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    • May 21-22: Spring Meeting/Awards Dinner

      Join us at the Montauk Yacht Club
      32 Star Island Road, Montauk, Long Island
      for our 
      Annual Spring CLE Program
      and Awards Dinner

      NYSBA Member Rate – Meeting Only:  $210
      Non-NYSBA Member Rate – Meeting Only:  $285
      Optional Awards Dinner/Ceremony:  $135 Per Person

      Experienced attorneys may earn 6.5 MCLE Credits; 5.5 in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics for attending this program on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22nd

      Join us Saturday Evening, May 21st,  as we honor the following Award Recipients:
      The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner: 
          Cynthia Conti-Cook, Esq., Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Litigation Unit, New York City
      Outstanding Appellate Practitioner: 
           Barbara J. Davies, Esq., The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc., Buffalo
      Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education: 
          Peter Gerstenzang, Esq., Gerstenzang, O'Hern, Sills & Gerstenzang, Albany
      David S. Michaels Memorial Award (Presented In Abstentia):

           Judy Clarke, Esq
      ., Clarke & Rice, San Diego, CA

      View/Download FINAL Meeting Program
      View/Download Meeting Registration Form

      Rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Montauk Beach House, 55 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk.

      Two Night Minimum stay.  Call 631-668-2112 for reservations and identify yourself as a Bar Association Group member to receive our discount.
      Ocean Mist Terrace Kings: $320 plus tax per night; Ocean Mist Terrace Double Queens: $340 plus tax per night.  Additional Room Choices available. 
      For information on other local accommodations, visit:

      Contact Cathy Teeter, or 518-487-5573, NYSBA Meetings Department, with Questions.

  • 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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