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The Costs - and Benefits - of NACDL Membership (Inside NACDL)
By Norman L. Reimer, Elizabeth Kelley
Inside NACDL columns.
We begin with unwelcome news: NACDL dues are going up. For the first
time in 5 1/2 years, as of October 1st, NACDL annual dues will increase
by $25 for all membership classes except public defenders. At the Annual
Meeting in San Francisco, the membership approved this increase, acting
upon the reluctant recommendation of the Board of Directors. No
membership association relishes the prospect of a dues increase. NACDL
leadership believes, however, that the entire membership is entitled to
know the economic realities that compel this action. On behalf of the
staff and the volunteer leaders, we write to explain why this increase
is necessary and why NACDL membership remains a genuine bargain — a
vital tool in helping members become better lawyers and better advocates
for their clients.
Major Cost Factors
First and foremost, as all of you know from your own law practices and
personal lives, even in an era of modest inflation, it is difficult to
sustain any enter
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