The EDNY Bankruptcy Court will conduct workshops for junior lawyers at the Brooklyn Courthouse on September 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and at the Central Islip Courthouse on October 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The workshops will give junior and less experienced lawyers the opportunity to gain experience and training in courtroom skills by arguing motions that were filed in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. The motions will be argued without opposition. They will be on a teaching calendar called and argued in Court with an EDNY Bankruptcy Judge presiding. Participating lawyers will each be assigned a motion in advance, will argue it and receive feedback from the Bankruptcy Judge and more experienced bankruptcy lawyers present who are members of the EDNY Chapter 11 Lawyers’ Advisory Committee. Approximately ten minutes will be set aside for each participant to present argument and receive individual feedback. After the motions on the calendar have been argued, there will be time for questions and discussion.
The workshops will not be competitions or moot court exercises. They are designed to provide a “safe” environment for junior and less experienced lawyers to practice argument and improve their courtroom
The workshops are offered to help implement the policy recently adopted by the Court that, “where junior lawyers are familiar with the matter under consideration, but are not experienced in arguing before a court, they should be encouraged to participate.” In these circumstances, “where it creates an opportunity for a junior lawyer to argue, this Court is amenable to permitting more than one lawyer to argue for a party.” The new policy is highlighted at the top of the Court’s web site home
Junior lawyers, including first year associates who have taken the Bar exam as well as lawyers who have practiced for a number of years but have limited or no courtroom experience, may register for one of the workshops by following the link posted in the “News & Announcements” section of the Court’s web site home page. Because there will be a limited number of lawyers in each workshop, please register only if you are able to commit to participate. The deadline to register is August 20, 2018. The
participants will receive detailed instructions for their workshop and their assigned motion a few weeks in advance of the workshops.
In addition to junior and less experienced lawyers, all members of the Bar are invited to register attend a workshop as an observer by following the link posted in the “News & Announcements” section of the Court’s home page.
Use this link to register for the Brooklyn workshop:
Use this link to register for the Central Islip workshop: