By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The typical continuing legal education class for attorneys consists of a lecture with accompanying Powerpoint slides.
The Kings County Criminal Bar Association shook up the standard format during its CLE program on Thursday. The KCCBA and its members participated in a collective brainstorming session on the topic of trial preparation.
Prior to attending the CLE, members were given a sample fact pattern and case file to review. In the hypothetical case, police officers responded to and investigated a stabbing assault case. The case file is replete with the 911 transcripts, interviews with the victim and emergency room physicians. During the CLE member were asked to discuss the strength and weaknesses of the assault case.
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorneys were on hand to assist. Kenneth Taub, executive ADA in the Homicide Bureau, and Melissa Carvajal, a senior ADA in the Homicide Bureau, provide their expert advice. Criminal defense attorneys Stuart Rubin and Gary Farrell gave their positions from a defense angle.
The CLE was hosted at the Brooklyn Bar Association where a light dinner was served.