A unifying force for criminal defense lawyers

Greater NYC Metropolitan Area

The NYCBA is a non-profit association

Welcome to the most current, comprehensive and useful site for criminal defense attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area.

Our site is designed primarily as a private online service for members of the New York Criminal Bar Association.

We provide our members with access to an extraordinary collection of comprehensive resources for practicing criminal defense attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area.

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The "When"

The New York Criminal Bar Association was organized more than 40 years ago by our first President, The Honorable Robert L Cohen.

The "Why"

To provide a much needed tool to protect and preserve the rights of individuals accused of crimes and to serve as a unifying force for those persons dedicated to this pursuit.

The "Now"

Our membership has grown from an initial group of 10 to our present membership of over 500 active members. Our prestigious group reads as a who’s who of professionalism and dedication to their profession.


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Words from our founder

I founded the New York Criminal Bar Association in 1972 for two primary purposes: first, to enhance the stature of defense counsel so that the defense bar would not be ignored in the decision-making process with respect to court administrative matters, such as scheduling, judicial appointment and reappointment, discovery rules, and the like; and second, to improve the professionalism of the criminal bar in terms of support by colleagues, quality of representation, training, and working conditions.
The Honorable Robert Louis Cohen
Founding Member
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