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Rick Collins to Serve as Program Co-Chair at Spring Meeting of the NY State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section from May 21 – 22

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 4.14.19 PMRick Collins will be serving in the role of program co-chair at the upcoming Spring Meeting of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, taking place this year from May 21st through May 22nd at the Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk. Rick, a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section, will be working with Section Chair Sherry Levin Wallach, Esq. of Wallach & Rendo in Mount Kisco and program co-chairs Norman P. Effman, Esq., Wyoming County-Attica Legal Aid Bureau and a Wyoming County Public Defender and CGM&B Partner Marc Gann to host and moderate the program.

The NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting will offer 6.5 MCLE Credits (5.5 in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics) for attending the two-day program. In addition to the CLE Program, the meeting also features a Criminal Justice Section Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, where the following attorneys will be honored for their leadership in criminal law:

  • The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner:
    Cynthia Conti-Cook, Esq., Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Litigation Unit, NYC
  • 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

Panel discussions at this year’s Spring Meeting include the following Saturday sessions: “This Year’s Court of Appeals Decisions Impact on Criminal Practice” and “Trials Without ‘Who Done It’ But Why.” Sunday sessions will include a panel discussion addressing “Criminal Defense of Individuals with Mental Disabilities”, as well as presentations addressing “Everything You Wanted to Know About Early Release from Prison” and “Legal Ethics and Criminal Practice: Lessons from the Big Screen.” The weekend will kick off with a meeting of the Executive Committee on Friday evening.

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.

The weekend promises to bring some important insights into many of today’s critical and timely topics in criminal justice, and is a great opportunity for criminal law attorneys in New York to make some important connections. For more information about the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting, including a complete program of the weekend events, click here: https://www.nysba.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=62315. For more information about Rick, Marc and their work with the NYSBA’s Criminal Justice Section, or to discuss any legal needs you have and how we can help, call us 24/7 at 516-294-0300.







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