Representing Immigrants in New York City Specialized Court Parts

The problem-solving court parts model was developed in New York City criminal courts over twenty years ago with the goal to eschew traditional models of prosecution in favor of a results-oriented approach that focused more on the needs of individuals facing criminal charges.  Today there are dozens of specialized court parts throughout New York City Criminal Courts.  Representing immigrants in these court parts requires an understanding of the nuances of the procedure of the specialized court part model and unique considerations around some of the models of judicial diversion that have been used in these parts.  This training will provide a brief review of specialized court parts in New York City and how a case could end up there, teach defense attorneys some of the considerations that could come up for immigrant clients in these court parts and strategies for resolving the criminal case.

What you will learn:

  • An overview of specialized court parts in New York City, including how a case may end up there
  • Considerations for immigrant clients for plea offers of judicial diversion programs
  • Strategies to resolve criminal cases for immigrants in specialized court parts

Who should attend:

Criminal Defense attorneys, Padilla attorneys, and advocates working on criminal court cases in Specialized Court Parts in New York City.


  • Genia Blaser—Immigrant Defense Project – Supervising Attorney
  • Justine Brennan—Brooklyn Defenders Services – Supervising Attorney


Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Please note that this is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


The program is presented free of charge.
Registration will close on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM (ET).

How to access a Zoom Webinar:

The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrant’s identity. In order to attend a webinar hosted by the Immigrant Defense Project, please follow the instructions

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

Sponsored by: Immigrant Defense Project
This transitional/nontransitional course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1 credit hour, all of which credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement.

Additional Information:

  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. 
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed by December 14, 2022. 
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]

This training is being provided by Immigrant Defense Project and Brooklyn Defender Services.