Event: Collateral Consequences of Arrest & Conviction
Please join NACDL and Offender Aid & Restoration for a
community discussion about collateral consequences of arrest or incarceration
on Thursday September 18, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at George Mason University's
Arlington Campus. Please see flyer for registration information and agenda.
Video: Attorney General Holder Addresses NACDL
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. addresses the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its Annual Meeting on August 1, 2014 in Philadelphia. Introductory remarks by NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer. In his remarks before the criminal defense bar, the Attorney General addressed sentencing reform and other criminal justice issues.
2014-15 Officers and Newly Elected Members of the Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting
NACDL installed its new officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 2, 2014. Click link below for more information on NACDL Officers and Newly Elected Board Members.
Theodore 'Ted' Simon Sworn in as 2014-15 President of NACDL
Theodore "Ted" Simon was sworn in on Saturday, August 2, as President of NACDL at its 57th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An NACDL member since 1979, Simon previously served the Association as its President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, First- and Second Vice President, as well as on the Association’s Board of Directors. He is also a Trustee of the Foundation for Criminal Justice and was Chair of the well-attended, highly-successful and inspirational 2014 Foundation for Criminal Justice Awards Dinner, which was held August 1, 2014 at the National Constitution Center.
Blog: NACDL Members Travel to Liberia to Conduct Five-Day Criminal Defense Training
On June 14, a team of five NACDL members, led by NACDL Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross, departed for Liberia to conduct a five-day training workshop for Liberian Public Defenders and trainers from the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute in an effort to improve the quality of criminal defense in the country. The workshop is a part of an ongoing project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC): Promoting Rule of Law & Governance in the Criminal Justice System in Liberia. The training began June 16 and will conclude June 20. Visit NACDLinLiberia2014.wordpress.com for updates on the trip.
Clemency Project 2014 Underway
Clemency Project 2014 launched in January after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal prisoners who would likely have received a shorter sentenced if they'd been sentenced today. The Project's members are now working to recruit and train attorneys on how to screen for prisoners who meet the criteria laid out by the DOJ. Continue reading for detailed information about Clemency Project 2014, the groups involved in the Project, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the new clemency criteria.
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.
NACDL’s Podcast Series, “The Criminal Docket”
Special Edition Episodes 39 to 42 of The Criminal Docket provide audio of the introduction and the three parts of NACDL’s recently produced Criminal Justice and the Media tutorial series. Some of the finest journalists in the country joined with NACDL to create this program: Linda Deutsch (Associated Press); Gary Fields (Wall Street Journal); Carrie Johnson (National Public Radio); Adam Liptak (New York Times); and David Savage (Los Angeles Times & Chicago Tribune). NACDL gratefully acknowledges the Park Foundation and the Foundation for Criminal Justice for their support of this project. The videos are available at www.nacdl.org/coveringcriminaljustice.
NACDL Report on Who Qualifies for Assigned Counsel
Marking the 51st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, NACDL released a report revealing various ways states restrict access to counsel. In particular, states do so by applying unrealistic eligibility guidelines and imposing myriad fees when people are deemed eligible for assigned counsel. Redefining Indigence: Financial Eligibility Guidelines for Assigned Counsel documents how the widely-held belief that if you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to you free of charge is simply not true.
NACDL Video Series for Journalists Covering Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and the Media is a three-part series exploring how journalists can effectively inform the public on what is one of the most important, dynamic and omnipresent forces in American society. Some of the finest journalists in the country joined with NACDL to create this exciting project, including, Linda Deutsch (Associated Press), Gary Fields (Wall Street Journal), Carrie Johnson (National Public Radio), Adam Liptak (New York Times), and David Savage (Los Angeles Times & Chicago Tribune). NACDL gratefully acknowledges the Park Foundation and the Foundation for Criminal Justice for their support of this project.
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/.
Comprehensive Text on Collateral Consequences Released
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ NACDL Press and Thomson Reuters Westlaw announced on February 21, 2013 the release of the second book of their joint publishing venture, Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Law, Policy and Practice by Margaret Colgate Love, Jenny Roberts, and Cecelia Klingele. This volume is a comprehensive resource for practicing civil and criminal lawyers, judges and policymakers on the legal restrictions and penalties that result from a criminal conviction over and above the court-imposed sentence.
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.