FAQs ABOUT MEMBERSHIP IN THE ACADEMY
Q. How would I benefit from membership in the Academy?
A. In addition to FREE CLE, Academy members 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 2018, your membership will expire in April 2019.
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, past CLEs are available to members "at cost" - $20.00/CD or $30.00/DVD and only $15 for online streaming courses regardless of the number of credits. Go to www.watchonlinecle.com for our available courses.
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. Can I come to a CLE to see if I like the Academy?
A. Yes, you can pay the non-member admission for one of our CLEs (typically $100/CLE). If you later decide to become a member of the Academy we will reduce your initial membership dues by the cost of the CLE. Essentially, we will backdate your membership so that your very first CLE with us was free.
Q. How do I join?
A. You can join the Academy by: