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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. 

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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. 


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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    News Release ~ 03/06/2023

    Judge J. Thomas Marten Receives the  Judicial Recognition Award  from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar –  Washington, DC (March 6, 2023) – Retired Federal District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas received the Judicial Recognition Award at NACDL’s board meeting in New Orleans on March 4, 2023. NACDL presents its Judicial Recognition Award  to acknowledge judges who demonstrate a continuing dedication to protecting democratic principles and the fundamental rights of individuals within American society.

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    News Release ~ 02/22/2023

    New Plea Bargain Task Force Report Highlights the Trial Penalty, Calls for Transparency – Washington, DC (Feb. 22, 2023) – NACDL applauds the release of a new report from the Plea Bargaining Task Force, a group convened by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.* The task force closely examines the role of plea bargaining in our criminal legal system and provides policy recommendations and goals for changes in the way plea bargaining operates.

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    News Release ~ 01/27/2023

    "Slavery by Another Name": Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Decries Louisiana’s Prisons, Which Force Individuals to Work at Hard Labor Past Their Release Dates – Washington, DC (Jan. 27, 2023) – The Justice Department recently released a blistering report on its investigation into the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LDOC) and their practice of violating the due process rights of incarcerated individuals sentenced to hard labor by overdetaining them for months beyond their scheduled release dates. 

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    News Release ~ 10/14/2022

    Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Proposes Solutions to Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions Due to Illegal Use of Incarcerated Informants – Washington, DC (Oct. 14, 2022) – On October 13, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division announced their findings from a six-year investigation into Orange County, CA prosecutor and law enforcement use of jailhouse informants. In a report, the DOJ outlined how Orange County prosecutors and Sheriff deputies ran a covert program to track and incentivize custodial informants used to obtain incriminating statements from individuals arrested and charged...

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    News Release ~ 10/06/2022

    NACDL Applauds Historic Presidential Pardons to Address Failed War on Drugs – Washington, DC (Oct. 6, 2022) – President Biden made an unprecedented announcement on October 6, 2022, in response to the years of failed legislation and politics that have incarcerated thousands of people for simple, non-violent drug offenses. President Biden will be pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, a bold move which will provide relief to thousands of people with simple drug convictions.

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