Nov. 17, 2021: This Call is Being Recorded

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Location: Zoom

Looking to transform your written conversations into riveting, believable dialogue? In this fascinating program, two defense attorneys, formerly with the District Attorney’s office, will play and read actual phone calls and transcripts from both incarcerated felons calling cohorts from Riker’s Island and communicating “in code” to perpetuate their wrongdoings, and civilians on their worst day, prompting them to emergency dial 9-1-1. What are those felons actually saying? Who are the people who respond to those calls? How do they handle them? And what can you learn to make your next novel your most authentic yet?

Moderated by Dawn M. Barclay (D.M. Barr), this program will feature Civil rights and Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Zenon, and Gilbert Parris, owner of Gilbert C. Parris Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Gregory Zenon, Esq ( holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School. Before opening his own firm, he worked as a senior trial attorney at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, prosecuting over 750 cases. The bureaus he worked in include Crimes Against Children, Manor Narcotics, Sex Crimes/S.V.U. and the Red Zone Trial Unit. He also specialized in Animal Abuse and ASPCA crimes. Zenon is a published author and lecturer on criminal law who is also a member of the Brooklyn Barrister Editorial Board.

Gilbert C. Parris, Esq. (, has been practicing criminal law for over 20 years. He spent years working as a State Prosecutor in Kings County, NY before “changing sides’ and now represents clients that are both accused of and being investigated for federal and state crimes. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Parris says he has a “behind the scenes” understanding of the thought process of a prosecutor and the shifting procedures of the DA’s offices. He leverages his unique experience on both sides of the courtroom to build strong defense strategies for every client.