Affiliated organizations are recognized as such because their mission, goals, and structure mirror those of NACDL, and they are like-minded in their pursuit of ensuring justice and due process for persons accused of crime, improving the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession, and promoting the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.
The Council of Affiliates. Your Voice.
The Council of Affiliates is comprised of (4) affiliate representatives who serve on NACDL's Board of Directors. Council members are elected by the local leadership of affiliated organizations and are responsible for representing the interests of all 95 NACDL Affiliates to its Board. The Council is primarily tasked with coordinating information and maintaining the relationship between NACDL and its county, city, state-wide, and international Affiliates.
As a result of two unexpected vacancies on the Council of Affiliates (and NACDL Board of Directors), a special election will be held to fill the vacancies for the remainder of their current terms (expiring in August 2024).
Election and Voting:
The election will be held over a 30-day period. Each NACDL Affiliate shall be entitled to cast one ballot in the election. Ballots may be cast electronically by an official representative of the affiliated organization, namely the executive director, an executive officer, or by an individual member of that affiliated organization designated by one of its officers. A non-officer designee must provide written documentation from an executive officer of their respective affiliate at the time of voting which authorizes them to cast the ballot on behalf of the organization.
Ballots will be distributed to each Affiliate organization on January 9, 2023. Ballots must be returned to and received by NACDL by February 8, 2023. Please submit all ballots to Jessica Stepan via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NACDL General Election Rules & Policy:
Standing Board Policy prohibits any electioneering by candidates, or other individuals on behalf of a candidate. Please view the Standing Board Policy on Elections here.
The current Council is broken-up by region.
Please identify your Affiliate representative below:
Northeast Representative: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, Puerto Rico, RI, and VT
Amanda Clark Palmer
Midwest Representative: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI
Western Representative: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MP, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY
Southeast Representative: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV
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!