As the preeminent organization representing the nation's criminal defense lawyers, NACDL seeks to ensure justice and due process for all persons accused of crime or other misconduct. To accomplish this mission, NACDL continuously monitors legislation and meets directly with legislators, various agencies, and other key stakeholders to ensure that NACDL's voice is heard at the state and federal levels of government.
But there is another critical element in the public policy success of NACDL and our affiliate organizations. On key issues on both the federal and state level, elected officials want to hear from you, their constituent. Legislators need to know what’s going on in their districts, and the best way to do that is by hearing it from those who live and work there.
As an attorney, your expertise on criminal justice issues is extremely valuable to lawmakers as they make policy decisions, build their agenda, and communicate with their colleagues in the legislature. You have unique and valuable insight into the criminal legal system and the experiences of your clients. Every day, you see the devastating impact of unjust policies on individuals, families, and communities.
With the resources provided here, NACDL hopes to lead our members, affiliates, and others in aggressively advocating for a rational and humane criminal legal system.
For additional guidance, comments, or questions, please contact Monica L. Reid, Senior Director of Advocacy.
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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!
NACDL 2024 Annual Pass - All CLE Institute Programs
NACDL's 2024 Annual Pass gives you full access to the recordings of every CLE Institue live training seminar held in 2024! That means every CLE speech, presentation and training - along with all accompanying written materials - is yours for over 50% off! With this exclusive pass, you gain unlimited access to a treasure-trove of recent NACDL Trial Skills training that will help you win more cases!
A Defender's Guide to Federal Evidence - 2nd Edition
This brand-new 2nd Edition 2024 Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The updated 2024 Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The 2nd Edition Guide contains multiple new and updated user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems.
Sexual Assault Trial Skills Training Collection - 40+ Hours of Content!
NACDL's "Sexual Assault Trial Skills Training Collection" is the definitive aggregation of our 4 highest-rated and most current Sex Cases CLE trainings (2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023 ed.) and contains our most comprehensive and up-to-date assembly of sex cases trainings that NACDL has ever put together! Containing 49 separate trial skills trainings, thousands of pages of written materials and over 40+ hours of practical and pragmatic content, this collection guides you through the most intimidating sexual assault criminal trial topics.