2002 Board of Directors Resolutions

Resolutions adopted by NACDL's Board of Directors or Membership are posted online. Resolutions adopted prior to the year 2000 are posted as they are available. For more information on resolutions adopted prior to 2000, please contact NACDL.

Authorizing the NACDL to Enter Into a Relationship with Merrill Lynch

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers select and appoint Michael Graham.

Creating an International Membership

International membership shall be available to attorneys of professional competence, integrity, and good moral character.

Committing NACDL's Support in Furthering Indigent Defense Systems

NACDL makes a commitment of providing up to $75,000 for systemic IDLR during the period of Fiscal Year 2003 through Fiscal Year 2005.

The NACDL will budget the sum of $25,000 as a line item for IDLR for each of Fiscal Year 2003, Fiscal Year 2004 and Fiscal Year 2005. ...........

Authorizing the IDC to Employ Litigation and Other Reform Strategies

the Indigent Defense Committee may employ litigation and other reform strategies for improving the quality of the indigent defense systems in the state of Louisiana and in Wayne County, Michigan.

Defining Net Assets and Clarifying Spending Policy

The Board of Directors reaffirms the policy to contribute any amount up to 1.5% of the previous Fiscal Year's gross revenue to a designated separate account, but only in those Fiscal Years in which there is total net revenue.

Calling for United States Ratification of and Participation in the International Criminal Court

NACDL supports the formation of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) and urges the United States to immediately ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. 

Revising the FY2002 Budget

The Board of Directors approves a $15 dues increase across the board with exception given to Life, Sustaining, and President’s Club Members beginning March 1, 2002, as a means to provide 
a short term solution to bridge the forecasted budget deficits over the next 18 months, providing the Executive Committee time to study the membership structure and provide a viable long term solution to the Board to increase membership and non-dues revenue.

On Opposing Implementation of the Procedures for 9/11 Military Commissions

NACDL opposes implementation of the procedures promulgated by the Secretary of Defense for these commissions; ........

Approving Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws

NACDL Bylaws Committee Chair Richard Cremer submitted to the Board of Directors these proposed amendments to the Bylaws. The Board voted to approve the proposed amendments. Proposed amended language appears in bold italics.

Opposing the Eviction of Innocent Tenants from Public Housings

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers opposes the “one strike” public housing eviction policy and calls upon Congress to amend the law to prevent local public housing authorities from evicting innocent tenants.

Supporting Mandatory Videotaping of Interrogation

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers supports the videotaping of law enforcement interrogations from beginning to end and calls upon Congress and the state legislatures to pass legislation mandating this practice.

Appointing Committee Members

Michael D. Pancer and David Z. Chesnoff are appointed to form a committee to collect information with respect to these cases and to make recommendations to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as to solutions to this horrible situation.

Supporting Reform of Prison Telephone Systems

NACDL supports reform of prison telephone systems.

On Voting Rights for Felons

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers supports the repeal of all state felony disenfranchisement laws, and the passage of national legislation which would abolish voting restrictions in federal elections. 

Proposal for Granting Honorary Life Membership to Tian Wen Chang, Attorney at Law

Tian Wen Chang has paved the way for a generation of criminal defense lawyers in establishing the criminal defense bar in the People's Republic of China, a group of men and women whose ideals and goals are shared by the Members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Regarding Enemy Combatants

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers opposes the classification of any detainee as an Aenemy combatant without a proper, legally cognizable definition or description of such a detainee's status and rights under law; .........

Opposing Transfer of Children to Adult Court

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers opposes the prosecution of children offenders as adults and supports state legislation that prohibits the automatic and/or non-judicial transfer of children offenders to adult criminal courts.