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January /February 2007 , Page 53 

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Let the Journey Begin (Inside NACDL)

By Norman Reimer

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I am honored to have been selected as NACDL’s executive director. This is a unique opportunity to support the work of the preeminent national organization dedicated to the pursuit of justice and due process for all. NACDL’s members and affiliates, all of whom share this dedication, deserve to know the background and priorities of the person who will be entrusted with this important responsibility.

I come to this position after 28 years as a criminal defense lawyer, practicing in both state and federal courts and on both the trial and appellate levels. My career as a defense lawyer literally began in my third year of law school at NYU, where I practiced under supervision in one of the profession’s first criminal defense clinics. I was fortunate to transition immediately from law school into private practice as a defense attorney. I have a career-long, passionate commitment to criminal defense practice. The defense lawyer, in my view, is the most vital compo

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