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Support the most important work taking place in criminal justice reform with a gift to the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). This is an important time for supporters of criminal justice reform. The nation's criminal defense bar is launching watershed projects that will set the agenda for years on issues including Brady disclosure, access to effective counsel, collateral consequences of conviction, and protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital era. The FCJ is supporting vitally important projects that will make lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.
NACDL’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Denver
Make plans today to join your national colleagues at NACDL’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Seminar, "High Altitude Trial Skills from the Masters of Advocacy" in Denver, CO July 22-25, 2015, for a no-nonsense, national-networking conference. You will learn how to light-up the courtroom with smokin’ hot trial skills employed and perfected by The Masters of the criminal defense bar at this innovative, one-of-a-kind CLE program devoted to the art, science, and development of trial skills, with hands-on interactive lectures and DEMOS by the most highly-regarded defense lawyers around. Learn more or register today!
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Report on Disclosure in Criminal Cases Released
On November 17, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, NACDL officially released its latest report, Material Indifference: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases, a major study produced jointly with the VERITAS Initiative at Santa Clara Law School. Complete copies of the report, executive summary, and fact sheet are available at www.nacdl.org/discoveryreform/materialindifference. C-SPAN3's video coverage of the launch event is available here.
NACDL Offers New Scholarship Funding to Indigent Defense Providers
NACDL is pleased to announce a new program of scholarship assistance for indigent defense providers. The scholarships will foster access for both public and private defenders of the indigent accused to outstanding criminal defense training programs nationwide. The scholarships, which are supported by various grants, will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the excellent training programs offered by NACDL and other organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded.
NACDL Joins '90 Million Strong Campaign' Against the Death Penalty
At an event on December 9, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, NACDL officially joined in the launch of the "90 Million Strong Campaign" against the death penalty in America. Organized by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the campaign's goal is to bring together the millions of Americans who believe the death penalty is wrong, but who have not yet taken action to abolish it. The campaign seeks to build upon the growing momentum away from capital punishment – 31 states and the District of Columbia either do not have the death penalty or have not executed an individual in the past five years and six states have abolished the death penalty over the past decade.
Under Siege: Free Webinar on Race & Militarization
The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought the issue of police militarization front and center, but lurking beneath the surface are a plethora of equally polarizing issues including racism, implicit bias, disparate sentencing policies, and the over-policing of minority and poor communities. On October 16, 2014, NACDL hosted a webinar entitled Under Siege: The Defense Bar Examines Police Militarization, Ethnic & Racial Dynamics of Sentencing, and Their Impact on Criminal Justice Outcomes. Video of the panels is now available online.
NACDL Launches Its New Online CLE Self-Study Platform – NACDL On-Demand!
NACDL On-Demand offers members and non-members online self-study video content that delivers the highest quality accredited programs available in a convenient and flexible format. Earn self-study CLE credits on the topics you choose, at the time that is convenient for you, all from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have internet access. Visit www.nacdl.org/ondemand to learn more about earning CLE credits, program topics, speaker bios, video descriptions, downloadable materials, and previewing videos.
Task Force on Restoration of Rights Seeks Post-Conviction Stories
NACDL's Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status after Conviction is in the final stage of preparing a report that will identify the best practices that help facilitate the full restoration of rights and status of an individual following a conviction. As a part of this report and its rollout, the Task Force would like to include stories from individuals who have lost their rights as a result of a plea or a guilty verdict. Anyone who might be interested in participating in this important project, or who has contacts who might be interested in participating, is encouraged to learn more at http://www.nacdl.org/restorationsurvey/.
Overcriminalization -- Are We A Nation of Criminals?
Overcriminalization is a dangerous trend that should alarm everyone. With over 4,450 crimes scattered throughout the federal code, and hundreds of thousands more hidden in federal regulations, “doing the right thing” just isn’t enough to keep you on the right side of the law. Every day people can become overcriminalization victims in a heartbeat and the consequences can be devastating. Click here for a short video on the problem of overcriminalization and the path for reform.