Criminal Law 101: Defense Practice in NYC

Originally held Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Program Chair:
Anna Cominsky
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
New York Law School

  • Not a criminal defense attorney? Come learn the basics of New York City criminal law practice.

    What should you do and what questions should you ask when a client calls you about a criminal matter? How do you counsel your client? What should you be sure not to do? And when you get to court, what rights should you preserve? What ethical issues may come up, and how should you navigate them if they come up?

    Learn the inner workings of a New York City criminal courtroom. Find out everything you need to do to preserve the rights of your client, whether dealing with a minor problem or a serious matter, from the first minute your telephone rings until the dust settles. This program is a must for any attorney unfamiliar with criminal law practice.

    Program Fee:
    $149 for Members | $249 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2019-2021), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Moderators:

    Catherine Gonzalez
    Senior Staff Attorney
    Immigration Practice
    Brooklyn Defender Services

    Adnan Sultan
    Staff Attorney
    Innocence Project


    Brian G. Buckmire II
    Felony Trial Attorney
    Legal Aid Society

    Gary Kaufman
    Law Office of Gary Kaufman

    Marie Mark
    Director of Legal Support and Resources
    Immigrant Defense Project

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.
    Welcome & Panelist Introductions
    Anna G. Cominsky

    6:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Following Your Client Through the System

    6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
    Your Response to “The Call” & Pre-Arraignment Client Interview

    6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Preliminary Hearings

    7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Pre-Plea Investigations, Discovery, & Plea Negotiations

    7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

    7:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
    Collateral Consequences – Immigration
    Marie Mark

    8:15 p.m. – 8:35 p.m.
    Hearings & Trial

    8:35 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.
    Ethical Concerns Encountered

    8:55 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Questions & Answers

  • New York: 3.0 Total: 2.5 Professional Practice, 0.5 Ethics
    New Jersey: 3.0 General
    California: 2.5 Total: 2.0 General, 0.5 Professional Responsibility
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 Total: 2.o General, 0.5 Professional Responsibility
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

    Please Note: Newly admitted NY attorneys cannot fulfill ethics or skills credits through our on-demand programs under OCA rules. For more information on this, please see

  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Criminal Courts, Terri Rosenblatt, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |