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July 2010 , Page 5 

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The State of NACDL (From the President)

By Cynthia Hujar Orr

As I approach the end of my presidency, in spite of a tight economy and the resulting budget cuts, NACDL continues to meet its core policy objectives without sacrificing morale, quality, or resolve. What follows is a skim across the surface of a wide and deep expanse of criminal justice reforms. 

During the past year, NACDL made substantial improvements in operations and governance and member services. Early next year, the significant technological advancements and arduous data migrations conducted in-house will result in a robust electronic interface with our members. And we have learned how to better network with each other while preserving useful services. 

In 2009 NACDL issued its Misdemeanor Report,1 which has been an essential tool in indigent defense reforms across the nation. Participants at the DOJ Indigent Defense Symposium mentioned the report frequently. At this same event, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke passionately about the right to defens

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