Criminal Justice Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:05 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Ethics 1.00)
Beekman, 2nd Floor


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.