Criminal Justice Section  


Newsletter- Summer 2000


American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section
740 15th St., NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Volume 9, Issue 1 - Fall 2000

Byte-Collar Crime Course to be Offered at the Fall CJS Council Meeting, Washington, DC

Put a trip to Washington, DC on your calendar this Fall and join us for the Fall Council Meeting and related activities. Events include a new CLE program entitled Byte-Collar Crime: Criminal Law in Cyberspace, the Criminal Justice Section Council Meeting, committee meetings, Welcome Reception and group dinner.

Byte-Collar Crime: Criminal Law in Cyberspace is a continuing legal education program set for Friday, Nov. 17, 2000 at the Wyndham City Center Hotel (see sidebar.) The afternoon program offers three CLE credits and will cover recent case law, privacy/ search and seizure, evidentiary issues, and international considerations. Speakers will address the latest policy issues and practice concerns for defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and academics.

Criminal Justice Section Fall Council Meeting and committee meetings take place November 17-19, 2000 at the Wyndham City Center Hotel. Committees will meet primarily on Friday, Nov. 17, with a Welcome Reception that evening. The Council will meet for a full day on Saturday, Nov. 18, and a half day Sunday, Nov. 19. Section members are invited to participate in these activities, which are offered free of charge. For a full Fall Council Meeting schedule and Cybercrime registration form, call the Section at 202/662-1512 or visit our website at


National Institutes Scheduled for 2000

Planning is underway for the three National Institutes to be held during 2000. National Institutes are two-day, MCLE-accredited conferences that bring together experts in the field from across the nation.They have become the place to learn about the latest developments in the field, and to network with defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges from around the country.

The 15th Annual White Collar Crime National Institute will be held March 8-9 in San Francisco. The Gaming Law Enforcement National Institute is set for February 15-16 in Las Vegas, and the Health Care Fraud National Institute will take place in Miami on May 3-5. The Qui Tam Enforcement/Civil False Claims National Institute is being planned for September 2001.

Call 202/662-1512 or e-mail to be placed on the mailing lists for these programs.


CJS Committees Accepting New Members

As a Criminal Justice Section member, you are invited to join the specialty committees of the Section. There is no cost; committee membership is a benefit of belonging to CJS. Committees work on challenging projects throughout the year, including developing MCLE programs, writing journal articles, and reviewing pending legislation. The following committees are currently accepting new members:

  • Corrections & Sentencing
  • Defense Function/Services
  • International Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Prosecution Function
  • Race & Racism in the Criminal Justice System
  • Victims
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • Science and Technology
  • White Collar Crime and its regional subcommittees
  • Women in Criminal Justice

For a page of committee descriptions and a sign-up form, call Carol Rose at 202/662-1519 or e-mail


Money Laundering Enforcement Conference, Oct. 30-31, 2000

Hit the slopes between sessions at the 18th Annual National CLE Conference® in Vail, CO, January 3-8, 2001. The program, cosponsored by the Criminal Justice Section, offers 20-24 CLE credits (including ethics.) It s an opportunity to ask the questions you want and need answered, and to network with other prominent lawyers from around the country. Rooms are reserved for the conference at four outstanding resorts, with discounts on ski lift tickets, airline tickets, van transportation and car rentals. Topics for this year s program include:

  • Expert Testimony
  • Defense of Insider Trading Prosecutions
  • Jury Selection
  • Getting Paid Without Getting Indicted
  • Creative Defenses in White Collar Cases
  • Closing Arguments
  • Motions
  • Interacting with Prosecutors Prior to Charging
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Lawyers in the Dock
  • View from the Bench
  • Effective Use of the Fifth Amendment
  • Premature Cross

To receive further information, call 1/800-926-5895 or visit the web at


Mark Your Calendars for Legal Education Programming

The Criminal Justice Section welcomes your participation in the following programs. Course books are available from programs designated as National Institutes by calling 800/285-2221. For books from other programs, contact the Section at 202/662-1500.

October 30-31, 2000
Money Laundering Enforcement Conference
Washington, DC

November 17, 2000
Byte-Collar Crime:
Criminal Law in Cyberspace
Washington, D.C.

January 3-8, 2001
National CLE Conference
Vail, CO

February 14-20, 2001
ABA Midyear Meeting
San Diego, CA

February 15-16, 2001
Gaming Enforcement National Institute
Las Vegas, NV

March 8-9, 2001
White Collar Crime National Institute
San Francisco, CA

April 27, 2001
Section CLE Program
Albuquerque, NM

May 3-5, 2001
Health Care Fraud
National Institute
Miami, FL

August 2-8, 2001
ABA Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL

Executive Attorneys and Utah Prosecutors Council

April 1-2, 2000 Council Meeting Park City, UT

April 6-8, 2000 Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition Chicago, IL

May 4-6, 2000 Health Care Fraud National Institute San Francisco, CA

July 6-12, 2000 ABA Annual Meeting New York, NY

July 8-9, 2000 Council Meeting New York, NY

July 15-20, 2000 London 2000 Meeting London, England

July 19, 2000 Plenary Session on Future of the London, England Jury System

October 23-24, 2000 Money Laundering Enforcement Conference Washington, DC

October 2000 Second National Conference on Science and To be Determined (Tentative) and the Law


New Publications of Interest to Criminal Law Practitioners

The ABA s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law is offering a 20% discount for Criminal Justice Section members on its newest publication, Criminal Law Handbook on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony. Published in September by John Parry, J.D. and Eric Y. Drogin, J.D., Ph.D. , this practitioner's guide provides lawyers, judges, and forensic experts with a comprehensive, in-depth treatment of evidentiary and forensic issues keyed to specific criminal mental health law standards. The discounted price is $48 for Section members, plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Call 800-285-2221 to order.

The Section has published the sixth annual The State of Criminal Justice report, which provides a snapshot of various aspects of the criminal justice system. For information and to order, phone Nicholas Alexander at 202/662-1516.

The Juvenile Justice Center has just released the Juvenile Defender Delinquency Notebook. It provides a case preparation system for new juvenile defenders. For information contact Mary Ann Scali at 202/6662-1753.

The Third Edition of the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on the Special Functions of the Trial Judge is now available. The paperback volume contains the "black letter" standards approved by the ABA House of Delegates in February 1999 and the commentary completed in July 2000. The cost is $29.95 ($19.95 for public defender and prosecutor offices, judges, and students). Order by calling the ABA Service Center at (800)285-2221. Reference Product Code 5090080.


Nominations Sought for Section Leadership

The Criminal Justice Section Nominating Committee will meet in San Diego during the ABA Midyear Meeting, February, 2000, to select the slate of officer and council member candidates for the 2001-2002 Association year. The following persons will serve on the Nominating Committee:

Ronald C. Smith
(Chairperson) Chicago, IL

Albert Krieger
(Ex-Officio) Miami, FL

Ralph C. Martin, II
(Ex-Officio) Boston, MA

Judith Friedman
Washington, DC

Jan Handzlik
Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Joseph
Birmingham, AL

Stephen Saltzburg
Washington, DC

Section members in good standing are encouraged to submit their names for consideration by the Nominating Committee. Serving on the Criminal Justice Section Council as an Officer or Council Member is interesting, fun, and rewarding. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the criminal justice system as well as a great way to meet colleagues from around the country. The Council meets in Washington D.C. in the Fall, at the ABA Annual Meeting in August, and in a city of the Chairperson's choice each Spring. Partial travel reimbursement is provided.

Nominees are sought for the following positions. All positions have a 1-year term except where noted:

  • Vice Chairperson for Planning
  • Vice Chairperson for Governmental Affairs
  • Vice Chairperson for Professional Development/CLE
  • Vice Chairperson for Publications
  • Council Member (3-year term, 5 positions available)
  • Council Member (1 -year term, 1 position. Nominee must be less than 36 years old on August 5 , 2001.)

If you have questions about the positions listed above or about the responsibilities of serving on the Criminal Justice Section Council, contact Section Director Thomas Smith at 202/662-1510.

To submit your own name for consideration or to nominate another person, call Fonzell Robinson in the Criminal Justice Section Office for a copy of the nomination form, at 202/662-1500. A form can also be requested via e-mail, by sending a request to

Complete the form and return it to the Criminal Justice Section Office by January 22, 2001. Please include a cover letter listing any previous Section activity, other qualifications, and a resume, biography, or CV.



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