2016 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.

Concerning Public Defender Group Memberships

The NACDL Board of Directors authorizes the executive director to offer group memberships to public defender entities.

Updating the Standing Board Policy on Affiliate Association Representation on the Board of Directors

On October 29, 2016, the NACDL Board of Directors adopted as Board Policy the following rights and privileges of Affiliate Associations.

Renaming the Champion of Indigent Defense Award

NACDL changes the name of its Champion of Indigent Defense Award to Champion of Public Defense Award, effective immediately.

Concerning HIV Criminalization

NACDL  opposes all laws that base criminal liability and/or penalty enhancements on one’s HIV status rather than on the intent to harm another individualNACDL supports the repeal of such criminal laws as fundamentally unfair and unjust. Recognizing that outright repeal can result in the abusive use of existing statutes, NACDL also supports modernization of these criminal laws to incorporate strong principles of intent and proportional punishment.

Concerning the 50th Anniversary of In Re Gault

NACDL endorses the Gault at 50 Campaign and supports the following principles.

Calling for an Independent Federal Public Defense Agency

NACDL calls for the creation of an agency to oversee federal public defense that is wholly independent of the judiciary.

Concerning Adoption of a Policy on SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

NACDL adopts recommendations to address the aforementioned flaws through reforms to the applicable securities laws and the rules governing the SEC administrative proceeding process.

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