NACDL provides practice material submitted or shared by members and non-members, as well as external links to reliable sources, and more. NACDL does not endorse or verify the content of third-party materials posted here and advises all to check that the law is current and relevant to their jurisdiction. Information provided should not be construed as legal advice.
NACDL’s CPRHP has worked with dozens of law professors and other legal experts to create overviews of relevant state laws including existing abortion laws, trigger laws that are or will soon be in effect, pre-Roe statutes that prosecutors might invoke, and fetal personhood laws. Explore the map to see that state’s summary and other state-specific resource materials.
In trouble for providing legal representation to your clients? Contact NACDL's Lawyers' Assistance Strike Force
This is a sponsored ad
Manage Your Law Firm All in One Place
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!
Forensic Pathology in Pregnancy-Related Cases: Understanding the Science
This training provides essential information for any lawyer defending a client facing pregnancy-related charges, including those involving drug use, child abuse / endangerment during pregnancy, and abortion related charges. The faculty of medical experts discusses the medical issues and science of these cases. Dr. Harvey Kliman presents on “The Importance of Placental Examination for You and Your Client” which gives viewers an understanding of the placenta including how it can reveal the causes of many cases of poor pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Gregory Davis discusses medical issues including substance use and outcome of pregnancy, and determination of live birth versus still birth. Daniel Arshack, a litigator experienced in these cases, translates the scientific information presented into practical applications for defense counsel, plus discuss working with clients facing these types of charges.
- Harvey J. Kliman, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Gregory J. Davis, MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Professor and Director, Forensic Pathology Consultation Service, Lexington, Kentucky.
- Daniel N. Arshack, Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman, PLLC, New York, New York
Articles from The Champion®
From the President: Ahead of the Curve and Expecting a Bumpy Ride
The expected prosecutions as a result of the Dobbs decision are bearing down on a system already overwhelmed post-COVID. Because of the promise of arrests for those traveling interstate seeking services, defense attorneys may feel an impact even if they do not practice in an abortion-restrictive jurisdiction.
- From the President: What Might Reversal of Roe v. Wade Mean for Defenders?
Facial Recognition in the Courtroom
The Challenges of the Photo and Video Identification Witness in a World of Improving Facial Recognition Technology
Robert Williams is the first known person wrongfully arrested based on facial recognition technology. During the time he was accused of shoplifting, Mr. Williams was actually driving home from work and posting a video that eventually exonerated him.
News of Interest
- "They Were Prosecuted for Using Drugs While Pregnant. But It May Not Have Been a Crime,"
- "Oklahoma abortions,"
- "Things to know about efforts to block people from crossing state lines for abortion,"