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Friday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Utica, NY

3.5 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills

Criminal Justice Section Members: Free 
NYSBA Member: 
$125 | Non-Member: $295

Bail hearings, preliminary hearings, grand jury and suppression hearings are ripe with opportunities to humanize your client before the Court, gather critical information about the case, and eliminate illegal or improper information being submitted to a jury. The Being Heard at Bail Hearings CLE program focuses on effective Pre-Trial advocacy in the defense of an accused. We will examine each type of hearing and provide useful tactical tips to advance your client’s interests, obtain favorable plea offers, and allow the Court to feel Justice is being served by favorable defense rulings.
Overall Planning Chair Tucker C. Stanclift, Esq. | Stanclift Law PLLC

Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association. 

For any questions related to program registration, please contact the NYSBA's Member Resource Center by email at [email protected], or by phone at 800-582-2452. 


Program Description
The new discovery legislation effective January 1, 2020, dramatically changes the way Criminal Law is practiced in New York State. Whether litigated or negotiated, every criminal case will be impacted by this law. A comprehensive knowledge of these  changes is essential for attorneys handling criminal cases in New York.

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Live & Webcast
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Live CLE Program & Webcast


1 Elk Street 
Albany, NY 12207

3.0 MCLE Credits; 3.0 Areas of Professional Practice

Criminal Justice Section Member: $125
NYSBA Member: $150 | Non-Member: $250

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Timing and Statements
1.0 MCLE in Areas of Professional Practice

9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
What’s Discoverable
1.0 MCLE in Areas of Professional Practice

10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Protective Orders, Bail, and Appearance Tickets
1.0 MCLE in Areas of Professional Practice

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Program Chair and Speaker
Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany

NYSBA Sponsor
Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Criminal Justice Section


Welcome to the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section web site. Through our Section members have the opportunity to meet and network with other attorneys and judges involved in many aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as have access to many great benefits specific to our area of practice. The Section also helps improve the criminal justice system by providing a credible voice on pending criminal justice legislation and helping to develop NYSBA policy on criminal justice issues. 

The Benefits of Criminal Justice Section Membership Include:

  • The Section’s newsletter, New York Criminal Law Journal features updates on Section activities, recent cases and articles about current issues.
  • Educational programs that examine today’s vital legal developments.
  • Networking events to meet criminal justice attorneys from across the state.
  • Professional growth opportunities by joining a Committee.  The Section has 14 substantive committees that provide you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice, and the criminal justice system. Section members can request to join as many committees as they like, for free.
  • Access to the Criminal Justice Section’s  Online Community, where members post queries for guidance and referrals.
  • Discounts on NYSBA CLE programs sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section. Section dues are $35 a year (NYSBA membership required) for attorneys, and FREE for law school students. Join online, or call 1-8800-582-2452. 


Criminal Justice Section

Robert J. Masters, Executive Assistant District Attorney for Legal affairs with the Queens County District Attorneys Office, is Chair of the Criminal Justice Section.

After graduating from St. John’s University and St. John’s University School of Law, Masters worked as a law clerk for various Judges of the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court in both Queens and Kings Counties. Bob became  an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County in 1990, and has worked primarily on homicide cases since 1992.


The purpose of this Section shall be to anticipate, recognize and address such issues of crime, criminology, criminal procedure, correction and the administration of criminal justice as properly come before or should come before the New York State Bar Association.

Section Bylaws

Executive Committee Roster

Criminal Justice Section Chair Terms:

1981-1983: Andrew M. Schnier
1983-1985: Vincent E. Doyle, Jr.
1985-1987: Hon. Renee A. White
1987-1989: Joseph Jaffe
1989-1991: Terrence J. Connors
1991-1993: Martin B. Adelman
1993-1995: Paul J. Cambria
1995-1997: Robert W. Vinal
1997-1999: Susan B. Lindenauer
1999-2001: Vincent E. Doyle, III
2001-2003: Thomas F. Liotti
2003-2005: Michael T. Kelly
2005-2007: Roger B. Adler
2007-2009: Jean T. Walsh
2009-2011: James P. Subjack
2011-2013: Marvin E. Schechter
2013-2015: Hon. Mark R. Dwyer
2015-2017: Sherry Levin Wallach
2017-2019: Tucker C. Stanclift
2019-2021: Robert J. Masters


The New York Criminal Law Newsletter  features updates on Section activities, recent cases and articles about current issues. The New York Criminal Law Newsletter is published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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We are pleased to announce that the Criminal Justice Section Private Online Professional Community is online—for Criminal Justice Section members only. If you need help logging in with your ID and password please contact the State Bar Service Center at 800.582.2452 or contact Amy Jasiewicz at [email protected]

NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools. Join the conversation here