Live Event Bridge the Gap

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

Event Date: December 14, 2019

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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?


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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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
Sexual Risk Assessments for Legal Matters
with Daniel Agatino, Gianni Pirelli, and Sarah DeMarco

Forensic psychologists are mental health professionals who specialize in conducting evaluations in legal matters across administrative, civil, and criminal contexts. There are numerous subspecialties within forensic psychology, including that of sexual risk assessment. Forensic psychologists are often called upon to conduct sexual risk assessments at the various stages of criminal and civil legal processes (e.g., pre-trial bail motions and plea bargaining, trial, sentencing, community supervision, and in relation to civil commitment proceedings associated with Sexually Violent Predator, or SVP, laws). By conducting a sexual risk assessment, a forensic psychologist can outline a client’s risk and protective (mitigating) factors and, ultimately, set forth an opinion regarding the person’s risk to sexually recidivate. In addition, the forensic evaluator can set forth clinical recommendations, which may include those associated with jail diversion programming or related options.

In this program, Drs. Agatino, DeMarco, and Pirelli will provide an overview of sexual risk assessments within a best practices and evidence-based framework. They will review forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) and risk assessment principles, the roles of various types of mental health clinicians in the legal process, and the procedural aspects related to sexual risk assessments and expert reports and testimony. Particularly specialized sexual risk assessments, such as those of Internet-based, non-contact offenders will also be addressed.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Skills III
with Lawline Faculty

Details coming soon! 

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Skills IV
with Lawline Faculty

Details coming soon! 

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 and is public defender in his home town.

Daniel Agatino

Gruber Colabella Liuzza Williams

Daniel Agatino  leads the priest/clergy sexual abuse team at Gruber Colabella Liuzza & Thompson and also handles criminal defense and municipal court matters.  Dan is also well-versed in the areas of entertainment and copyright law. He holds a doctorate in Communication and he uses his expertise to  engage in both oral and written negotiations for his clients.

Educational Background

  • Ph. D., Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, New Brunswick, NJ 2002
  • Juris Doctorate, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, NJ 1999
  • M.A. Communication, William Paterson University, 1995

Career History

  • Assistant Professor, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2000–Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2007-Present
  • Law Office of Patricia Colligan, P.C., 2001-2008
  • Law Office of H. Scott Aalsberg, P.C., 2000-2001

Professional Accomplishments

  • Admitted to practice, State of New Jersey
  • Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, by Rutgers University School of Continuing Education
  • Regular guest commentator on TruTV's program, The Best Defense
  • Contributing Author in: How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth. John Wade II, Donald Frampton, Right Honorable Charles "Tony" Blair, and then President-Elect Barack Obama (Paperback - Jan. 11, 2010)
  • Author of: Teaching with Multimedia Pedagogy in the Webshpere, Volume 1, O'Connell, (Editor); Agatino, Daniel & Koski (co-authors) Copyright Theft in the Multimedia Classroom (Chapter 3), Hampton Press. NJ 2008 (Expected Publication Date).
  • Author of: Whistleblowing. Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Sullivan, Larry E., ed 3 vols. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2005.

Gianni Pirelli

Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology

Dr. Pirelli is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey and New York. He has worked in numerous clinical, correctional, and forensic settings over the years, and he currently leads the group practice: Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology, LLC ( Dr. Pirelli has conducted a range of evaluations in criminal, civil, and administrative matters in 18 of 21 NJ counties and 5 states. He routinely provides expert testimony in such contexts as well. In addition, he has taught over 40 courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels, and he continues to give talks and provide CE and CLE workshops on a variety of forensic topics and to a range of professional and community groups. Dr. Pirelli is also the Editor of the NJ state association journal, the New Jersey Psychologist, and he maintains an active research and publication record reflecting his particular expertise in professional ethics, forensic psychology practice standards, and guns and mental health – to include his three books with Oxford University Press: The Ethical Practice of Forensic Psychology: A Casebook (2017), The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence (2019), and Guns in Clinical Practice: A Handbook for Medical and Mental Health Professionals (in progress, under contract). Dr. Pirelli's research has also been cited in amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court and to the New York Court of Appeals.

Sarah DeMarco

Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology, LLC

Dr. Sarah DeMarco is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey (#561800) and New York (#021383), and a Clinical Supervisor at Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology, LLC. She earned an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DeMarco has worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of clinical-forensic and correctional settings, such as a forensic psychiatric hospital, state prisons, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers and a juvenile detention center. Dr. DeMarco’s training has focused largely on forensic mental health assessments that address various psycholegal issues. Of particular note, Dr. DeMarco has extensive experience conducting violence and sexual violence risk assessments with both adult and juvenile offenders. Dr. DeMarco conducts psychological evaluations for the courts, capitalizing on her experience in such assessments for various civil and criminal matters. In addition to her clinical and forensic work, Dr. DeMarco is an adjunct professor in the graduate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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.