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    November 14: Save the Date for Forensics and the Law V
  • CJS Award 2015
    Now Accepting Nominations for the Criminal Justice Awards. Submit Your Nominations by October 14, 2015
  • Criminal Justice
    The New York Criminal Law Newsletter is published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section and free to Section Members
  • Events
    • November 14, 2015: Forensics and the Law V

      Save the Date!

      Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting: Forensics and the Law V
      Saturday, November 14, 2015
      9:00 am – 4:30 pm            
      New York University School of Law
      Speakers and registration information available in the coming months.

      Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

    • January 27, 2016: Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting


      Details coming soon - Save the date!

    • Criminal Justice Section Seeks Candidates to Represent Judicial Districts

      Criminal Justice Section Seeking Candidates to Represent Judicial Districts

      The Criminal Justice Section is seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on its Executive Committee:

      Second (2nd) Judicial District Representative

      Seventh (7th) Judicial District Representative

      District representatives must practice or reside in the judicial district they represent. Applicants for these mid-year vacancies will be considered by the chair, with terms ending June 1. District representatives interested in serving additional one-year terms will be considered annually by the Section’s Nominating Committee.

      District representatives are full, voting members of the Section’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets approximately 5 times a year, and members may participate in the meetings in person, via conference call, or by submitting a report in advance. 

      In accordance with the Section’s bylaws, judicial district representatives are responsible for contacting the dropped members of their district once a year in the spring to encourage them to rejoin the Section. Each representative shall be responsible for organzing and hosting one event in their district each year. They may also be asked to attend and represent the section at membership events in their area for law school students or newly-admitted attorneys. 

      Please send a message expressing your interest, along with a resume listing bar association or other volunteer professional activities, to: Criminal Justice Section Liaison Amy Jasiewicz at:

      Application deadline: November 1, 2015.

  • About


    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. 

    Please contact the NYSBA Member Resource Center at (800) 582-2452 if you are interested or complete and mail in the Criminal Justice Section Membership Brochure to become a member of the section and to select any committee you would like to join.  

    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.


    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. 

    Section Bylaws

    Executive Committee Roster

    Information Regarding Records of Conviction

  • New York Criminal Law Newsletter


    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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  • CJS Online Community

    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

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools. Click here for information on getting started. 

    NYSBA Online Communities