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    The New York Criminal Law Newsletter is published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section and free to Section Members
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  • Events
    • January 11: Criminal ESI: Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings

      "Criminal ESI:" Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings

      Thursday, January 11, 2018
      9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      Live Program & Webcast

      CFA Society New York
      1540 Broadway #1010
      Entrance on 45th Street 
      New York, NY 10036 

      4.0 MCLE Credits: 1.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics, 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice


      NYSBA Member: $150 | Non-Member: $250
      Section Member: $110

    • Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting: January 24, 2018


      Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:45 AM
      9:00 AM - 12:05 PM
      MCLE Credits: 1.0 Ethics and 2.0 Professional Practice for Experienced Attorneys Only

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      MCLE Program co-sponsored by the Committee on Mandated Representation


      3.0 Total Credits: 1.0 Ethics and 2.0 Professional Practice for Experienced Attorneys Only.

      MCLE Meeting Location:  Beekman, 2nd Floor
      Awards Luncheon Follows (Additional Fee Applies)
      12:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Sutton North, 2nd Floor 

      Tucker C. Stanclift, Esq., Stanclift Law PLLC, Queensbury

      David L. Cohen, Esq., Law Office of David L. Cohen, Esq., Kew Gardens
      Richard D. Collins, Esq., Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, Mineola 

      9:00 am – 9:10 am
      Welcoming Remarks
      Tucker C. Stanclift, Esq., Section Chair, Stanclift Law PLLC, Queensbury 
      Richard D. Collins, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, Mineola

      9:10 am – 10:00 am
      Practical Ethical Implications of New York Court of Appeals Decisions:  
      What Just Happened, What’s Happening Now, and What’s About to Happen

      An appellate review of the latest decisions focusing on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel cases that either have just been decided or are pending.  How can defense lawyers avoid being labeled ineffective?  Important information for defense trial lawyers, prosecutors, appellate lawyers and the judiciary.

      Robert S. Dean, Esq., Center for Appellate Litigation, New York City 

      10:00 am – 10:50 am
      New York Legislative Revisions
                    Raising the Age: What it means and how it works. 
                    Sealing:  What do lawyers, prosecutors and judges need to know about the new CPL Section 160.59?   
                    Photo Identifications: The steps that must be followed to establish admissibility.
                    Recording Confessions: Best practices and required procedures. 

      David L. Cohen, Esq., Law Office of David L. Cohen, Esq., Kew Gardens
      Robert J. Masters, Esq., Queens County District Attorney's Office, Kew Gardens 
      Hon. Barry Kamins, Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins P.C., New York City

      10:55 am to 11:05 am

      11:05 am to 12:05 pm
      Proposed Bail Reform
      A balanced panel from diverse perspectives will examine the bail system and how it may or may not benefit from an overhaul of the criminal justice policies currently under consideration such as “risk to public safety” and the use of pretrial risk assessment tools.  Among the issues to be discussed:
                 Whether the proposed reforms disproportionately disadvantage people of color and the poor;
                 Whether the bail system forces many people facing nonviolent or low-level charges to remain in jail when they could be
                     released and the need for education regarding alternative forms of bail;
                 Whether the system has contributed to jail overcrowding, with an increasing number of people spending longer periods
                     behind bars without being  convicted of a crime;
                 How to maximize appearance rates while minimizing both intrusions to defendants’ liberty and pretrial crime;
                 Whether requiring a defendant to pay for his or her freedom violates the promise of equal access to justice under the
                     U.S. Constitution.

      Panel Chair:

      Andrew Kossover, Esq., Chair of NYSBA Committee on Mandated Representation, Ulster County Public Defender, Kossover Law Offices LLP, New Paltz
      Hon. Matthew J. D’Emic, Administrative Judge, Kings County Supreme Court (Criminal Term), Brooklyn
      Hon. J. Anthony Jordan, Esq., District Attorney, Washington County, Fort Edward 
      Michael C. Green, Esq., Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany
      Sean Hill, Esq., Senior Legal Fellow, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, New York City
      Insha Rahman, Esq., Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice, New York City

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.0 credit hours (1.0 in Ethics and 2.0 in Professional Practice) for experienced attorneys only. This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program. 

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 12, 2018. For more details, please contact Catheryn Teeter in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

      Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573 or 

      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 or on the web at The rate will be based on room selection (single/double occupancy) and arrival/departure dates with additional taxes and hotel fees. The discounted rate for January 21st and January 22nd is $179 per night. The discounted rate for January 23rd through January 28th is $229 per night. A rate of $209 will be offered to those with overlapping dates.  Reservations must be made by December 29, 2017. 

      For questions about this specific program, please contact Catheryn Teeter at 518-487-5573. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993. 

    • Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon: January 24, 2018


      Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:30 PM
      12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      Luncheon Location:  Sutton North, 2nd Floor
      Tickets:  $110 per person

      Guest Speaker: 
      Michael C. Green, Esq., Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany
      Commissioner Green will receive the Section’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation

      Criminal Justice Section Awards to be Presented:

      Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
      Elkan Abramowitz, Esq.
      Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C., New York City

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
      Hon. William C. Donnino
      Nassau County Supreme Court Justice, Mineola

      Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
      Hon. Jenny Rivera
      New York State Court of Appeals, Albany

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation
      Michael C. Green, Esq., Executive Deputy Commissioner
      New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany

      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding  Public Defense Practitioner
      Justine (Tina) M. Luongo, Esq., Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Practice
      The Legal Aid Society, New York City

    • May 11: DWI on Trial - Big Apple XVII

      DWI on Trial - Big Apple XVII
      Friday, May 11th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | NYC & Webcast
      Radisson Martinique on Broadway | 49 W 32nd St | NYC
      7.5 MCLE Credits

  • 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.  

    Tucker Stanclift
    Tucker C. Stanclift

    Criminal Justice Section

    Tucker C. Stanclift of Stanclift Law PLLC in Queensbury is the new chair of the Criminal Justice Section.

    He focuses his practice area in criminal law, DWIs, civil litigation, personal injury, and vehicle and traffic law.

    Long active with the State Bar, he is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Section and a member of the Committee on Continuing Legal Education. He also serves as chair of the Criminal Justice Section’s Committee on Vehicle and Traffic Law.

    Stanclift received his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and earned a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. He has also studied Shakespeare at Oxford University, is a member of the Glens Falls Community Theater, the Hudson River Shakespeare Company and is a former member of the board of directors for the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls.


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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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