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Membership Criteria

To qualify for membership in the NYCDL a lawyer must:

(1) be an experienced attorney who has practiced law for more than 10 years and have significant experience in the field of criminal law,

(2) 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,

(3) have a practice which focuses in significant part on criminal defense work,

(4) have a reputation for having a high level of professional competence and integrity, and

(5) be nominated by a member of the NYCDL.

Application Process:

  1. A proposed new member must be nominated by a letter written by a current member. The nominating letter must:
    a. discuss the nominee’s qualifications and experience and, if possible, attach a resume or web biography; and
    b. provide the names of two other attorneys who can act as references. These other attorneys should be NYCDL members but if the nominee does not know 2 other current NYCDL members then other attorneys or judges are also acceptable as references.
  2. The nominating letter should be sent to the Membership Committee Chair, Nancy Kestenbaum nkestenbaum@cov.com.
  3. The membership committee will review the nominee’s qualifications and consult with references and others who know the nominee. If the nominee satisfies the membership criterion, the membership committee will send the nominee an application.
  4. The nominee must fill out the application and return it to nkestenbaum@cov.com so that the membership committee can review any new, previously unknown information. The application will then be forwarded to the Board, which will vote on membership.
  5. When a person is admitted the Treasurer will send out a welcoming letter and dues notice. The new member will be added to the web site when the dues have been received.