NACDL E-News

January 30, 2013; Vol. 12 No. 1

NACDL and ABA/SCLAID Release Groundbreaking Report: Solutions to Indigent Defense Crisis

This joint report of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants, prepared by Professor Joel M. Schumm of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, documents a day-long convening last year of 18 leading innovators in the indigent defense field representing all branches and levels of government, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors, and non-governmental reformers. It is, in short, a blueprint for reform, offering a panoply of approaches for improving America’s indigent defense systems.

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NACDL Midwinter Seminar, Reasonable Doubt & Actual Innocence, Washington, DC – February 20-23, 2013

This unique CLE program will occur during an unprecedented simultaneous meeting of NACDL and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The theme of the CLE, “Reasonable Doubt and Actual Innocence: Winning Your Case with Cutting-Edge Science,” will supplement NACDL's historical training on the confrontation of expert testimony by teaching attendees how to effectively use scientific evidence to prove their case. 

On Day One, NACDL's best trial lawyers will explain how to present a scientific defense from beginning to end - from discovery to verdict - and will introduce the factors specific to science for jury voir dire, discovery, and jury instructions that have been approved by recent ABA resolutions. On Day Two, NACDL will draw from the 4000 forensic scientists meeting across the street at AAFS to teach multiple aspects of cutting-edge science, including techniques and data routinely ignored by the government.

For more information on the seminar and to see the full agenda, please visit the Midwinter Seminar Website.

Noted Defense Attorney Abbe David Lowell Receives White Collar Criminal Defense Award from NACDL, Stetson Law

The 2013 White Collar Criminal Defense Award was presented to Abbe David Lowell at the NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson on January 12, 2013. The award is presented annually to individuals who have made a profound impact on the field of white collar criminal defense advocacy. Noted litigator Abbe David Lowell, who has won cases in 17 states, argued before the Supreme Court, and successfully defended Senator John Edwards in a four-week trial in June that ended in acquittal with the Justice Department dropping the case, received the award. Lowell directs the Chadbourne & Parke LLP White Collar Defense, Regulatory Investigations and Litigation Group.

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In Memoriam: Murray J. Janus, A True Champion Of The Criminal Defense Bar

Richmond, Va., attorney and Past President (1981-82) and Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Murray J. Janus passed away on January 26, 2013. Janus was also a former president of the Richmond Bar Association and the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, as well as a past chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section. NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin remembers Janus as "the epitome of a criminal defense lawyer and the model of a dignified professional for me and all who know him." The Association remembers Murray with immense gratitude for his leadership of the nation’s criminal defense bar and his lifelong commitment to the principles and values that define NACDL.

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SCJN National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation

SCJN National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation will host two upcoming calls in February and March. The teleconferences generally feature an expert on an issue area and are designed to brief criminal defense lawyers and advocates around the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. The goal of these calls is to inform participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serve as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions. 

February 2013 

February’s advocacy call is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, at 12:00 p.m. EST and will focus on legislation that passed around the country on medical and personal use of marijuana. In particular the call will focus on the states' response to federal policies.  

March 2013 

March’s advocacy call is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, at 12:00 p.m. EST. The call will focus on domestic drones and feature a discussion of pending legislation across the country. It will look into how local jurisdictions are attempting to utilize drones to enhance public safety and how other jurisdictions are trying to limit their use as tools for the surveillance of citizens. A “Drones 101 Primer” will be provided prior to the call.

To RSVP, email scjn@nacdl.org.

Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction Hearing February 21-22

The Task Force on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction will host hearings at the NACDL offices in Washington, DC on February 21-22, 2013. Panelists include Dr. Gabriela Lemus, Senior Advisor to Secretary Director of Public Engagement, Department of Labor; Bob Ehrlich, former Maryland Governor; Faye Taxman, Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University; Sam Morison, a former Staff Attorney with the United States Pardons Office; Todd Cox, Director of the Office of Community and Legislative Affairs, EEOC; and Kemba Smith, Author of Poster Child, President of Kemba Smith Foundation and former President Clinton Commuttee. 

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New Training for Post-Conviction Lawyers - FREE for Approved Applicants

Register Today! NACDL's 4th Annual Post-Conviction Seminar, Evolving Science and Faulty Forensics: Legal Theories for Advancing Innocence Claims, will be held on April 18, 2013, at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.    

NACDL presents this exciting new program, in collaboration with the Innocence Network and supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, specifically for lawyers who handle post-conviction innocence claims. This year’s program first focuses on the legal theories and strategies you need to successfully litigate innocence claims, including newly discovered evidence, ineffective assistance, due process, and Brady claims. Our expert faculty applies the theories to real case examples involving faulty forensic evidence in sessions on arson, microscopic hair comparison, shaken baby syndrome and bite marks. Then, for the first time, the program provides DNA training for post-conviction lawyers, with a focus on mixtures. This program is FREE for approved applicants and a limited number of need-based travel scholarships are available. For more information and a registration application CLICK HERE or visit www.nacdl.org/meetings.

 

SAVE The DATE: 12th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

NACDL's 12th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference will be held in San Francisco, California, at The Westin St. Francis hotel from July 25-26, 2013. Topics for panel presentations will include:

  • Race In The Criminal Justice System
  • Social Media 101 Part II
  • Drug Law Reform
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • 4th Amendment
  • The Legacy of Gideon 50 years Later
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Special presentation of the 2013 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award

For more information, click here.

2013 NACDL Election

In 2013, NACDL members will elect 13 members of the Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary. Further updates and all rules governing the conduct of NACDL elections are available at www.nacdl.org/elections.

Bylaw Amendment

On October 27, 2012, at a regularly scheduled meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Board of Directors voted to refer a bylaws amendment to the membership. The amendment would change the definition of New Members in Article IV, Section V. For more information and the Action Report of the Bylaws Committee, click here.

In Other News

Indigent Defense Committee Seeking Nominations for the Champion of Indigent Defense Award
To learn more, click here.

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