Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
A familiar — and significant — face is back on campus.
Professor Patrick Connors, a leading authority on New York civil practice, has returned to Albany Law School after working the fall semester as a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Touro Law Center on Long Island.
While at Touro, Prof. Connors presented a number of New York Practice updates to audiences at the Suffolk County Bar Association and various law firms on Long Island and in New York City. This past November, he addressed a gathering of Appellate Division and Supreme Court Justices at the Institute on Complex Commercial Litigation, which was held at The Judicial Institute in White Plains, N.Y.
His lectures on developments in New York state law weren’t limited to downstate. Prof. Connors also presented in Cooperstown, Oswego, Lake Placid, and Saratoga Springs.
And as usual, Prof. Connors saw his scholarship cited in quite a few reported decisions — 75, to be exact, in 2015.
Among the cases:
— Faison v. Lewis, New York Court of Appeals
— Zeitlin v. New York Islanders Hockey Club, Nassau County Supreme Court
— Vera v. Republic of Cuba, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Prof. Connors recently published his 2016 update to the well-known treatise Siegel’s New York Practice. He also authored McKinney’s Practice Commentaries for CPLR Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates; CPLR Article 23, Subpoenas, CPLR Oaths and Affirmations; CPLR Article 30, Remedies and Pleadings and CPLR Article 31: Disclosure.
Prof. Connors — who received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from St. John’s Law School — is author of the New York Practice column in the New York Law Journal and the paper’s annual Court of Appeals Roundup on New York Civil Practice. From 1992 through 2003, he was a reporter for the Committee on New York Pattern Jury Instructions, the panel of New York State Supreme Court Justices that drafts and oversees the frequent revisions of the standard jury charges in civil cases.
Currently, he serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics and is chair of the Racing Fan Advisory Council to the New York State Gaming Commission.