Defense Association of New York

Continuing Legal Education

The CLE Committee endeavors to provide quality, cutting edge, and stimulating continuing legal education, coupled with networking socials at fine dinner clubs and restaurants.  These informative and enjoyable occasions are offered to DANY members and the Bar at large for very reasonable pricing.  The Committee consists of Chair Teresa A. Klaum of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Chair Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski, Colin F. Morrissey of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C., Steven R. Dyki of Russo & Toner, LLP, Heather Wiltshire Clement, and Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC.

DANY since 1998 has been providing Continuing Legal Education courses several times per year.  We have been updating this page to include materials from some of DANY's past CLE presentations, via the blue colored links below.  Please see DANY's "Events" page for upcoming CLE courses and other events.

Taming the Elephant in the Courtroom - Strategies for female lawyers and their supporters to identify, defuse and combat bias in the courtroom and in the boardroom


-          Claire F. Rush of Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC  (Moderator)

-     Suzanne M. Halbardier – Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC

-         Andrea Alonso – Morris, Duffy Alonso & Faley

-         Margaret G. Klein - Law Offices of Margaret G. Klein & Associates – Attorney of Record for GNY

-         Karen Campbell – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

-         Doris Rios Duffy - Kowalski & DeVito – AIG Staff Counsel

-         Moya O’Connor – MetLife

Insurance Coverage for the Insurance Defense Lawyer

By:  DANY Past President Julian D. Ehrlich, Esq.  -  Aon Risk Services Northeast
       Darrell John, Esq.  -  Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C.
       Rona L. Platt, Esq.  -  Enstar
       Jennifer A. Ehman, Esq.  -  Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

Labor Law Update - 2017

By:  Leon R. Kowalski, Esq.  -  Kowalski & DeVito
       Michael J. Pearsall, Esq.  -  Kowalski & DeVito
       Gary A. Rome, Esq.  -  Barry, McTiernan & Moore
       Christopher M. Hart, Esq.  -  Nationwide Insurance

Dram Shop Liability in New York

By:  Andrea M. Alonso, Esq.  /  Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

Defending Damages in Catastrophic Medical Injury Cases

By:  Leon R. Kowalski, Esq.  -  Kowalski & DeVito
       Michael J. Pearsall, Esq.  -  Kowalski & DeVito

New York's Settlement Math Made Easy!

By:  Sam Senders  -  EPS Settlements Group
       Joshua Cohen, Esq.  -  DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico
Edward Guardaro, Jr., Esq.  -  Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan
Emilio Grillo, Esq.  -  Goldberg Segalla

Traumatic Brain Injury Defense, Version 3

By:  Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.
       David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, ABPN
       William N. DeVito  /  The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski

Assumption of Risk in Sports

By: Kevin G. Faley  /  Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

Civility and Ethics

By: Steven R. Dyki  /  Russo & Toner, LLP

Ethics and Social Media - Attorney Advertising and Use as a Litigation Tool

By: Andrew Cabasso  /  JurisPage
      Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

Mediation Advocacy

By: Hon. Joseph P. Spinola (Ret.)

New York Serious Injury Update 2015 - Winning Strategies for the Defense

By: Colin F. Morrissey  /  Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C.
      Seth M. Weinberg  /  Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP

The Cutting Edge 2015:  Delving Deeper into TBI Law and Science

By: William N. DeVito  /  The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski
      Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.
       David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, ABPN

Information Security:  Cyber Breach & Coverage Issues

By: David J. Walton  /  Cozen O'Connor

Preservation of Issues for Appeal

By: David B. Hamm  /  Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
      Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

Ethical Considerations for the Use of Social Media in Litigation

By: Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac
      Dawn C. DeSimone  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

What Judges Expect from Attorneys 

By: Hon. Martin Schoenfeld
      Associate Judge, Appellate Term
      First Judicial District

Written Indemnification after Dutton  --
Have We Circumvented the Grave Injury Statute

By: Gary Rome  /  Barry, McTiernan & Moore

You Lost ...  Now What?  Move to Renew,to Reargue and/or Appeal

By: Elizabeth Anne Bannon
      Dawn C. DeSimone

DANY has been serving New York's Defense Bar and legal community for over 50 years.  Historical materials, photographs, and announcements may be found throughout this website.

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