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Professor Connors Authors Lead Article in NYLJ Special Report

Professor Patrick Connors

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Again this year, Professor Patrick M. Connors contributed the lead article to the New York Law Journal's special report on the New York Court of Appeals and appellate practice.

In the column, Professor Connors—a leading authority on New York civil practice—analyzed three recent civil procedure decisions by the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. "There is something here for both the personal injury lawyer and the commercial litigator alike," he wrote.

Professor Connors covered: Artibee v. Home Place, in which "[t]wo critical and complicated aspects of New York civil procedure clashed"; Rushaid v. Pictet & Cie, featuring a jurisdictional issue with a close outcome, demonstrating "that in these areas of the law, as with so many others, the composition of the Court matters"; and D&R Global Selections, S.L. v. Bodega Olegario Falcon Pineiro, another decision concerning longarm jurisdiction—"but this time with a unanimous Court."

The NYLJ's special report was published August 21, 2017. Last year, Professor Connors wrote the issue's lead article entitled "Decisions Address ESI Destruction, Common Interest Doctrine."

Connors is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor in New York Civil Practice at Albany Law School, where he teaches courses involving New York practice and professional responsibility. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from St. John's Law School, where he was an editor of the law review and research assistant to Professor David D. Siegel.

Commencing with the January 2013 supplement, Professor Connors became the author for Siegel's New York Practice, and he is currently working on the 6th edition entitled Siegel and Connors, New York Practice. In addition, he is the author of the McKinney's Practice Commentaries for CPLR Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates; Article 23, Subpoenas, Oaths and Affirmations; Article 30, Remedies and Pleading; and Article 31, Disclosure. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Law Journal.

Professor Connors' scholarship was cited in over 25 recent decisions, including the Court of Appeals' majority decision in Artibee v. Home Place, which relied on the discussion of CPLR Article 16 in the January 2017 Supplement to New York Practice.

Professor Connors lectures frequently on ethics and New York practice throughout the state. This year, he was appointed to the New York State Bar Association Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction.

Patrick Connors