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

Event Date: February 25, 2018

Course Format Live Event Bridge the Gap

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Course Description

Time 02/25/2018 09:00AM EST
Difficulty Beginner

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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Donald M. Zolin

Law Practice of Donald M. Zolin

Donald M. Zolin has been an attorney in private practice in New York City since 1977, having earned the degree of juris doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the degree of master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Besides being admitted to the bar of New York, he is admitted to the bar of California, to the bars of two United States District Courts, that for the Southern District of New York and that for the Eastern District, and to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Zolin serves as a Special Master for the Supreme Court of the State of New York in New York County and as a referee in disciplinary proceedings conducted at the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the First Judicial Department. He has served as an officer and as a director of the New York County Lawyers Association and is the treasurer of the New York County Lawyers Association-McInerney Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also serves as the chair of the Special Masters Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and belongs to the American Association for Justice, Academy of the Trial Lawyers of the State of New York. Mr. Zolin was also the chair of the Committee on Federal Courts of the New York County Lawyers Association and co-author of its Report on Magistrates, published at 136 FRD 193 (1991).

Jason Komninos

Law Office of Jason T. Komninos

Jason T. Komninos, Esq. is a solo-practitioner with an office in Hackensack, NJ. The majority of his practice is focused on municipal court and criminal defense.

Mr. Komninos graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Hartford. He received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

Mr. Komninos is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the National College for DUI Defense. 

He is a frequent speaker for the NJSBA and


Joseph Hester is an attorney in private practice in New York City, having retired from state service in 2010. For the previous ten years he was on the staff of the Chief Counsel of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in the First Judicial Department, where he investigated and prosecuted matters involving violations of the rules governing attorney conduct. Prior to that he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant Attorney General, investigating and prosecuting white collar crimes, including police corruption, violation of tax law, the unlawful practice of law, and violation of drug laws by medical professionals. Previously, he had been an Assistant District Attorney in New York City and, immediately upon graduation from New York University Law School in 1977, he had served as appellate counsel in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the New York City Legal Aid Society.

Joy Rosenthal

Rosenthal Law & Mediation

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. founded Rosenthal Law & Mediation in 2006 to help NYC families coping with transitions through divorce and elder mediation; and legal services including prenuptial agreements, collaborative divorce, adoption, and representation in custody and visitation disputes. She also serves as a Trustee, Guardian ad Litem and 17A Guardian in the New York City Surrogates’ Courts.

Before opening her own practice, Joy spent 10 years representing children, youth and parents in New York City’s Family Courts involved in custody, visitation, foster care and adoption cases, as well as in delinquency and PINS cases through her work with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice and as a fellow at NYU School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic.

Joy has extensive mediation, negotiation, trial and appellate experience. She has trained colleagues in cultural competence, bias awareness, domestic violence, elder mediation, and alternative dispute resolutions. She has given workshops and presentations for families, mediators, and attorneys.

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving a BA in Women’s Studies. She obtained her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1997. She is the former president of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, and served on its board from 2007-2014.

Jeffrey M. Kimmel

Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP

Jeffrey M. Kimmel is a partner in the Manhattan firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP. He is a proven, experienced trial attorney, successfully trying numerous complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases to verdict during his career. Mr. Kimmel has earned the highest ranking among attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings Service and was selected as one of New York City's "Ten Leaders" in Civil Trial and Personal Injury Law. He has been named to the prestigious Best Lawyers and New York Super Lawyers list in the personal injury and medical malpractice areas. Mr. Kimmel previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. He is a frequent lecturer on trial preparation, trial strategy and courtroom techniques. He has lectured to attorneys at Bar Associations as well as to students at local law schools, colleges and high schools. He serves as judge at Yale University's Mock Trial competition annually. Mr. Kimmel has also appeared on television as a legal analyst.

Mr. Kimmel served on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers' Association and was chair of its Committee on Committees which oversaw approximately 50 committees and sections. He is a former member of the Medical Malpractice Committee of The New York City Bar. Mr. Kimmel is currently a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, The New York City Bar and New York County Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council to the Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

Mr. Kimmel graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree and Brooklyn Law School, where he received the school's coveted American Jurisprudence Awards in Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. Active in Brooklyn Law School's Moot Court program, he was selected to the distinguished National Team. Mr. Kimmel is admitted to the Bar in New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia and the United States Federal Courts.

Teresa Calabrese

Mediation & Law Office of Teresa D. Calabrese

Teresa Calabrese, Esq. is a mediator and collaborative lawyer concentrating her practice on serving the NYC Queer community. Teresa assists individuals, couples and families in creating agreements relating to relationship formation, family building, and separation and divorce. Teresa also handles second parent adoption matters and provides basic estate planning services including the preparation of wills, health care proxies and advance directives.

Teresa has presented LGBTQ CLE programs for the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, CUNY School of Law Community Legal Resource Network, the Practicing Law Institute, and Brooklyn Law School.

Teresa is a founding member of the Community Legal Resource Network & the LGBTQI Family Professionals of NYC. She is also a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York Committee on Family & Matrimonial Law and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

Teresa was a member of the second graduating class of the City University of New York School of Law and obtained a BA in Political Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Andrea Hirshman

Andrea Hirshman - Mediation & Collaborative Law

Andrea Hirshman, Esq. is a family mediator and collaborative law attorney serving the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. After learning the limitations of litigation, Andrea saw mediation and collaborative law as healthier forums for couples and families to resolve with dignity the challenges they face when ending marriage. These options support constructive dialogue and lead to durable divorce settlements that align with each spouse’s values and goals. Andrea is immersed in the community of mediators and collaborative attorneys: she has served on the board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York (FDMC), as well as on the board of the NY Association of Collaborative Professionals. Andrea chaired the FDMC Continuing Education Committee bringing monthly educational forums together for the mediation community for four years. She is a member of the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation where she sits on its Ethics Committee. She is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Mediators and is also on the FamilyKind Team. Andrea is a consultant mediator for the NYC Family Courts. She is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, NYS Women’s Bar Association and Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. She received her BA in American Studies from SUNY at Buffalo, and her JD from CUNY Law School in 1993. She was admitted to the NYS bar in 1994. Andrea’s practice includes all matters having to do with marriage and divorce. 

Patrick Mullin

Patrick A. Mullin Attorney At Law

Patrick A. Mullin is a veteran New York City criminal and tax defense attorney, specializing in complex, high-stakes criminal defense, and federal criminal and civil tax defense. He has a 37 year track record of relentlessly and successfully pursuing justice for the accused. His boutique law firm focuses on criminal and tax law. He has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Fort Lee, NJ, and is admitted to practice in thirty-one federal and state courts. He handles cases across the country and internationally.

Mr. Mullin holds an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and was honored as a Special Student of Harvard Law School's Graduate Program focusing on International Legal Studies. He began his career as a Law Intern to the Honorable Henry R. Bramwell in the Eastern District of New York (1978), and then served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the United States District of New Jersey (1979-1980).

Mr. Mullin presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Melendez v. United States, a major federal criminal sentencing case. He served for 14 years as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission, Practitioners Advisory Group, (1995 - 2009), and he has consistently been selected for inclusion to Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms in America, Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's Top One Percent, among others. He is also a graduate of and served as an instructor at legendary Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, (2001 - 2006).

During the course of his 31-year career, Mr. Mullin has represented federal criminal defendants in countless notable cases, including:

  • Melendez v. United States, 518 U.S. 120 (1996): Presented oral argument before United States Supreme Court where a downward departure from a mandatory minimum sentence was at stake.
  • United States v. Amara S. Conteh, Crim. No.: 06 Cri. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 2007): A New York City jury acquitted on all ten (10) counts a physician who was facing a potential fifty-year (50) term of incarceration as well as deportation from United States for charges of illegally prescribing medicine. This was the first reported decision where the prosecuting unit, the Diversion Unit of Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, suffered defeat on all counts in a major case.
  • United States v. H. Galip Dedekarginoglu, Docket No.: 09 Crim No.:09-717 (SDW) (2009-2011): The government dismissed nolle prosequi six (6) counts of fraud against a Turkish defense contractor facing a forty-six to fifty-seven month sentence under Federal Guidelines, as well as deportation, in exchange for a single-count plea by a corporate entity.
  • United States v. George J. Dilworth, Crim. No 10-730 (DNJ): a federal jury deliberated for less than two hours and then fully acquitted Mr. Dilworth on all tax conspiracy charges after four (4) of his business partners pled guilty to similar charges and testified against him at trial.
  • United States v. Johnson, 15-3960 (3d Cir.): U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a tax preparer’s 48-month sentence for fraud charges and remanded to the district court for resentencing. 
  • United States v. Keith Dozier, 119 F.3d 239 (3d Cir. 1996): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s 6-12 month sentence on a probation violation based on a constitutional argument, and the defendant ultimately served no jail time for the violation.
  • United States v. Gloria Gillard, 96 F.3d 1435 (3d Cir. 1996): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s sentence after finding that the district court incorrectly applied the sentencing Guidelines, and remanded for resentencing.
  • United States v. Francisco Collazo-Martinez, 975 F.2d 999 (3d Cir. 1992): The U.S. Court of Appeals vacated defendant’s conviction and ten-year (10) mandatory minimum sentence on drug conspiracy charges and remanded for a new trial.
  • United States v. Guitierrez, (D.N.J.): The government dismissed nolle prosequi all charges against a Catholic priest who was wrongfully accused of serious drug trafficking charges.
  • United States v. Rosa Lordes Osario, (3d Cir. 1994): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated defendant’s conviction for currency structuring, based on an erroneous jury instruction.
  • Targets of federal criminal investigations (not identified here) who were ultimately exonerated of any criminal liability.

Kaylin Whittingham

Whittingham Law

Kaylin L. Whittingham is the founder and managing attorney of Whittingham Law—a Legal Ethics and Immigration Law firm. Prior to private practice, Kaylin served as Staff Counsel at the Attorney Grievance Committee, First Judicial Department; and before that was Staff Attorney at the Mental Hygiene Legal Services in the First Department. Kaylin is a former Judicial Intern to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Milton Tingling, Supreme Court for the State of New York, New York County.

Kaylin is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) and chairs the New York City Bar (NYCBar) Committee on Professional Discipline. She sits on the National Bar Association Board of Governors, the Board of Advisors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Ethics Compendium and is the former Secretary of the Ethics and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the AILA New York Chapter. She is on the Network of Bar Leaders (NOBL) Executive Council; the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) House of Delegates, Committee on Professional Ethics, and Committee on Leadership Development. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Unique People Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. Kaylin is the recipient of the 2016 Black Women of Influence (BWOI) Trailblazer Award. She is featured in "200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World" -- a Book and World Exhibit by Blackwell&Ruth, New Zealand. Kaylin is a frequent CLE Speaker at Bar Associations, law firms, and other organizations.

Kaylin earned her Law degree from Northeastern School of Law, where she was a member of the Northeastern Law Journal. She holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) and another in Literature from the University of the West Indies (UWI). Kaylin is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

Kaylin is also very involved in her community—whether it is representing pro bono clients; or helping to serve meals at the Bowery Men’s Mission; or helping the women at the Bottomless Closet who are re-entering the workforce; or helping to bring awareness to Lupus; or volunteering at a career day for elementary school students; or assisting victims of domestic violence.



09:00AM - 10:15AM
Real Deal Litigation: Trial Tips by the Baker's Dozen [Skills]
with Patrick Mullin

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 [Skills]
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 [Skills]
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 [Skills]
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) [Ethics]
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 [Ethics]
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.


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