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Fundamentals of New York Sex Offender Registration Act Practice

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Produced on July 28, 2016

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Course Information

Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Since the enactment of the Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA”) in 1996, more than 39,000 individuals have been required to register as sex offenders in New York. Each of these registrants is entitled to a hearing to determine whether he will be classified as a Level 1, 2, or 3 (the most restrictive). This classification can have profound consequences on a person’s life and his reentry into society, particularly with respect to the availability of employment and housing opportunities. The registrant has the right to appeal from the initial classification decision, but also to petition the trial court for a subsequent modification of his classification. This course, presented by Julia Busetti of the Center for Appellate Litigation, introduces you to SORA practice in each of these contexts. Whether you are interested in establishing a SORA practice or you already have a client with an upcoming classification hearing or one who wants to reduce his classification, this program will get you started as you prepare to zealously litigate your client’s SORA level.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn who is required to register under SORA
  2. Identify the different consequences of Levels 1, 2, and 3
  3. Become familiar with the roles of the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, prosecutor, and court under SORA
  4. Learn how to ascertain your client’s presumptive risk level by scoring the New York Risk Assessment Instrument using the accompanying Guidelines and Commentary
  5. Explore potential bases for obtaining a discretionary lowering of the presumptive risk level, either at the initial hearing or upon a subsequent petition for modification
  6. Identify potential avenues of pre-hearing investigation
  7. Understand your client’s procedural rights in the hearing
  8. Anticipate how a typical SORA hearing will proceed

Credit Information

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Julia Busetti

The Center for Appellate Litigation

Julia Busetti is a criminal defense attorney in New York City. As Senior Appellate Counsel at the Center for Appellate Litigation, she represents clients in Sex Offender Registration Act hearings and in related appeals to the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals. Ms. Busetti is currently a member of the Corrections and Community Reentry Committee of the New York City Bar Association and formerly the Secretary of the City Bar’s Sex and Law Committee. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Busetti served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorney’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She subsequently represented criminal defendants and victims of civil rights violations with the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma. Ms. Busetti holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grinnell College.


Sheri M.

Very well researched and presented program.

Lauren C.

Very good

bruno b.

Great presentation

Daniel S.

Clear presentation by a lawyer with detailed knowledge of the topic.

Steven R.

Good presentation.

Chris S.

Very informative

John C. T.

good in depth discussion of a complicated area

Mayo B.

Very insightful. Great presentation

Richard m.

Easy to listen to. Well organized

Laury F.

Very clear and well presented.

William H.

Provides a good overview of SORA issues.

daniel h.


Robbin C.

Nicely presented and informative.

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