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Judges will give lecture on jury selection and deliberations at Brooklyn Bar Association

February 4, 2019 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A pair of Brooklyn’s most esteemed judges will be at the Brooklyn Bar Association on Thursday for a continuing legal education seminar titled “Issues Arising from Jury Selection and Deliberation.”

Judges Ruth Shillingford, president of the Judicial Friends Association, and Hon. Sylvia Ash, presiding justice of the Kings County Supreme Court, Commercial Division, will be the guest lecturers during the CLE, which is sponsored by both the Judicial Friends and the BBA.

“Attendees will benefit from both a civil and criminal perspective,” said BBA President David Chidekel. “There will be time to answer questions from attendees, permitting them to sharpen their skills and dispel myths.”

The CLE was originally designed by Judge Shillingford for the purpose of teaching new judges, but it became so popular that she expanded the target demographic.

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“It offers a unique perspective to attorneys who do trial work, enabling them an invaluable perspective into a judge’s mindset,” Chidekel said. “This will enable the attorney to learn about key legal issues and how the judges look at the issues. This helps the attorney avoid errors and gain an advantage in presenting the case mistake-free.”

In order to encourage more attorneys to come to the CLE, the Brooklyn Bar Association has lowered the fee for the course to just $25. More information on the lecture can be found on the association’s website at

Hon. Sylvia Ash, presiding justice of the Supreme Court, Commercial Division.

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