American Bar Association
Section of Criminal Justice Section

Criminal Justice Section Newsletter
Vol. 7, issue 3 Summer 1999

Attend the ABA Annual Meeting-Atlanta, GA, August 6-9

The ABA Annual Meeting offers networking and professional education to position your practice and career for greater success. Plan a summer break in Atlanta and:
  • Design your own course schedule from hundreds of CLE sessions, including a track of programs created for criminal justice practitioners
  • Try useful new legal products on display at the ABA EXPO
  • Take excursions with ABA colleagues to points of interest throughout Atlanta-trace Sherman's march, visit the elegant residences of historic Buckhead, or enjoy the Atlanta's noted gardens, fine arts, and cultural attractions
  • Bask in southern hospitality at the President's Reception, an evening of music and dance in the Georgia World Congress Center Ballroom The Criminal Justice Section also offers special activities during the Annual Meeting, including the following events:
  • The Section Council and several specialty Committees will meet-all Section members are welcome to attend. Stop by, meet the Section's leadership, and vote in the Section elections.
  • The Criminal Justice Section Welcome Reception, Friday, Aug. 6, offers a chance to meet colleagues from around the country in a relaxed atmosphere
  • The Livingston Hall Award will be presented during a reception Sunday, Aug. 8. Meet the recipients, who are being honored for their skillful and dedicated contributions to the juvenile justice field.
  • Visit with old friends and new during the Criminal Justice Section Luncheon. A noted guest speaker will offer an address on a topic of interest to the criminal bar. Annual Meeting Tickets and Registration: Tickets are required for the Section Luncheon ($28 per person), the Welcome Reception (complimentary), and for the Atlanta excursions. For information about the Luncheon or Reception, please call the Section Office at 202/662-1512. Tickets for these events and the Atlanta excursions, to the extent that they remain available, can be purchased by credit card or check at the ABA Ticket Desk beginning Thursday, August 5, at 12:00 noon. The ABA Ticket Desk will be located next to the ABA Registration Desk in the Georgia World Congress Center. Make your way to the Ticket Desk as soon after your arrival in Atlanta as possible, in order to insure the best selection of tickets.

    For further information about the excursions or to receive a registration form for the Annual Meeting, call the Annual Meeting Automated Voice Mail at 312/988-5870, or access the American Bar Association Home Page on the Internet at Both the internet and voice mail are updated regularly with new meeting information, events, and speakers.

    Section Elections at the Annual Meeting
    Three petitions for the Council Member-at-Large seat were received. The petitions are on behalf of Anthony Joseph of Birmingham, Alabama; Professor Susan Kay of Nashville, TN; and Judge Sheila Murphy of Chicago, IL. The names of the candidates will be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Section Membership Meeting to be held on Sunday, August 8, at the ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

    Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting Schedule
    All Criminal Justice Section events will take place at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, unless otherwise noted. All CLE programs (ý) will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center. This schedule is subject to change. Please consult the Section Office for updates at 202/662-1512.

    Friday, August 6

    9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Magazine Editorial Board Meeting

    10:00 a.m. - Noon
    International Criminal Law Committee Meeting
    Glenmar A, Lower Level

    10:00 a.m. - Noon
    Book Committee Meeting
    Glenmar B, Lower Level

    12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
    White Collar Crime Committee Meeting
    Barrington Hall, Ballroom Level

    12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
    CLE Planning Committee Meeting
    Glenmar Room B, Lower Level

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Victims Committee Meeting
    Swanton Room, Lower Level

    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Committee Chairs Meeting
    Knollwood A, Lower Level

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    CLE : Annual Review of Supreme Court Decisions - Criminal Cases
    Room 215E, Level 2,
    East Concourse

    2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Prosecution Function Committee Meeting
    Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Longrange Planning Committee
    Knollwood A, Lower Level

    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Welcome Reception
    International Promenade,
    Ballroom Level See ticket information p.4

    Saturday, August 7

    7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Executive Committee Meeting
    Room to be announced.

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
    Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
    Council Meeting
    Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
    Rules of Criminal Procedure & Evidence Committee Meeting
    Room to be announced.

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Corrections and Sentencing Committee Meeting
    Glenmar B, Lower Level

    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Annual Luncheon and Address
    Mimosa Hall, Ballroom Level
    See ticket info p. 4

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Defense Function and Services Committee Meeting
    Glenmar A, Lower Level

    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Presidential Showcase
    CLE : Are We Over-Federalizing the Criminal Law?
    Room 215E, Level 2,
    East Concourse

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Juvenile Justice
    Committee Meeting
    Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System
    Committee Meeting
    Swanton Room, Lower Level

    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 P.M.
    CLE : Victims in the Large Cases -- Lessons Learned
    Room 215E, Level 2
    East Concourse

    Sunday, August 8

    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Council Meeting, Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    CLE : Guilty - There is Racism in the Criminal Justice System
    Room 306E, Level 3 East Concourse

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
    Membership Business Meeting and Elections
    Liberty Hall, Ballroom Level

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Women in the Criminal Justice
    System Committee Meeting Swanton Room, Lower Level

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    CLE: New Crimes in the Information Age
    Room 306E, Level 3, East Concourse

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Presidential Showcase
    CLE : Taking the Juvenile Court into the Next Century: New Innovations, Programs and Solutions
    Room 215E, Level 2 East Concourse

    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award Reception
    Thornton Room
    Lower Level

    Monday, August 9

    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
    CLE: Women in Criminal Justice -- How Far Have We Come and Where Are We Going?
    Room 215E, Level 2
    East Concourse

    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    CLE: Ethical Issues in Appellate Litigation for Criminal Defense Counsel/Finding and Telling the Story of the Appeal
    Room 215E, Level 2
    East Concourse

    For ticketing information for the Welcome Reception and the Section Luncheon, please see page 4 of this newsletter.

    Traffic Court Seminar in New Orleans
    New technologies in traffic law and courtroom procedures will be among the topics discussed during the ABA 1999 Traffic Court Seminar October 13-14 at Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. The seminar is sponsored by the ABA Committee on Traffic Court Programs. The seminar also will examine psychological issues such as aggressive driving and chemical abuse in relation to prosecution, sentencing and in some cases, treatment.

    Among those leading discussions will be Judge Frederic B. Rodgers, ABA Judicial Division chair; Lowell C. Van Burkom, chair of the National Safety Council and recognized expert in drug testing; and Peter Bell, an authority in the field of chemical dependency. For registration information, contact Amy Donoghue, ABA Judicial Division, at 312/988-5742.

    Environmental Crimes Case Publication Now Available From the ABA Criminal Justice Section and Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources comes "The Environmental Crimes Case: From Pretrial Proceedings to Sentencing Guidelines" by David S. Krakoff and Gary S. Lincenberg.

    There is no magic formula for success in defending an environmental crimes case. Every case demands a different mix of legal principles, court rules, and new ideas. This book explores the statutes, hot issues and strategies that are essential to defending your environmental crimes cases. It will help you utilize every available principle, rule, and strategy applicable to your client's case.

    Practical and completely up-to-date, this book will guide you through the mix of environmental statutes and criminal procedures unique to this type of case.

    The Building Blocks of a Successful Defense
    In addition to specific information on how to anticipate and avoid violations, this book examines the most efficient strategies you can implement during pretrial proceedings that will serve as building blocks for a successful defense. It gives you practical guidance on how to:

  • Respond under the pressure of the speedy trial clock
  • Handle voluminous amounts of discovery
  • Pursue an early assessment of the evidence
  • Develop the necessary records to support your defense

    Post-Indictment Strategies
    You can turn to this resource for expert advice on how to avoid the pitfalls and determine the strategies for an effective defense after an indictment. Full of practical tips and useful strategies, this book will help you:

  • · craft successful direct and cross examinations of expert witnesses
  • · establish and present effective technical defenses
  • Apply sentencing guidelines to your case

    Includes useful appendices and detailed end notes
    Designed to give you immediate access to information pertinent to your case, this book gives you detailed end notes and useful appendixes including:

  • Potential Criminal Violations (Oct. 1, 1997)
  • Summary of EPA Authority Under Federal Environmental Laws for Administrative Inspections
  • Sample Confidentiality Agreement
  • Sample Memorandum to Employees Regarding Interviews by Government Investigators and Grand Jury Compliance
  • Sample Document Collection Instruction


  • Development of Environmental Criminal Prosecution
  • Federal Criminal Environmental Statutes
  • Pretrial Proceedings
  • Establish Environmental Defenses Early
  • Post-Indictment Strategies in Defense of Environmental Crimes
  • Coordination of Legal and Technical Defenses at Trial
  • Sentencing

    To order now and save!
    Nonmembers pay $99.95, but Criminal Justice Section Members save $10.00, for a cost of $89.95 (plus shipping and handling.) To order, call 800.285.2221, and ask for product code 5090075 and source code NWSLT

    White Collar Crime Group Forming for Young Attorneys
    The Section's White Collar Crime Committee has organized a Subcommittee for young attorneys (you decide if you are "young") engaged in white collar crime practice. To find out more, please contact Matthew Holloran at 202/789-6077 or send an e-mail to

    $2000 Prize for Law Students
    The Section's Greenhalgh Writing Competition for law students has a September 30, 1999 deadline. Law students must submit a 2,000 word essay on the designated topic. A $2,000 cash prize, travel to the ABA July 2000 Annual Meeting in New York City, and publication of the essay are given the award winner. For further information, phone the Section Office at 202/662-1511.

    Robert Fertitta is Section's Candidate for GPSLD Post
    Robert Fertitta is the Criminal Justice Section's candidate to be a member of the governing Council for the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. Members of the Division are urged to vote for him at the division elections held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.


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