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Past CLE Events

Here is a sampling of DANY's PAST CLE EVENTS  - 
See our "CLE MATERIALS" page for more past programming:
More CLE Events and Materials


CLE via Zoom  -  
September 23, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  (2 credits)

Coverage Developments for the Insurance Defense Attorney

Presented By:
-  Julian D. Ehrlich,  DANY Past President,  Senior VP Claims / Construction Services Group,  AON
-  Darrell John,  Managing Partner,  Conway Farrell Curtin & Kelly P.C.
-  Jennifer A. Ehman,  Senior Litigation Manager,  Merchants Mutual Ins Co.
-  Rona L. Platt,  U.S. Head of Compliance and General Counsel,  Starstone  

Sponsored By:  

HAAG Engineering

Subject Matter:
-  The difference between insurance & indemnity, conflicts with insurers / insureds and ethics challenges  (30 minutes)
-  T
he continued struggle to interpret Burlington, anti-subrogation and duty to defend, and increased challenges re Insurance Law 3420(d)  (30 minutes)
-  T
endering and tenders  -  timeliness, contractual risk transfer and additional insured coverage  (30 minutes)
-  Q
 & A  (10 minutes)


Blue Jays v. Yankees  -  September 8, 2021 at 7 p.m.

This fifth annual Yankees game gathering was co-presented with the TICL section of NYSBA.  In DANY's first in-person event during the COVID-19 pandemic, we came together to see Toronto Blue Jays v. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium!  Seating was in Section 226, similar quality to past years, with special pricing of just $60 per seat.  This opportunity was offered to both members and guests of the presenting bar associations -  attorneys were welcomed to come with clients, family and friends.  Participating sponsors included iMedView, Compass Investigators & Adjusters, and JS Held.   Tickets in electronic format were provided by e-mail.  We hope to see you all again soon!


Continuing Legal Education   

Free CLE via Zoom  -  June 17, 2021 at 6 pm - 8 pm 

Traumatic Brain Injury Defense 2021:
Legal, Neuropsychological and Biomechanical Perspectives

Presented By: 
-  William N. DeVito,  Managing Attorney,  Kowalski & DeVito
-  Lena Dobson, Ph.D.,  Neuropsychology,  ScandicNeuro Corp 
-  Jacqueline Lewis, Ph.D.,  Biomechanist,  ARCCA

Supported by ARCCA and JEC Disability Management -


Continuing Legal Education 

Free CLE via Zoom  -  May 4, 2021 (evening)

Wellness and Ethics - 1.5 Hours

Presented By: 
Eileen Travis,  Executive Director / Lawyer Assistance Program,
New York City Bar Association  
Meredith S. Heller,  Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
Joseph Milowic III,  Partner,  Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Coordinated By: 
DANY Officer Claire Rush,  Partner,  Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC

Sponsored By:
Compass Adjusters  /  Steve Weiss, V.P.

This course started with a discussion about specific mental health issues that lawyers confront, and resources that can be accessed by and for struggling attorneys.  The presentation then focused on ethical issues which arise from mental health and substance abuse difficulties of legal professionals.  The CLE finished with a presentation by an attorney who recounted his bout with depression and how he has addressed the situation. 


Continuing Legal Education   

Free CLE via Zoom  -  April 12, 2021 at 5 pm - 6 pm 

Bigger Cases Mean More Insurance Issues for Defense Attorneys: Claims & Coverage Trends, Emerging Issues & Updates


DANY Past President Julian D. Ehrlich
Senior Vice President Claims - Construction Services Group, Aon 

CLE Materials:  DANY CLE Materials (J Ehrlich) 4-12-21


Continuing Legal Education   

Free Ethics CLE via Zoom  -  March 11, 2021 at 6 pm - 8 pm 

Navigating the Ethical Implications of Social Media Investigations


DANY Past President Lawton W. Squires

For CLE materials, click here:   L Squires CLE materials 

DANY wishes to thank Mr. Squires and the sponsor, SpeakEasy Services, for this informative presentation.


Free CLE via Zoom  -  February 25, 2021 (evening) 6 pm - 7 pm

Defending Exaggerated Knee and Hip Personal Injury Claims:
Part Two  -  The Hip

One NY CLE Credit (Skills)

Presented By:  Ronald P. Grelsamer, M.D. and John P. Connors, Esq.

This was part two of this mini-series.  The panelists educated the audience, from medical and legal viewpoints, about recognizing and overcoming smokescreens which make tiny knee and hip injuries seem major.  DANY thanks them and iMedView for supporting this event.  

For CLE materials, click here:
CLE materials February 25, 2021


Free CLE via Zoom  -  February 11, 2021 (evening) 6 pm - 7 pm  
New Uniform Rules for Supreme and County Court:  
Highlights and Expectations


David Paul Horowitz, McNamara & Horowitz

This course discussed the changes to the Uniform Rules, effective February 1, 2021, as per Administrative Order 270/20.  These rule additions and amendments pertain to court appearances, communications with the court, filing of papers, discovery, interrogatories, privilege logs, depositions, TROs, orders to show cause, motions, and oral argument, as well as trial and pretrial practice.  This was quite informative for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.  DANY thanks Mr. Horowitz and the event sponsor, J.S. Held.


Free CLE via Zoom  -  November 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

How to Effectively Use a Neurosurgeon in the Courtroom
2.0 NY CLE Credits (Skills)

Thanks also to the Presenters: 
Dr. Christopher Allyn Lycette    Board Certified Neurosurgeon 
Christopher Donadio, Esq.  -  Plaintiff's Perspective
Jennine Gerrard, Esq.  -  Defense Perspective
Sean Dugan, Esq.  -  Moderator

For CLE materials, click here:  
CLE Materials 11-12-20

For a CLE credit affirmation form, click below and e-mail your completed form to
Attorney Affirmation Form

DANY thanks ABOTA (NYC chapter) for co-presenting this event, and Expert Institute, Lexitas and PM Legal for supporting it.


Free CLE via Zoom  -  November 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Defending Slip / Trip and Fall Cases with Biomechanical Analysis
1.5 NY CLE Credits (Skills)

Presented By: 
William N. Devito   Managing Attorney, Kowalski & DeVito
Angela Levitan, Ph.D., CPE  -  Senior Biomechanist, ARCCA

This course covered topics including
 kinematics and human movement;  engineering codes and standards;  human factors;  scene photos;  injury biomechanics;  fraud factors;  surveillance and/or accident videos;  maintenance and inspections;  slip resistance and the slip-o-meter;  evolution of biomechanics law and admissibility of experts;  rebutting plaintiff experts;  and summary judgment.

For CLE materials, click here:  CLE Materials 11/5/20

DANY thanks the speakers and the sponsor, ARCCA, for having supported this event.


Live CLE  -  January 15, 2020

The Bodily Injury Plaintiff's Background  -  Obtaining and Admitting the Evidence from Inception through Trial

Please click here for CLE materials

Another fine event now complete, and there are many thanks to provide  -  
to the speakers for their presentation, to the New York State Insurance Fund 
and Thalassa for hosting, to Terrier Claims Services, iMedView and other 
DANY sponsors for their support, and of course, to members and guests for their attendance  -  
thank you all, and see you again soon!

Annual Yankees Game and CLE  -   July 15, 2019 (evening)

Thank you for having participated in this fourth annual event:  Tampa Bay Rays v. New York Yankees at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium, which was preceded by a one hour CLE at 5:15 p.m. at Supreme Court, Bronx County.  The CLE was an update concerning the Labor Law (e.g. 240 and 241(6)), and food and beverage was provided.  Stadium seats were in Sections 214A and 214B, similar quality to those of past years.  Attorneys had the option of buying extra game tickets at a reduced price to share with clients, family and friends who were not attending the CLE.  DANY thanks its members and sponsors for their support!