Marijuana Law: Federal vs. State Legislation in the Representation of Clients Accused of Illegally Transporting, Manufacturing, and Using Marijuana


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

Attorneys can expect to hear an update of federal versus state legislation in the representation of clients accused of illegally transporting, manufacturing and using marijuana, and clients using medicinal marijuana, as well as the collateral consequences of a marijuana-related conviction. Despite talk of changes in state marijuana law across the country, attorneys need to be wary of the conflict between state and federal jurisdiction, as well as the many collateral consequences of a marijuana-related conviction with respect to immigration, family law, housing, employment, school and even travel to other countries. With this CLE course, the presenters will discuss these conflicts and how to avoid the rabbit holes that clients may encounter.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   An update of federal and state marijuana legislation
•   Collateral consequences of a marijuana-related conviction
•   How to avoid common pitfalls

Date / Time: November 13, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: July 10, 2019

Rochelle Berliner, Esq.

Upon graduating New York Law School in June 1991, Rochelle began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Robert M. Morgenthau, the New York County District Attorney. She spent two years working in the Appeals Bureau, writing briefs and arguing them in the Appellate Division, First Department. She then spent another twelve years in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. While in the Office of Special Narcotics, Rochelle worked on long-term and short-term drug investigations, a lengthy wiretap case and hundreds of street-level drug sale and possession cases. During that time, Mr. Berliner tried over 50 cases to verdict and acquired extensive litigation skills and experience.
Before leaving the Office of Special Narcotics, Rochelle received a Certificate of Appreciation from the New York Police Department’s Detectives Endowment Association.

Rochelle left the District Attorney’s Office in 2005 to begin her own criminal defense practice. For more than 14 years, she has provided vigorous criminal defense for men, women, and adolescents in New York City, and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Rochelle also represents victims of police brutality and official misconduct in Federal Court in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. In 2008, in the case of Colon v. City of New York, Detective Stephen Anderson and Detective Henry Tavarez, et al., Rochelle exposed rampant misconduct within the NYPD’s Queens Narcotics unit. The case involved the two named detectives fabricating a drug sale and falsifying police reports against four completely innocent men; the entire evening was recorded on surveillance video from the bar in which this “sale” was alleged to have taken place. After convincing members of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office that the drug sale charges against her client were fabricated, the District Attorney dismissed all of the charges against Rochelle’s client, his brother and two of their friends. The District Attorney then brought criminal charges against the two detectives, who pled guilty and are now convicted felons; one of them became a cooperating witness against other police officers and then was sentenced to prison. The case also opened the doors to multiple other charges of police misconduct, both in criminal cases and civil rights lawsuits.

Rochelle is admitted to practice law in New York State as well as the federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Rochelle has lectured on marijuana law for the Cannabis Career Institute and other organizations. She is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, the Queens County Bar Association, The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Defenders Association, the National Police Accountability Project and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee.

Rochelle received her B.A. Degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University in 1981. She began her first career in journalism as a newscaster at a Connecticut radio station, and then became a political correspondent for a statewide radio network in Connecticut, covering the state legislature and other political stories of statewide interest, including gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns and elections. Rochelle was also the news director and morning anchor at another Connecticut radio station. She then became the on-air talent and a scriptwriter for a nationally-syndicated ski report and beach report, aired on about 200 radio stations across the country. Before starting law school, Rochelle did commercials and voice-over work in New York City.

Shelley Albert, Esq

After completing her undergraduate and law school degrees at Temple University in Philadelphia, Shelley Albert was an Assistant District Attorney for the prestigious New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Under the direction of her boss, Robert Morgenthau, Shelley was a Felony Trial Assistant District Attorney. There, she was responsible for prosecution of thousands of felonies. She personally handled all forms of investigations and preparation through jury trial and verdict, and she was accepted to Homicide call and the Sex Crimes Unit. She trained and supervised other Assistant District Attorneys, handled Court calendars for Office of the District Attorney, worked in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies, criminal justice agencies, and victim’s rights groups. Her cases included narcotic felonies, fraud including welfare and identity fraud, violent street crime, robbery patterns, sexual crimes including offenses against children, homicide, police shooting investigations, and Grand Jury investigations.

After leaving the Manhattan DA’s office, Shelley established herself successfully in private practice, focused on criminal defense and all aspects of family law litigation, including domestic Shelley is currently a partner in the firm of Dario Albert Metz Eyerman Canda Concannon Ortiz & Krouse., with offices in New Jersey and in Manhattan. She has been in private practice for the past 24 years.

Since being in private practice, Shelley has focused her practice in Criminal Defense and all aspects of Family Law litigation including Domestic Violence, International disputes, and Hague jurisdictional cases. Shelley has personally tried over 100 jury trial cases to verdict in her career.
Focusing her skills, Shelley has a concentration on International Parental Abduction and Hague matters in both the Federal and State systems, and has assisted parents in the return of their abducted children. Shelley has also provided expert testimony concerning our Family Court system in foreign jurisdictions and is called upon to teach Continuing Legal Education courses for other attorney in her practice areas.

Shelley is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, the Federal District Court in New Jersey, the First and Second Federal Districts in New York, and the United States Supreme Court.

Currently, in addition to her practice, Shelley volunteers her time for Legal Services of New Jersey, and she has acted as a mentor for young attorneys.

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