The State Criminal Justice Network Conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and the advocacy community to network and discuss various criminal justice objectives around the country. Since the inception of the SCJN, the expanded participation of both communities has enabled NACDL to bring together individuals directly affected by the criminal justice system and stakeholders who seek reforms that will have a lasting impact on our communities.
NACDL's 22nd Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Virtual
The 22nd Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference was held as a free, live virtual event on August 16-17, 2023.
NACDL's 21st Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Palm Beach, Florida
The 21st Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference was held as a free, in-person conference on August 11-12, 2022, in Palm Beach, FL at The Breakers Palm Beach.
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NACDL's 20th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Virtual
The 20th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference was held as a free, live virtual event on August 18-20, 2021.
NACDL's 19th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Virtual
The 2020 SCJN Conference was held as free, live virtual conference from August 17th through 19th. The conference featured panel discussions on a range of topics, including:
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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!
Combatting misinformation around bail reform;
Policing in America, examining issues of transparency and accountability, as well as predictive policing and other analytical techniques used by law enforcement;
State sentencing reform efforts, including life imprisonment and other extreme sentences;
Probation and parole reform;
Data driven policies;
Effective messaging around criminal justice reform from communications and media experts.
NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Philadelphia, PA
NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference: Sharing Strategies and Strengthening the Movement took place August 1-2, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Participants heard from many who are driving various reform efforts at the state level. Issues discussed included pretrial reform, the trial penalty, policing and technology, juvenile justice, discovery reform, expungement and women in the criminal justice system.
- 2019 Conference Materials
- Speaker Bios
- 2019 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award Recipient
NACDL’s 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and Presidential Summit, Atlanta, Georgia
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Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity took place Thursday, August 23 – Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- 2018 Conference Materials
- Speaker Bios
- Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award Recipient
What is Shattering the Shackles?
Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity examined the destructive effect that a vast network of penalties, debarments, and disabilities that arise from a criminal conviction has on the millions who have contact with the criminal justice system. It also explored the disparate impact that these consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the Summit highlighted the ground-breaking work that is helping people break free from these shackles, and provide a roadmap for national reform.
Watch the video below to see NACDL President Drew Findling and Honorary Chair Mike Epps discussing Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences.