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Let the Journey Begin (Inside NACDL)
By Norman Reimer
Inside NACDL columns.
I am honored to have been selected as NACDL’s executive director. This
is a unique opportunity to support the work of the preeminent national
organization dedicated to the pursuit of justice and due process for
all. NACDL’s members and affiliates, all of whom share this dedication,
deserve to know the background and priorities of the person who will be
entrusted with this important responsibility.
I come to this position after 28 years as a criminal defense
lawyer, practicing in both state and federal courts and on both the
trial and appellate levels. My career as a defense lawyer literally
began in my third year of law school at NYU, where I practiced under
supervision in one of the profession’s first criminal defense clinics. I
was fortunate to transition immediately from law school into private
practice as a defense attorney. I have a career-long, passionate
commitment to criminal defense practice. The defense lawyer, in my view,
is the most vital compo
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