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September/October 2007 , Page 47 

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Inside NACDL: The Costs - and Benefits - of NACDL Membership

By Norman L. Reimer, Elizabeth Kelley

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We begin with unwelcome news: NACDL dues are going up. For the first time in 5 1/2 years, as of October 1st, NACDL annual dues will increase by $25 for all membership classes except public defenders. At the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the membership approved this increase, acting upon the reluctant recommendation of the Board of Directors. No membership association relishes the prospect of a dues increase. NACDL leadership believes, however, that the entire membership is entitled to know the economic realities that compel this action. On behalf of the staff and the volunteer leaders, we write to explain why this increase is necessary and why NACDL membership remains a genuine bargain — a vital tool in helping members become better lawyers and better advocates for their clients.

Major Cost Factors

First and foremost, as all of you know from your own law practices and personal lives, even in an era of modest inflation, it is difficult to sustain any enter

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