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Our Public Affairs and Communications team works with news media across platforms to share analysis, perspectives, and insights from criminal defense attorneys. Our experts are available by phone and email; they may conduct broadcast interviews in-person or via Zoom or Skype. 

Media Contacts 

If you are a member of the media seeking an interview, email us or call us with your name, organization, topic of interest, and contact information. Please let us know if you have a deadline. 

For additional assistance, contact NACDL at (202) 872-4001,, or visit the Contact Us page.

Areas of Expertise 

NACDL – the nation’s defense bar – offers media staff and experts available to handle inquiries from journalists on national issues affecting the rights of people accused of crimes. Areas of expertise include conspiracy; the death penalty; discovery; the proliferation of drones inside the U.S.; drug law; DUI/DWI; economic crimes also known as “White Collar crimes”; the exclusionary rule; expungement and the restoration of rights; eyewitness ID; forfeiture; Fourth Amendment issues, such as search and seizure laws and privacy issues; grand jury proceedings; habeas corpus; juvenile justice; national security; overcriminalization; pregnancy-related defense and the post-Dobbs criminalization of pregnancy status and reproductive healthcare; pretrial release; public defense; racial disparity in the criminal justice system; recording interrogations; RICO; sentencing, including federal sentencing guidelines; sex offenses; the trial penalty; and more. 

Description of NACDL 

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors, and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system. 

Our Mission 

NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system. 

NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level. 

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  1. News Release ~ April 2024 Allegany County Expungement Clinic Cover
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    Last Prisoner Project Receives Champion of Justice Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

    Last Prisoner Project Receives Champion of Justice Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Oct. 23, 2023) – Last Prisoner Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to cannabis and criminal legal reform, was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Champion of Justice Rights Restoration Award at the 2023 NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ) Redemption Gala in Washington, DC. Accepting the award for LPP were Sarah Gersten, Executive Director and General Counsel and Donte West, Advocacy Associate. Their full acceptance speeches appear below. 

  2. NACDL Report Demonstrates Impact of Tracking Police Misconduct, Urges Defenders to Join Movement Cover

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