Symposium Report: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age
To address the new threats to Fourth Amendment protections posed by the digital age, NACDL, the Foundation for Criminal Justice, the American University Washington College of Law, and the Criminal Law Practitioner presented a symposium entitled “The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age.” This report offers an overview of the symposium and the substantive areas of concern related to new technological and legal changes that impact Fourth Amendment protections in criminal cases.
New Report: Summary Injustice - A Look at Constitutional Deficiencies in South Carolina's Summary Courts
During several weeks from December 2014 to July 2015, attorneys from NACDL and the ACLU observed court sessions in 27 different South Carolina magistrate and municipal courts. This report documents the constitutional violations witnessed in these courts, including failure to inform defendants of their rights, denial of counsel, and jailing those who are unable to pay.
NACDL Office Closure
The NACDL office will be closed Friday July 1st through Monday July 4th and will open Tuesday July 5th at 9:00am. Click below for assistance while we're out.
Group Admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court
NACDL is once again pleased to sponsor an opportunity for up
to 12 members to participate in a group admission ceremony to the Bar of the
U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Participation in this ceremony, in which
admittees are administered the oath of admission by the Chief Justice of the
United States in the well of the Supreme Court, will be available to the first
12 qualified members on a first-come, first-served basis and will take place on
the morning of January 9, 2017.
THE COLORADO BAIL BOOK: A Defense Practitioner’s Guide to Adult Pretrial Release
In 2013, the Colorado legislature enacted new laws designing a pretrial system that moves away from the use of money bail and favors individualized determinations and the use of evidence-based predictors. Colorado defenders must use this new legislation to the advantage of their clients and this Manual is designed to give practitioners the guidance needed to achieve pretrial release for clients.
New Report: Federal Indigent Defense 2015—The Independence Imperative
Following severe cuts to indigent defense services during sequestration in 2013, NACDL created a Federal Indigent Defense Task Force to examine the federal indigent defense system. After extensive research and more than 130 interviews with key stakeholders, the Task Force identified several significant, persistent deficiencies. This report explores those concerns and offers seven recommendations to assure a robust federal indigent defense system. It is available at www.nacdl.org/federalindigentdefense2015.
NACDL Report - Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations
On April 19, 2015, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) adopted an important new report, Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations, that evaluates the current state of mass United States Postal Service surveillance and information sharing and makes important recommendations for reform.
Grand Jury Webinar
The grand jury has long drawn criticism for failing to serve its purpose as a shield against unwarranted charges. Recently a new charge has been leveled: that prosecutorial influence over the grand jury permits law enforcement misconduct to go unpunished. NACDL hosted a webinar on Tuesday, March 31, entitled Reexamining the Grand Jury: Prosecutors, Police and Race. The first panel covered Due Process & the Grand Jury: Protecting Targets and Witnesses, and the second panel was on Equal Justice & the Grand Jury: Achieving Racial Fairness. The webcast is available here and the conclusion is available here.
Support the Foundation for Criminal Justice™
Support the most important work taking place in criminal justice reform with a gift to the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). This is an important time for supporters of criminal justice reform. The nation's criminal defense bar is launching watershed projects that will set the agenda for years on issues including Brady disclosure, access to effective counsel, collateral consequences of conviction, and protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital era. The FCJ is supporting vitally important projects that will make lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.
NACDL Offers New Scholarship Funding to Indigent Defense Providers
NACDL is pleased to announce a new program of scholarship assistance for indigent defense providers. The scholarships will foster access for both public and private defenders of the indigent accused to outstanding criminal defense training programs nationwide. The scholarships, which are supported by various grants, will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the excellent training programs offered by NACDL and other organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded.
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New Affinity Partner - Page Vault
Page Vault enables lawyers to easily and securely capture web content – everything from standard web pages to blogs and social media pages – for subsequent use as evidence in US courts. NACDL members receive 10-15% off subscription services.
New Affinity Partner - Hotelogical
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