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Membership Criteria

Membership in NYCDL is initiated by a current member nominating a qualified applicant.  Potential applicants must (1) be a member of the bar of the State of New York or of the United States District Court for the Southern or Eastern District of New York; (2) be actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases; (3) consistently display a high level of professional competence and integrity; (4) be a partner, “of counsel”, or the equivalent in their law firms (not applicable to attorneys working for a federal or state defenders’ office); and (5) have been out of government service in a prosecutor’s office or regulatory agency for a minimum of two years.

NYCDL members wishing to nominate an individual should refer to the information contained in “The Membership Process” under Member Resources.