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The NY Son of Sam Law

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Produced on December 19, 2015

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Criminal Law

Course Description

Enacted by the New York legislature in 1977 after it learned that David Berkowitz was planning to sell his story of serial killing, the Son of Sam Law affected an accused or convicted person who contracted to speak or write about her or his crime. However, the Law has since been revised and has evolved substantially to become far broader in scope than its original incarnation. Join attorney Saad Siddiqui as he introduces practitioners to the Son of Sam Law and the nuances involved in either bringing or defending against a Son of Sam Law action.  


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand the original intent of the Son of Sam Law

II.    Identify modifications that have been made to the law and the impact of these modifications

III.   Recognize best practices for bringing or defending against a Son of Sam action 

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Saad Siddiqui

Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP

Saad Siddiqui is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Pace University School of Law. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Siddiqui was an Associate at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP in White Plains, New York where he represented clients in criminal and civil matters. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County. In that capacity he represented hundreds of clients in all types of criminal cases ranging from criminal, traffic, and DWI offenses in local and village courts to murder and other serious felonies at the trial and appellate level.

Presently, Mr. Siddiqui is a founding Partner in the newly formed law firm of Ferrante & Siddiqui, LLP. Mr. Siddiqui’s practice focuses on criminal, immigration, and elder law.

In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Siddiqui has lectured about criminal law at Pace Law School CLE. 


Diane I.

Great course. Interesting and clearly presented. Lecturer was excellent.

Sharmila N.


Lynn C.

best course I heard/watched this year by far!

Melanie H.


Bernard K.

quite interesting

Lawrence C.

Great speaker! Well presented.

John T.

Great program

Kenneth H.

Fascinating and excellent presentation!

robert l.

Lecturer was spot on. Very interesting.

Carol Lynn E.

The speaker was really interesting and engaging.

Thomas M.

Great subject matter! Good presentation!

Andrea h.

Excellent presentation of a very interesting subject.

Peter A.

Saad is probably one of the few lawyers knowledgeable about this esoteric and difficult-to-understand area of law..

Dennis B.


Michael L.

Dispelled many misconceptions. Very informative. Highly engaging speaker.

Colette L.

I did not realize there were so many variations/revisions to the Son of Sam Law. I learned a great deal from this speaker.

Eileen M.

Great lecturer.

Manuel B.

Great lecture and fascinating topic


Loved this course Will take other courses with this professor

Stephen A.

Very easy to follow

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