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Alumnus Stephen P. Younger, Albany Law School Class of 1982, hosted and moderated an exciting, thought-provoking panel discussion on New York practice at his home office of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
The event, Litigation Practice in New York Courts: A Conversation with Leaders in New York Practice, was presented by Albany Law School and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City. It featured an esteemed panel: the Honorable Michael J. Garcia, Albany Law School Class of 1989 and Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Professor Patrick M. Connors, the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor in New York Civil Practice at Albany Law School and author of the newly updated treatise NEW YORK PRACTICE (Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2018); and Younger and Muhammad U. Faridi, partners at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and editors of the newly released NEW YORK COMMERCIAL DIVISION PRACTICE GUIDE (Bloomberg Law 2017).
The panelists provided perspective on the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), and talked about how the guiding document is well-established and will need to continue to evolve to meet the demands of today's technology in litigation practice. In addition to the discussion, Professor Connors introduced Judge Garcia, reflecting on their longtime friendship. Judge Garcia had the opportunity to welcome the group and open the program with some short remarks.
A mix of Albany Law School alumni and fellow colleagues practicing in the area of litigation attended the event. Participants not only heard from the leaders in New York practice, but also participated in a Q&A with the panelists. The event included one CLE credit for those who attended.
The evening provided another great opportunity to gather alumni in the New York City region. The Albany Law School Office of Alumni Engagement is committed to continuing these valuable partnerships and programs for the alumni of New York City and beyond through the school's Regional Alumni Network initiative.
The Regional Alumni Network aims to connect alumni, provide career and networking opportunities, and advocate for the law school in a member's hometown or region—all guided by volunteers of the Regional Alumni Network Chapter Committee. More information about the Regional Alumni Network can be found at alumni.albanylaw.edu.