Technical provisions of new yorks civil practice law

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technical provisions of New York's Civil Practice Law and Rules (the "CPLR"), specifically those related to pleadings, discovery, general motion practice, jurisdictional rules and special proceedings. Such instruction would, by necessity, touch upon a range of proceedings, as well as highlight diverse issues that could arise in the context of lower court actions. To underscore the diverse nature of the State court system, as it is presently structured, this course should afford the applicant a broad understanding of the subject matter that may arise in specialized court proceedings, such as those taking place in Family Court, Surrogate's Court, Civil Court, Housing Court, Small Claims Court and the Court of Claims, all of which are thought to be appropriate future placement locations for applicants in the PSABE program. IV. Orientation The orientation will take place during the applicants’ first week or two in the PSABE program. It is designed to be an introduction to the PSABE generally, the courts, the unique aspects of the individual placement sites, and the various challenges that will confront the applicants during the PSABE and throughout their legal careers. Special emphasis will be placed on the responsibility the applicants will have to their specific placements and the need to be professional, responsible, prompt and courteous. As a part of the applicants’ initial introduction to the PSABE and the court system, a visit to each placement site will be arranged. Visiting each placement site should provide applicants with a better understanding of the court system and the specific placements within that system. V. The Placement Experience The Committees propose that the PSABE placement be a full-time position of three months in duration. In arriving at this determination the Committees weighed numerous considerations, most prominently: (a) the time required to provide for a full and thorough
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 11 substantive evaluation of the applicants’ performance; (b) the time necessary for the applicants to make a meaningful contribution to the Court system; (c) the financial burden to the applicants of an unpaid, full-time placement 16 ; (d) the need for the applicants to plan for, and be available for, employment opportunities following the placement; and (e) the need to have the applicants demonstrate a serious level of commitment to the program. The Committees believe that these goals are best met through a three-month placement. The placement positions would be in one or more of the areas of the court system asdiscussed below: judges’ chambers; the central pool of court attorneys, the office of self-representation; and mediation programs. Off-site instructors, such as law professors and professional legal trainers, will design and execute the program in conjunction with the placement coordinators. Each placement will tailor its program to its specific needs and the variety of contexts in which the applicants’ performance might be observed.
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