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Electronically stored information (ESI) is increasingly central to the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity and to the defense of those accused of crimes. This session will focus on current “hot topics” related to ESI in the “criminal ESI,” including reasonable expectations of privacy under the United States and New York constitutions, the applicability of the Fifth Amendment to the compelled disclosure of passwords and use of biometric information to unlock electronic devices, cooperation between the prosecution and defense, and admissibility of ESI.

This webinar is sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Friday, January 17, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
1.0 MCLE Credits | 1.0 Areas of Professional Practice
NYSBA Members: $50 | Non-Members: $150


Program Faculty:
Ronald J. Hedges, Esq. | Senior Counsel | Dentons US LLP
Justice Timothy S. Driscoll | New York State Supreme Court | Nassau County 

Newly Admitted Attorneys: For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Michella Hand, CLE Program Manager, or Leanne Isabelle, CLE Program Coordinator.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:25 PM
Beekman, 2nd Floor




Wednesday, January 29, 2020
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Sutton North, 2nd Floor
Lunch Tickets:  $115 Each

Retired Court of Claims Judge, New York County, and star of CBS syndicated court show, Hot Bench

Register for the 2020 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here.


  • Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award – Bruce A. Barket, Esq., Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP, Garden City, NY 
  • To recognize the professional career of a defense lawyer in private practice that embodies the highest ideals of the Criminal Justice Section.
  • Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation – Ronald F. Kennedy, Esq., Director of Governmental Relations, NYS Bar Association, Albany, NY
    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 to the Bar and the Community – Presented in memoriam to Jonathan E. Gradess, Esq., Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association, Albany, NY
    Special recognition for service to the bar and the community.
  • Outstanding Prosecutor – Bridget G. Brennan, Esq., Special Narcotics Prosecutor, City of New York, New York, NY
    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 Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System  Honorable Michael M. Mohun, Wyoming County Court Judge, Warsaw, NY
    To honor outstanding judicial effort to improve the administration of the criminal justice system.
  • The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner Justine Olderman, Esq., Executive Director, The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY
    Recognizes an outstanding public defense practitioner.
  • David S. Michaels Memorial Award – Lt. Alaric A. Piette, United States Navy JAG Corps, Arlington, VA
    To recognize courageous efforts in promoting integrity, justice, and fairness in the criminal justice system.


The Criminal Justice Section traditionally sponsors the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy and is now accepting applications for scholarships to attend.

The Trial Academy is a five-day trial techniques program. Geared toward new and young attorneys, participants will take part in sessions which will advance and improve their courtroom skills. With an emphasis on direct participation, the Trial Academy is a great learning experience for all involved.

The Trial Academy will be held: Saturday, March 28 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, NY.

To learn more about the Trial Academy, go to:

To apply for a scholarship, complete the application form and submit along with your resume to Amy Jasiewicz at [email protected] . The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship which covers the scholarship recipient’s registration fee only; those awarded a scholarship are responsible for costs associated with room, travel, and some food.

On the scholarship application form, applicants are asked to describe their trial experience (if any), anticipated benefits of attending the Trial Academy, and any financial hardships. NYSBA membership is required and applicants must be in good standing with the bar. The application notes that government attorneys should check with their ethics officer to ensure they are able to accept a scholarship from NYSBA. 

Seats at the Trial Academy will be available to scholarship applicants who are not awarded a scholarship, provided that the member registers and pays the full registration fee by March 1, 2020. The Trial Academy sells out each year. Seats cannot be guaranteed after March 1.  

Trial Academy Scholarship application form. (fillable PDF)

Scholarship Application Deadline 2/1/2020. 

For more information, please contact Amy Jasiewicz at [email protected]



Program Description:  
The New York State Bar Association is pleased to present our twentieth annual "DWI on Trial" seminar in New York City!  This yearly DWI trial skills program, chaired by national DWI expert Peter Gerstenzang, features highly renowned national lecturers covering a broad range of important topics of interest and applicability in the defense of DWI cases. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from nationally recognized speakers on key issues of DWI defense!
Registration for the live, in-person program is limited, and preregistration is highly recommended – this program regularly sells out!

Friday, May 15, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Live Program & Webcast
This program is being recorded and streamed as a live webcast.

Convene Conference Center 
Empire Forum
810 7th Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd Streets)
New York, NY 10019


Criminal Justice Section Member: $295
NYSBA Member: $395 | Non-Member: $495

7.5 MCLE Credits: 5.5 Skills; 2.0 Professional Practice

Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association

Agenda to follow

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

What people have said about this program:
“This CLE is always the best!”
“Excellent program, content & presenters.”
“Speakers were dynamic!”
“Wonderful and practical program; very informative.”
“Great CLE — I want to start a trial tomorrow.”
“One of the most informative and entertaining presentations.”
“This is the best CLE I have ever taken. All the speakers did a great job.”
“Spot on.”

Can't Attend in person?  This program is available as a live webcast.  


Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to
Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.
Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the segment WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.


Welcome to the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section web site. Through our Section members have the opportunity to meet and network with other attorneys and judges involved in many aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as have access to many great benefits specific to our area of practice. The Section also helps improve the criminal justice system by providing a credible voice on pending criminal justice legislation and helping to develop NYSBA policy on criminal justice issues. 

The Benefits of Criminal Justice Section Membership Include:

  • The Section’s newsletter, New York Criminal Law Journal features updates on Section activities, recent cases and articles about current issues.
  • Educational programs that examine today’s vital legal developments.
  • Networking events to meet criminal justice attorneys from across the state.
  • Professional growth opportunities by joining a Committee.  The Section has 14 substantive committees that provide you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice, and the criminal justice system. Section members can request to join as many committees as they like, for free.
  • Access to the Criminal Justice Section’s  Online Community, where members post queries for guidance and referrals.
  • Discounts on NYSBA CLE programs sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section. Section dues are $35 a year (NYSBA membership required) for attorneys, and FREE for law school students. Join online, or call 1-8800-582-2452. 


Criminal Justice Section

Robert J. Masters, Executive Assistant District Attorney for Legal affairs with the Queens County District Attorneys Office, is Chair of the Criminal Justice Section.

After graduating from St. John’s University and St. John’s University School of Law, Masters worked as a law clerk for various Judges of the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court in both Queens and Kings Counties. Bob became  an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County in 1990, and has worked primarily on homicide cases since 1992.


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.

Section Bylaws

Executive Committee Roster

Criminal Justice Section Chair Terms:

1981-1983: Andrew M. Schnier
1983-1985: Vincent E. Doyle, Jr.
1985-1987: Hon. Renee A. White
1987-1989: Joseph Jaffe
1989-1991: Terrence J. Connors
1991-1993: Martin B. Adelman
1993-1995: Paul J. Cambria
1995-1997: Robert W. Vinal
1997-1999: Susan B. Lindenauer
1999-2001: Vincent E. Doyle, III
2001-2003: Thomas F. Liotti
2003-2005: Michael T. Kelly
2005-2007: Roger B. Adler
2007-2009: Jean T. Walsh
2009-2011: James P. Subjack
2011-2013: Marvin E. Schechter
2013-2015: Hon. Mark R. Dwyer
2015-2017: Sherry Levin Wallach
2017-2019: Tucker C. Stanclift
2019-2021: Robert J. Masters


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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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 [email protected]

NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools. Join the conversation here