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Join a seasoned panel of DWI attorneys, headed by nationally renowned DWI speaker Peter Gerstenzang, as they walk attendees through the basics of representing a DWI defendant. This program provides attendees with an excellent overview of how to represent a DWI defendant in New York. While designed as an introduction to attorneys new to DWI defense, this program will also serve as an excellent refresher for experienced attorneys. Learn how to handle a DWI case, keep up to date on changes in the law, and sharpen your skills. Register today to learn the nuts and bolts of DWI defense!

Registration for the live, in-person program is limited, and preregistration is highly recommended.

Co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association

Click on a date to register for that location:

Wednesday, October 23 | Syracuse

*This program runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at all program locations

7.5 MCLE Credits: 5.0 Skills, 1.5 PP, 1.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $195 | Non-Member: $295
Criminal Justice Section Member: $175

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To register, click on the link for the program you are interested in.

Monday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | NYC, NY
Friday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Utica, NY

3.5 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Skills

Criminal Justice Section Members: Free 
NYSBA Member: 
$125 | Non-Member: $295

Bail hearings, preliminary hearings, grand jury and suppression hearings are ripe with opportunities to humanize your client before the Court, gather critical information about the case, and eliminate illegal or improper information being submitted to a jury. The Being Heard at Bail Hearings CLE program focuses on effective Pre-Trial advocacy in the defense of an accused. We will examine each type of hearing and provide useful tactical tips to advance your client’s interests, obtain favorable plea offers, and allow the Court to feel Justice is being served by favorable defense rulings.
Overall Planning Chair Tucker C. Stanclift, Esq. | Stanclift Law PLLC

Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association. 

For any questions related to program registration, please contact the NYSBA's Member Resource Center by email at [email protected], or by phone at 800-582-2452. 


For more than 30 years, the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section has presented awards for outstanding service in the criminal justice system. The awards have expanded to include 12 different award categories representing the many different aspects of the criminal justice system. Awards are presented at the Section’s luncheon during the NYSBA’s Annual Meeting in New York City in January, and some awards may be presented during the Section’s Spring Meeting traditionally held each May in upstate New York. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.

Persons who are ineligible for an award:
Previous award winners in a category will not be approved again in the category. A person may be nominated an approved for an award in a different category after 3 years. Check to see if your nominee is listed in the Alphabetical Listing of Past Award Recipients.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2019

See below for lists of previous award recipients grouped by award. 

You may nominate in one or more categories by submitting an additional ballot/s; however, you are urged to supply supporting documentation and comment for each nominee of at least 25-50 words describing the nominee's significant achievements.

You must disclose how you know the nominee. For example: You work on a committee with the person; s/he was your adversary or represented a co-defendant in a trial; s/he is your employee/er, relative or friend; you read about the person on the media.

There are two ways to submit a nomination:
1. Submit your nomination online here. Additional documentation is strongly recommended and can be submitted within the online nomination, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Amy Jasiewicz, Section Liaison, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 

2. Download and print the Nomination Ballot, and mail the completed ballot and supporting documentation to: Amy Jasiewicz, Section Liaison, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.

Learn more about each award and see past recipients.


Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting CLE Program & Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
New York City

View nomination rules, see past award recipients and submit your nomination here


Welcome to the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section web site. Through our Section members have the opportunity to meet and network with other attorneys and judges involved in many aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as have access to many great benefits specific to our area of practice. The Section also helps improve the criminal justice system by providing a credible voice on pending criminal justice legislation and helping to develop NYSBA policy on criminal justice issues. 

The Benefits of Criminal Justice Section Membership Include:

  • The Section’s newsletter, New York Criminal Law Journal features updates on Section activities, recent cases and articles about current issues.
  • Educational programs that examine today’s vital legal developments.
  • Networking events to meet criminal justice attorneys from across the state.
  • Professional growth opportunities by joining a Committee.  The Section has 14 substantive committees that provide you the opportunity to research issues and influence the laws that can affect your practice, and the criminal justice system. Section members can request to join as many committees as they like, for free.
  • Access to the Criminal Justice Section’s  Online Community, where members post queries for guidance and referrals.
  • Discounts on NYSBA CLE programs sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section. Section dues are $35 a year (NYSBA membership required) for attorneys, and FREE for law school students. Join online, or call 1-8800-582-2452. 


Criminal Justice Section

Robert J. Masters, Executive Assistant District Attorney for Legal affairs with the Queens County District Attorneys Office, is Chair of the Criminal Justice Section.

After graduating from St. John’s University and St. John’s University School of Law, Masters worked as a law clerk for various Judges of the Criminal Term of the Supreme Court in both Queens and Kings Counties. Bob became  an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County in 1990, and has worked primarily on homicide cases since 1992.


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.

Section Bylaws

Executive Committee Roster

Criminal Justice Section Chair Terms:

1981-1983: Andrew M. Schnier
1983-1985: Vincent E. Doyle, Jr.
1985-1987: Hon. Renee A. White
1987-1989: Joseph Jaffe
1989-1991: Terrence J. Connors
1991-1993: Martin B. Adelman
1993-1995: Paul J. Cambria
1995-1997: Robert W. Vinal
1997-1999: Susan B. Lindenauer
1999-2001: Vincent E. Doyle, III
2001-2003: Thomas F. Liotti
2003-2005: Michael T. Kelly
2005-2007: Roger B. Adler
2007-2009: Jean T. Walsh
2009-2011: James P. Subjack
2011-2013: Marvin E. Schechter
2013-2015: Hon. Mark R. Dwyer
2015-2017: Sherry Levin Wallach
2017-2019: Tucker C. Stanclift
2019-2021: Robert J. Masters


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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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 [email protected]

NYSBA Communities offer a wide variety of options, ranging from traditional listserves to searchable directories, collaborative workspaces, member profiles and even mentoring tools. Join the conversation here