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Kurtzrock: A New Era in Prosecutorial Accountability

Hofstra Law's Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics presents

Kurtzrock: A New Era in Prosecutorial Accountability

Wednesday, February 24 | 6:10-8 p.m. ET | Held via Zoom

This past December the Appellate Division of the Second Department suspended a prosecutor for two years for Brady violations, a relatively unprecedented sanction. Was the suspension a precursor to a new age of harsher sanctions for prosecutorial misconduct, an aberration not likely to be seen again, or something in between?

Join Professors Fred Klein and Ellen Yaroshefsky, civil rights attorney Fred Brewington, and Brendan Ahern, the defense attorney in the underlying Kurtzrock matter, for a discussion on the context and implications of the case for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the criminal justice system.



Brendan Ahern '07, Acting Deputy Division Chief, Trial Division at Suffolk County District Attorney

Brendan M. Ahern has served as an Assistant District Attorney to Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini since January 2018. Between 2018-2020, he served as Chief of the Vehicular Crime Bureau. Since 2020, he has served as a Deputy Division Chief of the Trial Division, supervising several trial bureaus, and as a member of the Executive Management Team, advising the District Attorney on matters of strategy and policy. Read more


Fred Brewington, Long Island Attorney and Civil Rights Lawyer, Law Offices of Fred Brewington

Frederick K. Brewington is the principal of The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington in Hempstead, New York. He is admitted to the Bars of the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States Supreme Court, United States First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal, United States District Courts of New Jersey and the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York. Read more


Professor Fred Klein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Fred Klein has been an attorney for the past 39 years and a prosecutor for most of that time. Since leaving public service, Professor Klein has been teaching at Hofstra Law in the areas of Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy and Criminal Externship programs. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Major Offense Bureau in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. Read more

Ellen C. Yaroshefsky
Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute

Ellen teaches a range of ethics courses, organizes symposia and writes and lectures in the field of legal ethics. Ms. Yaroshefsky counsels lawyers and law firms and serves as an expert witness.

She served as a Commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics and was the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the Criminal Justice Section. Read more



Professor Theo Liebman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs


The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.

The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.

Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to "make a difference." The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute

Deborah Grattan, Legal Ethics Coordinator

Wednesday, February 24, 2021



Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Deborah Grattan

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