The conference also explored the disparate impact that these collateral consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the conference highlighted the groundbreaking work that is helping people break free from the shackles while providing a roadmap for national reform. NACDL now releases its report on that conference.
NACDL's 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and 2nd Annual Presidential Summit
August 23-25, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
Videos of the presentations at the conference are provided below and are on NACDL's YouTube channel.
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Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.
This discussion explored how the faith-based community can partner with other communities to achieve progressive criminal justice reforms. In addition, they covered how the faith community can shape policy in a progressive way via protest action, letter-writing, legislative advocacy, etc. The discussion also explored the ideas of redemption and forgiveness in the form of political, economic, and social justice policies.
- Attiyah Ali – Founder, A Loving Act (Atlanta, GA)
- Tiffany Williams Roberts – Criminal Defense Attorney, Tiffany Williams Roberts Attorney at Law (Atlanta, GA)
- Reverend Aundreia Alexander, Esq. – Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace, National Council of Churches (Washington, DC)
Video of this conversation is not available.
Screening of the Sundance Audience Award “The Sentence” followed by a panel discussion
“The Sentence” tells the story of Cynthia “Cindy” Shank, whose incarceration propels her brother to document via film Cindy’s daughters as they grow up without her. The story further explores the family bond Cindy maintains with her parents, siblings, and children through her brother’s relentless advocacy. It culminates with efforts to seek clemency for Cindy via Clemency Project 2014, an Obama Administration and NACDL initiative.
- Cynthia W. Roseberry – Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Executive Director of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Wilberforce University, and Former Project Director, Clemency Project 2014 (Atlanta, GA)
- Marjorie Peerce – Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP (New York, NY)
- Rudy Valdez – filmmaker, Director, The Sentence (Brooklyn, NY)
- Moderator: Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles – Senior Advisor for Special Projects, NACDL (Milford, DE)
Video of this panel is not available.