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    Mark Your Calendar for the Forensics Conference: November 15 at New York Law School
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    Now Accepting Nominations: Who Will You Nominate? Deadline: October 14
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    The New York Criminal Law Newsletter is published quarterly by the Criminal Justice Section and free to Section Members
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  • Events
    • October 25: St. John's - Exonerated: A Conversation with Jeffrey Deskovic

      St. John’s University School of Law The Public Interest Center presents Exonerated A Conversation with Jeffrey Deskovic Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 | 6 30 PM Speaking Event Moot Court Room (2nd Floor) Reception to Follow Private Dining Room Jeffrey Deskovic

    • October 26: Yorktown Bar DWI/DUI Update

      New York State Bar Association’s 
      Criminal Justice Section
      and the Yorktown Bar Association 
      Invite You to Join Us for CLE and Dinner 

      DMV Regulations on DWI/DUI - Where We Are Now; and Practical Court Room Evidence 

      Wednesday, October 26, 2016

      5:30 pm – 8:10 pm

      Speaker:  Peter Gerstenzang, Esq.
      Co-author, Handling the DWI Case in New York, 3d ed. (2016-2017, Thomson West)

      Credits:  2.0 MCLE credits in the area of Professional Practice. These credits and transitional and suitable for newly-admitted attorneys.


      $45/pp for members of YBA and NYSBA, $55/pp non-members

      Price includes full dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar. Little Sorrento Restaurant

      3565 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
      Parkside Corner Shopping Center, Rt. 202 West of the Taconic

      5:30 pm - 6:00 pm   Registration and networking

      6:00 pm - 6:50 pm   DMV Regulations on DWI/DUI 6:50 pm - 7:20 pm - Dinner

      7:20 pm - 8:10 pm   Practical Court Room Evidence in the NY DWI/DUI Case


      Register Online by October 20, 2016.

      Or Call the State Bar Member Resource Center: 1-800-582-2452 (M-F, 8:45 am – 4:45 pm)

      Questions? Contact Amy Jasiewicz at:

      We hope you can join us!

      Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq.
      Chair, NYSBA Criminal Justice Section 

      Jeannette Koster, Esq.
      President, Yorktown Bar Association 


      Save the Dates Upcoming NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Programs:

      Conference on Forensics, November 15, 2016 at New York Law School

      Annual Meeting Program, January 25, 2017, “The New Frontier: Cyber Crimes - Hot Topics on Criminal Law and Procedure.”

    • 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. 

    Section Bylaws

    Executive Committee Roster

    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