Criminal Justice and the Media is a three-part tutorial series that explores how journalists can effectively inform the public on one of the most important, dynamic and omnipresent forces in American society: the Criminal Justice System. Some of the finest journalists in the country came to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) to create this series, which aims to provide valuable insights to journalism students and those already in the profession on covering three core components of criminal justice in America.
Featured Guests: Linda Deutsch (Associated Press), Gary Fields (Wall Street Journal), Carrie Johnson (National Public Radio), Adam Liptak (New York Times), and David Savage (Los Angeles Times & Chicago Tribune). Detailed biographies for each of the presenters are available here.
NACDL gratefully acknowledges the support of the Park Foundation and the Foundation for Criminal Justice for their support of this project.
Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Media with NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer.
Part I: Covering Criminal Justice Policy
NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer moderates a discussion on the topic of covering criminal justice policy. Featured Guests: Gary Fields, criminal justice reporter at the Wall Street Journal; Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR).
Part II: Covering Trials
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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!
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!
NACDL member and prominent New York criminal trial lawyer Susan J. Walsh, partner at the law firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., in New York City leads a discussion on covering criminal trials. Featured Guest: Linda Deutsch has covered trials for nearly 50 years for the Associated Press and is co-author of Covering the Courts: An Associated Press Manual for Reporters
Part III: Covering Appellate Decisions
NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez moderates a discussion on the topic of covering appellate decisions. Featured Guests: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent at the New York Times; David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.