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    Forensics and the Law IV Register Now: October 17 and 18 2014, Criminal Justice Fall Meeting "Forensics and the Law IV" NYC Click the picture to see the brochure and registration form.
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    • October 17 and 18, 2014 in NYC: CJS fall meeting CLE Forensics and the Law IV

      Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting Forensics and the Law IV C

      Register now for the  Criminal Justice Section’s Fourth Annual Forensics and the Law program bringing together distinguished faculty, including leading practitioners and forensics specialists to address several issues important to both civil and criminal litigators and practitioners. 

      Program will be presented October 17 and 18, 2014, India House, NYC. Contact for more information.

      See the brochure here for more information on location and speakers.

    • September / October Handling the DWI Case in NY CLE programs

      Handling the DWI Case in New York 

      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      8.0 MCLE Credits: 
      5.0 Areas of Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics
      Click on the Location of Your Choice to Register and for speaker and topic information:

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Buffalo

      Monday, October 6, 2014 – Long Island

      Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – New York City

      * Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – Albany / Webcast 

      * Not Able to Attend in Person?
      A Live Webcast Option is Available

      * Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.

      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Criminal Justice Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education
      Program Chair:
      Peter Gerstenzang, Senior Partner, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills, & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY 
      Program Description:
      This program will provide attendees with an excellent overview of how to represent a DWI defendant and will focus on the intricacies of handling a DWI case in New York.  While the Big Apple DWI focuses on advocacy and trial tactics, this program focuses on the law pertaining to DWI cases.  The curriculum is specifically designed to address those areas of law that lawyers must know in order to effectively represent their clients.
      A top-notch faculty of well-respected DWI defense counsel, headed by nationally renowned DWI speaker Peter Gerstenzang, Esq., will bring you the latest developments in the law, as well as a wealth of practice pointers to be used throughout all phases of the litigation of a DWI case.
      Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills!

      Program Faculty 
      Peter Gerstenzang, Senior Partner, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY (Overall, New York City & Buffalo Chair) * Jonathan D. Cohn, Associate, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY * Steven B. Epstein, Founding Partner, Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP, Garden City, NY (Long Island Chair)* Edward L. Fiandach, Esq., Fiandach & Fiandach, Rochester, NY * Joseph M. Gerstenzang, Associate, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY * Thomas J. O'Hern, Senior Partner, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY (Albany Chair) * Eric H. Sills, Partner, Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Hickey, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany, NY

      NYSBA Members: $150 (normally $175)
      Non Members: $250 (normally $275)
      Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.

      ELECTRONIC COURSE MATERIALS: NYSBA distributes all program materials exclusively online in searchable PDF format. Traditional printed course books can be ordered at the program site for a discounted price and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.

      Phone: (518) 463-3200
      Secure Fax: (518) 487-5993


    • December 10, 2014 CJS Executive Committee Meeting NYC 5:30 p.m.

      Wednesday, December 10, 2014

      New York County Lawyers Association
      14 Vesey Street
      New York, NY

      5:30 - 7:30pm

      Section members are welcome to attend, by RSVP to Patricia Johnson at

      Please note that NYCLA requires 24 hours notice for wheelchair accessibility. (Contact Patricia Johnson at the above.)

      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 Patricia Johnson at (518) 487.5688 or at

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    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 Pat Johnson 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.

    Meet the Section Chair
    Hon. Mark Dwyer

    Executive Committee Roster


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  • New York Criminal Law Newsletter

    New York Criminal Law Newsletter


    The New York Criminal Law Newsletter  features updates on Section activities, recent cases and articles about current issues. Edited by Spiros A. Tsimbinos, Esq., 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

    Criminal Justice Professional Online Private 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 Pat Johnson, Section Attorneys Liaison at

    NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools. See here for information on getting started. 

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