I write to you today as Chair of NACDL’s Nominating Committee and NACDL’s Immediate Past President in order to share some useful and important information with you, NACDL members.
Free Online CLE for NACDL Members
In the coming days, NACDL will announce a three-week series of free online CLE programs, exclusively available to NACDL members. NACDL recognizes the tremendous hardships and disruptions that the COVID-19 crisis has caused everyone in the NACDL family, and we hope that this series will at least be able to help some of our members' practice, professional, and continuing education needs. The subjects, timing, and more details will be announced soon, so stay tuned! (You can also see the full CLE calendar, which will include this free series, at www.nacdl.org/meetings.
Government Assistance for Small Businesses
NACDL’s leadership and staff are keenly aware of the challenges that small businesses, including law practices, are facing during the current crisis. Here are some links that might be helpful to you:
Department of the Treasury: Assistance for Small Businesses ("The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.")
U.S. Small Business Administration: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources ("Relief Options and Additional Resources")
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Responding to Coronavirus ("The latest resources, guidance and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families.")
Election Deadline Extension
First, for those of you interested in serving on NACDL’s Board of Directors or as an Officer, I write as the chair of NACDL's Nominating Committee to announce that the deadline for submitting candidacy materials to the Nominating Committee is extended until April 17 at 5:00 pm ET. This extension recognizes the extraordinary disruptions in our lives, practices, and other pursuits that have resulted from the COVID-19 crisis. Information on the NACDL election is available at www.nacdl.org/elections.
Coronavirus Resources Page
To further NACDL’s focus on service and support for the criminal defense community throughout the coronavirus emergency, NACDL has launched a public resource section of the NACDL website addressing the intersection of the criminal justice system and the coronavirus pandemic. This NACDL resource is available at www.nacdl.org/content/coronavirusresources.
Thank you for your membership in this NACDL family.
NACDL Immediate Past President
Chair, Nominating Committee
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!