Statement of Qualifications from Bill Buckman

William H. BuckmanBill Buckman

Position Seeking: Treasurer

I humbly place my name before the NACDL electorate as a candidate for Treasurer of the NACDL.

NACDL has been in my blood since I first joined in 1987.  I joined as a a newly reinvigorated Public Defender after attending the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.  My practice has included service as both a Public Defender and a private practitioner including participation in numerous capital cases until the death penalty was abolished in N.J.  My criminal practice spans the gamut of serious felonies around the state of N.J. 

Moreover, I have been involved in almost all of the racial profiling litigation that arose in the state of New Jersey.  Myself, and a team of other attorneys filed a motion to suppress evidence in the matter of State v. Soto, claiming that the New Jersey State Police had a racially motivated profile and was thus singling out persons of color for stop, investigation, arrest; seizure, and prosecution on the New Jersey Turnpike.  After over ten years of litigation, the State finally abandoned its appeal in that matter, and conceded that the New Jersey State Police had engaged in racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike.  In the wake of Soto, our team filed motions for post-conviction relief and suppression in cases that had arisen on all of the major highways in New Jersey against people of color brought by the State Police.  Our efforts resulted in the release from prison and/or the dismissal of approximately three hundred cases. 

Over the course of my career, I have served as a Board member and Vice President of the ACLU of New Jersey, and counsel for the NAACP of New Jersey.  During the years 2010 to 2011, I was president of my state affiliate, the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey.  I have received numerous awards, including an award from my alma mater, Rutgers Law School - Camden, namely, The Mary Filbrook Award for Public Interest Law, the Roger Baldwin Award from the ACLU of New Jersey, the Justice Award from the Black Ministers Counsel of New Jersey, the President’s Justice Award from the NAACP, Gloucester County chapter of New Jersey, as well as two separate awards as Professional Lawyer of the Year from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

I am a life member of the NACDL.  I have served the NACDL as a co-chaIr of the Indigent Defense Committee, Chair of the Prosecutorial Misconduct Committee, as well as service on the Budget Committee and Forensic Sciences Committee.  Most recently, I was chair of the Audit Committee.  I have served on the Nominating Committee, including this last year.  I have been a long time co-chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, and during this tenure, presented to the Board approximately three Long Range plans, the last of which is still current. I have served on the Board of Trustees for approximately twelve years, with two years between the first six and the second six years.  I will be ending my second six years at the annual meeting in July of 2014.

I have lectured extensively around the country on behalf of the NACDL and other organizations to help train criminal defense lawyers in various subjects, such as cross examination, mounting racial profiling challenges, civil rights concepts that criminal defense attorneys should be aware of, etc.

In light of my experience as a criminal defense lawyer, and particularly as an active NACDL member, knowledgeable in its operations and its mission, I believe that I would be of great service as Treasurer and respectfully ask for your vote.

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