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Federal Grand Jury Practice for Defense Attorneys (Part 2)

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Produced on March 25, 2014

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua Dratel discusses the legal landscape for Fifth Amendment invocation and Grand Jury proceedings, and addresses subpoenas for documents, Grand Jury litigation (i.e., motions to quash), and post-indictment litigation relevant to Grand Jury proceedings.


Learning Objectives: 

I.   Gain familiarity with case law in the Federal Grand Jury context

II.  Grasp the range of possible responses and strategies with respect to subpoenas for documents

III. Develop options for Grand Jury litigation pre- and post-indictment



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Joshua Dratel

Law Offices of Joshua L. Dratel, P.C.

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.



Frederick B.

Good content

Thomas E. K.

Very good.

Carl I.

Very good instructor

Jonathan E.

Very informative CLE.

jon s.

More Joshua Dratel . . . please. Experienced, articulate, and high-powered. The next best would be Abbe Lowell or Michael Wynne. Thank you.

Tom D.

Very informative presentation.

Herbert Z.

A very good overview of the subject matters covered. I appreciated the illustrations Joshua sprinkled throughout his presentation.

Richard G.

Excellent combination law and personal experiences

mark s.


Jim G.

hour well spent

Steven H.

Fascinating. Great practice experience imparted.

Modesto L.

Outstanding presentation

Keith D.

Good content

keith k.

Very informative

Alexander M.

I did enjoy it.

Lourdes G.


Loredana M.



Very Good

garfield r.


Edward M.


frederick r.

again, a very bright speaker in command of his topic, thx

David J.



excellent presentation

Diane E.

Complex and challenging

David B.

Mr. Dratel was excellent and covered his topics in a thorough as well as understandable manner.

Steve G.

Presenter very knowledgeable.

Michael M.

knowledgable a solid attorney

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