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Tools for the White Collar Bar (From the President)
By Jim E. Lavine
This special issue of The Champion, which coincides with NACDL’s Sixth
Annual White Collar Seminar, is the perfect opportunity to reflect on
both the past accomplishments of the Association’s white collar
initiative and the path moving forward.
From its inception, NACDL’s White Collar Crime Project sought to address
issues of general concern to the defense bar that were becoming
increasingly common in white collar enforcement and prosecution. The
steady erosion of the attorney-client privilege, which effectively
created a culture of waiver, served as a call to arms for the project.
Because the privilege is fundamental to fairness and balance in our
justice system, combating this attack was absolutely critical and an
unexpected coalition of organizations rose to the challenge.
NACDL played a pivotal role in founding and supporting the Coalition to
Preserve the Attorney-Client Privilege, which successfully achieved
important reforms in Department of Justice po
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