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.
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!
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.
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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.
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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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!
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.