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    Now Accepting Nominations: Who Will You Nominate? Deadline: October 14
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    • October 14: Criminal Justice Section Award Nomination Deadline


      Nomination Deadline Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

      For more than 30 years, the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section has presented awards for outstanding service in the criminal justice system. The awards have expanded to include 12 different award categories representing the many different aspects of the criminal justice system. Awards are presented at the Section’s luncheon during the NYSBA’s Annual Meeting in New York City in January, and some awards may be presented during the Section’s Spring Meeting traditionally held each May in upstate New York. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.

      Persons who are ineligible for an award:

      Previous award winners in a category will not be approved again in the category. A person may be nominated an approved for an award in a different category after 3 years. 
      Check to see if your nominee is listed in the ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS.

      See below for lists of previous award recipients grouped by award.


      You may nominate in one or more categories by submitting an additional ballot/s; however, you are urged to supply supporting documentation and comment for each nominee of at least 25-50 words describing the nominee's significant achievements.

      You must disclose how you know the nominee. For example: You work on a committee with the person; s/he was your adversary or represented a co-defendant in a trial; s/he is your employee/er, relative or friend; you read about the person on the media.

      There are two ways to submit a nomination:
      1. Submit your nomination online here. Additional documentation is strongly recommended and can be submitted to or mailed to Amy Jasiewicz, Section Liaison, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 

      2. Download and print the Nomination Ballot, and mail the completed ballot and supporting documentation to: Amy Jasiewicz, Section Liaison, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 


      Click below to view award details and past recipients.


      Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
      To recognize the professional career of a defense lawyer in private practice that embodies the highest ideals of the Criminal Justice Section.

      David S. Michaels Memorial Award
      To recognize courageous efforts in promoting integrity, justice, and fairness in the criminal justice system.

      Outstanding Appellate Practitioner
      Established in 2003, to recognize outstanding advocacy, protection of due process and the public welfare, and the integrity of the judicial system by defense attorneys and prosecutors.

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services
      To acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of correctional services.

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation
      To recognize outstanding work in proposing or implementing needed reforms, which specifically includes political action and fundamental research into the operation and effectiveness of the entire criminal justice system.

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
      To recognize outstanding work in criminal law education, the promotion of interest in the practice of criminal law, and the provision to students the opportunity to gain practical insight into the operation of the criminal justice system.

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Public Information
      In recognition of a significant effort to acquaint the public and the bar with the operation of the criminal justice system; to alert the public to the problems besetting that system; and to foster dedication to the preservation of liberty through law.

      Outstanding Contribution to the Bar and the Community
      Special recognition for service to the bar and the community.

      Outstanding Police Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
      To recognize outstanding efforts to improve the police function within the criminal justice system.

      Outstanding Prosecutor
      To recognize a prosecutor who has made special contributions to not only the prosecution community, but to the bar at large, and whose professional conduct evidences a true understanding of a public prosecutor’s duty to advance the fair and ethical administration of criminal justice.

      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner
      Recognizes an outstanding public defense practitioner.

      The Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
      To honor outstanding judicial effort to improve the administration of the criminal justice system.

    • November 15: Forensics Conference at NY Law School - Save the Date

      2016 Forensics Conference


      Criminal Justice Section
      Fall Forensics Conference

      November 15, 2016

      New York Law School

      CLE, topics and speakers to be announced soon!

    • February 1: YLS Trial Academy Scholarship Application Deadline

       The Criminal Justice Section is pleased to co-sponsor the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section's annual Trial Academy, and offer two scholarships to attend the Academy.

      The Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy is the New York State Bar Association’s only comprehensive trial training program. This intensive 5-day trial techniques and advocacy program is geared toward young and new lawyers – teaching, advancing, and improving the quality of their experience in the courtroom, in order to benefit their careers and their client’s interests.

      The Trial Academy will be held on Wednesday, March 30, through Sunday, April 3, 2016.  

      Participating in the Trial Academy is the perfect opportunity to gain critically important trial experience outside of the courtroom. Participants attend a morning lecture on an aspect of a trial and spend the afternoons in small groups with their designated team leader demonstrating the day’s trial skill from a previously provided fact pattern. One-on-one critiques will be provided by a rotating faculty made up of NYSBA leadership and leading litigators, advocates and Judges from every region of New York. 

      The Trial Academy is open to any attorney wishing to learn or improve upon their trial skills and provides a unique opportunity for participants to have a meaningful experience which extends beyond a typical classroom setting.

      To apply for the Criminal Justice Section's Trial Academy scholarship, please complete the application form, and submit by: February 1, 2017.

      The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship; the attendee is responsible for room, travel, and some food.

      Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of January.

      For more information, please email Amy Jasiewicz or phone/digital fax 518.487.5682

  • 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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    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