NYSACDL Judicial Committee rates Court of Appeals candidates
FBDM partner, Sam Braverman along with the other members of the NYSACDL Judicial Committee completed their evaluations and issued their ratings to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of the candidates for consideration to succeed Judge Leslie Stein, who plans to retire from the state appeals court bench in June. The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers split from the other lawyer groups and issued “not recommended” ratings to three of the seven women being considered. The New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers all rated no candidate lower than “qualified.”
The NYSACDL's Judicial Committee conducted interviews, carefully reviewed the candidates' applications and followed up with extensive additional diligence in order to make their recommendations. In a joint statement, NYSACDL President Alice Frontier and judicial screenings committee Chair Alan Lewis said the ratings of each candidate “reflect the unique context of membership on the Court of Appeals, and are in no way a statement about the qualifications that these talented, intelligent, and successful candidates have for the roles in which they currently serve with distinction.” They added, “In our view, membership on the Court of Appeals involves enormous responsibilities and profound challenges, making that lofty position one for which relatively few are truly qualified.”
In summary, the NYSACDL issued four “well qualified” designations to Appellate Division Judges Valerie Brathwaite Nelson, Erin M. Peradotto and Shirley Troutman, as well as to Splenda & Gay PLLC attorney Caitlin J. Halligan. The association gave a “not recommended” rating to Judge Ellen Nachtigall Biben of the Court of Claims, Crowell & Moring LLP attorney Kathy H. Chin and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Gov. Cuomo will appoint a candidate by May 8, who must then be confirmed by the state Senate within 30 days.
FB&D partners extend leadership role to positively impact the legal community and criminal legal system
This month, Sam Braverman was made a member of the White Collar Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The mission of the NACDL is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequalities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level. Sam looks forward to contributing to the important work of the association and positively impacting national policy and practice specifically in the area of white collar criminal defense.
Sam also recently attended his first meeting as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. As a member of the committee, Sam began working to evaluate candidates for the New York State Court of Appeals in order to fill 3 vacancies out of the 7 seats.
Sam Braverman to teach an Ethics CLE course in April - Open to all attorneys
On April 8, 2021 Sam Braverman and Marvin Raskin are teaching a civil lunch-time CLE program titled "Ethical Implications of Prosecutorial Misconduct". This online webinar course is presented by The Bronx County Bar Association and is open to all and appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Details are as follows -
Date: April 8, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Check In: 12:50pm
Cost: FREE to Bronx County Bar members
$10 for non-members
Credits: One Credit in Ethics
Register Online at www.bronxbar.com
Sam Braverman teaches a course on Forensic Evidence in the Courtroom
Sam created and taught a class about the use of forensic evidence in criminal cases for the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University during the January 2021 intersession. Drawing on his courtroom experience over the last three decades and using the 2012 National Academies of Science review and critique of forensic expert testimony as a jumping off point, the class focused on the successes and failures of forensics over the last 30 years. Using current examples of forensics from today's headlines, the students learned to develop a critical eye and ear for logical fallacies and cognitive biases in testimony.
FB&D launches fundraising campaign to help feed our NYC neighbors in need
In this season of giving, we invite you to join our team in donating to the Food Bank for New York City. Our goal is to raise funds to provide 25,000 meals. In addition to our gift, Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio will match the first $1500 in donations. We hope you will help us provide holiday meals to New Yorkers in need during these extremely challenging, unprecedented times!
Please donate today by clicking on the link below. It's fast, easy, and secure. There's even a way to rally your network and/or colleagues behind the cause by creating your own fundraiser under our team.
Donate here: https://give.foodbanknyc.org/fbdm-law
We wish you and your family a healthy and happy holiday!
Sam Braverman is elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
As of January 2021, Sam will be serving on the Board of Directors of the NYSACDL and has been appointed as a member of their Continuing Legal Education Committee. The NYSACDL is dedicated to protecting the rights of criminal defendants through a strong, unified, and well-trained criminal defense bar. Sam brings his keen legal mind and passion for justice to this important role.
Westchester DA-Elect Mimi Rocah taps Louis Fasulo for her transition team
Mimi Rocah, the Westchester County District Attorney-Elect has assembled her transition team as she prepares to assume office on January 1, 2021. She is committed to modernizing the DA's office, finding innovative approaches to public safety, and increasing transparency and community involvement. DA-Elect Rocah has tapped Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio's Louis Fasulo for her Office Training and Ethics committee. He is among an esteemed group of experts in criminal justice policy, seasoned leaders in law enforcement and victim advocacy, and partners from community organizations and services selected for the transition team, co-chaired by Zachary Carter and Leroy Frazer. Louis brings to the team his vast experience as a leader in both the practice of law and legal education. This is yet another recognition of FB&D's reputation for excellence, integrity, and innovation in their work. Louis is excited to be a part of the Rocah transition team as she creates a progressive DA's office for the future.
Louis Fasulo and Sam Braverman are recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers
Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio is proud to announce that, once again, partners Louis Fasulo and Sam Braverman were both named as 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense.
An annual recognition, Super Lawyers identifies leading professionals who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and excellence in their practice areas. Recipients of the New York Metro Super Lawyers recognition represent the top 5% of lawyers in the metropolitan area.
Sam Braverman is scheduled to lecture on Ethics Panel
Sam has been selected to present an ethics CLE entitled “Government, Privacy, and Ethics in the Digital Age” at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law on October 23, 2020.
Careers in Criminal Defense Panel Discussion
On October 14, 2020 Sam Braverman will be participating in a panel discussion on “Careers in Criminal Defense” at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law.
Louis Fasulo has been appointed Vice President for Alternative Dispute Resolutions of the National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators Board of Directors
He will be serving on the Executive Board of this ambitious national organization. In this position he will coordinate and oversee the substantive aspects of the association's ADR meetings, programs, and conferences. Louis brings his experience as a litigator, educator, and lawyer who participates in mediation and arbitrations in his current practice to ensure equitable results for his clients. He will be serving with educators and practitioners whose goal is to provide resources, programs, and to be a think tank for the emerging field of dispute resolution. This is an exciting opportunity to work to further the reputation and professionalism of the legal community.
Louis Fasulo is named a faculty member of the Steven Epstein DWI Defense Institute
Louis brings his legal and teaching skills to the DWI Defense Institute, an educational program designed to teach lawyers how to defend DWI cases. Courses cover the fundamentals to the fine arts required to navigate the pathway of a DWI case from arrest through trial.
Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, LLP opens a new office in Teaneck, New Jersey
Sam Braverman is appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Federal Practice and White Collar Crime Committees of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Sam will now share his legal expertise and creative vision as the co-chair of these two important committees of the NYACDL, which promotes excellence in criminal defense. In support of the NYACDL's mission of achieving “a strong, unified, and well-trained criminal defense bar”, Sam teaches and leads a panel discussion, “Federal Practice for the State Practitioner”.
Louis Fasulo has been elected Chairman of Board for the New York County Defenders Association
He will lead the board in its oversight of this not-for-profit indigent defender organization. He and the board steer/advance the organization's charge of providing excellent representation to defendants charged with crimes in New York City. An active board member for years, Louis is honored to now assume leadership for this premier group of defenders.
Louis Fasulo was honored at the 25th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner held by the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law on March 5, 2020
Louis was presented with this year's Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals and/or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the legal community. Louis was honored alongside the Hon. Terry Jane Ruderman, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, and Jerold Ruderman, Senior Counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.