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    • November 12: Criminal Justice Law Student Reception @ Brooklyn Law


      along with the Young Lawyers Section and NYSBA Pathway to the Profession

      Invite you to a complimentary networking reception

      Thursday November 12
      6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
      Brooklyn Law School
      250 Joralemon Street
      First Floor Student Lounge

      Beverages and appetizers
      RSVP by November 9 to Amy Jasiewicz at:

      Meet law students and practicing attorneys interested in criminal justice, and find out how you can become involved in the Section's newly-created Law Student Committee.

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    • November 14, 2015: Forensics and the Law V

      Registration Now Open!

      Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting: Forensics and the Law V
      Saturday, November 14, 2015
      9:30 am – 4:15 pm (check-in begins at 9 am)            
      New York University School of Law, Lipton Hall (part of D'Agostino Hall)
      108 West 3rd Street, NYC

      CLE: 6.0 MCLE credits in Professional Practice

      Topics and Speakers:  

      Special Problems in Forensic Pathology: Discovery & Time of Death Determinations
      Dr. Michael Baden
      , former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, former Director of the NYS Police Medico-Legal Investigations Unit, chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the U.S. Congress Select Committee on Assassinations that re-investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former host of HBO's Autopsy 

      Understanding LCN DNA and Likelihood Ratio Software
      Jessica Goldthwaite, Esq.
      , The Legal Aid Society DNA Unit, NYC  

      Cutting Edge Issues in Forensic DNA Typing
      Professor Erin Murphy, Esq.
      , NYU School of Law  

      Laboratory Accrediatation: Discovering the Key Documents and Addressing Cross-Examination Issues
      Marvin E. Schechter
      , Marvin E. Schechter Law Firm, NYC 

      Criminal Justice and/or Young Lawyers Section Members
      $120, $110 Admitted to practice 2-5 years, $50 Admitted to practice 0-2 years

      NYSBA members
      $150, $135 Admitted to practice 2-5 years, $50 Admitted to practice 0-2 years 

      Non-NYSBA Members
      $180, $160 Admitted to practice 2-5 years, $50 Admitted to practice 0-2 years 

      Law Students
      $15 NYSBA member New York Law School Students (Join the Criminal Justice Section FREE)
      Non-NYSBA Member New York Law School Students (Join NYSBA and the Criminal Justice Section FREE

      This conference will address new issues in forensic science with an emphasis on how the litigator’s practice is affected and what must be done to incorporate cutting-edge issues into successful discovery, motion practice and cross-examination.  The continued expansion and growing use of DNA in prosecutions means counsel must become thoroughly familiar, not only with DNA analysis, but the companion topics of Low Copy DNA and likelihood ratios rather than simply relying on experts.  DNA typing itself is no longer static, and this year we will present new issues involving this aspect of DNA analysis. NYS forensic laboratories contain a treasure trove of essential documents regarding forensic analysis which are generated by the laboratories themselves as well as by accrediting agencies which monitor their work.  Accessing this information, interpreting it and utilizing the same in overall case preparation is crucial to successful litigation. 

      IMPORTANT NOTE: During last year’s conference, NYU Professor Erin Murphy presented a 50 minute Introduction to DNA. It is highly recommended that those who did not attend listen to the lecture in advance of this year’s conference to better understand and get the most out of Ms. Goldthwaite’s presentation. Professor Murphy’s lecture is available free of charge under Forensics and the Law IV, October 17-18, 2014 at:

      View Full Program Brochure

      Registration Form PDF


       Co-Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section 

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

    • January 27, 2016: Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting



      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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