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Live Event Bridge the Gap

June 2018 Bridge the Gap: The Modern Lawyer

Event Date: June 16, 2018

$ 199 In Stock

Course Information

Time 06/16/2018 09:00AM EDT
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

There's no time like the present to learn about what is new in technology. This program will surely keep you up-to-date with the best tools and tips you need as a modern lawyer.


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
Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom
with Moshe Horn

Technology has changed the way trials are conducted. From jury research during voir dire, to opening and closing graphics, witness examinations and more, technology has changed the nature of trial work. Because of smartphones, people in general are now used to processing information through screens and graphics. Trial lawyers now need to present information in that same way. This lecture, presented by trial attorney Moshe Horn, will explore jury research, including ethical boundaries of internet research, and attitudinal jury research. The program will also review different techniques of trial graphics and the legal and ethical evidentiary limits and standards of courtroom visuals. Lastly, the program will discuss how to effectively use many of the additional technological tools that lawyers now commonly use during a trial, such as PowerPoint, sanction, trial graphics, and storyboarding.

10:20AM - 11:35AM
Collection Law and Practice from Start to Finish
with Jonathan Goodgold

What is collection law? Is it the most important area of law that affects businesses? Despite chuckles from most attorneys and anyone else reading this description, one can make a cogent argument that this rhetorical question needs to be answered in the affirmative. This seminar will outline collection practice in general and the various issues facing collection law practitioners as well as discuss the myriad of ethical issues and entanglements that could ensnare even the most seasoned practitioner. What Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs) apply to collection law and collection law practitioners? When does the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) apply? When is a “debt” really a debt? When is a “debt collector” really a debt collector? The definitions in the FDCPA may surprise you.

This course, presented by Jonathan Goodgold, Esq., of The Beinhaker Law Firm, LLC, who handles the firm collection practice, will review the steps necessary for operating and managing a collection practice and provide practical guidance in the navigating the ethical minefield in collection law.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Empathy for the Reader: Persuasive Legal Writing in Plain Language
with Dana Heitz

The problem with most legal writing is that it’s written for the writer’s benefit—not the reader’s.

That’s why it's notorious for convoluted sentences, ad hominem attacks, pompous vocabulary, and conclusory analyses. And, unfortunately for the writer, these are traits that most readers—including judges—hate.

Presented by appellate attorney Dana Heitz, this presentation relies on case law to illustrate the fundamentals of writing that’s easy to understand and more likely to stick—in other words, we learn from courts themselves how to write in a reader-friendly way. After discussing the perils of bad writing, we explore why writers should keep themselves out of the spotlight and how they can, then review strategies that simplify a message. Finally, we look at empirical and anecdotal evidence which underscores the impact that plain-language, reader-focused writing can have on a client’s case.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

01:30PM - 02:45PM
Trial Techniques and Tips in Personal Injury Cases
with Jeffrey M. Kimmel

In the high-stakes world of civil litigation, how do you gain the advantage you need when every case is so different? Whether you're new to civil litigation or have practiced in this area in the past, having a firm foundation in the basics is essential to your success. Since each case needs special tailoring, your ability to handle the day-to-day issues with ease can really help when the unexpected inevitably occurs. Do you have a strong enough understanding of the fundamentals to handle whatever situation comes your way?

This program will give you a good base with which to start. Presented by Jeffrey M. Kimmel, one of New York’s leading civil trial attorneys, this program will explore and highlight the core aspects of trial preparation and technique. While styles and approaches to trial work depend on individual personalities and strengths, tailoring your style to your personality is universally necessary to success. From the jury selection phase through closing arguments, you will learn strategies and techniques for achieving the most favorable outcome possible.  

02:50PM - 04:05PM
Ethical and Purposeful Marketing and Social Media
with Scott J. Limmer

When you are putting out content either by website, blog, reviews or social media posts, as a lawyer there are two considerations that should always be at the forefront of your mind: 1) Does the communication satisfy ethical guidelines?, and 2) How will the intended viewer perceive your communication ? This program, presented by attorney Scott Limmer, will discuss both the ethics of what is published and also the purpose behind the communication, including an analysis of its reach and whether it is influencing its intended audience.

04:10PM - 05:25PM
Ethical Issues Attorneys Face in Today’s Modern Technology
with Joseph J. Bambara

It seems like technological changes are occurring at a breakneck pace. While all attorneys are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorneys now face significant challenges in complying with the ethics rules which require them to stay current with technology. While many attorneys are having a hard enough time keeping up with their clients and case load, they now have the added responsibility of being competent with technology. Attorneys need to be able to integrate appropriate tech tools into their practice making sure they do not violate any of their ethical responsibilities. We will discuss the latest developments in technology that are affecting the way attorneys practice law, keep their client information safe and interact with clients, witnesses, adversaries and the courts. We will focus on privacy, cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, cryptocurrency and the blockchain as well as the resulting case law and legislation. Don't be left behind, and above all, don't let technological changes cost you your career.


Joseph J. Bambara


Joseph J Bambara, Esq., CIPP/US has a private practice as Counsel for law firms as well as affiliate marketing, media and technology firms. He is expert in developing blockchain ICO’s, business organization, privacy policy, trademark/copyright applications, notice and compliance, eDiscovery and cyberSecurity for media, advertising, retailing and big data, as well as software licensing/ contracting for all platforms (enterprise, mobile, and client). He is expert in legal compliance with State and Federal laws, including ECPA, HIPAA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, TCPA and DMCA. He is the co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association Law and Technology Committee.In a parallel career, he is an Entrepreneur/Technologist for architectural and software development firms. He has experience with experience in blockchain, cyber security, banking, financial, manufacturing, healthcare and legal applications. He is the author of “Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Developing Business, Law, and Technology Solutions” as well as 10 other internationally published books on software development covering the Blockchain, Java, SQL and related technologies.

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.

Jonathan Goodgold

Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett

Jonathan S. Goodgold, Esq. is the Managing Partner at Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett. Jonathan had his own law firm for over seven years focusing on employment and collection law matters, as well as all aspects of civil litigation. Prior to having his own practice, Jonathan practiced at a leading labor and employment law firm in New Jersey and a civil litigation firm in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Jonathan is an active networker and involved in several networking groups. He previously has written for the New Jersey Law Journal on employment law matters and has been a repeat speaker for the National Business Institute and Lawline on topics concerning collection law.

Jonathan graduated Binghamton University, State University of New York, magna cum laude and with the distinctions of graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in History. Jonathan earned his law degree (JD) from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and then clerked for the Honorable W. Hunt Dumont in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

He resides in West Caldwell with his wife and three children.

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.

Moshe Horn

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Moshe Horn has earned a national reputation as a trial lawyer as well as an insightful trial strategist, and is skilled in the nuances of jury research and selection in both civil and criminal matters. Moshe is a founding partner of the litigation boutique, Gitlin Horn, & Van De Kieft. specializing in all aspects of trial work. Moshe has tried over 100 jury trials and is one of the few lawyers to have tried criminal cases both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney , and civil cases both as plaintiffs attorney and a defense attorney. additionally moshe is one of the few lawyers who ah tried a class action case to verdict. this unique experience gives Moshe the ability to see a trial from every angle. Moshe has numerous 7 figure plaintiffs verdicts and has achieved superlawyers and best lawyers of New York status many times. Moshe has been an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo law school for 20 years and is a frequent lecturer on trial strategy for lawline, marino, and AAJ. Moshe is also a frequent lecturer to schools and parent groups on issues confronting todays teens and the legal and social issue that they confront.

After graduating Cardozo law school, Moshe spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the Manhattan District Attorney's office where he tried more than fifty jury trials to verdict, achieving one of the highest conviction rates in the Manhattan office. He achieved successful outcomes in cases of both violent and white collar crime, including homicides, sex crimes, kidnapping, money laundering and extortion. In addition, he served as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Asian Gang Unit, as well as a domestic violence coordinator in his trial bureau, and his work resulted in numerous grand jury indictments, many of which required advanced wiretapping techniques and the use of undercover officers. He also regularly participated in the office trial advocacy training program and supervised many young lawyers in their development as litigators.

 Moshe transferred this vast trial knowledge into the practice of products liability and mass tort litigation at Kaye Scholer, a leading New York law firm, where he worked on products liability and commercial and white collar litigation matters. At Kaye Scholer Moshe served as a primary trial strategist, bearing active responsibility for the preparation and execution of numerous focus groups and mock trials, as well as the conception and development of advanced trial graphics and jury questionnaires. During his tenure there, Moshe served on the trial teams for numerous mass tort trials including pharmaceutical, asbestos and commercial trials.

To continue his focus on mass tort litigation, Moshe joined Seeger Weiss, and was a member of the trial team that achieved a $47.5 million verdict against Merck for a client's Vioxx related injuries. He contributes broadly to the firm's commercial litigation practice and handles private criminal and personal injury matters as well. He regularly interfaces with jury consultants and conducts mock jury exercises, and consequently can share his insight about juries with current clients.

Dana Heitz

Heitz Legal

Dana E. Heitz is an appellate attorney with Heitz Legal, P.C. She has argued at all levels of New York State courts as well as in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit. In her free time Dana researches and presents on effective persuasive writing techniques.

Dana graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA, and holds an M.A. in international affairs from The New School in New York City. She is an Ironman triathlete, has qualified for the Boston Marathon, and won several triathlon awards, both age group and overall.

Dana is a member of several bar associations, including:

  • New York Women’s Bar Association (Newsletter Committee)
  • New York City Bar Association (Small Law Firms Committee)
  • New York County Lawyers Association (Appellate Courts Committee / Chair, Amicus Subcommittee), and NYCLA UN Representative, 2017-2018
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Co-organizer, Deliberate Solos