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New Bail Laws: Sponsors - Monroe Cnty Public Defender’s Office, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, NYSACDL
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When: Friday, December 6, 2019
1:00pm - 3:45pm
Where: Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse
2 Niagara Square
Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, New York  14202
United States
Contact: Jennifer Van Ort

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A FREE CLE sponsored by the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office,
the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., and
the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

New Bail Laws


Friday, December 6, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
(Check in begins at 12:30 p.m.)
Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor
2 Niagara Square, Buffalo, New York


Experienced felony supervisors, appellate and trial attorneys from the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo will present a FREE three-hour CLE on the new bail statutes which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Speakers will be reviewing arraignments, release options, modifications to release status, and bail applications under the new statutes, along with the hearings contemplated by the new statutes and general bail strategy for Buffalo and Erie County cases.

CLE CREDIT: 3.0 hours professional practice credit; appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys

COST: FREE ~ Pre-registration is required by December 1, 2019

This training is limited to criminal defense attorneys.

(This program is expected to reach the maximum number of registrations. Space is limited to room capacity. Register early.)



12:30 p.m. - Check in opens

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Conducting Arraignments Under the New Bail Statutes
Tim Donaher

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  - Post-Arraignment Bail Proceedings

                                         Hearings Under the Bail Statutes
John Bradley and Elizabeth A. Riley

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Practice and Advocacy in Buffalo and Erie County
Claudia S. Schultz



Tim Donaher is a 1993 graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School. From 1994 to 2000, Donaher was in private practice handling both criminal and civil cases. In 2000, Donaher started his career as an assistant public defender as an appellate attorney in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. In February 2008, Donaher was appointed the Monroe County Public Defender. As Public Defender of Monroe County, Donaher oversees an office of 73 staff attorneys and 26 support staff. Donaher is a former member of the Office of Court Administration’s Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions. He is a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Task Force on E-filing in the Criminal Courts, and the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Criminal Discovery. He is also a Past President of the Chief Defenders Association of New York (CDANY). He is a recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2017 Denison Ray Award, and the 2016 CDANY Presidential Recognition Award. Donaher is a frequent CLE lecturer, and was an adjunct faculty member of SUNY Brockport (from 2001 to 2011) where he taught courses on constitutional law and the court system.

John Bradley serves as a Special Assistant Public Defender in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office where he has worked since 1997. John handles violent felony and major drug cases. He also supervises the staff attorneys in the Rochester City Court. Prior to joining the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, he worked for three years with the Maryland Public Defender’s Office in Baltimore after his graduation from the University of Maryland Law School. He is a frequent lecturer at in-house CLEs presented to junior and senior staff at the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.

Elizabeth A. Riley is a Special Assistant Public Defender at the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. Prior to joining that office in 2004, she was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn. Ms. Riley handles violent felonies and homicides, in addition to her role as Deputy Town Court Supervisor. In 2013, Ms. Riley received the Jeffrey A. Jacobs Award for outstanding and creative trial advocacy. She is a frequent mentor to law students and junior attorneys, and serves as a trainer for incoming attorneys.

Claudia S. Schultz, a managing attorney and training supervisor of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, has been a criminal defense attorney for the past 39 years. She has handled numerous cases at both the misdemeanor and the felony level, and has developed and presented CLE programs for the New York State Defenders Association, the New York State Bar, the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, and the Nassau Academy of Law, as well as the Erie County Assigned Counsel Program and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. She is a past recipient of the NYSBA’s Criminal Defense Section’s Maxian Award for Excellence in Criminal Defense and the New York State Defender’s Association Wilfred O’Connor Award for lifelong service in indigent defense.

This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 3.0 hours in the professional practice requirement.



Please send Name, Address, Telephone & Email via e-mail, mail, or fax to:

Kevin M. Stadelmaier, Esq.
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
290 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, New York 14202
Tel:  (716) 416-7420
Fax: (716) 853-3219

(Registration confirmation and a link to materials will be sent to the e-mail address you provide – if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact Kevin Stadelmaier.)