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When: Friday, December 2, 2016
8:45am - 5:00pm
Where: U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
2 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York  14202
United States
Contact: Jennifer Van Ort

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6.5 Skills Credits; 1.5 Ethics Credit
Friday, December 2, 2016
U.S. Courthouse, Two Niagara Square, Jury Assembly Room, Buffalo, NY 14202

Breakfast and Lunch Included

Register online at link above or download PDF form to 
fax (888-239-4665) or mail (NYSACDL, 90 State St, Ste 700, Albany, NY 12207).


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Seminar Agenda

8:00am - 8:45am: Registration & Continental Breakfast (Included)

8:45am: Opening Remarks & Welcome

8:50am – 10:05am: Recurring Ethical Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys - Michael S. Ross

10:10am - 11:15am: Understanding the Science Behind Blood Splatter Analysis - John Paolucci

11:20am to 12:25pm: Strategies For Handling and Winning High-Profile Cases - Elizabeth E. Macedonio

12:25pm: Lunch (Included)

1:25pm - 2:45pm: The Right to Present a Defense - Mark J. Mahoney

2:45pm - 3:50pm: Bail & Pre-Trial Release - John S. Wallenstein

3:55pm – 5:00pm: Pre-Charge Advocacy - John F. Speranza

5:00pm: Adjourn


Featured Faculty

Michael S. Ross
Recurring Ethical Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys

Michael is the principal of the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where he concentrates his practice in attorney ethics and criminal defense. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Michael has been an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School since 1980. He is a frequent lecturer and author on topics involving ethics, trial practice, and criminal law for such organizations as the Practicing Law Institute, the Appellate Divisions First and Second Departments, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York State Judicial Institute. Michael will speak about important and recurring ethical issues that confront criminal defense attorneys, to help attorneys recognize and avoid ethical pitfalls that can befall even the most diligent practitioners.

John Paolucci
Understanding the Science Behind Blood Splatter Analysis

John is a nationally-recognized blood spatter expert, having reviewed thousands of crime scenes in his long career.  He is a former detective-sergeant with the NYPD and a founder of the forensics company, Forensics 4 Real, Inc. in Brewster, NY.  John will be speaking about some of the more compelling investigations in his career, with an eye on the techniques he has utilized in making blood spatter determinations. John’s insights are invaluable to attorneys who defend cases in which blood was spilled, and his teachings on the science associated with this evidence will provide ammunition for challenging this dangerously persuasive evidence.                          

Elizabeth E. Macedonio
Strategies For Handling and Winning High-Profile Cases

Elizabeth is the principal of the Law Offices of Elizabeth E. Macedonio, located in Manhattan. She has successfully defended a number of high-profile prosecutions, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case. Last year, Elizabeth secured an acquittal in the Vincent Asaro (“Lufthansa Heist / “Good Fellas”) prosecution in the Eastern District of New York. She will be recounting the events of the Asaro case and will use the case as a backdrop to share her strategies for defending and winning high-profile cases. 

Mark J. Mahoney
The Right to Present a Defense

Mark has been a defense lawyer for over 40 years, beginning as an associate and partner with the late Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. In 1995 he co-founded the criminal defense firm of Harrington & Mahoney in Buffalo. Mark is a past President of the NYSACDL and served as a two-term elected member of the Board of Directors of the NACDL.  He has been honored with “Outstanding Practitioner” awards by NYSACDL, NYSDA, and the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section. Mark’s monograph on “The Right to Present a Defense” has been in wide circulation for 36 years, explaining this seemingly obvious, but very misunderstood and often tragically ignored right.  Mark’s writing and lecturing on this topic has frequently been credited by defense lawyers around the country as the key to their success at trial or on appeal in defense of the innocent. Mark will speak on how to master and implement this very powerful doctrine. 

John S. Wallenstein
Bail & Pre-Trial Release

John is President-elect of the NYSACDL, Editor of the criminal defense quarterly Atticus, a frequent lecturer on criminal defense and criminal procedure topics, and a federal and state court defense attorney who has obtained successful results in courts throughout New York state. He is a former Queens County Assistant District Attorney and has been practicing criminal defense for almost four decades. John will present on bail/detention hearings in federal court under the Bail Reform Act. He will describe the difference between the New York state and federal bail regimes. John will discuss the conduct of a detention/bail hearing, and how best to use the hearing to obtain useful discovery to advance the defense even in cases where release is unlikely or next to impossible.

John F. Speranza
Pre-Charge Advocacy

The best outcome for a client is to avoid a criminal charge altogether.  Nationally-recognized Rochester attorney John Speranza has been practicing criminal law for four decades in both state and federal courts in Western New York, and he is a masterful advocate inside and outside the courtroom.  John will be speaking about pre-charge advocacy and the skills and efforts he has employed to keep his clients from ever being charged.  His lecture will discuss the importance of a thorough pre-charge investigation; strategies for communicating with law enforcement, witnesses, and prosecutors; and presentations, both written and oral, that have helped clients successfully avoid the imposition of criminal charges.

This transitional program is approved for new lawyers.NYSACDL is accredited by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board and by the New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education as anapproved provider.
NYSACDL provides tuition assistance to attorneys showing hardship.