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From the President: A Lifetime of Achievement

By Jerry J. Cox

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In early March, NACDL held a groundbreaking conference in New Orleans on the topic of “Preventing & Mitigating the Domino Effect of Criminal Convictions.” It was an outstanding program on a critically important topic that touches the lives of tens of millions of people in this country. The theme of the seminar — collateral consequences — would not be a preeminent concern for our profession if it were not for Manuel “Manny” Vargas, senior counsel at the Immigrant Defense Project. And so it was with great pride that on the morning of March 6, on behalf of the association, I presented Manny Vargas with NACDL’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more than two decades, Manny Vargas has been a leader in the fight to protect the rights of noncitizens ensnared in America’s massive criminal justice system. He has led the criminal defense bar in coming to grips with the profound immigration consequences that may flow from virtually every encounter that an immigrant has with law enforcem

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