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    • Dec 16: How to Avoid Correspondence from the NYS Grievance Office

      Free CLE Opportunity-

      Ethics Considerations:How to Avoid Correspondence from the NYS Attorney Grievance Office

      Presented by:
      Onondaga County Bar Association Criminal Law Section and New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

      Hon. John V. Centra
      Fourth Department, Appellate Division Justice, Presiding
      Wednesday, December 16, 2015

      CLE from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
      (Registration begins at 3:45 p.m.)
      Followed by a Networking Reception (5-7 p.m.)
      featuring a hearty holiday buffet

      CNY Philanthropy Center – 2nd–floor Ballroom
      431 E. Fayette St. (corner of Townsend), Syracuse
      (building is accessible, parking adjacent)
      Register online at by Monday, December 14th.

      1.0 MCLE CREDITS
      This program has been approved for credit in New York State for all attorneys including those who are Newly Admitted (less than 24 months)
      1.0 Ethics


    • Jan 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: January 1, 2016.

      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

    • January 27, 2016: Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting



      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 for single/double occupancy. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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