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CMG Partners to Serve as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy at Cornell Law School

Rick Collins to Speak on the Topic of Opening Statements in Criminal Cases on Saturday, March 29th

collins-mcdonald-gann-attorneysCMG’s three partners are headed to Ithaca, New York this weekend, where they will be serving as distinguished faculty at a New York State Bar Association program being held at Cornell Law School.  Rick Collins, Bob McDonald and Marc Gann will all be playing a prominent role at the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy – 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, which is the New York State Bar Association’s only comprehensive trial training program, will be taking place from Saturday, March 29th through Wednesday, 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 to be addressed include Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Evidence, Foundations and Objections, Direct Examinations, Cross Examinations, Trial Motions and Motions in Limine, and Closing Arguments.

Rick Collins will be a featured speaker on the first day of the program on Saturday, March 29th, addressing the topic of opening statements.  His presentation – “The Dirty Dozen: Rules of Opening Statements in a Criminal Case” – will provide 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 will also give examples of effective opening statements in a variety of criminal cases/scenarios, and provide attendees with experienced guidance on this important topic that they can then incorporate as they move forward in their law careers. 

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 will be providing one-on-one critiques and feedback as young and new lawyers demonstrate the day’s trial skills while putting the theory of the lectures into practice.  All three partners have participated in this program in past years – providing insight into criminal law and trial techniques to hundreds of young and new lawyers. 

Rick, Bob and Marc are honored to have once again been asked to participate in this important NYSBA program, which offers young lawyers a unique learning experience which extends beyond a typical classroom setting.  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 2014 NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy at Cornell Law School, and to view the program brochure, click here: www.nysba.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=46395.  In addition, to learn more about each partner’s specific area of concentration as highly regarded criminal defense attorneys in New York, or for legal counsel surrounding any type of criminal charge, call us at 516-294-0300.

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