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Jun 13th 11:45 am - 3:30 pm


Erie Institute of Law and the Genesee County Bar Association

A Primer on the Effective Assistance of Counsel

(…and Why it Should Matter to Both the Prosecution and Defense)

Friday, June 13, 2014

 Genesee County Courts Facility, Grand Jury Room, 2nd Floor,Batavia,NY

12:00 p.m. ~ Check-in/Lunch (optional – see registration form)

12:30 ~ 3:30 p.m. ~ Seminar begins (includes one break)

The program will be followed by a social hour, sponsored by Daniel Killelea, Esq. Details to come. Thanks, Dan!

REGISTRATION in advance is recommended

Presenter:  Daniel M. Killelea, Esq., Attica, NY

Panelists: Hon. Robert C. Noonan, Genesee County Court, Frederick M. Rarick, Esq., Batavia, NY, William G. Zickl, Esq., Genesee County DA’s Office, Vincent Hemming, Esq., Wyoming County DA’s Office

Moderator: Daniel M. Killelea, Esq., Attica, NY 


11:45 p.m.  Check-in/Lunch


12:30 p.m.  Introduction: Mary Kay Yanik, Esq., President, Genesee County Bar Association


I.             What is meant by the Effective Assistance of Counsel?

A.            Where does the concept originate?

                B.             How does the concept relate to our ethical obligations to clients?

                C.            What is the connection between Ineffective Assistance and Malpractice?

                D.            What is the difference between Ineffective Assistance and “Bad Lawyering”?

                E.            How have recent Supreme Court cases affected our perception of Effective Assistance?

                                i.             Padilla v. Kentucky (559U.S. 356 [2010])

                                ii.            Laffler v. Cooper (__U.S. __; 132 S.Ct. 1376 [2012])

                                iii.           Missouri v. Frye (__U.S. __; 132 S.Ct. 1399 [2012])


II.            Effective Assistance of Counsel throughout a Criminal Proceeding: What Matters, and What Does Not

                A.            Investigation

                                i.              Is there a right to the Effective Assistance of Counsel?

                                ii.            When does an Investigation become a Critical Stage?

                B.             Pre-Trial

                                i.              Does counsel have a duty to investigate?

                                ii.            What effect does motion practice have upon Effective Assistance?

                C.            Trial

                                i.              Does a losing strategy or poor trial tactics equal Ineffective Assistance?

                                ii.            Who is calling the shots?

                                iii.           Opening the Door

                                iv.            Preserving the Record

                D.            Plea Proceedings

                                i.              “A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade”—Communication and Advice

                                ii.            Pursue a plea deal, or follow the client over the cliff?

                                ii.            Collateral Consequences  

                E.            Sentencing

                                i.              Pre-Sentence Investigations and Sentencing Memos

                                ii.            Advocacy in Court

                                iii.           Failure to Advise of the Right to Appeal

                F.             Appeal

                                i.              Trial Counsel’s pursuit of an appeal alleging Ineffective Assistance at trial

                                ii.            An incomplete record and the role of CPL 440.10

                                iii.           Attorney-Client privilege following a claim of Ineffective Assistance


III.          Panel Discussion

                A.            Why should defense counsel care about a claim of Ineffective Assistance?

                B.             Why should a Prosecutor care about Effective Assistance?

                C.            What is the Responsibility of a Prosecutor to Ensure Effective Assistance?

                D.            What is the Responsibility of the Court to Ensure Effective Assistance?

                E.            Question and Answer Period

NOTE: This CLE course may be used for New York MCLE credit by all attorneys, including those that are newly admitted (less than 24 months). This continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the NYS CLE Board for a maximum of 3.0 credit hours in which 0.5 can be applied toward the Ethics and Professionalism requirement, 1.5 toward Areas of Professional Practice and 1.0 toward Skills.

 BAEC/GCBA Members: $50


 Non- Members: $65


 Lunch: $10 (The optional lunch begins at 11:45 and will include the Genesee County Bar Association monthly meeting.)


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Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend a seminar for which you have already registered, call Mary Kohlbacher at 852-8687 ext. 15. For a full refund, notice of your cancellation must be received 24 hours in advance of the program. Registrants who are pre-registered and fail to attend will receive course materials in lieu of a refund.

You may print off the seminar brochure and registration materials by "Clicking Here."  Further inquiries should be made to Mary Kohlbacher of the EIL or by contacting the GCBA President Mary Kay YaniK, Esq. through her contact info below:

Mary Kay Yanik, Esq.
Genesee County Bar Association, Inc.
PO Box 1840
Batavia, New York 14020
p:  585-208-8694