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Founding Partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann to Attend NYSBA Criminal Justice Section’s Annual Spring Meeting

Founding partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann will be traveling to Seneca Falls, NY, this week to take part in the annual Spring Meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section from May 4th – May 6th. Rick and Marc, who are both members of the Criminal Justice Section’s Executive Committee, will be attending numerous presentations throughout the meeting, as well as joining in the presentation of awards for outstanding service in the criminal justice system.

Rick and Marc have long played an important role within the NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section, with both having served as speakers or program co-chairs at past Spring meetings. In addition to offering 7.5 MCLE credits, the Spring Meeting also features an awards ceremony on Friday night, where this year the following attorneys will be recognized for their contributions to criminal justice:

  • Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services
    Karen L. Murtagh, Esq., Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, Albany
  • Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
    Cheryl Meyers Buth, Esq., Meyers Buth Law Group PLLC, Orchard Park
  • Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
    Gary J. Muldoon, Esq., Muldoon, Getz & Reston, Rochester

A few years ago, Rick (who is co-chair of the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee) presented then-New York State Senator now U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin with the Criminal Justice Section’s “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation” award for legislation he introduced that was an important step in moving the sealing initiative forward. With the recent exciting development that on April 12th a law has finally passed to make criminal record sealing a reality in New York effective this October, it is likely that the issue of record sealing – and the passage of this new law that will potentially impact tens of thousands of New Yorkers to provide them with a “second chance” will be a major topic of discussion at this year’s meeting.   Over the past few years Collins has become a legal trailblazer as the co-chairman of the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee and the co-author of the committee’s Report and Recommendations to conditionally seal certain low-level criminal convictions in New York. His committee’s report was adopted by the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association, and endorsed by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.  The bill recently passed by the Legislature has evolved from sources including the report, making history by changing the law regarding the sealing of criminal records in New York State.

The NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section is the only state-wide forum for defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and law clerks to work together on issues relating to criminal justice. The Section’s opinions may be adopted as official policy by NYSBA’s Executive Committee or the House of Delegates. Section members help influence the state’s legislative and executive branches and the Office of Court Administration. The Section also sponsors advocacy trips to Albany, meets with legislators and/or their staff, and urges passage of measures to improve the criminal justice system.

Check back for developments from this year’s NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting, as well as further news and updates on the timely issue of criminal record sealing in New York. For questions concerning the recent major news surrounding the passage of the new sealing law in New York State, call our offices at 516-294-0300, or visit www.newyorksealinglaw.com.

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