Joel Silvershein
Marty McDonnell
Hello and welcome to the website for the Criminal Law Section (CLS) of The Florida Bar. I am both honored and excited to serve as Chair of the section for 2017-18. The CLS has over 2,400 members, including judges, prosecutors, public and private criminal defense lawyers, and criminal law professors.  We are governed by the elected members of the Executive Council. The CLS is the only section of The Florida Bar devoted solely to the improvement of the criminal justice system and the betterment of the lawyers and judges who are integral parts of the system. I encourage you to learn more about the CLS, come to our meetings, and get involved. Please visit the Section Committee page on our website ( for a list of the standing committees and decide if you would like to join a committee and be more active in the CLS. You do not need to be a member of the Executive Council to serve on a standing committee, but you do need to be a member of the CLS. The Executive Council is well balanced both geographically ... Read More

Mission Statement

The Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar is the only organization for state and federal trial and appellate criminal justice lawyers, judges, and academics. Members of the Section are united by their shared goal of providing a fair, just, and efficient criminal justice system for everyone. The purpose of the Section is to assist all criminal law practitioners in this shared goal. The Section provides its members continuing legal education (CLE), federal and state case law updates, up to date information about important criminal law legislation, and opportunities to interact with others who work to assure criminal justice.

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