Rick Collins to Present Awards to Senator Lee Zeldin and Anthony Colleluori at Criminal Justice Section Award Ceremony

Rick Collins and Marc Gann Head to New York State Bar Association Week for Meetings with Criminal Justice Section, NYSBA House of Delegates and NYSACDL  

CMG partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann will be attending this week’s New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting – where, as leaders in New York criminal law and members of NYSBA committees, they will be actively involved in a number of key section and committee meetings, ceremonies and receptions.  The 137th New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, brings together more than 5,000 NYSBA members from around the state for a week of meetings – with Rick and Marc playing an important role at a number of the week’s upcoming events.

The week will include Rick and Marc participating in meetings of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (a separate organization dedicated exclusively to criminal defense).  In addition, Rick and Marc will be attending the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee Dinner on Wednesday night, as well as the House of Delegates and NYSACDL Dinners on Thursday night.

On Thursday afternoon, the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Meeting will feature a special awards luncheon where Rick, a member of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee, will be presenting awards to two of the honorees in recognition of their contributions to criminal law:

  • Rick will be presenting New York State Senator Lee Zeldin with the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section’s “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation” award – an award given “to recognize outstanding work in proposing or implementing needed reforms, which specifically includes political action and fundamental research into the operation and effectiveness of the entire criminal justice system.”   Legislation Senator Zeldin introduced (Senate Bill 5385-2013, known as “The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act”) was an important step in moving this initiative forward last year, and although it remains a controversial issue and one not necessarily embraced by his party, he continued to play a key role in helping to bring more attention to the subject of criminal record sealing in New York.  While no action was taken on Senator Zeldin’s bill by the close of last year’s Legislative session in June, there is optimism that the initiative will move forward when it is introduced in the current Legislative session.  As co-chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association’s Sealing Committee, which helped spearhead a report and recommendations which were adopted by the House of Delegates of the Association and remain a legislative priority, Rick looks forward to presenting Senator Zeldin with this important recognition for his important work in this area – and honoring him for his courage in standing up for the criminal record sealing issue in New York to help give people a second chance.
  • Rick will be presenting long-time friend and former law school classmate Anthony Colleluori with the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section’s “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education” award.  This award is given “to recognize outstanding work in criminal law education, the promotion of interest in the practice of criminal law and the provision to students the opportunity to gain practical insight into the operation of the criminal justice system.”  Tony has played an instrumental role in lawyer education, and lectured at and/or chaired Continuing Legal Education courses for the American Bar Association, the New York State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the NYS Bar Association CLE and Criminal Justice Section,  the Nassau County Bar Association’s Academy of Law, the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Academy of Law,  The Hofstra University Trial Techniques Program,  the Weidner University (Delaware) Trial Techniques Program, The National Institute of Trial Advocacy Basic Trial Course and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).  Having known Tony for more than 30 years, Rick is pleased to be presenting this award to him for his contributions in the area of lawyer education.

Make sure to check back for any news resulting from this year’s NYSBA Annual meeting – including any developments from the Criminal Justice Section committee meeting regarding further planned discussion of the sealing issue (again, which remains a NYSBA priority for 2014.)  We’ll be sure to keep you posted of further progress and developments on this issue, as well as other news and updates from this week’s schedule of events surrounding criminal law.  As always, if you have any questions about criminal law or would like more information about the status of criminal record sealing in New York, call us anytime at 516-294-0300.

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