Grassroots Mobilization

Welcome to NACDL's resource center for grassroots mobilization. On these pages, NACDL members, affiliate organizations, and advocates can find advocacy tools, guides, and services to get in contact and build relationships with state and federal legislators.

State Criminal Justice Network

NACDL is a constant and sometimes lone voice in fighting for fair criminal justice policies. Because proposals to expand police powers, criminal laws and penalties are never-ending and policymakers devote far too little attention to the fundamental role of criminal defense lawyers in our adversary system, NACDL seeks to balance the scales of justice in this constant struggle. Amid this challenging environment, no organization does more to ensure that our adversary system is not held hostage to short-sided, regressive policies and political opportunism than NACDL.


Take Action

NACDL's Legislative Action Center allows you to find and contact your legislators, take part in NACDL's advocacy campaigns, sign-up for legislative alerts, and see priority federal criminal justice legislation!

Action Center


Follow Relevant Legislation

NACDL monitors legislation related to over 30 criminal justice issues in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The information in this map is updated daily, providing a snapshot of bills impacting NACDL's criminal justice reform priorities.

State Bill Map

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Learn How to Be an Effective Advocate

This collection of resources includes tools and tips for building relationships with your legislators, scheduling meetings with elected officials, conducting outreach, speaking with reporters, and more.

Advocacy Resource Library


Find Out What NACDL Can do For You

As an affiliate or partner organization, make sure you're utilizing the resources available to you. Check out the NACDL State Advocacy Resources page to find out how NACDL can assist with preparing your membership for legislative relationship building, planning & executing legislative outreach events, advocacy day prep, and online advocacy issue support! 

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NACDL State Advocacy Resources

Learn How to Use Social Media for Advocacy

Tips and suggestions on using social media for advocacy and with a small budget, presented during "Social Media Skills for the Savvy Advocate" at the 2021 SCJN conference.

Social Media Resources