Author Event and Discussion: Trash Talk — The Only Book About Destroying our Rivals That Isn’t Total Garbage — and its Impact on the Legal Profession


Author Event and Discussion: Trash Talk — The Only Book About Destroying our Rivals That Isn’t Total Garbage — and its Impact on the Legal Profession

Start 05/16/2024 - 6:00 PM
End 05/16/2024 - 7:15 PM


“Kohan’s nuanced inquiry highlights trash talk’s surprisingly diverse applications, and he’s never less than entertaining… This is a blast” — Publishers Weekly

Join NYCLA’s Law and Literature Committee as it welcomes author Rafi Kohan to discuss the history of trash talk and the impact that it has on one’s rivals — whether on the playing field, in the courtroom or the court of public opinion.

After discussing his work, we will have a panel discussion of how trash talk has recently been impacting the legal profession, which has a history of civility and a code of professional conduct. Have the recent comments and conduct by Donald Trump introduced trash talk to litigation? Can such conduct be curtailed? Do litigators, judges and court personnel have the tools to fight back? And what is the future impact on the practice of law and client behavior?

This is one program that you will not want to miss!!

To register for CLE, you must purchase the Kindle or hard copy version of “Trash Talk: The Only Book About Destroying Your Rivals That Isn’t Total Garbage.” here:


About the Author: Rafi Kohan is an Atlanta-based writer, editor and creative leader. Formerly he served as deputy editor at the New York Observer and has written for GQ, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, Slate, Rolling Stone, The Ringer, ESPN, Vice, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Most recently he worked at The Atlantic as the executive editorial director for Rethink, the magazine’s award-winning creative studio.



Guest Speaker: Rafi Kohan, Author

Program Chair: Alan Fell, Rick Steiner Fell & Benowitz LLP, Co-chair NYCLA’s Law & Literature Committee

Panelists: Hartley T. Bernstein, Bernstein Cherney LLP and Alan Fell, Rick Steiner Fell & Benowitz LLP

Program Co-Sponsor: NYCLA’s Law and Literature Committee


1.5 NY Credits: 1 Ethics; 0.5 Skills Transitional and Non-transitional; 1.5 NJ Credits; 1 Ethics 0.5 General



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