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SCJN News - December 21, 2011

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January National Advocacy Call on Developing Legislation (NACDL)

Brady v. Maryland requires the prosecutor to disclose to the defense all information favorable to the accused, pertaining to either the determination of guilt or imposition of sentencing. However, many commentators have observed that the rule of Brady is simply not the rule in our courts. As such, some states and jurisdictions have made some reforms or are looking at reforms in upcoming sessions. Please visit our Discovery page for more information http://www.nacdl.org/discoveryreform/

Please join us on Wednesday January 25, 2012 from 12:30-1:30 pm EST for a discussion on Discovery and how you can effectively advocate for reform in your jurisdiction. To RSVP please send an email to scjn@nacdl.org.


Thank you to all who submitted updated contact information to us so that we could come up with a comprehensive list of Network members. We are in the process of organizing the information so that we can post it on our site at the start of the year. If you have not yet sent in your information, please forward to Chris Glen, our Manager for Grassroots Advocacy at cglen@nacdl.org.

Save the Date

NACDL’s 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network conference will take place Wednesday July 25-July 27, 2012 in San Francisco. Please check the website for more details at http://www.nacdl.org/scjn/ 

Using NACDL’s new website

Earlier this fall, NACDL launched its completely new and upgraded Website. This short video provides a helpful introduction to the many resources available to you on the site: www.nacdl.org/siteintro. Please take a few minutes to look around explore many new and exciting features.

On NACDL’s new website, you will find all of the tremendous resources you have come to expect from NACDL – The Member Directory, Brief & Motion Bank, NACDL Legal Education Programs and Resources, The Champion Magazine, Extensive Policy and Advocacy Materials, Amicus Briefs, Member Benefits, News & Information, and much, much more. NACDL’s new site will bring expanded functionality, ease of use and improved searchability to your online NACDL experience. “Liberty’s Last Champion” is stepping out front to provide our members and audiences with a more effective, efficient and aesthetically pleasing Internet home for the criminal defense bar.

American Constitution Society seeks a State Courts Project Director

ACS is seeking an energetic and versatile State Courts Project Director to manage a one-year project grant to research judicial independence in state courts and to develop programming around that topic in support of ACS’s lawyer and student chapter networks and the overall work of ACS. Note that the work will be focused in the 5th, 11th and 7th circuits, with particular emphasis on GA, FL, TX, IN and WI, so practice history or other ties in those states is a big plus. Please follow link below for more information


Question regarding juvenile offense reports from Texas

Scott Ehlers my predecessor is now a Legal and Policy Analyst with the
Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Texas. He is trying to determine if attorneys defending juvenile clients in other jurisdictions are able to obtain a copy of the juvenile offense report or if they can only see it at the DA’s office and take notes. Please feel free to respond to Scott directly at scott.ehlers@pdo.hctx.net.

Happy Holidays

I want to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday season. I am honored to be in this position to serve you all as you work on often not so popular reform efforts around the country. I look forward to a New Year filled with hope and fairness.

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