Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua Dratel discusses the fundamentals of Federal Grand Jury Practice, including distinctions with some State Grand Jury systems. Mr. Dratel will illuminate defense strategies for addressing Grand Jury investigations and subpoenas (including joint defense agreements) and discuss proffer and immunity agreements.
I. Recognize the important fundamental features of Federal Grand Jury practice
II. Grasp strategies and options for responding to Grand Jury subpoenas for testimony
III. Present viable options to individual and institutional clients
Joshua L. Dratel is an attorney in New York City, and practices criminal defense law in the state and federal courts nationwide. In his 32 years as a lawyer, his practice has included a wide range of matters, including “white collar,” “organized crime,” national security, extradition, drugs, sex offenses, and capital cases. He has testified as an expert witness on four occasions in extradition matters in the United Kingdom and Canada, and served as an expert in extradition matters in those jurisdictions in writing in several other cases.
He is a past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005), as well as former Chair of its Amicus Curiae Committee. He is also a Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chair of its National Security Committee, and a former member of its Board of Directors and Public Affairs Council. He serves as NACDL’s delegate to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council, and serves on the Advisory Board of The Champion, NACDL’s monthly magazine. In addition, he is currently a Senior Fellow for Legal Research at the Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel in the Southern District of New York, and he is also a member of the Southern District of New York’s capital representation panel.
He was co-author of the 2003 Supplement of Practice Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and his articles on a variety of criminal law subjects have appeared in The Champion, The Mouthpiece, and Criminal Justice Weekly. He is co-editor with Karen J. Greenberg of The Torture Papers: The Legal Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press: 2005), a compendium of government memoranda, and The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge Press: 2008), a digest of the litigation documents in the five most important enemy combatant cases.
He has lectured nationally on a variety of criminal law subjects for a variety of organizations, including NACDL, NYSACDL, the ABA, and U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts. In 2006, he was the recipient of NACDL’s Robert C. Heeney Award, that organization’s highest honor. In 2007, along with other lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, he was a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights. In 2011, he received the Honorable Robert Louis Cohen Award for Excellence in the Practice of Criminal Law from the New York Criminal Bar Association. He is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbia College, and a 1981 graduate of Harvard Law School.
The presenter is highly knowledgeable and the information provided was practical and very useful.
Excellent. Thank you.
very well done
Highly substantive and well presented
Tom Emerson Smith Very Informative presentation/seminar.
Excellent speaker with excellent content, well-presented
He was pretty good.
Excellent program..very effective speaker
exactly what wanted
Helpful for those who are getting into federal practice!
Presented difficult material in an understandable manner.
Excellent systematic presentation of subject
This program has sparked an interest in pursuing federal criminal defense practice. Thanks
Josh Dratel is a true scholar
I continue to be impressed with the qualoty of the Lawline content.
Alot of great information.
this is a big time guy and a big time lecture
Very informative. Great course.
Informative way to obtain cle credit
Informative for someone who does not do federal work
excellent presentation of a complex area of law
Valuable insight that can only be gained through experience.
Excellent content and subject-matter. Extremely helpful, organized and consise: nicely geared toward experienced criminal attorneys.
good nuts and bolts review