Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ithaca DWI Lawyer Attends The 28th Annual Metropolitan New York Trainer

In the background is one of my favorite speakers of the day, Attorney Jeff Adachi
Chief Public Defender of the City of San Fran, an amazing speaker!

This past weekend I attended the Twenty-Eighth Annual Metropolitan New York Trainer which is put on by the New York State Defenders Association. This year it was hosted at New York University Law School. This grand old law school, has amazing history. It is New York's oldest law school and has been attended by a great many famous judges. In fact our current chief judge, the Honorable Jonathan Lippman (NYU 65' and NYU Law 68') hails from this grand institution. He is working hard at progressive reform and transformation of some of our antiquated New York laws.

Washington Square Park is right across the street from NYU
It is a beautiful park, and I love the marble arch erected in 1895.

I love coming to city. Some things I didn't love were the packed room of 350-400 lawyers, with not an empty seat in sight. The seats in Tishman Auditorium at NYU were from the "before" time with little fold out desk tops, and hard backed chairs. Not comfortable for a full day of seating for us more mature (maybe chronologically but not emotionally) lawyers.

I didn't love the Washington Square Starbucks aka Starbucks at Faye's aka NYU Sbucks at trying to charge me $1.09 for an empty cup. I've been to Starbucks all over the world and throughout the US and have never had such a sour experience. I like to mix my milk separately (call me neurotic). I later found out it is a licensed Sbucks not a corporate Sbucks meaning it does not have to live up to Sbucks focus on service or civility.

I also dined on famous Ben's Pizza at lunch, which gets a 3.5/5 stars, sorry Ben's. I liked the little New Zealand Australian pie shop (the village is cool) called DUB Pies on Mac Dougal Street (Down Under Bakery). I had a spinach feta pie, and a mini apple pie, simply yummy and 5/5 stars. The pies were not cheap (had both for like 8 bucks) but nothing (of any quality) in the city is inexpensive these days. The weather was an incredible 60 plus. Driving back to Ithaca Sunday it was snowing and dropped into the teens (yuck).

What I learned was the bonus:

1. Recent Developments in New York Criminal Law and Procedure in the Court of Appeals.
2. Using Checklists to Improve Outcomes in Criminal Cases.
3. Challenging "Scientific" Evidence.
4. Preparing For and Litigating a SORA Hearing.
5. Summation Choices for Criminal Defense.

I really wasn't expecting the using checklists talk to be so insightful but it was. The speaker is "the" Chief Public Defender for the City of San Francisco. He is one of only a handful of elected Public Defenders around the country. The only city in California to have one, and one of four others in the country. He manages 97 attorneys and 80 plus support staff to assist a city population of a million people with legal aid. He was absolutely brilliant and well organized to task. I plan on implementing many of ideas he shared to better my practice.

All the rooms at the law school are set off with lovely moldings
and fantastic woodwork. I can appreciate the attention to detail.
Continuing education is not about the CLE hours for me, it is about growing me, and as a result my legal practice. Just one good idea can be transformative, and that is always my goal from any seminar, conference, book, and/or audio program I invest in.

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