David Bill Rothman
Angélica D. Zayas
Welcome to the website for the Criminal Law Section (CLS) of The Florida Bar. I have served on the CLS Executive Council since 2009 and am very excited to serve as Chair this year. The CLS, currently comprised of over 2,500 judges, prosecutors, public and private criminal defense lawyers, criminal law professors and judges, is governed by the elected members of the Executive Council. The Council is well balanced both geographically and by areas of practice. In addition to the Chair, the officers of the Executive Council are: David Bill Rothman, Immediate Past Chair, a private practitioner in Miami Dade County and partner in a law firm that defends criminal and Bar discipline cases; Assistant State Attorney Joel Silvershein, Chair-elect, a career prosecutor who currently serves as Chief of the Appeals Unit of the State Attorney’s Office in the 17th Judicial Circuit; Marty McDonnell, Secretary, a former public defender, state and federal prosecutor, and assistant general counsel to Governor Bush, who is currently in private practice in Tal... 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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