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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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“You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you\'re afraid that you will lose your job, or you\'re afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you\'re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you\'re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. 


NYSACDL At Work: Remaining Active During The End of the NYS 2019 Legislative Session

After the sweeping Discovery, Bail & Speedy Trial reform achieved in the New York State Budget, NYSACDL is continuing to advocate for members and clients through the end of the 2019 New York State Legislative Session. This activity includes, but is not limited to:


  • Continuing to support the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct












NYSACDL Past-President Marvin Schechter participated in a press conference urging continued forward movement on the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct.


  • Issuing a statement opposing the limitation of the Extreme Emotional Disturbance defense with other defender organizations.
  • Signing onto a joint memo of support for the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act with other defender organizations.
  • Submitting a memo of support for a bill that corrects an erroneous classification in the law so that when a person commits burglary in the second degree by entering an unoccupied dwelling, they will not be charged with a violent felony.
  • Sending a letter supporting a bill that amends New York County Law Section 722 to remedy a small but significant problem regarding the scope of appellate counsel’s authority by allowing counsel assigned to a criminal appeal to conduct post-trial motion practice as part of their appellate assignment. This bill has passed both the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Watch your email and social media for continued updates as the last few days of session are completed!