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Criminal Defense Attorney Marc Gann Completes Term As President of Nassau County Bar Association

Gann to Continue Playing a Key Role in Overseeing Issues Pertaining to Nassau Crime Lab and Working with NCBA Crime Lab Task Force

Criminal defense attorney Marc Gann may have officially ended his one-year term as 2010-2011 president of the Nassau County Bar Association on June 1, but he will be continuing to play an important, and high profile, role within the  Association and legal community for a long time to come – as well as have an impact on possibly hundreds of people who may have been convicted of crimes due to faulty evidence from the now-closed Nassau Crime Lab.  Gann, a partner at Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C. (www.cmgesq.com), one of Long Island’s most established and respected criminal defense law firms, will be continuing to provide counsel to the NCBA Crime Lab Task Force he created during his tenure as president of the Bar Association this past year – helping to determine the future of the long-troubled crime lab, as well as help ensure the resolution of cases that might have been adversely affected by lab errors.

As NCBA president during this critical time period, Gann — who in addition to being a veteran criminal defense attorney is also a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney – was in a unique position to lead the Nassau County Bar and provide guidance as revelations about the crime lab’s problems first began surfacing in December.  Upon the Crime Lab’s closure in February, Gann announced the formation of the Nassau County Bar Association’s unprecedented Crime Lab Task Force, composed of leading criminal defense attorneys and representatives of legal organizations.  In creating and leading this task force, Gann noted the goal of providing recommendations as to what is needed to reestablish the credibility of the Crime Lab going forward – and Gann will continue to play a major role in providing counsel on issues surrounding the Crime Lab in the months, and years, to come.

“With continuing revelations about the extent of the Nassau Crime Lab’s problems, it’s clear that there is a great deal of work to do to preserve the legal rights of those who may have been wrongly convicted due to lab errors, as well as to reestablish the credibility of the Lab and ensure that a recurrence of this situation never happens again,” said Gann.  “With re-testing of thousands of samples continuing, and possibly thousands of additional re-tests needed now that we know that problems within the lab actually date back to 2003, this is going to remain a critical time for the future of criminal law here on Long Island, and I’m happy to be able to continue to provide my expertise in this area to both the Bar and the community – as well as families that think they may have been impacted by the lab’s errors.”

Although his leadership and guidance throughout the Nassau Crime Lab situation was a defining aspect of his Bar presidency, Gann also spearheaded a number of other successful programs and events this past year.  As president, he created and launched the “Legal Leaders: Opportunities for Success” program at the Nassau Bar – aimed at networking between those who are unemployed and various members of the local legal community.  This series of free programs, sponsored in conjunction with the Long Island Council of Bar Leaders, not only offered great networking opportunities for those in the legal community, but provided CLE credits and the chance to gather with a number of Long Island’s “legal leaders” — including the Hon. Kathleen Rice, who presented at the first program of the series.

Gann, an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association for more than 20 years, will now hold the position of Immediate Past President.   In addition to his continuing leadership in criminal defense at Collins, McDonald & Gann, Gann serves as Special Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and continues to be a sought-after expert in all areas of criminal law.

For more information about Marc Gann and his work in the area of criminal defense/criminal law, including his areas of concentration and the firm’s complete list of practice areas, visit www.cmgesq.com.

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