This issue marks the last Docket that will be published during 2005-2006 Executive Committee's term, and it marks the end of a very successful 2005-06 year for the Criminal Justice Section. Due primarily to the hard work of many Section members and staff, we fulfilled all of our goals for the year.
We hosted a number of very successful events, building on past successes and blazing some new trails as well. First, in early December, we hosted a new event, "Cocktails and Hors Doeuvres Reception for the Criminal Bench and Bar," a purely social evening at the City Club downtown, where attendees had the chance to mix and mingle with bench officers from around the county. Next, in January we were pleased to host our annual day-long MCLE seminar at Southwestern School of Law, this year entitled "Evolving Strategies in Criminal Law" where we again enjoyed a full program of presentations on various topics by some of the top practitioners in town. In April, we hosted another first-time, unique event, geared towards helping our members and others confront real-world, cutting edge issues in criminal practice. The event, held at Kendall's Brasserie downtown, was entitled, "Is it Really Science? The Experts Debate the Validity of
Fingerprint and Ballistics Evidence," and featured a debate between three real experts in forensics, in particular firearms analysis and fingerprints. Judge Larry Fidler was an informed, articulate, and provocative moderator of the evening's debate, which riveted all of those fortunate enough to attend. Finally, just a few weeks ago we hosted our annual Criminal Justice Awards Dinner at the Omni Hotel, where this year's Outstanding Prosecutor, Outstanding Defense Attorney, Outstanding Judge, and the Career Achievement Awards were bestowed upon a very deserving group of honorees. The
festive event drew over 300 members of the criminal justice community.
Primarily because of the outstanding programming we have presented, we have increased our membership this year more than 45%, which is the greatest percentage increase of any Section associated with the Bar in 2005-06. Next year should be even better, as we will be led by an outstanding group of officers. They are:
Chair: Lydia Bodin
First Vice-Chair: Alan Rubin
Second Vice-Chair: Deborah Sanchez
Secretary: Jodi Taksar
Thank you for your support this year of the Criminal Justice Section. We hope you will continue to join us in the upcoming year.
Thomas Rubinson, Chair