Trial Advocacy Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: United States District Court for the Southern District of NY Pro Se Office
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
  • Legal Skills

The Southern District of New York is pleased to offer a full-day Trial Advocacy Training for Pro Bono Lawyers. This training, conducted by district judges of the Southern District and leading practitioners, is offered to lawyers admitted to practice in the Southern District and who are interested in providing pro bono representation to pro se litigants. The training will be intensive and skills-oriented and will follow the course of a trial from opening to closing statements. Lawyers will share their experience on how to try a case successfully, and judges will offer insight into which tactics and techniques work and which do not. Important materials for the training will be posted on the Court's website no later than Friday, January 14.

The training is free and offers 5 Skills Credits.* It is intended for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers who are admitted to the Southern District of New York. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

By attending this training, the court requests your commitment to represent a pro se litigant in this Court within the next 12 months.

Please RSVP no later than January 14, 2011, to the Pro Se Office at (212) 805-0504 or email

Panelists include:

Honorable John G. Koeltl
Honorable Victor Marrero
Honorable Jed S. Rakoff
Robert Baum, Federal Defenders of New York
John R. Cuti, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Leslie Fagen, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton
& Garrison LLP
Rita M. Glavin, Vinson & Elkins
Debra L. Raskin, Vladeck, Waldman,
Elias & Engelhard, P.C.
Earl Ward, Law Offices of Earl Ward

Honorable William H. Pauley, III
Honorable Loretta A. Preska
Honorable Laura Taylor Swain
Daniel Cooper, Litigation Strategies
Deirdre von Dornum, Federal Defenders
of New York
Mark D. Kotwick, Seward & Kissel LLP
Sarah Netburn, S.D.N.Y. Pro Se Office
Samuel W. Seymour, Sullivan
& Cromwell LLP

  • CLE Credit Comments: 5 Skills Credits are available for this training. Application for accreditation in New York is currently pending.
  • Contact:
    United States District Court for the Southern District of NY Pro Se Office
    (212) 805-0504
  • Attachment(s): Announcement.pdf