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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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Cross To Kill Seminar a Big Success

Buffalo, New York – NYSACDL’s Cross To Kill Seminar was held on November 9, 2012 and featured an all-star cast of international  criminal defense trial attorneys who gave dynamic presentations to the more than 100 criminal defense lawyers in attendance.

In welcoming the lawyers present, NYSACDL President Richard D. Willstatter pointed to NYSACDL’s response to the Erie County District Attorney’s recent intemperate op-ed column in the Buffalo News  and urged those who were not members to join the Association as we continue to press for discovery reform and other important criminal justice initiatives.

Benjamin Brafman


John Rosen

Benjamin Brafman of Manhattan, recently in the news for his defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Plaxico Burress, among others, presented on cross examining cooperating witnesses.

John Rosen of  Toronto who has defended the most murder trials in Ontario’s history, including serial killer Paul Bernardo, gave insights into trying difficult cases.



Richard Convertino

Richard Convertino, a tough former federal prosecutor from Detroit, demonstrated how he successfully mounted a defense pro bono and obtained a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict for an indigent woman accused of murdering her baby.   Mr. Convertino showed those in attendance the means by which he dismantled a prosecution psychologist’s opinion evidence.


Terrence Connors

Terrence Connors, partner in the Buffalo firm of Connors & Vilardo, LLP, gave a terrific lecture on the cross-examination of expert witnesses.

And Samuel E. Adam, Jr. of Chicago reviewed his successful trial techniques including events from his defense of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Tim Hoover, Samuel Adam, Jr., and Jim Grable

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NYSACDL Directors Timothy Hoover of Phillips Lytle, LLP and James W. Grable, Jr. of Connors & Vilardo, LLP developed the program together and joined in the panel discussion along NYSACDL Vice President Andre Vitale of the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office in Rochester.