News Release ~ 08/04/2005

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott to Be Honored by Criminal Defense Lawyers in Portland Aug. 5

Washington, DC (August 4, 2005) -- Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Annual Luncheon Aug. 5 where NACDL President Barry Scheck will present him with the association’s 2005 Champion of Justice Legislative Award. Congressman Scott is the Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, a Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, and Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus’ Crime and Drug Task Force. The luncheon will commence at 12:15 p.m. at the Portland Hilton & Towers, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, Ore.

The Annual Seminar will draw attention to the government''s use of new technologies and how the defense bar must increase its creativity and resourcefulness when representing their clients. Subjects to be addressed include: digital imaging and fingerprint technology, computer child pornography, drug possession, self defense, how to limit warrantless seizures by police, and updates on eyewitness identification challenges.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's approximately 10,000 direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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