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Live Event Bridge the Gap

December 2018 Bridge the Gap: Happy Holidays!

Event Date: December 15, 2018

$ 199 In Stock

Course Information

Time 12/15/2018 09:00AM EST
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

It may be cold outside, but it's warm in here! What better way to stay cozy than with this assortment of fun, fascinating topics to complete your CLE?


This program counts towards NY Bridge the Gap Credit. This one-day program will count as 6 Skills Credits and 3 Ethics Credits for New York Bridge the Gap. 

  • NY Newly Admitted Attorneys: This program will fulfill all 6 live Skills Credits required, as well as 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned Attorneys: Earn 6 General CLE credits and 3 Ethics. Also, although all of our weekends are entitled Bridge the Gap, lectures cover topics of law designed to increase the scope of efficacy of attorneys with all levels of experience.

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Top 10 Skills You Need for Trial
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We all have our fears when it comes to trial. This course is intended to alleviate some of the fears that keep trial lawyer attorneys up at night. Join attorney Justin Blitz to discuss the top ten skills you need to be successful at trial.

The course will focus on civil cases brought by a plaintiff’s attorney to trial. We will discuss issues on how best to prepare for trial as well as maximizing jury selection, effective openings, techniques for cross examination and evidence presentation, and other related topics. Mr. Blitz will also discuss those items that trial attorneys face during a trial that require fast and strategic thinking.

10:20AM - 11:35AM
Best Practices in Negotiating and Drafting Contracts
with Steven C. Bennett

What makes an effective, enforceable contract? Mr. Steven Bennett, a commercial litigator with 30 years of experience in contract-related disputes, suggests that clarity and simplicity are at the core of contract drafting and negotiation. This lecture explores essentials of contract drafting and negotiation in various contexts, focusing on how the intent of the parties is key to constructing a foolproof contract.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Skills for Cross-Examining a Breath Test Officer
with Steven Epstein

This program, taught by Steven Epstein, founding partner at Barket Epstein, will cover the fundamental principles and scientific concepts that provide the basis for breath testing to determine blood alcohol concentration. The course will transition into a discussion of chapters of cross examination skills that can be used to examine a breath testing officer in a DWI/DUI trial. Topics will include Henry’s Law, Beer’s Law, the 2100:1 ratio, how temperature impacts breath testing, margins of uncertainty in breath testing, and other lines of cross examination. The seminar will be structured so that it is helpful to beginners as well as attorneys experienced in DWI/DUI defense.

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How to File A Claim for Veterans Benefits
with Thomas Kniffen

This program, presented by veteran and former Veterans Affairs (VA) attorney Tom Kniffen, will explore how to file a claim for veterans compensation benefits with the VA. It will provide an overview of the basic legal concepts that pertain to obtaining disability compensation benefits, and address how to handle that claim throughout the entire application process. Mr. Kniffen will also discuss the basic requirements attorneys must comply with in order to represent veterans before the VA. The primary focus of this program will be VA disability compensation benefits, though VA healthcare benefits and pension benefits will also be discussed.

02:50PM - 04:05PM
Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
with Craig Dobson

Almost all lawyers engage in multi-jurisdictional practice (MJP). Some engage in MJP on a regular basis. Failure to understand the rules surrounding MJP can lead not only to ethics violations, but also to criminal charges. Understanding these rules allows the lawyer to assist a broader range of clients. This lecture will address the complex rules that govern MJP so that you can determine when you can practice in other jurisdictions and also when it is appropriate to allow out-of-state lawyers to associate with you in your jurisdiction.

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Lawyers, Technology & Social Media: Keeping an Ethical Thumbs Up
with Christopher Farella

Lawyers are increasingly using social media to enhance their online presence, promote their achievements, and interact with clients, prospective clients, and adversaries. Christopher Farella, Deputy General Counsel of the law firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., explains the ethical minefields and guardrails facing lawyers in today’s social media age.


Justin Blitz

Schulman Blitz, LLP

Justin Blitz, Esq. is a partner at Schulman Blitz, LLP. He focuses on litigating all types of civil cases from inception to resolution. An experienced trial lawyer and skillful negotiator, Mr. Blitz is a tenacious adversary who consistently gets great results for his clients regardless of the case or the challenges presented.

Mr. Blitz has tried cases throughout the state of New York and obtained many substantial jury verdicts. He believes that the best results are achieved when every case is meticulously prepared for trial and this philosophy has enabled him to obtain scores of favorable settlements in all kinds of actions. Mr. Blitz has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

Mr. Blitz has over a decade of experience of successfully managing a large caseload of complex and high-profile negligence actions. He became known as an able trial lawyer and expert negotiator who successfully resolved hundreds of cases in arbitration, mediation, courtroom negotiation, and trial. 

Mr. Blitz has established himself as one of the "go to" trial attorneys for other New York lawyers in the State that seek trial counsel on their most severe injury cases. Many law firms throughout the State hire Mr. Blitz to try to verdict their most catastrophic injured clients' law suits. This is due to his superb track record and prior verdict results.

Mr. Blitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). He is a past chairman of NYSTLA’s Young Lawyers Committee. In addition to NYSTLA, Mr. Blitz is a member of several other bar associations, including the American Association for Justice.

When not in the courtroom, Mr. Blitz lectures at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He has lectured on a variety of topics including courtroom technology, trial tips and techniques, and strategies for maximizing the value of personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Blitz's lectures have over 20,000 views from Attorneys who have taken his courses for continuing legal education credit. The reviews of his lectures have made him a renowned speaker across the State in regards to personal injury legal topics. 

Mr. Blitz has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list of “Rising Stars” for the years 2014 and 2015 and 2016 and has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2017 and 2018.

Many of Mr. Blitz's cases have been chronicled in the New York media including articles and stories in The New York Post, The New York Times, CBS News, Telemundo and Noticero.

Mr. Blitz is a native of New York City and a graduate of Columbia Prep High School and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his legal training at New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

At Schulman Blitz, LLP, Mr. Blitz litigates a wide variety of civil suits with an emphasis on motor vehicle collisions, negligent security, municipal liability, medical malpractice, labor law, negligent supervision and all types of premises liability.

Steven C. Bennett

Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC

Steven C. Bennett's practice at Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC (New York City) focuses on complex domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including bankruptcy, construction, corporate governance, data security, energy, privacy, real estate and other matters. Mr. Bennett gained extensive trial experience during six years at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Bankruptcy Unit, and nearly twenty years as a partner in a major international law firm.

Steven Epstein

Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP

Steven Epstein is a founding partner at Barket, Epstein and Kearon, LLP and is the partner in charge of the firm's DWI/Vehicular Crimes group. Mr. Epstein has more than 25 years of experience in the field of criminal defense.

Mr. Epstein is widely recognized as one of the foremost DWI attorneys in the country, specializing in representing clients accused of DWI, vehicular homicides and other criminal offenses. He is a nationally recognized and much sought after lecturer at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys and is relied upon as the principal instructor for the Legal Aid Society of New York City in the area of DWI defense. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Pace University School of Law since 1998 and the author of numerous published articles relating to trial techniques, legal challenges to scientific evidence, legal updates and other criminal and DWI defense related issues. 

Mr. Epstein was appointed by the United States Department of Justice as a peer reviewer for National Institute of Justice Grant applications to conduct research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets and use, and the effects of drug legalization and decriminalization on law enforcement, applicable to State, tribal and local jurisdictions.

Mr. Epstein successfully completed the NHTSA DWI/SFST practitioner course; a 24 hour course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has successfully completed coursework on the use and maintenance of breath testing devices.

Mr. Epstein proudly serves as a faculty member of the distinguished National College for DUI Defense.

Christopher Farella

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Christopher Farella is a member of the Litigation Department of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. and also serves as Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Deputy General Counsel with duties encompassing advice on ethical matters, resolution of conflicts of interest, and advising senior management on a wide-range of issues. Mr. Farella’s practice focuses on state and federal litigation in the employment, business, and white-collar criminal practice areas, with particular expertise on guidance and creative strategies regarding best practices for the preservation and collection of electronically stored information ("ESI"). Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Mr. Farella was an Assistant General Counsel at the North American headquarters of a global pharmaceutical company and he served as Chairperson for New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee.

Mr. Farella is a frequent speaker at CLE-accredited programs on ethics and attorney-client privilege topics. His most recent programs include:

  • “Wireless Ethics and Confidentiality for Attorneys” – Federal Bar Association of New York City (2018)
  • “Knock-Knock. Who’s There? The Government. How to Protect the Attorney-Client Privilege When The Government is at the Door” – Lorman Education Service (2018)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism” – New Jersey Association for Justice Meadowlands Seminar (2017)
  • “To Be a Legal Opinion or Not to be a Legal Opinion – that is the In-House Communication Question” – EBG White Collar Crash Course (2017)
  • “Ethics and Professionalism in the Technology Age” – NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar (2017)

Mr. Farella received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third and Sixth Circuits, and the United States District Courts of New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Craig Dobson

Dobson Law LLC

Kenneth Craig Dobson is owner of Dobson Law LLC where he practices both immigration and ethics law. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Furman University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law. During law school, he received CALI awards in both the Law and Ethics of Lawyering and International Business Transactions and served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.

He previously served as UPL Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve as Chairperson of the District 1 UPL Committee for the State Bar of Georgia from 2014 to 2017. He is currently Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Ethics Committee and also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility’s Cross-Border Practice Subcommittee, which is currently working on proposed amendments to current ABA multijurisdictional practice rules. Additionally, he is a member of New York City Bar Association’s Mindfulness & Wellbeing Committee in Law Committee. In October 2017, he became one of the first National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches.

Thomas Kniffen

Law Office of Thomas J. Kniffen

Tom Kniffen is a veteran. He is a former Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force. Tom worked as an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], defending VA before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims [CAVC], and as Section Chief of the VA Compensation Service Regulatory Affairs Office, from 1999 – 2015. In both positions, his responsibilities focused upon VA benefits. Since 2015 when he founded his law firm,, Tom has represented veterans and their dependents before CAVC, the United State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and VA at the Agency Level.