We know being new may be overwhelming, so we have put together a list that may make it a little less so. First, update your member profile to help you network with others in the criminal defense industry.
One of the many perks of being a member is access to NACDLConnect; a community where professionals like yourself go to share best ideas and engage 24/7. You start by creating your account then logging in to start interacting. Be sure to also download the connected community app for even more convenient access to the NACDL community - ask questions, share stories, contribute knowledge, grow your network, and collaborate on the challenges you face and how to tackle them.
Your NACDL membership provides you with professional development at a discounted rate including NACDL’s top-notch CLEs, virtual training events and conferences. You can also tap into the mentorship opportunities through committee participation, practice specific events and our online community NACDLConnect. If you are threatened in any way for providing legal representation to a client and you're subpoenaed, cited for contempt, hit with a bar grievance or a motion to disqualify you from a case, the NACDL Strike Force will review your case, at no cost.
Numerous NACDL Membership Benefits to Save You Time and Money
Making the most of your NACDL membership starts with understanding all the benefits available to you like the access to the NACDL Resource Center for case-based tools, forensics resources, an expert database, and postconviction materials to aid you in your practice. NACDL Affinity Partners offer exclusive discounts that will save you money! Our partner programs are beneficial to you both personally and professionally. They can help you to recoup the cost of NACDL membership many times over. Receive discounts and exceptional savings on essential expenses like insurance, legal research, online databases, office supplies, and more.
Introduction to the Resource Center
Staying Informed and Connected
Be up to date with NACDL' s highly valued NACDL member benefit; The Champion® magazine which offers timely, informative articles written for and by criminal defense lawyers. Always be in the know on NACDL policy and legislative initiatives by signing up for Action Alerts. Get to know the movers and shakers in the industry and the trending topics in the community by downloading the latest episode of NACDL's podcast series "The Criminal Docket." Get familiar with NACDL’s resource counsel team as they can provide technical and substantive support to NACDL’s members in a variety of areas.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Member to Member Directory
Gaining access to professionals, networking with likeminds in the industry is another membership perk at NACDL. This video shows how to access the member-to-member directory.
Free Law Student Membership
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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!
For more questions about NACDL’s membership benefit options, please email email@example.com or call 202-872-8600. Connect, comment and follow NACDL on all social media to keep up with the latest news related to the criminal justice system (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.)
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