New York State Bar Association – Mock Trial Events for Students

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New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute

New York-based attorney Lisa M. Nousek focuses on commercial litigation in her work with Boise, Schiller & Flexner. Engaged in her field, Lisa M. Nousek maintains active membership with the New York State Bar Association.

As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to educating aspiring lawyers, the New York State Bar Association cosponsors mock trial events for New York high school students. These tournaments are designed to help students gain experience in courtrooms while developing their sense of ethics and understanding of the law.

In mock trial tournaments, high school teams assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses. They argue both sides and are judged on their performance in court as well as their preparation and overall professionalism.

Outside of tournament competitions, students can apply to attend the New York State Mock Trial Summer Institute. At the week-long summer program, students are grouped into teams and led through each aspect of a mock trial. They practice newfound skills all week, and end the camp with a mock trial before a judge.

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Lisa Nousek Listed among Super Lawyers’ Top Rated Litigation Attorneys

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Lisa Nousek

Lisa M. Nousek serves as a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Armonk, New York, where she represents clients in appellate courts and federal and state trials. A successful attorney with a record of numerous court wins, Lisa M. Nousek ranked among Super Lawyers’ Top Rated General Litigation Attorneys in Armonk. Additionally, she was selected for its Rising Stars recognition from 2013 to 2015.

A rating service of outstanding attorneys across the country in over 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers honors lawyers that achieve a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. It publishes the names of those who are recognized in the annual Super Lawyers Magazine and through special sections in leading regional and city magazines nationwide. Furthermore, lawyers aged 40 and below with less than 10 years of experience in their practice are eligible for recognition as Rising Stars, who account for 2.5 percent of attorneys named by Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers uses a comprehensive, patented selection process to determine which lawyers make its final listing. The selection process consists of a five-step procedure that incorporates peer nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations. During the independent research phase, judges evaluate candidates according to 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Horses and Nature with the Oblong Trail Association


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Oblong Trail Association

Lisa M. Nousek’s main area of concentration is in complex civil litigation. A partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a New York City-based law firm, Lisa M. Nousek likes to spend her spare time with her horses and is a member of the Oblong Trail Association (OTA).

A nonprofit venture, the OTA’s parent organization is the Oblong Land Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the natural and rural environs around Pawling, Dover, in Dutchess County, New York. The OTA was founded in November 1, 2000, to promote equestrian and nature walking pursuits in the area and encourage horse and nature-loving people to preserve and live in the area as well.

A proposed trail for horseback riding and walking is planned and discussed by all stakeholders including OTA board members and land owners. Once the trial is agreed upon, a team marks the trail with GPS trail markers to generate a trail map. There are specific rules and guidelines that must be followed when using the trail. The OTA is funded by membership fees and tax-deductible donations.

The OTA will hold its 2016 Invitational Walk & Ride at a date to be announced.

Harvard Club of New York’s Social Commitments


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Harvard Club of New York City (HCNY)

Lisa M. Nousek is a partner at New York law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. An attorney who was given the New York Metro Area Rising Star award, Lisa M. Nousek earned her BA in earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 2002. She maintains a connection to her alma mater as a member of the Harvard Club of New York City (HCNY).

The HCNY was founded in 1865 to continue the camaraderie among Harvard graduates in New York. Its clubhouse in midtown Manhattan is the focal point of the club’s many activities. While connecting and engaging with fellow alumni is a major priority, the club is also aware of its social responsibilities and has established two endeavors to carry them out.

The first is the Crimson Impact, which connects club members who wish to volunteer and members who belong to organizations looking for volunteers. Through this program, Harvard alumni can offer their special skills to various organizations in need of pro bono service.

The second is the HCNY Foundation, which to date has helped more than 400 New York City students achieve their dream of studying at Harvard College by holding fundraising events for scholarships.

Lawyer Assistance Program Offers Mental Health Support in New York


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Lawyer Assistance Program

A partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Armonk, New York, Lisa M. Nousek focuses on civil litigation cases and has particular experience in trials and cases regarding product liability. Lisa M. Nousek also belongs to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). The NYSBA offers a number of programs and resources for lawyers and legal professionals, such as the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP).

LAP offers resources and support for attorneys, judges, law students, and their immediate families who are affected by depression, stress, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. The program operates a confidential 1-800 helpline and email service with a focus on helping legal personnel maintain their quality of life and professional conduct through prevention, early identification, and intervention. With confidentiality protected under Section 499 of the Judiciary Law, LAP provides services that range from treatment plan development and assessment to depression resources and training programs for drug abuse, alcoholism, and stress management. It also refers impaired attorneys to self-help groups, outpatient counseling, detoxification and rehabilitation, and other community resources.

Services are voluntary and completely complementary through the NYSBA’s model policy for addressing impairment issues regarding mental health and substance abuse challenges. The NYSBA’s house of delegates and executive committee approved the model on April 10, 2010 with the purpose of supporting law firms, bar associations, and other legal departments.

Polo Training Foundation Offers Intercollegiate Umpire Training

Polo Training Foundation

Polo Training Foundation

Lisa M. Nousek represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts as a partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Armonk, New York. Outside her legal responsibilities, Lisa M. Nousek also supports the Polo Training Foundation (PTF) and funds initiatives such as its intercollegiate umpire training program.

PTF’s umpire training programs operate in conjunction with United State Polo Association (USPA) clubs and provide sponsorship for pre-approved training clinics hosted at any PTF or USPA-related club. Sponsorships cover a single clinic at each approved club and cover half of the membership cost, up to a $1,000 reimbursement maximum.

In 2002, Cornell University allowed the PTF to begin conducting Intercollegiate-Interscholastic (I-I) umpire training clinics during the William S. Fields Invitational Tournament. Now one of PTF’s most productive training programs, the I-I clinic consists of a series of 14 games held over a five-day period where students referee, umpire, and critique one another throughout the program. The USPA I-I staff undertook organizational procedures for the program in 2012.

To learn more about the program, visit the PTF’s website at

An Introduction to the Polo Handicap System

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Polo Handicap System

Lisa M. Nousek has practiced complex civil litigation as a partner at Boies, Schiller and Flexner, LLP, in Armonk, New York, since 2006. Away from her professional activities, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys staying active through polo.

The sport of polo makes use of a handicap system similar to the handicap system used in golf. Handicaps in polo are represented by numbers ranging from minus two to 10. Players competing with sub-zero handicaps are regarded as novices, while a 10 goal handicap is also known as a perfect handicap. Only a dozen or so 10 goal players exist around the world. More than 60 percent of polo players in the United States play with a handicap of two goals or less. Any player with a handicap of three or above is generally capable of competing at the professional level.

The handicap for each player is determined by a national competition committee. The system is the same for both men and women. Though handicaps are referred to as a three-goal or six-goal handicap, the number does not represent the total number of goals a player is expected to score in a single match, but rather the overall value a player brings to his or her team.