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About Our Section

The Trial Lawyers Section (TRIALS) brings together members interested in relevant issues and laws relating to trial practice and procedure.

TRIALS presents programs and CLEs, including an annual CLE program with Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law section. TRIALS holds events to provide members with opportunities to meet and hear from Judges and experienced trial attorneys about trial practice and procedure and bar association involvement. TRIALS provides mentorship and support to trial attorneys and law students. TRIALS promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and won the NYSBA Section Diversity Champion Award in 2012 and 2013.

Message from the Section Chair

Welcome to The Trial Lawyers Section (TRIALS) of the New York State Bar Association. We encourage you to join and get more involved with TRIALS. There are many opportunities to network and learn from experienced trial attorneys and Jurists. You will also have opportunities to write articles, to plan and participate in educational programs and networking events focused on trial practice and procedure.

-Betty Lugo
Betty Lugo
How our Members Benefit

How Our Members Benefit

  • Education on trial advocacy, practice and procedure
  • Networking and connecting with Judges and experienced trial lawyers
  • Mentoring of new trial lawyers, young lawyers, and students
  • Trial advocacy and skills

Our Publication

Our Publication

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.


I joined the TLS because I wanted to connect with trial lawyers that I could learn and discuss trial advocacy, practice and procedure. I have been a NYSBA member since 1984 when I graduated law school. Networking and connecting with members of the Trial Lawyers Section has assisted me to learn and hone my advocacy skills and to get answers when I am confronted with novel issues. As a TRIALS member, I feel like I have a large law firm behind me and am able to discuss creative approaches on evidentiary issues, trial practice and procedure.

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