FAQs ABOUT MEMBERSHIP IN THE ACADEMY
Q. How would I benefit from membership in the Academy?
A. We have always given Academy members FREE access to our live CLE programs. However, due to the current crisis concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, Academy members now enjoy both FREE Live CLE and FREE Online Streaming CLE.
Academy members also enjoy our Weekly Department Updates (view samples). Sent to members via e-mail, the Updates review, summarize, and hyperlink to the most important cases from each of New York’s four Appellate Divisions each month. Our Members-Only Online CLE Library gives members access to CLE materials from many of our past programs.
The Academy hosts membership events that network trial lawyers from across the state and is dedicated to preserving and improving the civil justice system through effective and committed political action. What differentiates the Academy from other organizations is the unique commitment of our members to rebuild and enhance our profession. As a member, you can be directly involved in the Academy’s legislative and political initiatives. There are many other reasons to join – please browse our website or call us at 518-364-4044 for more!
Q. How much are yearly membership dues in the Academy?
A. $1,200 – Firm Membership (covers up to ten firm attorneys and paralegals)
$500 – Sustaining Membership
$250 – Admitted for Five Years or More
$175 – Admitted for Less than Five Years
$100 – Paralegals (with subscribing attorney)
$100 – Non-Judicial Government Employees
$55 – Law Professors
Free – Members of the Judiciary, their Clerks and Law Secretaries
Free – Law Students
*Alumni of Syracuse University College of Law enjoy 1/4 off all the above individual membership levels.
*University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association Members enjoy a half-off discount on all the above individual membership levels.
Q. When does the membership year start?
A. The year begins whenever you join. If you join in April 2020, your membership will expire in April 2021.
Q. Are the CLEs always free?
A. Yes, the Academy has and always will provide FREE LIVE CLE for its members.
Q. Are past Academy CLEs available on CD, DVD or streaming?
A. Yes, we video record all of our CLE programs and make them available in CD, DVD, and online streaming format. Due to the current crisis, we are making all of our online streaming courses available for FREE to Academy members. Please note, the spread of the virus has restricted our access to our office. As a result, we will no longer be able to supply CD or DVD copies of our course recordings; our courses are now available ONLY in online streaming format. Please visit our store to view our course selection.
Q. Does the Academy provide enough CLE for me to fulfill my state requirements?
A. Yes, the Academy presents more than enough CLEs for you to fulfill your two-year CLE requirements - including the new mandatory credit type, Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. In addition to our Annual Update course (an eight-credit CLE including one Ethics credit), the Academy runs programs throughout the year across the state on issues important to trial lawyers. Past CLEs have included: Jury Selection 101; Experts: From Retention to Trial; Meaningful Mediation; Proving Damages at Trial; Direct and Cross Examination of a Medical Witness; EBT Prep; Breaking Down Bias; Cutting Edge Topics in Ethics and many more.
Q. Are Academy CLE courses accredited in other states?
A. Yes, our Live and On-Demand CLE courses are accredited in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Q. Can I come to a CLE to see if I like the Academy?
A. Yes. While the non-member admission fee to attend a live course was originally $100, we have discounted this rate to make access to our live programs FREE for non-members in response to the current pandemic. We encourage you to attend a live program and see if the Academy may be of benefit to you and your practice!