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Criminal Litigation

The Criminal Litigation Committee is concerned with the defense and prosecution of all criminal matters, including all state and federal crimes as well as complex white-collar cases and regulatory enforcement matters. Substantive fields covered by the committee's jurisdiction include procurement fraud, banking offenses, tax fraud, securities offenses, environmental crimes, program fraud and forfeitures, economic crimes and official corruption, civil and criminal RICO, drug-related matters, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Procedural areas include grand-jury reform, government investigative procedures, guideline sentencing, criminal procedural rules, evidentiary issues, and the training of defense lawyers and prosecutors.

The committee sponsors CLE programs and subcommittee luncheons with guest speakers, and it reviews and comments on proposed legislation. Geographic subcommittees are operating in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Kansas City, Seattle, Newark, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, South Florida, Baltimore, Jackson, Phoenix, Tampa, Denver, Dallas, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.


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Join Our LinkedIn Group!

The Criminal Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Section of Litigation now has its own LinkedIn group. We are excited about our expanded social-media presence—please join our group! This is an open group on LinkedIn, so ask your colleagues and others in your network to join, as well. While you’re at it, encourage them to become members of the ABA and the Criminal Litigation Committee (if they are not members already).  Please contact our social media host Cassie Wich for more information.

Seeking Contributors

The Criminal Litigation Committee is looking for authors for articles about criminal litigation and related cases. Contact an editor for more information.

Criminal Litigation: Summer 2016

The latest issue of the Criminal Litigation newsletter is now available.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the ABA Section of Litigation Criminal Litigation Committee! We are a professional committee dedicated to examining issues concerning the defense and prosecution of criminal matters in both the public and private sectors, at the state and federal levels.

With the start of the new 2016–2017 bar year, we are working hard to provide resources, events, and other opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and relationships in the field.

We encourage those with an interest in the field to join the committee. Doing so requires no commitment, but provides opportunities for attorneys at all stages of their careers to stay current on the latest developments in criminal litigation, network with attorneys in the same industry, and write or speak on a topic of interest.

Ways to Get Involved

Come to a Section Conference
There are a number of conferences where our committee will be present. The Professional Success Summit will focus on issues facing minority lawyers in our profession in Atlanta November 14–16, 2016. The LGBT forum will be in San Francisco May 2–3, 2017, followed by the Section Annual Conference in San Francisco May 2–5, 2017. Please let us know if you plan to attend any of these conferences.

Cochair a Subcommittee
While our roster of subcommittee chairs for the 2016–2017 year is robust, we still have a number of openings.

E-Newsletter and Website
Our newsletter editors are always interested in ideas for newsletter themes and articles for publication in our newsletter. Please contact our newsletter editors.

Monthly Conference Calls
Participate in our monthly conference call of subcommittee chairs and interested members. Never taking more than an hour, we review the status of our ongoing projects, plan for upcoming events, and brainstorm creative ways that we can deliver value to our members and expand our reach.

Are you interested in helping out with programming for the Section Annual Conference, annual ABA meeting, or regional meetings? Or if you would like to speak at any event, please let us know.

Sound Advice
Sound Advice is another benefit we deliver. Sound Advice is a 5–10 minute speech produced on an iPhone, iPad, Android, or any digital recording device. The final product is posted on the Section of Litigation website and the Criminal Litigation webpage. We can also attach the recording to a listserv sent to all committee members. To get started, all we need is the presenter and his or her topic, so please let us know if you are interested in contributing a Sound Advice submission.

Social Media
In the meantime, please stay connected with the committee by joining our Criminal Litigation Committee LinkedIn group.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sunil Harjani, Emily Crandall Harlan, and Geeta Malhotra
Cochairs, Criminal Litigation Committee


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Our active subcommittees include:

  • Books
  • Corporate Prosecution
  • Cybercrimes
  • Damages
  • Diversity
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Immigration Crimes
  • International Issues
  • Membership


  • Newsletter
  • Procurement Fraud
  • Programming
  • Public Corruption/FCPA
  • Securities Enforcement
  • Sentencing
  • Social Action
  • Social Media
  • Trial/Evidence
  • Website
  • Young Lawyers

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partner

David Manek

Chicago, IL


Criminal Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editor Newsletter Editors

Sunil Harjani

Chicago, IL

Emily Crandall Harlan

Washington, D.C.

Geeta Malhotra

Chicago, IL

Associate Web Editor

Farrah Champagne

Washington, D.C.

Kele Onyejekwe

U.S. Virgin Islands

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