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2019 Update on Federal Criminal Litigation & Legislation

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

This course, presented by Patrick A. Mullin, Esq., will provide an overview of recently enacted federal criminal statutes, including the FirstStepAct, and amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as significant Supreme Court, federal Circuit Court, and State Supreme Court decisions recently handed down in criminal cases.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review recent legislation affecting a federal criminal litigation practice
  2. Discuss significant recent case law handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and state supreme courts in criminal matters
  3. Assess the implications of these recent developments in the area of federal criminal litigation

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Patrick Mullin

Patrick A. Mullin Attorney At Law

Patrick A. Mullin is a veteran New York City criminal and tax defense attorney, specializing in complex, high-stakes criminal defense, and federal criminal and civil tax defense. He has a 40 year track record of relentlessly and successfully pursuing justice for the accused. His boutique law firm focuses on criminal and tax law. He has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Fort Lee, NJ, and is admitted to practice in thirty-one federal and state courts. He handles cases across the country and internationally.

Mr. Mullin holds an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and was honored as a Special Student of Harvard Law School's Graduate Program focusing on International Legal Studies. He began his career as a Law Intern to the Honorable Henry R. Bramwell in the Eastern District of New York (1978), and then served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the United States District of New Jersey (1979-1980).

Mr. Mullin presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Melendez v. United States, a major federal criminal sentencing case. He served for 14 years as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission, Practitioners Advisory Group, (1995 - 2009), and he has consistently been selected for inclusion to Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms in America, Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association's Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's Top One Percent, among others. He is also a graduate of and served as an instructor at legendary Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, (2001 - 2006).

During the course of his 40-year career, Mr. Mullin has represented federal criminal defendants in countless notable cases, including:

  • Melendez v. United States, 518 U.S. 120 (1996): Presented oral argument before United States Supreme Court where a downward departure from a mandatory minimum sentence was at stake.
  • United States v. Amara S. Conteh, Crim. No.: 06 Cri. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 2007): A New York City jury acquitted on all ten (10) counts a physician who was facing a potential fifty-year (50) term of incarceration as well as deportation from United States for charges of illegally prescribing medicine. This was the first reported decision where the prosecuting unit, the Diversion Unit of Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, suffered defeat on all counts in a major case.
  • United States v. H. Galip Dedekarginoglu, Docket No.: 09 Crim No.:09-717 (SDW) (2009-2011): The government dismissed nolle prosequi six (6) counts of fraud against a Turkish defense contractor facing a forty-six to fifty-seven month sentence under Federal Guidelines, as well as deportation, in exchange for a single-count plea by a corporate entity.
  • United States v. George J. Dilworth, Crim. No 10-730 (DNJ): a federal jury deliberated for less than two hours and then fully acquitted Mr. Dilworth on all tax conspiracy charges after four (4) of his business partners pled guilty to similar charges and testified against him at trial.
  • United States v. Johnson, 15-3960 (3d Cir.): U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a tax preparer’s 48-month sentence for fraud charges and remanded to the district court for resentencing. 
  • United States v. Keith Dozier, 119 F.3d 239 (3d Cir. 1996): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s 6-12 month sentence on a probation violation based on a constitutional argument, and the defendant ultimately served no jail time for the violation.
  • United States v. Gloria Gillard, 96 F.3d 1435 (3d Cir. 1996): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s sentence after finding that the district court incorrectly applied the sentencing Guidelines, and remanded for resentencing.
  • United States v. Francisco Collazo-Martinez, 975 F.2d 999 (3d Cir. 1992): The U.S. Court of Appeals vacated defendant’s conviction and ten-year (10) mandatory minimum sentence on drug conspiracy charges and remanded for a new trial.
  • United States v. Guitierrez, (D.N.J.): The government dismissed nolle prosequi all charges against a Catholic priest who was wrongfully accused of serious drug trafficking charges.
  • United States v. Rosa Lordes Osario, (3d Cir. 1994): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated defendant’s conviction for currency structuring, based on an erroneous jury instruction.
  • Targets of federal criminal investigations (not identified here) who were ultimately exonerated of any criminal liability.


terry r.

Clear and concise presenter

F. Renee R.

Very very informative

Lawrence G.

Good update

Thomas L.


John M.

Excellent summary of new developements

Benjamin H.

very informative

Linda H.

Best class on Lawline! Excellent speaker

Melissa T.

Truly great presenter and presentation!

Michael C.


Edward B.

Very informative.

Richard G.

Well done

Debra J.

Very helpful!

William T.

Very informative

William H.

Great Material

Donald L. M.

Very good

Nelson B.

excellent summary of recent cases

Lewis L.

Excellent, comprehensive.

Michael P.

Thorough & well-presented

Hillary z.


William K.


Antoine M.

Solid presentation

Ross V.

This course was worth my time.

Chris S.

Knowledgeable speaker. Enjoy hearing about the guidelines

John N.

Instructor was highly familiar with the legal issues and policies involved in federal criminal prosecution and appeals. The summary of current legislation included the First Step Act and Sentencing Guideline amendments. Recent US Supreme Court cases focused on expectation of privacy and right to challenge in spite of guilty plea or plea agreement.

Jeremy S.

Thank you.

Adeel J.

Fantastic course!

James F.

Excellent program

Barbara N.

Compressed and comprehensive. Nice to realize how much the instructor loves this area of law and communicates its complexity without being turgid.

Jennifer W.

Best CLE I’ve done. Thank you!

Malcolm W.

Excellent content.

Lawrence R.

Good summary. Interesting.

Valerie C.


Joseph K.

Excellent review of first step act impacts and recent Supreme Court cases.

Doug F.

Very interesting and well presented.

Christopher R.

Great summary, the written materials are much appreciated.

Robert N.


Geoffrey D.

Presenter was excellent. Like a jackhammer of knowledge.

Megan B.

very interesting!

Russell B.

Mr.Mullen demonstrated his extensive knowledge and expertise during his outstanding presentation.

Francis Gerard H.

Excellent presentation!

Thomas S.

Very helpful for my practice

John M.


Jordana K.


Jo M.

Necessary information presented professionally, with useful written materials.

Debra O.

Excellent. Should have been longer.

Barbara L.

Extremely informative. Excellent.

Stuart I. J.

Thank you!

Chae Young K.

Lots to learn!

Nanette C.

excellent presentation, clear analysis, very insightful

June C.


Daniel H.

Very effective overview of the important provisions of the First Step Act and recent Supreme Court cases impacting sentencing.

Wayne B.

Excellent presentation by a learned instructor.

Alexander H.

Very good presentation.

Barry G.

Well presented.

Donna M.

Good presentation

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