Grassroots Mobilization

Welcome to NACDL's Advocacy Resource Center.  On these pages, NACDL Members, advocates, and Affiliate Organizations can find advocacy tools, guides, and services to get in contact and build relationships with state and federal legislators. 


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.

Check out the states where NACDL has been active legislatively in the last 2 years!

Take Action

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! 

NACDL Legislative Action Center

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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Member & Advocate Resources

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! 

Affiliate Organization Resources

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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Social Media Resources

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