CMG Partners Once Again Served as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy at Cornell Law School
Rick Collins Lectured on Opening Statements in Criminal Cases at Established and Unique Trial Techniques Program for Young Lawyers
This past weekend, as Collins, McDonald & Gann continues to celebrate and mark its milestone of 25 years as a firm, CMG’s three partners once again participated in a program geared to help young and new lawyers gain valuable trial skills. For the sixth consecutive year, Rick Collins, Bob McDonald and Marc Gann all served as distinguished faculty at the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy held at Cornell Law School — 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 Trial Academy at Cornell Law School, which is the New York State Bar Association’s only comprehensive trial training program, kicked off on Sunday, March 29th and goes through Thursday, April 2nd. This intensive program, which includes both criminal and civil law perspectives, is geared to help young and new lawyers improve the quality of their experience in the courtroom, in order to benefit their careers and their clients’ interests. Specific areas addressed during the five day program include Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments.
As a featured speaker on the first day of the program, Rick Collins was asked to once again address the topic of opening statements through his lecture on this important topic – a lecture that offered important insight to young and new attorneys and offered many hands-on examples. His lecture provided attendees with important insight into how to effectively craft a compelling opening statement, and the top twelve things attorneys need to do/incorporate when preparing opening statements, particularly in criminal cases. In addition to outlining what makes a compelling opening statement, Rick also provided examples of effective opening statements in a variety of criminal cases/scenarios, and offered attendees experienced guidance on this important topic that they can then incorporate as they move forward in their law careers. Rick’s lecture, which was once again well received by young lawyers eager to gain insight into the critical topic of opening statements, took place on Sunday morning – and was followed by breakout sessions during the afternoon.
As in past years, speakers and faculty at this important event include NYSBA leadership and leading litigators, advocates and Judges from every region of New York. In addition to Rick’s presentation, all three partners provided young and new lawyers with one-on-one critiques and feedback as they demonstrated the day’s trial skills while putting the theory of the lectures into practice. This marks the sixth year that all three partners have participated in this program – providing insight into criminal law and trial techniques to hundreds of young and new lawyers throughout this time. In honor of CMG’s longtime role as part of this unique program, the New York State Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section presented the firm with a special certificate this year – given to recognize CMG for its “outstanding contribution, long standing dedication and generous commitment to the Trial Academy.”
The NYSBA Young Lawyers Trial Academy is a valuable hands-on learning experience for young and new attorneys that extends beyond the typical classroom setting, and CMG partners are honored to have once again been asked to participate in this important NYSBA program and played a role in this year’s event. The program also offers young and new attorneys a way to earn CLE credit, and has been approved for a total of up to 37.5 MCLE credit hours, consisting of 2.0 credit hours in Ethics and 35.5 credit hours in Practical Skills.
For more information about the 2015 NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy at Cornell Law School, and to view the program brochure, click here: https://www.nysba.org/Sections/Young_Lawyers/Trial_Academy/Trial_Academy_Preliminary_Program_2015.html. In addition, to learn more about CMG and our 25 year history as criminal defense attorneys in New York, or for legal counsel surrounding any type of criminal charge as well as legal counsel surrounding dietary supplements and anabolic steroids, call us at 516-294-0300.