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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 expose injustice and ensure that our adversary system is not held hostage to short-sided policies and political opportunism than NACDL.
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Get involved in the legislative process!
Check out NACDL's Legislative Action Center to find and contact your legislators, take part in NACDL's advocacy campaigns, sign-up for legislative alerts, and see key federal criminal justice legislation NACDL is tracking!
Member and Advocate Resources
Everything you wanted to know about advocacy but were afraid to ask!
Check out the Member and Advocate Resources page to access advocacy tools and tips for building a relationship with your legislator! You can also schedule a meeting with your legislator, find a local townhall meeting schedule, and keep NACDL informed about your legislative relationships and interactions!
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Affiliate Organization Resources
As an Affiliate Organization, make sure you're getting the benefits!
Check out the Affiliate Organization Resources page to team up with NACDL on advocacy. 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!
Social Media Resources
Social Media Skills for the Savvy Advocate!
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 2019 SCJN conference.
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Pattern Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide
In a criminal trial, cross-examination of the prosecution’s forensic expert may make the difference between victory or defeat.
2020 Sample Motions Collection Update
NACDL’s 2020 Sample Motions Collection is the follow-up to our wildly popular 2019 Sample Motions Collection and contains the newest and most recent additions to our ever-expanding Sample Motions library.
State v. Stone - A Case Study on Child Sexual Molestation & Sexual Battery
The criminal defense attorney tasked with defending such a case has to be prepared to not only show reasonable doubt, but to answer this question: If it did not happen, how is it that the child believes it did happen?
POZNER ON CROSS: Advanced Cross of Experts & Officers in DUI Cases
It’s not your strong opening argument. It’s not how many of your impassioned objections the judge sustains. It’s not even how you tie your theory of the case together with a dazzling closing statement bow. What wins your trial is your cross.
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