SCJN Newsletter

February 14, 2014; Vol. 2 No. 1

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Legislative Efforts

NACDL is tracking several issues that may be of interest to you including, discovery reform, death penalty, DNA collection, expungement, drones, drug laws, mens rea and more. If you do not have bill tracking capability, but would like to track specific issues in your jurisdiction or across states, please contact Chris Glen at cglen@nacdl.org and he will gladly track legislation and send you bill reports.

We will also be posting pending progressive bills in the criminal defense issues section of our website. This will provide advocates an easy reference point of pending bills around the country on various criminal justice issues. As an example, visit our death penalty page at www.nacdl.org/criminal-defense/death-penalty/.

Regional Affiliate Calls
Thank you for participating in our affiliate calls in late December 2013. The state team garnered much information from those calls and we will be following-up on various issues of interest and resources requested.

Restoration of Rights Survey

The Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status after Conviction Seeks Stories 

Over the past two and half years, NACDL's Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status after Conviction has examined how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction are actually working, in state and federal systems. The Task Force is now in the final stage of preparing a report that will identify the best practices that help facilitate the full restoration of rights and status of an individual following a conviction.

As a part of this report and its rollout, the Task Force would like to include stories from individuals who have lost their rights as a result of a plea or a guilty verdict. The Task Force encourages members whose clients, former clients, or other relevant contacts might be interested in participating in this important project to forward this link to enable such persons to complete a short online survey documenting how he/she has been affected by the collateral consequences of a conviction. To complete the survey and learn more, visit http://www.nacdl.org/restorationsurvey/.

NACDL State Criminal Justice Network seeks nominations for The Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award
The NACDL Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award recognizes an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led toward progressive reform of a state criminal justice system.  Please click here to download criteria for 2014 award.  Nominations are due Friday, June 6, 2014.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Project

Since 2012, NACDL, along with the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys has embarked upon an important and timely project addressing racial and ethnic disparities within the criminal justice system.

Elements of the project have included the October 2012 convening; a report detailing recommendations generated from the convening; a series of articles on race published in The Champion magazine; a three-part podcast featuring organizers of the conference discussing the goals and objectives of the convening and subsequent report; the second convening entitled Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System: Advancing the Reform Dialogue Through Action; and the New York Journal of Legislation and Public Policy academic articles.  The Journal series features articles from leading academics on the issue of race and ethnic disparity in the criminal justice system. In addition many of the academics participated on panels related to their articles. For more information about the project, please visit www.nacdl.org/racialjustice.

NACDL to Launch Recording Interrogations Compendium in March

In 2002, NACDL Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting mandatory videotaping of interrogation from beginning to end and called upon state legislatures to pass legislation mandating this practice.

Next month, NACDL will launch a compendium of jurisdictions that electronically record. This compendium compiled by Tom Sullivan, Partner with Jenner & Block will greatly aid advocates seeking reform in their jurisdictions.

In addition, NACDL Executive Director, Norman L. Reimer, sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey, encouraging the FBI to adopt policy requiring the electronic recording of felony suspects in custody. The letter was undersigned by NACDL affiliates also concerned with the FBI's long standing policy of not recording interrogations. Please click here to see a copy of the letter.

Screening of the Central Park Five

Please join NACDL, ACS, and OSF for a screening of the Central Park Five. See flier here.

Wednesday February 26, 2014
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Open Society Foundations
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006 

Please RSVP to Andrew Maisel at andrew.maisel@opensocietyfoundations.org 

Refreshments will be served.

Opportunities

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking an Indigent Defense Training and Policy Director. For more information on this job opportunity, please click here

Death Penalty Abolition Campaign is seeking an Executive Director. To view the job announcement, click here.

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is seeking a Program Assistant to be based in DC. To find more information, please click here.

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ("DYRS"),the District's deep-end juvenile justice system, is launching an exciting new agency division in early Spring of this year.  DYRS is actively recruiting for two exceptional Assessment Specialists and for a highly-qualified Program Manager who will provide clinical oversight and direction to the Assessment Specialists.  
To learn more about these positions, please contact Dominique Odesola in DYRS’ Human Resource Department at Dominique.Odesola2@dc.gov, or visit DCHR’s website at dchr.dc.gov to view the position postings/apply.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is hiring two positions: an Enforcement Director at the Senior Executive Service level, and a Supervisory General Attorney in our District of Columbia regional office.

Supervisory General Attorney: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/360363900 

Enforcement Director:
- Attorney:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/3596398
- Investigator:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359641000 

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation seeks Southern Regional Policy Counsel  

The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department (ASA) of the ACLU’s National Office is seeking a full-time Southern Regional Policy Counsel to be part of the ACLU’s efforts to end mass incarceration.  The position will be based in the South.  The position is for two years with the possibility of renewal. Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to hrjobsASAD@aclu.org - Reference [ASD-44/ACLU-W] in the subject line. 

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is seeking a Juvenile Justice Policy Analyst in their New York or Washington, DC offices. For more information visit https://csg.applicantpro.com/jobs/63307.html 

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