Criminal Law Update


Join the MSBA on Day 2 of the MSBA Legal Excellence Week as it presents an all new and expanded, Criminal Law Update on November 14, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

Experienced faculty Nancy Forster will provide the always popular caselaw update, while Rick Finci will provide an overview of sentencing guidelines and strategies, as well as a look at forfeiture law and procedures. Lydia Lawless and Lou Malik will provide an hour of ethics credits, discussing Rule 3.8 and Brady issues, and the program will conclude with A View from the Bench & Best Practices from a Circuit and District Court Judge’s panel.  Scroll down for the full agenda and details. Wrap up a great day of learning with a networking reception with faculty and colleagues.

Five hours of CLE credit will be offered for the surrounding MCLE states. If you’re unable to attend the live in-person event in November, the entire event will be recorded and available to you to view later. You can pre-purchase the OnDemand HERE.


COVID Guidelines & Protocols

The MSBA is committed to holding a safe event for all participants, and is following all CDC, Federal, State, and Local regulations, as well as venue requirements. 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, faculty or attendees that have tested positive for COVID within 5 days of their in-person presentation, are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID, including fever, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath, should not attend the in-person event. 


The MSBA is committed to providing accessibility to it’s programs, events and services to all potential attendees. If you need accommodations for this event please email

Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
General Practice
Criminal Law
Litigation Law
CLE Field of Study
Continuing Education Legal Credit
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7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076 US
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Event Information
Nov 14, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
Live! Casino and Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076 US
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

9:00 am

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Recent Developments in Maryland & Federal Criminal Law

  • Review of recent criminal case law and legislative updates and changes in Maryland
  • Federal & SCOTUS case law update

Nancy Forster, Esq., Forster & LeCompte

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 

Recent Developments in Maryland & Federal Criminal Law (continued)

Nancy Forster, Esq., Forster & LeCompte

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Update: What Every Criminal Practitioner Needs to Know

  • Rule 3.8 & Brady issues regarding the duty to disclose evidence to ensure the right to due process and a fair trial.l
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • More TBD 

Lydia Lawless, Esq., Kramon & Graham

Louis Malik, Esq., Kramon & Graham

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Hot Topics: Sentencing and Forfeiture  in Maryland Criminal Cases 

  • Overview of sentencing guidelines and procedures in Maryland
  • Sentencing advocacy and strategies for defense lawyers and prosecutors
  • Mitigation and aggravating factors to consider during sentencing

Richard ”Rick” Finci, Esq., Houlon, Berman,  Finci & Levenstein, LLC

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A View from the Bench & Best Practices – Circuit and District Court Judge’s Panel

The Honorable Lisa Phelps, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County

The Honorable Lawrence Hill, Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County

4:00 p.m. Program adjourns 


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