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    • February 28: Forensics and the Law VI: Shifting Paradigms

      Criminal Justice Section
      Forensics and the Law VI: Shifting Paradigms
      Tuesday, February 28, 2017
      New York Law School

      Co-Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Project of the
      NYLS Impact Center for Public Interest Law

      This is a live program only, and will not be recorded,
      broadcast or available online.

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      Schedule of Events
      9:30 am – 10 am Check-in and On-Site Registration (continental breakfast served)

      10 am – 10:10 am Welcome and Introductions
      Section Chair: Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq., Wallach & Rendo, LLP, Mount Kisco, NY

      10:10 am – 11:00 am 
      Under the Microscope: Focusing on FBI Hair Comparison Review and Beyond

      A significant percentage of wrong convictions cases involve invalid or exaggerated forensic evidence.
      Microscopic Hair Comparison evidence is one example of such evidence. Working with the U.S.
      Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Innocence Project, the NACDL
      pioneered the Microscopic Hair Comparison Review Project to help identify areas where faulty
      science has led to wrongful convictions.
      Speaker:
      Norman L. Reimer, Esq., Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
      Washington, DC

      11:00 am – 11:50 am 
      Challenging Science in the Criminal Justice System

      Forensic science paradigms, once widely accepted, are often proven wrong. What are the consequences
      for the criminal justice system? How should legislatures, courts and litigants respond? How
      should lawyers challenge faulty science? How should cases determined under the old paradigms be
      handled?
      Speaker:
      Dana Delger, Esq., Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project, New York, NY

      11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
      Lunch (sandwiches and salad served)


      12:30 pm – 1:20 pm 
      Forensic Pathology Perspectives on Questioned Diagnoses

      The underlying forensic pathology principles involved in several controversial diagnoses (i.e. Shaken
      Baby Syndrome, Excited Delirium) will be explored.
      Speakers:
      Michael Baden, M.D., Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, New York, NY
      Vincent E. Doyle III, Esq., Connors LLP, Buffalo, NY

      1:20 – 1:30 pm 
      Break


      1:30 pm – 2:45 pm 
      Panel Discussion: Flawed Forensics, Shifting Paradigms

      Panelists will discuss several examples of forensic science paradigms shifts, including how they
      happened, how the criminal justice system responded, and what implications there are for scientific
      evidence currently being challenged.
      Speakers:
      Program Chair, Vincent E. Doyle III, Esq., Connors LLP, Buffalo, NY
      Leigh Bishop, Esq., Chief, Child Fatality Unit, Queens District Attorney’s Office, Kew Gardens, NY
      Michael Baden, M.D., Former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, New York, NY
      Mark M. Baker, Esq., Of Counsel, Brafman & Associates P.C., New York, NY
      John M. Castellano, Esq., Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney, Queens County District Attorney's Office, Kew Gardens, NY
      Dana Delger, Esq., Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project, New York, NY
      Norman L. Reimer, Esq., Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington, DC
      Professor Adele Bernhard, Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney, NYLS Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic, New York, NY

      Adjournment

      Executive Committee meeting immediately following

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    • May 4 - 7: Spring Meeting/Awards Dinner

      JOIN US FOR OUR SPRING MCLE PROGRAM AND AWARDS DINNER

      THE GOULD HOTEL
      SENECA FALLS, NY 


      Awards/Recipients Include:
      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services

      Karen L. Murtagh, Esq., Prisoner Legal Services of New York, Albany

      Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award

      Cheryl Meyers Buth, Esq., Executive Director, Murphy Meyers LLP, Orchard Park

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
      Gary J. Muldoon, Esq., Muldoon, Getz & Reston, Rochester

      Additional Information coming soon!

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    WELCOME!

    The Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. This site offers an array of resources, including Law Watch search results that provide access to substantive topics and the supporting cases, substantive law reports and resolutions, and the opportunity for members to join in discussion groups on relevant topics in the Criminal Justice Section e-community. 

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    Sherry Levin Wallach - Criminal Justice Chair
    Sherry Levin Wallach
    Criminal Justice Section

    Sherry Levin Wallach of Mt. Kisco (Wallach and Rendo, LLP) is the new chair of the Criminal Justice Section.

    Wallach concentrates her practice on criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury in state and federal courts. She is chair of the State Bar’s Membership Committee and has served two four-year terms in the House of Delegates. Wallach is co-membership chair of the Trial Lawyers Section.

    Wallach is a member of the Task Force on Gun Violence, the Committee to Ensure Equality in Mandated Representation and is a co-founder of the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy. Wallach is past chair of the Young Lawyers Section and sits on the board of directors of the Westchester County Bar. She also serves on the Westchester and Putnam County 18B panels, which provide criminal defense for indigent people.


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    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.

    The 2014-15 New York State Bar Association Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the Criminal Justice Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. 

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