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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A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The 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 Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.