you and your peers to put the theory of the lecture into practice with the feedback of your Team Leader and the rotating critique faculty. Your presentations will be recorded to allow for personal playback and review.

The materials for the program will include both a criminal and civil fact pattern which will be provided to attendees before the program’s start date. Each morning of the Trial Academy will feature a lecture on the following aspects of the trial process: Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Ethics, Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross- Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments. Each afternoon the lecture group will separate into small break-out groups, or teams. Prior to the start of the program each attendee will receive materials that will include which “problem” or “witness” they are to prepare for each day’s break-out group. You will work with this group and your Team Leader throughout the entire Trial Academy. The break- out groups will allow you and your peers to put the theory of the lecture into practice with the feedback of your Team Leader and the rotating critique faculty. Your presentations will be recorded to allow for personal playback and review.

Thank you to the following sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

NYSBA TICL Section

Silver Sponsor

Young Lawyers Section

Interested in sponsoring the NYSBA Trial Academy? Please reach out to Gina Bartosiewicz ([email protected]) for more information!

NYSBA SECTIONS: Click here to download a Section sponsorship form.

Several Sections of the NYSBA offer scholarships to attend the NYSBA Trial Academy. To apply for a Trial Academy scholarship, complete and submit the application form along with your resume. This application will be reviewed for consideration by multiple NYSBA Sections; no need to apply to each Section individually. Note that the scholarship covers the meeting registration, scholarship recipients need to cover their travel, accommodation and any other expenses.

Click the link below to download the scholarship application:

 

A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center, 801 University Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13210.  The discounted rate is $130 per night.  Please reserve by Monday, February 6, 2023.

Reserve your room online at https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1673028918697&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee.

The Trial Academy will be held at Syracuse University Law School of Law, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York, 13244

Dineen Hall is a 10 minute walk from the Sheraton Hotel, however free parking is available across the street from Dineen Hall on the corner of East Raynor Ave and Stadium Place. It is recommended that participants of the program park in this lot and use the entrance of Dineen Hall that is directly across the street, as this is closest to the event check in on each day.

Additional parking is available in the Irving Street garage, which is located next to Dineen Hall.

Please click here for a map of this area (https://parking.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Pad-Map-North-Master-20190910.pdf)

Additional information about transportation services and parking can be found here:  https://parking.syr.edu/

Q: When and Where is the Trial Academy?

A: The Trial Academy will be held at Syracuse University Law School of Law, Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York, 13244 on March 11 to March 15, 2023.

Q: How Does Trial Academy Work?

The materials for the program will include both a criminal and civil fact pattern which will be provided to attendees before the program’s start date. If you do not receive a fact pattern via email two weeks prior to the Academy, please contact Amy Jasiewicz [email protected] immediately.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to prepare as much as possible using the fact pattern and materials.

Each morning of the Trial Academy will feature a lecture on the following aspects of the trial process: Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments.

Each afternoon the lecture group will separate into small break-out groups. Prior to the start of the program each attendee will receive materials that will include which “problem” or “witness” they are to prepare for each day’s break-out group. You will work with this group and your Team Leader throughout the entire Trial Academy.

The breakout groups will allow you and your peers to put the theory of the lecture into practice with the feedback of your Team Leader and the rotating critique faculty. Your presentations will be recorded to allow for personal playback and review.

Q: My practice focuses on mostly civil litigation. Can I request that I only present from the civil fact pattern?

A: The Academy focuses on the major aspects of both a civil and criminal trial. Students must make their presentations from both the criminal and civil fact pattern.  The critique faculty is a diverse mix of those with civil and criminal experience.

Q: How late can I register and what about refunds?
A:
We strongly recommend that you register at least two weeks prior to the Academy to allow sufficient time to prepare. Two weeks prior to the Academy you will be provided with the fact pattern and other materials. You should begin preparing immediately and not wait until the night before.

Q: What CLE Credits are Available?

A: Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of up to 34.5 MCLE credit hours, consisting of 2.0 credit hours in ETHICS and 12.0 credit hours in PRACTICAL SKILL and 20.5 credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice. This program is transitional and therefore suitable for newly-admitted attorneys.

Q: Are Discounts and Scholarships Available?
A: Scholarships are available through several of NYSBA Sections. Check the website listing for application deadlines. Please note that scholarships only cover the registration fee, and do not cover travel, accommodations, or other expenses.

Attorneys may receive financial assistance to attend this program. Under New York State Bar Association policy, attorneys who require financial assistance may apply in writing, no later than 10 working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and, if approved, may receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. For more details, please contact: Amy Jasiewicz, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207, [email protected].

Q: Are there Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities?

A: Yes. NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Amy Jasiewicz at least 2 weeks in advance of the event at [email protected] or 518-487-5682.

Q: Where do I park?

Parking at the Law School

More information coming soon.

Parking Off Site

More information coming soon

Q: What meals are provided?
A:
Continental breakfast, hot and cold buffet lunch and snack breaks are provided Wednesday through Sunday. You will be on your own for dinner, although there are cocktail receptions on the first and last evenings. Breakfast and lunch will have vegetarian options available, no need to make a special request. If you have other dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know in advance. Kosher meals are available to those who order in advance. If you have requested Kosher meals in advance, please identify yourself to the wait staff to receive your meal as they are labeled individually. Kosher breakfast and lunch are ordered online when you register for the Academy. All conference attendees are on their own for dinner.

Q: Will I be the only one with no trial experience? OR, will there be other attorneys participating who do have trial experience?

A: No, you won’t be the only new or experienced attorney. Every year the Trial Academy has great diversity among its participants. There is always a mix of those no trial experience, limited trial experience, and experienced attorneys.

Q: I’ve registered for Trial Academy! What happens next?

A: Approximately 2 weeks prior to the program, you will be sent an email. It will contain a fact pattern to use to study and prepare. Thorough review of these materials is critical to being ready for the program, and presentations. You will be expected to present on your first day of the Academy on Jury Selection.

Approximately one week prior to the program, you will be emailed your team assignment. All participants in the Academy will gather together in the morning for a lecture, and the split into teams for the afternoons. Each afternoon of the Academy will be spent with your team of approximately 10-15 other students, practicing techniques and studying various trial aspects. Each team will have a rotating critique faculty to observe and provide feedback on student presentations.

Along with the team information, you will be sent your problem assignment, which indicates whether you will be handling the civil or criminal case, and when you will be representing the plaintiff or defense.

Q: Are there course materials?

A: Yes. All course materials are available online. There will be a printed NotePad©  handed out at the program, however the Notepad does not contain all course materials. We are striving to conserve paper and present the materials in a convenient electronic format. Printing all of the materials would result in two very large books for you to carry throughout the week. When CLE course materials are provided electronically, the Office of Court Administration requires us to provide the NotePad so that participants have something to refer to during a program.

Wi-Fi is available at the meeting site for you to access the materials online during the program. A high volume of users can slow access so you may want to save the course materials in advance on the laptop or tablet that you are bringing. You do not need to print the course materials.

You must have Adobe Acrobat in order to view, save, and/or print the materials.  If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy at this link:  http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Q: What should I bring?

A: Bring a laptop or tablet, if you have one. A link to program materials will be provided in advance, and you may want to access these materials onsite during the lectures. We will provide notepads for note-taking. You will be provided with an outline/course book that contains some materials, but please bring your laptops, tablets, etc. as the full set of program materials will be online.  WIFI access will be available at the school.

Bring business cards, if you have them. You will have lots of opportunities to network and exchange contact information with fellow attendees, leading litigators, judges and NYSBA leadership.

Wear walking shoes – If you are staying at Sheraton Hotel, you may need to walk from the Hotel to the law school. There is also walking and stairs between meeting rooms.

Dress to impress. Please wear business attire each day. This will help you feel more confident, and will make your presentations feel more like an actual court appearance.

Q: Can I tweet about the Academy?

A: Yes! You can follow or post about the program on Twitter, at: #trial22

Q: How do I prepare?

A: Advance preparation is essential!

Approximately three weeks before the program, you will be emailed a set of materials to study in advance of the Academy. This information will prepare you and help you feel more confident about your participation. We strongly encourage you NOT to wait until the evening before Trial Academy to read the materials. Any time you put into preparation using the provided materials will pay off. Please note, on the afternoon of the first day, students will be asked to make presentations on the topic of the day.

Please note that all participants will be required to present to their small group each day of the Academy, including the first day. Day one you will be conducting a voir dire. Day 2: an opening statement. Day 3: a direct examination. Day 4: a cross examination. Day 5: your closing argument.  Please prepare as best you can for these in advance of the Academy, once you review the fact patterns and course materials. Some of the course materials relate to the fact patterns.

Q: What Else Can I Do to Prepare for Trial Academy?
A: R
ELAX. It is natural to be a bit nervous—keep in mind that you are not alone—everyone is feeling the same way you are. Remember that perfection is not expected, only improvement. This is a learning experience. Please come ready to work hard, have fun, begin new friendships, and learn a great deal.

We look forward to seeing you at the Academy!

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