NEW YORK – The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has named Bracewell LLP’s Paul Shechtman to serve on the recently convened Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes. The 20-person Task Force will examine the factors that have led to an increase in hate crimes across the United States, including New York. The Task Force will make legislative and policy recommendations, suggest improvements to the way that federal and state legal systems respond to hate crimes, and help educate the public on the value of diversity and inclusion.
With a career in government service and private practice that spans more than three decades, Shechtman is one of the most respected white collar and criminal defense lawyers in the country. Before entering private practice, Shechtman spent six years as counsel to the late District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. He served two terms as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, first as chief of appeals and later as chief of the criminal division. Shechtman also served as New York Governor George Pataki’s Director of Criminal Justice, a role in which he negotiated criminal justice legislation for the state. In addition, under Governor Pataki, he chaired the New York State Ethics Commission, the New York State Commission on Lobbying and the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Court of Claims. He is a permanent member of the New York State Justice Task Force and teaches at Columbia Law School.