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Date: 06/17/2019

2 Ethics & 4 Skills CLE Credits


Join the Honorable Justice George J. Silver, Justice Eileen Rakower and Trial Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz & Jeff Korek for "25 Trial Issues". Ben and Jeff have assembled an "All Star" panel of Trial Attorneys- Plaintiffs and Defendants as well as prominent ethicist, Michael Ross. This seminar is an informal panel discussion where audience participation is encouraged. Over two evenings, come hear from an elite panel that will discuss an array of perplexing issues that attorneys face during trial that require fast, strategic thinking. Do you have a question? Now is the time to ask.
Some of the key issues that will be discussed are:
• Social Media/Ethics:  
   - Are searches on juror’s personal info ethical? Can   
    I run a background search on a potential juror?
   - What if I learn a potential juror lied during voir
    dire but it does not hurt my case?  Do I have an
    obligation to notify the Court and my adversary?
    What risks do I run by not saying anything? 
    - Are searches on a witness appropriate?  Can
    I “friend” a witness? Can I have a friend “friend” 
   a juror? A witness?
   - A friend of the plaintiff recently filmed her
   engaging in activity that would be harmful 
   to her case.  Do I have an obligation to disclose?
   What if she posted the video on Facebook?
   Can you or your client direct her to remove it?
   What are the risks?
   - My client provided better surveillance of
   herself than the defense investigator could
   ever get.  How do I deal with that?
  - A witness made a statement to your investigator
    but denies making such a statement at trial. What
    obligation do you have to disclose?
• Summation -- Does a failure to address your adversary’s arguments or issues mean that you have conceded the point(s) made by the adversary? What has worked and why?
• Focus groups:  Have they worked? Why and why not?
• A Judge wants your case settled. Although you do not believe the settlement amount is fair or appropriate you realize that all rulings are now going against you. How do you deal with that?
• What is the best way to deal with a judge who screams at you that (s)he knows the law when it is obvious that (s)he does not.
• How do you deal with a judge who sets arbitrary time limits for examining medical and other experts?
• What are the risks of moving for a mistrial when the trial judge shows obvious hostility to you or your client? How do you get the judge to back off and give you and your client a fair shake?
• Defense counsel is making a big deal of the fact that I referred the plaintiff to the doctor who will testify at trial – how do I handle that?
• Plaintiff’s counsel opened and I barely made an objection – now I am opening and he is objecting to every other word – I can barely keep my train of thought.
• You misstated a crucial fact during Opening. How best to deal with that?
• My client is irresponsible and should not be trusted with any large amount of money that might be awarded – how do I handle that with the jury – do I do it in opening / summation / somewhere else --- is it appropriate to do so?
• Your client is the representative of the Estate in a Wrongful Death case. He has a bad background-- drugs, alcoholism and criminal convictions. You fear that the jurors will not make an appropriate award because of your client’s background.  How best to deal with that?
• How do I deal with a Client with convictions / alcoholism?





Jeff S. Korek, Esq. – Co-Chair

Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C.


Ben B. Rubinowitz, Esq.  - Co-Chair

Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom,

Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf


Hon. George J. Silver
Deputy Chief

Administrative Judge,

New York City Courts


Hon. Eileen A. Rakower

Acting Justice, Supreme

Court New York County


Karen Campbell, Esq.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.


W. Russell Corker, Esq.

Law Office of W. Russell Corker P.C.


Howard S. Hershenhorn, Esq.

Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom,

Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf


Alan Kaminsky, Esq.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.


Judith A. Livingston, Esq.

Kramer Dillof Livingston & Moore


Richard M. Maltz, Esq. 
Counsel to Frankfurt, Kurmit, Klein & Selz, PC


Michael S. Ross, Esq.

Law Offices of Michael S. Ross


Evan Torgan, Esq.

Torgan Cooper & Aaron, P.C.



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