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August 2008 , Page 7 

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Inside NACDL: NACDL at 50: A Staff Perspective

By Norman L. Reimer

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NACDL’s leaders, members and staff celebrate the historic 50th anniversary as heirs to an Association whose founders imagined a day when the criminal defense lawyer would be accorded the full measure of respect to which a professional is entitled. Their goal was to eradicate the public misperception of the defense lawyer as a mere mouthpiece for the crook, and replace it with an indelible image of the criminal attorney as a champion of liberty — a zealous advocate for the rights of the individual and the supreme sanctity of America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The founders have attained their goal. Their dreams are a reality. Today, NACDL is universally recognized as a reliable, credible and articulate authority. The Association’s views on constitutional issues, public policy, reform of the criminal justice system, and the defense function are sought by all three branches of government, by the media, and by a broad array of national and international

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