February 2018 Bridge the Gap: Law Practice in the Real World

Production Date: February 25, 2018 Practice Areas: Estimated Length: 0 minutes


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Put your books down and take a step outside! In this program, we are going to take a look at law practice in the real world, with expert tips and tricks.


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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Group Rates: Groups of 4 or more from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for in-person attendance at a Live CLE Program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact Lawline Customer Service at (877) 518-0660.

09:00AM - 10:15AM
Real Deal Litigation: Trial Tips by the Baker's Dozen
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Litigation can be a daunting task for even the most senior of practitioners, with only a minority of attorneys considering themselves “trial lawyers.” Nonetheless, it is essential for all attorneys to have at least a basic understanding of the skills needed to effectively litigate a criminal or civil case, and mastering of these skills can be a lucrative addition to any firm’s roster.

This course, presented by Patrick A. Mullin, Esq., will provide real-world litigation tips, with examples from Mr. Mullin’s own thirty-eight years of practice before federal and state courts, for attorneys in any practice area who are interested in developing or honing their trial skills.

10:20AM - 11:35AM
How to Draft Prenups So the Parties Still Want to Marry Each Other
with Joy Rosenthal, Teresa Calabrese, and Andrea Hirshman

Getting married is the most important legal partnership many people will form in life. Marriage is about love and commitment, but it is also a legal contract with rights, benefits and obligations that impact every aspect of one’s life including finances, property rights, and retirement benefits. Many couples are not well informed about the legal impact of marriage.

Interestingly, many couples only address the legal implications of marriage when one of them raises the possibility of entering into a prenuptial agreement. This program will introduce attorneys to the use of mediation and collaborative practice in negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements. Our panel of experienced mediators and collaborative attorneys will explore the tools and the skills common to both methods of practice and their application to preparing prenuptial agreements.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Nuts & Bolts of Personal Injury Trial Preparation in New York
with Jeffrey M. Kimmel

Preparation is the key to success for any trial. While the judge, jury, your adversary and your client get to see you in action during the trial, it is the time spent before the trial, developing your theory, dissecting the evidence, preparing your witnesses and shaping your opening and closing statements that will determine your success.

Trial preparation begins from the day the case is retained. Honing in early on the theory of your case will enable you to move the case efficiently through the discovery process, depositions and motion practice. If the building blocks of your case are properly placed, the actual trial preparation comes naturally.

This program, presented by Jeffrey M. Kimmel, one of New York’s leading civil trial attorneys, will explore and highlight the core aspects of trial preparation. While styles and approaches to trial work depend on individual personalities and strengths, preparation is universally necessary to success.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing in Drunk Driving Cases
with Jason Komninos

When handling a drunk driving case, it is crucial to understand how observational evidence can be used against your client. Just like breath or blood testing, field detection of your client can be used to convict, and attorneys must not make the mistake of overlooking this critical part of a drunk driving case.

This course, presented by Jason T. Komninos, Esq., a Qualified Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner, will provide an overview of the issues surrounding observational evidence, including the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and practical tips on confronting these issues at trial.

02:50PM - 04:05PM
Recurring Ethical Issues in Today’s Practice (and How to Avoid Them)
with Kaylin Whittingham

Join Kaylin Whittingham, an experienced ethics attorney, as she explores recurring ethical issues in today’s practice and how to avoid them. This course, intended for both newly admitted and experienced practitioners, will focus particularly on escrow, failure to supervise, neglect, conflict of interest, and personal conduct. The relevant ethical rules will be discussed, along with common scenarios in which you might encounter these challenges.

04:10PM - 05:25PM
The Mispractice of Law: How Bad Behavior Is Handled in New York State
with Donald M. Zolin and Joseph Hester

The practice of law is restricted and controlled by the state. As an activity, it is reserved to those who have met certain baseline requirements that the state has established, but the matter does not end there. After obtaining the license, a lawyer remains bound by the ethical code of conduct in their state, and, furthermore, remains subject to investigation and discipline for violations of the rules.

This course, taught by Joseph Hester, formerly senior counsel for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in New York State’s First Judicial Department, and Donald Zolin, a long serving referee in that Committee’s disciplinary proceedings, will raise awareness of the body of rules an attorney must live by and some of the unpleasant consequences that violations may bring, as well as provide concrete and practical suggestions of how to avoid such negative outcomes.