(Webcast) Criminal Law 101: Defense Practice in NYC

Monday, March 28, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Program Chair:
Anna G. Cominsky
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:
    $199 for Members | $299 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $119 for Members
    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2020-2022), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, and attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Honorable William Mogulescu
    Judge of the Supreme Court, Bronx County

    Genia Blaser
    Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Defense Project

    Brian G. Buckmire II
    Felony Trial Attorney, Legal Aid Society

    Gary Kaufman
    The Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC


    Anna G. Cominsky
    New York Law School

    Catherine Gonzalez
    Brooklyn Defender Services

    Adnan Sultan
    Innocence 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
    Genia Blaser


    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 Skills
    New Jersey: 3.1 General
    California: 3.0 General
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 General

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Criminal Courts, Terri Rosenblatt, Chair
    Small Law Firm, Anne Wolfson, Chair

    Sponsoring Organizations:
    Small Law Firm Center

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Yelena Balashchenko, Manager, Business Development & Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | ybalashchenko@nycbar.org