Chapters include: Types of Representation Organization: Files and Technology General Advice to Improve Your Practice The Life of a Case The First Interview Arrest, Arraignment, and Bail Procedures The Defense Theory of the Case Felony Practice: Probable Cause or Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury Giving and Getting Information: Discovery, Requests for Bills of Particulars, and Brady Investigations Subpoenas Motions Hearings Pleas and Dispositions Trials Sentencing


About Me

About the Author: Jill Paperno is the first assistant public defender at the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Rochester, New York.  She has spent over thirty-two years representing defendants charged with offenses ranging from violations to major felonies, and tried numerous felonies including homicides and sex offenses.  Ms. Paperno has supervised and trained staff attorneys for over twenty-three years, and helped to develop the training manuals and programs for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office. She is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education Programs in New York and has been a faculty coach at the New York State Defenders Association Basic Trial Skills Program. Past awards include the Monroe County Bar Association Humanitarian Award in 2018; the New York State Defenders Association Wilfred R. O’Connor Award in July, 2017; the GRAWA President’s Award in June, 2017; the Daily Record Nathaniel Award in November 2011; the Daily Record Leaders in Law Award, November 2011; and the Jeffrey A. Jacobs Memorial Award for outstanding criminal defense, December 2010.