By Rob Abruzzese
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Kings County Criminal Bar Association hosted its annual Court of Appeals update Thursday evening at the Brooklyn Bar Association.
Thursday's program, part of the KCCBA's monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE), was led by Richard E. Mischel, Esq. These events are vital for practicing lawyers, particularly those that practice in the field of criminal law, and turnout, fittingly, was impressive.
“It's the highest court in this state, and we need an update on what they say is the current state of the law on different issues,” said Jay Schwitzman, president of the KCCBA. “This is information that we need to best do our jobs and it’s hard to keep up with while running from court to court.
“Richard is the pre-eminent Court of Appeals attorney, and we always love having him come speak with us every chance we get.”
Mischel, a sought-after speaker, used the evening to discuss a number of pertinent case rulings, focusing on a case involving deceptive practices used by police during interrogations. His speech was well received and many lawyers stayed behind after the program to ask follow-up questions.
“Everybody wants to do the best they can for their clients,” Mischel said. “That's what they're sworn to do, and one of the ways to do that is staying abreast of what the developments of the law are and that's what they're trying to do. There are a lot of issues with security and technology and because of how fast all of this moves, if you don’t stay on top of this it will go right by you.
“I get calls from these guys every day, several times a day sometimes, to advise them and to tell them about recent cases,” Mischel continued. “I enjoy it, it's part of what I do and it's part of what appeals lawyers do, particularly for the criminal practice. I always get a good turnout at these things.”
The KCCBA's next event will be its annual-dinner dance, which will be held at Russo's On the Bay on April 26 at 7 p.m.