New York Court of Appeals building.
New York Court of Appeals building. (Photo: Rick Kopstein/ALM)

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In Three Procedural Decisions, Court Tackles Apportionment and Jurisdiction

Patrick M. Connors of Albany Law School summarizes three significant civil procedure decisions handed down by the New York Court of Appeals during its 2016-2017 term. There is something here for both the personal injury lawyer and the commercial litigator alike.

Decisions in the 2016-2017 Term Overwhelmingly Favored Prosecutors

Paul Shechtman, a partner at Bracewell, writes: The 2016-2017 term of the New York Court of Appeals in criminal law was a relatively quiet one in which the prosecution fared better than the defense.

In Term of Transition, Court Sides With Insurers

Evan H. Krinick, managing partner of Rivkin Radler, writes: The one thing that can be said about the most significant insurance law cases decided by the Court this past term: They all were decided in favor of the insurance carriers.

Court Considered Government Liability in Three Notable Cases

Jeffrey S. Lichtman and Richard A. Menchini, partners at O’Hare Parnagian, write: In the past term, the Court of Appeals issued several decisions which examined how issues of governmental liability intersect with different stages of the litigation process.

Keep It Short and Tweet: Brief Writing Tips Inspired by Twitter

Evan K. Farber, a partner at Loeb & Loeb, writes: Tweets may be an unlikely source of inspiration for brief writing. But while the supply is plentiful, why not make the most of them?

The Oral Argument: An Absolute Must When Appealing a Case

E. Michael Kavanagh, a member of NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), writes: The oral argument can be the essence of effective advocacy and it can make a difference in an appeal.