In June 2020, Colorado’s legislature passed sweeping police reforms in the aftermath of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. SB20-217, which NACDL supported along with a large, diverse coalition of organizations, enacts several provisions to prevent excessive force by the police and increase transparency and accountability. Key provisions include: ending qualified immunity; mandating body cameras by 2023 and making video of police misconduct publicly available; requiring data collection and public reporting on policing; limiting use of deadly force by officers, requiring officers to intervene to stop deadly force; decertifying officers who use deadly force or other misconduct; creating a database to prevent rehiring of officers engaged in misconduct; and protecting protestors from police use of tear gas and projectiles.
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!
Disrupting Minority Report: How to Push Back on the Use of Predictive Analytics in Policing
Recently, NACDL published a report titled Garbage In, Gospel Out: How Data-Driven Policing Technologies Entrench Historic Racism and ‘Tech-wash’ Bias in the Criminal Legal System which laid out the historic biases that these systems exploit and recommends that the systems not be used. On this panel you will hear from experts who shared their experience in Chicago and Los Angeles with the NACDL Task Force on Predictive Policing and how they have pushed back.
- Shakeer Rahman, Lawyer & Community Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Practitioner Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford PACS
- Chaclyn Hunt, Civil Rights Attorney & Director of the Youth/Police Project, Invisible Institute
- Kevin Vogeltanz, Vogeltanz Law
- Moderated by: Jumana Musa, Director, Fourth Amendment Center, NACDL
A Year in Police Reform: Past Successes & Looking Ahead
Over the past year, amid continued police violence and the killing of unarmed black men and women, we have seen renewed calls for racial justice and systemic police reform. According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation to reform some aspect of policing. Common reforms have included addressing issues around accountability and oversight, limiting the use of neck restraints and no-knock warrants, instituting use of force standards, requiring a duty to intervene, mandating data collection around police interactions, requiring increased use of police body cameras and more. But are these reforms enough? And how can we limit police interactions? Police retain enormous discretion in determining where to patrol, who to stop, and who to arrest for minor offenses like loitering, jaywalking, littering,disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace. Criminalizing minor offenses needlessly exposes individuals to police interaction, which can often function as a gateway to police violence.
- Kami Chavis, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Walter Katz, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures
- DeRay Mckesson, Co-Founder, Campaign Zero
- Moderated by: Paige Fernandez, Policing Policy Advisor, National Political Advocacy Department, ACLU
Policing in America: Policing the Police
Policing in America: Policing the Police
19th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference
August 17-19, 2020 | Held Virtually
Moderator: Norman Reimer, Executive Director, NACDL
Julie Ciccolini, Research Technologist, Digital Investigations Lab, Human Rights Watch
Rebecca Brown, Policy Director, Innocence Project