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  • Events
    • Criminal Justice Annual Meeting: Wed., January 25

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEETING

      Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:45 AM
      8:45 AM - 12:15 PM
      MCLE Credits TBA
      #nysba17

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.
       
      MCLE Credits:  3.5 in Professional Practice for all attorneys both newly admitted and experienced.

      SECTION CHAIR
      Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq., Wallach & Rendo LLP, Mount Kisco

      PROGRAM CHAIR
      Honorable Cheryl E. Chambers, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn

      8:45 am –  9:00 am
      Welcoming Remarks
      Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq., Wallach & Rendo LLP, Mount Kisco , Section Chair
      Honorable Cheryl E. Chambers
      , Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn

      9:00 am –  10:40 am
      The New Frontier:  Cyber Crimes
       
      A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss recent trends in cybercrime including the practical aspects of handling matters involving computer technology. Panelists will offer their insights and advice on best practices.

      Moderator:
      Catherine A. Christian, Esq., Special Assistant District Attorney for External Affairs, New York County District Attorney’s Office, New York City
      Panelists: 
      Brenda Fischer, Esq., Chief, Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office, New York City
      Charles A. Ross, Esq., Charles A. Ross & Associates, LLC, New York City
      Joseph V. DeMarco, Esq., DeVore & DeMarco LLP, New York City

      10:40 – 11:00 am 
      Coffee Break

      11:00 am – 12:15 pm
      Hot Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure
      Join us for a dynamic roundtable on significant criminal cases pending in the New York Court of Appeals.   

      Moderator:
      Hon. Joseph J. Maltese, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Staten Island 
      Panelists:
      Lynn W. L. Fahey, Esq., Attorney-in-Charge, Appellate Advocates, New York City
      Lawrence T. Hausman, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Criminal Appeals Bureau, The Legal Aid Society, New York City
      Johnette Traill, Esq., Chief, Appeals Bureau, Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Kew Gardens
      Leonard Joblove, Esq., Chief, Appeals Bureau, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn

      12:30 –  2:00 pm
      Awards Luncheon
      Speaker:  Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

      Dr. Thompson will receive the Section’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Public Information.

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT ANNUAL MEETING AWARDS LUNCH

      David S. Michaels Memorial Award
      Kenneth P. Thompson, Esq.  (Awarded posthumously)

      Brooklyn District Attorney, Brooklyn

      Outstanding Appellate Practitioner
      Malvina Nathanson, Esq. 
      New York City 

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Public Information
      Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Author

      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner
      Rick Jones, Esq.
      Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, New York City

      Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
      Hon. John M. Leventhal
      Associate Justice, Appellate Division Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn

      Outstanding Prosecutor
      Preet Bharara, Esq.
      U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, New York City


      CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION AWARDS AT 2017 SPRING MEETING, MAY 4 -7

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services
      Karen L. Murtagh, Esq. 
      Prisoner Legal Services of New York, Albany 

      Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
      Cheryl Meyers Buth, Esq.
      Executive Director, Murphy Meyers LLP, Orchard Park

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
      Gary J. Muldoon, Esq.
      Muldoon, Getz & Reston, Rochester


      IMPORTANT INFORMATION

      Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 3.5 credit hours in Professional Practice. This program is transitional and is suitable for MCLE credit for both newly-admitted attorney and experienced attorneys.

      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 13, 2017. For more details, please contact Catheryn Teeter in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or cteeter@nysba.org.

      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.

      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 per night plus taxes for single and double occupancy.  Reservations must be made by Wednesday, January 4, 2017. You also can reserve your overnight room on the web at www.nysba.org/am17accomm.

      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 Annual Meeting Awards Lunch: Wed., January 25

      *CRIMINAL JUSTICE LUNCH

      Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:15 PM
      12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
      #nysba17

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.
       
      Join us after the Criminal Justice Annual Meeting MCLE Program for the  
      AWARDS LUNCHEON

      with speaker, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Author of
      Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy 

      Tickets:  $110

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT ANNUAL MEETING AWARDS LUNCH

      David S. Michaels Memorial Award
      Kenneth P. Thompson, Esq.  

      Brooklyn District Attorney (awarded posthumously), Brooklyn

      Outstanding Appellate Practitioner
      Malvina Nathanson, Esq. 
      New York City 

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Public Information
      Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Author

      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner
      Rick Jones, Esq.
      Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, New York City

      Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
      Hon. John M. Leventhal
      Associate Justice, Appellate Division Second Judicial Department, Brooklyn

      Outstanding Prosecutor
      Preet Bharara, Esq.
      U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, New York City

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION AWARDS AT 2017 SPRING MEETING, MAY 4 -7

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services
      Karen L. Murtagh, Esq. 
      Prisoner Legal Services of New York, Albany 

      Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
      Cheryl Meyers Buth, Esq.
      Executive Director, Murphy Meyers LLP, Orchard Park

      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
      Gary J. Muldoon, Esq.
      Muldoon, Getz & Reston, Rochester




    • 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

    • February 28: Forensics and the Law VI: Shifting Paradigms

      Criminal Justice Section
      Forensics and the Law VI: Shifting Paradigms
      Tuesday, February 28, 2017
      New York Law School

      Co-Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Project of the
      NYLS Impact Center for Public Interest Law

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

      REGISTER NOW

      Schedule of Events
      9:30 am – 10 am Check-in and On-Site Registration (continental breakfast served)

      10 am – 10:10 am Welcome and Introductions
      Section Chair: Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq., Wallach & Rendo, LLP, Mount Kisco, NY

      10:10 am – 11:00 am The Flaws in Microscopic Hair Comparison Evidence
      A significant percentage of wrong convictions cases involve invalid or exaggerated forensic evidence.
      Microscopic Hair Comparison evidence is one example of such evidence. Working with the U.S.
      Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Innocence Project, the NACDL
      pioneered the Microscopic Hair Comparison Review Project to help identify areas where faulty
      science has led to wrongful convictions.
      Speaker:
      Norman L. Reimer, Esq., Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
      Washington, DC

      11:00 am – 11:50 am Challenging Science in the Criminal Justice System
      Forensic science paradigms, once widely accepted, are often proven wrong. What are the consequences
      for the criminal justice system? How should legislatures, courts and litigants respond? How
      should lawyers challenge faulty science? How should cases determined under the old paradigms be
      handled?
      Speaker:
      Dana Delger, Esq., Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project, New York, NY

      11:50 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

      12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Forensic Pathology Perspectives on Questioned Diagnoses
      The underlying forensic pathology principles involved in several controversial diagnoses (i.e. Shaken
      Baby Syndrome, Excited Delirium) will be explored.
      Speakers:
      Michael Baden, M.D., Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, New York, NY
      Vincent E. Doyle III, Esq., Connors LLP, Buffalo, NY

      1:20 – 1:30 pm Break

      1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Panel Discussion: Flawed Forensics, Shifting Paradigms
      Panelists will discuss several examples of forensic science paradigms shifts, including how they
      happened, how the criminal justice system responded, and what implications there are for scientific
      evidence currently being challenged.
      Speakers:
      Program Chair, Vincent E. Doyle III, Esq., Connors LLP, Buffalo, NY
      Leigh Bishop, Esq., Chief, Child Fatality Unit, Queens District Attorney’s Office, Kew Gardens, NY
      Michael Baden, M.D., Former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, New York, NY
      Mark M. Baker, Esq., Of Counsel, Brafman & Associates P.C., New York, NY
      Dana Delger, Esq., Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project, New York, NY
      Norman L. Reimer, Esq., Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
      Washington, DC
      Professor Adele Bernhard, Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney, NYLS Post-Conviction
      Innocence Clinic, New York, NY

      Adjournment

      REGISTER NOW


  • About

    WELCOME!

    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.


    MISSION STATEMENT

    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

    VIEW THE LATEST 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 ajasiewicz@nysba.org

    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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