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    • September, 2017 - Defending DWI Cases: The Critical Issues CLE program

      Defending DWI Cases: The Critical Issues

      Friday, September 8, 2017 | Buffalo | Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst

      Thursday, September 14, 2017 | NYC | Radisson Martinique on Broadway

      Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Albany | New York State Bar Association | Live and

      Program Co-Sponsors:
      Criminal Justice Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education

      Program Description
      DWI dispositions rise and fall with the factual, constitutional and statutory issues that arise in every case. It is the ability to spot, understand, and argue these issues that makes the difference for both the prosecution and the defense. This DWI program will focus on the critical issues that determine the ultimate disposition of these cases.

      Program Chair
      Peter Gerstenzang, Esq. | Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang | Albany, NY

      8.0 MCLE Credits
      3.5 Skills, 3.5 Professional Practice, 1 Ethics7.5 MCLE Credits 3.5 Skills, 3.5 Professional Practice, 1 Ethics

      NYSBA Members: $195.00
      Criminal Justice Section Members: $168.75
      Newly Admitted Attorneys: $140.00
      Students: $75.00

      Non-Members: $295.00

    • October 6: Fall Meeting CLE at Nassau County Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the Nassau County Bar Association present:

      Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting: A Saturday Night Live

      See what a DWI arrest looks like from the police officer's perspective with live demonstrations involving people in various degrees of impairment.

      Friday, October 6, 2017
      9 am – 4:30 pm
      Nassau County Bar Association
      15th and West Streets, Mineola, NY 11501
      (GPS: 1 West St, Mineola)

      Attendance at this meeting offers up to 5.0 MCLE credit hours including 3.0 in Skills and 2.0 in Ethics. This is a transitional program and suitable for newly-admitted attorneys.

      This program is accredited for MCLE credit in New York State only. Attorneys seeking credit in other jurisdictions may contact the governing body for CLE in their respective locations for credit application details.

      Register Online Now

      Registration Form (PDF)


      8:30 am – 9:00 am 
      Registration (continental breakfast)

      9:00 am – 9:10 am
      Welcome Introductions

      Section Chair
      Tucker C. Stanclift, Esq.
      Stanclift Law PLLC
      Queensbury, NY 12804

      Program Chair
      Marc Gann, Esq.
      Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, PLLC.
      Mineola, NY

      9:10 am – 11:00 am
      Conflicts of Interest in Criminal Cases 
      2.0 MCLE Credit in Ethics

                      (a) Decision-Making in Co-defendant Representation 

                      (b) Exploration of Gomberg Issues

                      (c) Handling Prior Clients/Witnesses

                      (d) Disqualifications by Court/Prosecution

      Christopher McDonough, Esq.
      McDonough & McDonough, Garden City, NY 

      Hon. Jerald S. Carter
      Nassau County Court

      Jed Painter, Esq.
      Assistant District Attorney
      Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
      Mineola, NY

      11:00 am – 11:10 am

      11:10 am – 12:30 PM
      Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Demonstration and Lecture
      1.5 MCLE Credit in Skills

                      (a) One Leg Stand

                      (b) HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus)

                      (c) Finger to Nose

                      (d) 9 Step Walk & Turn

                      (e) PBT (portable Breath Test)

      John Obert-Thorn
      Police Officer
      Nassau County Police Department           

      Michael Bushwack, Esq.
      Assistant District Attorney
      Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
      Mineola, NY

      Hon. Fernando M. Camacho
      NYS Court of Claims, Suffolk County
      Central Islip, NY

      Gerard Charles McCloskey, Esq.
      Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC
      Mineola, NY

      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
      Lunch (lunch buffet served)

      1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
      Controlled Drinking and Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Demonstrations
      Three Subjects will Participate in a Controlled Drinking Demonstration, and the representatives from the Nassau County Police Department will perform SFSTS on each.
      Not for CLE credit.

      3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
      Direct/Cross Exam Demonstration
      1.5 MCLE credits in Skills
      Direct and Cross Examinations will be conducted of a Nassau County Police Officer regarding the SFSTs administered.

      Speakers: TBA 

      4:30 pm  Adjournment

      dutch treat networking reception will be held immediately following at a local venue to be announced at the program. All are invited to attend.

    • October 13: Deadline for Nominations for Criminal Justice Section Awards

      Criminal Justice Section Awards

      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.

      Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017

      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 

    • December 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 a scholarship 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, April 4, through Sunday, April 8, 2018.  

      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: December 1, 2017.

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

      Scholarship recipients will be notified as soon as possible.

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

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

      Mark Your Calendar!

      Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting CLE Program and Awards Luncheon
      Wednesday, January 24, 2018

      New York Hilton Midtown, NYC

  • 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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