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Rick Collins, Marc Gann and the Hon. Bob McDonald to Serve as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy this Week

Program at Cornell Law School Brings Together Leading Litigators, Advocates and Judges from New York… and Brings Together Three Original Firm Founding Partners

Marc Gann, Hon. Bob McDonald, Rick Collins

Rick Collins, Marc Gann and the Hon. Bob McDonald Serve as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

Firm partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann will once again be serving as distinguished faculty for the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy held at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. Former partner the Hon. Robert (Bob) McDonald, who is now serving in the prestigious role of New York State Supreme Court Justice, will also be serving as distinguished faculty at the Trial Academy – which provides a unique opportunity for young lawyers to learn from and make connections with NYSBA leadership and leading litigators, advocates and judges from every region of New York.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Rick, Marc and Bob will be part of the NYSBA Trial Academy at Cornell Law School. The program, designed to help young and new lawyers gain valuable trial skills, is a five-day intensive trial techniques program designed to teach, advance and improve the courtroom skills of young and new lawyers with an emphasis on direct participation. The NYSBA Young Lawyers Trial Academy begins on Wednesday, March 30th and runs through Sunday, April 3rd.

Once again, Rick Collins will be a featured speaker on the first day of the program, addressing the topic of Opening Statements in a Criminal Case. His presentation – the “Dirty Dozen” Rules of Opening Statements in a Criminal Case – will offer young and new attorneys important insights into crafting compelling opening statements. Rick’s morning session will be followed by breakout workshop sessions during the afternoon – providing young attorneys with an opportunity to put in practice some of the skills learned earlier in the day.

Throughout the Trial Academy, Rick, Marc and Bob will be joining with other leaders in law to provide young and new lawyers with one-on-one critiques and feedback on trial skills learned throughout the five-day program. As in previous years, the three will be providing valuable insight into criminal law and trial techniques to young and new lawyers attending the program, offering their valuable feedback as new attorneys demonstrate the day’s trial skills while putting the theory of the lectures into practice. Last year, the firm was recognized by the New York State Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section with a special certificate honoring their “outstanding contribution, longstanding dedication and generous commitment to the Trial Academy” — and they are honored to have once again been asked to be part of the Academy for this seventh consecutive year.

Rick and Marc are excited to be joining with Judge McDonald and other leaders in law throughout New York State during this year’s Trial Academy — check our Facebook page for upcoming photos from this year’s event throughout the next few days. For more information about this year’s 2016 NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy at Cornell Law School, and for a complete program brochure and listing of program sessions, click here. In addition, for more information about Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry and our expanded practice areas this past year, visit our firm’s portal page at www.cgmbesq.com, or call us anytime at 516-294-0300.

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