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.


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.

Product Liability – Types of Defects

A member of the New York State Bar Association, Lisa M. Nousek has nearly a decade of experience practicing law in the New York area. Lisa M. Nousek is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP and handles civil litigations, including product liability.

A safeguard for consumers, product liability holds a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retail store owner responsible for damages caused by its products. Considered a strict liability offense, product liability weighs heavily on the defectiveness of a product. Attorneys handling a product liability case must provide sufficient evidence to prove that product was flawed in design, manufacturing, or marketing.

Design defect predates product manufacturing. While a product may fulfill its purpose, the design can cause unnecessary harm to consumers. A plaintiff who wishes to argue a case based on design defect must provide a hypothetical alternative design that offers safer features, carries out the intended use, and maintains economic viability.

A manufacturing defect occurs during the creation of a product. Typically, a manufacturing defect only affects a small amount of products within a larger batch being produced. The item strays from the original design, and therefore becomes a dangerous product for consumers.

The final defect involves marketing, which requires proper disclosure of all product dangers. In addition, a marketing defect is caused with the distribution of improper product instructions.

The Food and Drug Law Institute Writing Competition

The recipient of a 2013 New York Metro Rising Star award, Lisa M. Nousek practices complex civil litigation at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Armonk, New York. While earning her law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek won the Food and Drug Law Institute’s H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition for her article promoting the importance of consumer knowledge.

For 65 years, the Food and Drug Law Institute has served as an important resource for those in the field of food and drug law. With the values of neutrality and innovation, this group discusses global policy and encourages lawmakers to adopt a reasonable and informed approach to regulations. It accomplishes this by running over 30 conferences and putting out nearly 50 publications throughout the year.

To support the next generation of lawyers, the Food and Drug Law Institute hosts the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition. This contest invites JD candidates and recent law school graduates to write papers that analyze topics related to food, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and related areas. Participants can either choose to submit a piece up to 40 pages, or one between 41 pages and 100 pages. Applicants are judged on qualities such as originality of topic and the depth of legal analysis. First place winners receive a $4,000 award, while second places winners receive a $1,000 award. Winning proposals may be published in the Food and Drug Law Journal.