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Live Event Bridge the Gap

December 2019 Bridge the Gap Skills & Ethics: Prep for 2020

Event Date: December 14, 2019

$ 199 In Stock

Course Information

Time 12/14/2019 09:00AM EST
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Ring in the new year with a variety of skills and ethics programs to prepare you for law practice in 2020. What better way to kick off the holidays than with this assortment of topics to complete your CLE?


  • Newly Admitted NY Attorneys: Earn 6 Skills and 3 Ethics.
  • Newly Admitted NJ Attorneys: Earn 6 General and 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned NY Attorneys: Earn 6 Skills and 3 Ethics. 
  • Seasoned NJ Attorneys: Earn 6 General and 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned PA Attorneys: Earn 5 General and 2.5 Ethics. 

Note: This course is not certified for the Pennsylvania Newly Admitted Bridge the Gap requirement. 

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09:00AM - 10:15AM
From the Initial Phone Call to the Closing Letter: The Practical Knowledge Needed to Handle a Criminal Defense Case
with Scott J. Limmer

This course is for anyone who wants detailed, practical knowledge of how to handle a criminal case. While there is a lot of information out there about handling particular types of offenses, there are not many books that teach you what to do when you get a 2:00 AM phone call telling you someone has been arrested and needs your help. What do you do when you get that phone call? Do you call central booking? Do you call the precinct? Wait, you don’t know where your client is, how do you find that out? And wait a second, is he your client? Are you making all these phone calls before you are retained? 

This program, taught by experienced criminal attorney Scott Limmer, will answer many of these questions. The course is designed to give newly admitted attorneys, and more experienced attorneys who are new to practicing criminal law, an overview of the fundamental knowledge needed to be a criminal defense attorney. The program will provide an overview of a criminal case, from the initial phone call and the initial client meeting to arraignment, plea negotiations, and sentencing. The program will also discuss the defense attorney’s role in all of these parts of a criminal defense case and how to most advantageously represent your client. Additionally, it discusses how you can best communicate with clients, prosecutors, judges, and court staff in order to set yourself - and more importantly, your client - up for success.

10:20AM - 11:35AM
Developing Your Narrative at Trial and Delivering a Compelling Closing Argument
with Joey Jackson

Delivering a compelling closing argument closes the deal at trial, and leads to victory. That said, putting together a cogent, riveting, and persuasive closing argument starts well before it is actually presented. This program, taught by nationally recognized defense attorney Joey Jackson, will teach the steps necessary to lay the foundation for a winning closing argument, culminating with an effective delivery.  

Before the trial even begins, the skillful advocate is mindful of the opportunity that motions in limine present in excluding unfavorable evidence. During jury selection, the jurors must be conditioned to the strengths and weaknesses of the advocate’s case, making jurors more receptive to reasonable arguments. Thereafter, during the trial, each line of inquiry on direct examination should further the advocate’s narrative.  Similarly, on cross examination, the questions should be designed to minimize harmful facts and highlight those that further your theory of the case. The closing argument enables the advocate to pull their theory together - putting the most favorable evidence before the jury. In doing so, adverse evidence must be minimized and explained. Exhibits that advance the cause of victory must be highlighted and emblazoned in the minds of jurors. These include documents, photos, video, audio, portions of the highlighted trial transcript, and anything else that educates the jury in a favorable way.  

In short, this course teaches the advocate how to develop their case throughout trial, build towards and deliver exceptional closing arguments, and win the case.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Practical Skills in NYC Zoning and Land Use Due Diligence
with Eleanore C. Martins and Joshua J. Rinesmith

Imagine this scenario as a real estate lawyer: a client is looking to buy property within the five boroughs of New York City, and the broker has assured them that the property is located in a zoning district that permits residential use. How can you confirm that this information is accurate? Now suppose the property is occupied by a beautiful historic manufacturing building that your client wants to maintain. Is this a legal non-conforming use that is allowed in the residential zoning district according to the building's Certificate of Occupancy? Alternatively, perhaps your client wants to be able to demolish the existing building. Is the building a designated landmark or located within a historic district that would preclude demolition?

What if your client is a real estate developer and is purchasing a piece of property with the expectation of developing a mixed-use project of a certain density. Is such a development permitted? Does your title report or Department of Buildings records contain references to zoning-related documents that may evidence the property was part of a larger zoning lot thereby adversely impacting your client’s development plans?

Depending on the issues raised, you will likely want to call a land use and zoning attorney to confirm your findings, but it's always helpful to be able to review and interpret certain land use and zoning information to determine if you even need to make that call or to inform your discussions on behalf of your client. There is a wealth of zoning and land use resources and documents publicly available online, if you know where to look and how to use them. This program provides the basic land use and zoning due diligence resources and skills essential for a real estate lawyer practicing in New York City.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Deposition Strategies & Techniques: Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style
with Lisa M. Coyle and Rayna E. Kessler

Depositions are one of the most crucial (and fun) stages of litigation. They clarify and illuminate the facts of your – and your adversary’s – case in a way that the documents alone – no matter how much you pore over them – simply cannot. They bring a case to life by putting faces to names. They give you a sneak peek into what a trial might look like. Handled well, they can also lead to settlement, solidify your grounds for summary judgment, and lock opponents into important positions for trial. Whether you are a first-year litigation associate or a senior partner, join skilled and experienced litigators Lisa Coyle and Rayna Kessler for a discussion of strategies and techniques for maximizing your effectiveness at preparing for, taking, and defending depositions.

02:50PM - 04:05PM
Ethical Considerations for Business Immigration Practitioners
with Ruby Li and Tao Li

Immigration practitioners are frequently confronted with a wide scope of ethical issues. This course, presented by Ruby Li and Tao Li from Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP, reviews the practical considerations of ethical business immigration issues which may arise in every day practice. Specifically, this course covers general practice considerations, dual representation and conflicts, confidentiality, and unauthorized practice of law. The course will also include hypothetical exercises which mirror issues that practitioners frequently confront. Additionally, this course will cover best practices on how to avoid and resolve ethical conflicts in the business immigration context. Finally, the course will cover potential repercussions of ethical violations.

04:10PM - 05:25PM
Ethics of Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
with Marc Garfinkle

The description “multi-jurisdictional practice” may conjure images of Big Law firm with offices around the country or around the globe. More likely, it describes solos or small firms or corporate in-house counsel (retained and salaried) seeking or serving clients in a different state than the one in which they are admitted. Typically, these are transactional attorneys whose clients acquire or dispose of assets in foreign jurisdictions, attorneys seeking to represent their clients in arbitrations or mediation, or Good Samaritans drawn inadvertently into multi-jurisdictional practice.

There are relatively few ethical issues particular to multi-jurisdictional practices, but there is an 800 pound gorilla in the waiting room: the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL), proscribed by Model RPC 5.5, and each state’s identical or unique version of that Rule. Under the same or a similar name, UPL is also a crime in all fifty states, so wayward attorneys may receive discipline from their own bar and also be prosecuted by another state for something they did inadvertently or with good intentions.

This program, taught by former Ethics Committee chair and legal ethics attorney Marc Garfinkle, will examine the ethical rules which apply to multi-jurisdictional practice, when and how attorneys may appear in a foreign jurisdiction, and how attorneys can recognize when they are in danger of running afoul of the ethical rules. The course will also review some less-menacing ethical considerations, such as advertising and solicitation issues that beset many attorneys.


Scott J. Limmer

The Law Offices of Scott J. Limmer

Scott J. Limmer has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the area of criminal defense law, representing clients in State and Federal Courts. Scott represents clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties for essentially every type of criminal offense.

He received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1993. In 1994, he began work as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, where he handled thousands of cases and gained invaluable knowledge in the area of criminal law. In 1998, he left the DA’s office and founded a solo criminal defense practice on Long Island. Not long after, he added an additional office in Queens. Scott has represented countless clients throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties, advocating and guiding them through the criminal justice process.

 Scott also represents clients accused of violating their college’s code of conduct, specifically Title IX sexual abuse and harassment issues. He has advised clients throughout schools in the Northeast as well as around the country. 

Scott is the co-host of the “Reboot Your Law Practice” podcast. Scott and his co-host talk each week about how attorneys must give value, be authentic, build relationships, adjust, and evolve to be successful in the new legal reality we are practicing in. 

Scott enjoys discussing the business aspects of running a law practice, the future of law and how technology is changing the way most lawyers do business.

Marc Garfinkle

Marc D. Garfinkle

A solo since passing the bar in 1978, Marc Garfinkle is an attorney whose practice is limited to legal ethics and discipline, judicial conduct and bar admission. He is also the author of several short books for new attorneys, including $olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law without Getting a Job (3d ed.,©2010, 2019, Solo Contendere Press).

A nationally-acclaimed speaker, Marc has addressed the Solo Practice and New Lawyers divisions of state bar associations from coast to coast, and regularly offers CLE programs for state bars, bar associations, Inns of Court and others.

A former Ethics Committee investigator and Committee Chair, he is a regular contributor to the New Jersey Law Journal, having published approximately fifty ethics-related columns there. He is also frequently quoted in electronic and print media on matters of legal ethics. Marc also teaches Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall University Law School.

Joey Jackson

Watford Jackson, PLLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Joey Jackson is a nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. Following a successful career as a Prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP., where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment. Prior to Law School, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from SUNY Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, he is also employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.

Nora Martins concentrates her practice on New York City zoning and land use, particularly applications for discretionary approvals from the City Planning Commission (such as zoning map amendments, City map changes, zoning text amendments, and special permits) and the Board of Standards and Appeals (including variances and special permits) to maximize development potential and entitlements. Nora also coordinates and reviews the related CEQR applications required in connection with these land use applications.
Nora’s practice ranges from preliminary zoning due diligence to the preparation and management of discretionary land use applications for all types of properties and projects, from small multi-family buildings to complex large-scale mixed-use waterfront developments.

Nora also represents clients before various other New York City agencies and entities, appearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Department of Buildings, local community boards, and elected officials.

Joshua Rinesmith focuses on real estate development, with a concentration in land use and zoning law and related transactional matters. He advises property owners, developers, architects and engineers on New York City zoning compliance and the development potential of property throughout the city. He regularly appears before a variety of agencies having jurisdiction over development in New York City including the Department of Buildings, Board of Standards and Appeals, Department of City Planning and City Planning Commission, the Department of Housing Development and Preservation, and the Environmental Control Board.

Joshua has extensive experience in zoning lot merger and transfer of development rights transactions, including the drafting of purchase and sale agreements, zoning lot development and easement Agreements, and light and air easement agreements. He also assists clients in securing the required approvals under the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Joshua also has experience representing clients in obtaining “as of right” tax incentives for residential and commercial development projects under the City’s 421-a and ICIP/ICAP programs.

Ruby Li


Ruby handles all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship and immigration support for corporate restructuring. She also assists clients with family-based immigration matters, consular processing, re-entry permits and naturalization. Ruby also has experience in the U.S. EB-5 Investor Category.

Tao Li


Tao practices U.S. immigration and nationality law, concentrating in employment-based immigration. She advises global companies and foreign nationals on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, PERM labor certification process, employment and family-based adjustment of status petitions and naturalization. She has worked with clients in the technology, finance, arts, athletics and fashion industries. Tao also advises on humanitarian forms of immigration relief such as Asylum, VAWA, DACA, T Visa and SIJS.

Lisa M. Coyle

Robins Kaplan

Lisa M. Coyle is Counsel in the Business Litigation group at Robins Kaplan LLP. She has over thirteen years of experience representing financial institutions, domestic and international corporations, foreign sovereigns, and individuals in a broad array of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including cases arising under the federal securities, bankruptcy, privacy, antitrust, and anti-discrimination laws, as well as fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, business tort, contract, and employment discrimination and harassment cases arising under state law. Lisa has defended and prosecuted numerous claims in a wide range of jurisdictions, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and multiple federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and appellate courts.  Lisa has been named a “New York Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for six years in a row.

Rayna E. Kessler

Robins Kaplan

Rayna E. Kessler is a Principal in the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP. Her practice focuses on representing individuals who are injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices, medical malpractice, and other catastrophic personal injuries. Rayna was recently recognized as one of the Top Women in Law by the New Jersey Law Journal and selected by The Trial Lawyer as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers of 2016. Currently, Rayna Kessler serves as liaison counsel in the In Re: Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, In re Taxotere Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, and In re Abilify Litigation New Jersey Multicounty Litigation. Rayna is also a board member of Public Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers, as well as Collective Liberty, a nonprofit committed to eradicating human trafficking.