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September/October 2010 , Page 5 

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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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