Practicing in New York State Supreme Court
Part One: Basic Geography, Terminology & Practice

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Program Co-Chairs:

John Lundin
Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP

Isaac Zaur 
Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP

  • In this two-part program seasoned attorneys, judges, and court staff will provide a how-to guide for practicing in New York Supreme Court.

    In Part One, Basic Geography, Terminology and Practice, the panel will offer a nuts and bolts introduction to civil practice in the Supreme Court. They will identify and discuss key differences between litigation in New York state court and federal court, basic terms and key players in the state courts, the rules of practice governing Supreme Court practice, the locations of and functions of Supreme Court offices in New York City, the mechanics of how a litigation progresses in the Supreme Court, filing papers and courtroom custom and practice.

    In Part Two, The Basics of Litigation in the NYS Supreme Court, the panel will provide an overview of how to litigate a civil action in the Supreme Court in New York City. They will discuss the lifecycle of common categories of Supreme Court actions, including how to initiate an action, seeking preliminary relief, discovery, motion practice, hearings and trials, judgment collection and alternative dispute resolution in the Supreme Court.

    Live Program & Webcast: $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers (Per Day)

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Jeffrey Carucci                                            
    First Deputy Chief Clerk
    Statewide Coordinator for E-Filing
    NYS Unified Court System

    Honorable Kelly O’Neill Levy
    Justice, NYS Supreme Court, NY County

    Anna Mikhaleva
    Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Andrew Borrok
    NYS Supreme Court – Civil, NY County

    Charles A. Small
    Chief Clerk for Civil Matters
    NYS Supreme Court, Kings County

  • 6:00 – 6:05 Welcome and Introduction of Speakers
    6:05 – 6:10 Overview of Program

    • Explain division between two evenings’ programming
    • Note we will point out differences from Federal practice along the way


    6:10 – 6:20 Diversity of the Supreme Court

    • Appellate Division
    • Criminal Term
    • Appellate Term
    • Specialized Civil Term Parts (asbestos, matrimonial, etc.)
    • General IAS Parts
    • Commercial Division Parts


    6:20 – 6:35 Basic Terms and Key Players in the State Courts

    ·                     Basic Terms
    ·                     The Supreme Court
    ·                     Judges
    ·                     Chambers Staff
    ·                     Courthouse Staff
    ·                     Specialized terminology for calendar practice

    6:35 – 6:50 The Rules of Practice

    ·                     CPLR
    ·                     Uniform Trial Court Rules
    ·                     Specialized Part Rules (e.g. Commercial Division Rules)
    ·                     Court Rules
    ·                     Individual Justice Rules
    ·                     Informal Part Practices

    6:50 – 7:05 Practical Geography of the Supreme Court in New York City

    ·                     Courthouses
    ·                     Clerk Functions

    7:05 – 7:30 What Happens Once Action is Commenced?

    ·                     Getting a Judge Assigned
    ·                     Court Parts and What They Do
    ·                     Court Conferences
    ·                     Motions
    ·                     Trials
    ·                     Judgments
    ·                     Appeals

    7:30 – 7:40 Break
    7:40 – 8:25 Filing Papers and Courthouse Technology

    ·                     Paper Filing
    ·                     Electronic Filing
    ·                     Courthouse Technology
    ·                     eTrack
    ·                     Internet Resources

    8:25 – 8:40 Courtroom Custom and Practice

    ·                     Appearance
    ·                     Interactions with the Court
    ·                     Courtroom Practice

    8:40 – 8:50 Practical Tips

    All Speakers

    8:50 – 9:00 Questions

    All Speakers

  • CLE Credit
    New York: 
    3.0 Skills
    New Jersey: 3.0 General
    3.0 General
    2.5 General

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Litigation | John M. Lundin, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |