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Vol. 10 Issue 5 - 5/25/2011

Announcement of 2011 NACDL Election

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 5 of the NACDL bylaws, the Nominating Committee announced its nominees for Officer and Director positions on May 19, 2011.

The following individuals have been nominated to the open positions:

President Elect Steven D. Benjamin
First Vice President Jerry J. Cox
Second Vice President Theodore Simon
Treasurer E.G. Morris
Secretary Barry Pollack
Director Bill Buckman
Paul DeWolf
Elissa Heinrichs
Michael Heiskell
Tracy Miner
Tyrone Moncriffe
Melinda Sarafa
David Smith
Geneva Vanderhors

Members interested in running for election may still seek election by submitting a petition for candidacy for the NACDL Board of Directors or Executive Positions. The deadline for submitting a petition is 5:00pm EDT on Friday, June 3rd, 2011. Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 3(b), in the event that no petitions are received the Secretary will declare the Nominating Committee slate of candidates elected by acclamation at the Annual Membership Meeting in Denver on August 6, 2011.

All rules and requirements governing the conduct of NACDL elections, including the applicable procedures governing nomination by petitions, may be viewed at www.nacdl.org/Elections, and a copy of those rules may be obtained by contacting Daniel Weir at daniel@nacdl.org.

NACDL Board of Directors Adopts Resolutions on Reforming the Use of Asset Forfeiture and Discouraging Campaign Attacks in Judicial Elections

NACDL's Board of Directors passed two resolutions during its spring quarterly meeting on May 20, 2011, in Washington, DC.

The first resolution adopts model legislation to advocate for reforms to states’ asset forfeiture laws - the power of police to seize property on mere suspicion of a crime or without a conviction and, in most states, keep some or all of the proceeds for their own use. NACDL and the Institute for Justice drafted the model legislation, which replaces civil forfeiture with criminal forfeiture and addresses the core issue of asset forfeiture abuse: the perverse financial incentive. Further the legislation would redirect the proceeds of seized assets away from the law enforcement unit making the arrest.

To read the resolution, please click here. For more information, please click here.

The second resolution, highlighting NACDL's recognition in the importance of maintaining an independent judiciary, "notes the increasing prevalence of attacks upon candidates in judicial elections that undermine judicial independence, impugn the integrity of the judicial branch, and denigrate fundamental constitution rights" and "calls upon all candidates for judicial office to refrain from personal attacks" by "pledg[ing] publicly to adhere to this request."

To read the resolution, please click here.

The Foundation for Criminal Justice and NACDL Board Meet and Confer Awards in Washington, DC

Last week, both the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) held meetings in Washington, DC. The first event, on May 18, was a special screening and panel discussing the film The Dhamma Brothers at the Open Society Foundation Washington Office, an event co-hosted by NACDL and the Open Society Foundation. The Dhamma Brothers tells the story of inmates at the Donaldson Correctional Facility who enter an intensive, ten-day meditation program. In addition to the producer/director of the documentary and some of the men featured in the film, the panel also included the Director of Treatment of the Alabama Department of Corrections, a Vipassana meditation instructor, and a representative of the Vipassana Prison Trust.

To read more, please click here.

Notice of Proposed Bylaws Change 

Pursuant to Article XIII, Section 1 of the Bylaws, this shall serve as notice of proposed amendments to the NACDL Bylaws. On February 19, 2011, at a regularly scheduled meeting in San Antonio, Texas, the Board of Directors voted to submit a proposed change to the membership. Subsequently, on May 20, 2011, at a regularly scheduled meeting in Washington, DC, the Board of Directors voted to submit an additional proposed change to the membership. The membership will vote on both proposed changes to NACDL's Bylaws at the Annual Membership Meeting on August 6, 2011, in Denver, Colorado.

The amendments can be found here.

The reasons for the proposed changes are described in the Action Reports.

NACDL to Honor Deryl Dantzler at Annual Meeting - Register Today! 


Come to Denver, August 3-6, 2011, for NACDL’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Seminar: “Peak to Peak: The Summit of Cross” and join us as we honor Deryl Dantzler, Dean of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), at a special luncheon presentation on Thursday, August 4.

Take your courtroom skills to new heights by mastering the art of cross-examination. This program’s nationally-renowned faculty will delve into a wide-array of presentations specifically focused on the most challenging areas of cross-examination. Topics will range from crossing children in sexual assault cases, to grilling detectives about their coercive interrogation practices and questioning law enforcement officers in DWI cases.

The star-studded faculty includes: 

  • Crossing Crime Scene Investigators - David Rudolf
  • Cross of Experts - Andrea Lyon
  • Revealing True Character Through Cross - Keith Belzer
  • Impeachment - Hugo Rodriguez
  • Cross- Examining Police in Confession Cases - Deja Vishny
  • Cross-Examining Kids - Colette Tvedt
  • Cross-Examination When Race is an Issue - Bryan Stevenson
  • DWI Cross - Abe Hutt

In addition to the valuable information you’re sure to obtain, NACDL is pleased to announce three cocktail receptions are included with your seminar registration.

Don’t forget our Special a la carte Luncheon Presentation honoring Deryl Dantzler, Dean of NCDC, on Thursday. Tickets are available for this special event for $55 and must be purchased in advance. Make sure to purchase your ticket and help us honor and celebrate our distinguished colleague!

NACDL's Renowned White Collar Seminar in Beautiful Lake Tahoe! 


NACDL’s 1st Annual West Coast White Collar Seminar: “Turning the Tables on Government” will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, June 16-17, 2011. If you’ve attended a previous NACDL White Collar Seminar, then you know this premier training is ideally suited to arm you with the necessary information and skills to effectively take on your next white collar case. If you haven’t attended in the past – we’ve just made your decision a little easier!

Scholarships Available:

NACDL believes it to be of the utmost importance for defense counsel to be up-to-date on the most crucial topics in white collar crime and we strive to educate as many defense attorneys as possible with our training. As such, there are a number of registration scholarships for Federal Defenders and CJA Panel Attorneys available. To apply for a scholarship send a letter of no more than two pages expressing interest and the reason you believe you should receive the grant. E-mail the letter to NACDL Manager for Meetings and Education Tamara Kalacevic, at tamara@nacdl.org or fax it to 202-872-8690.

All applications must be received by May 31, 2011. 

Featured Speakers include:

  • Rusty Hardin
  • Dennis Riordan
  • Michele Roberts
  • Reid Weingarten
  • Ben Kuehne

Seminar Topics will include:

  • Handling the Unique Challenges of High-Profile Defense 
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Antitrust 
  • National Security Issues that Arise for the Regular Practitioner 
  • FCPA Defense 
  • White Collar Sentencing 
  • Getting Paid When Your Clients’ Assets are Frozen 
  • Ethical Considerations of Witness Contact & More 

Hotel Discount Rate Expires Today, May 25, 2011. Make your reservations now! 

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village, NV 89451
Reservations: (775) 832-1234

Group Rate: S/D $175++
Please mention "group rate for NACDL Meeting" to receive the applicable discount rate.

NACDL's 10th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference 

SAVE THE DATE! NACDL’s 10th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats: Lessons from the Past Decade & Strategies for the Future, will be held August 4-5, 2011, in Denver, Colorado.

SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization or business. Please join us as we incorporate this model to review and celebrate 10 years of state criminal justice reform efforts & successes and work to develop a roadmap for future reforms. 

To view a draft agenda, please click here.

To register, please click here. Please note: If you are not an NACDL Member, you will need to create a "Visitor Account" in order to register for this event. 

For more information and to check for updates, please visit www.nacdl-statecrimjustice.org or contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at angelyn@nacdl.org or at (202) 465-7642.

Now Live: A Dedicated Listserv for New and Young Lawyers! 

In response to numerous requests, NACDL has launched a new listserv specifically for criminal defense lawyers who are new to the profession, or just starting out in private practice. Generally, the listserv is aimed at lawyers 40 years old or younger, or in their first five years of practice. But we also encourage you to participate if you are getting your start in private practice after spending time clerking, working as a DA or PD, or are leaving a firm to start your own practice. More experienced lawyers who have a gift and dedication to mentoring are encouraged to participate by offering advice and sharing their experience with younger colleagues. It’s intended as a place for attorneys getting their start – in whatever way – to get to know each other and to learn from more experienced colleagues. It will be a forum where you can ask questions about all those things you need to know that they didn’t teach you in law school.

For complete information or to join the New & Young Lawyers Listserv – or any of our other listservs – please visit our Website at www.nacdl.org/listserv.

NACDL Launching New Website This Summer 

This summer, NACDL is launching its new Website. On it, expect to find all of the tremendous resources you have come to expect from NACDL – The Member Directory, Brief & Motion Bank, NACDL Legal Education Programs and Resources, The Champion Magazine, Extensive Policy and Advocacy Materials, Amicus Briefs, Member Benefits, News & Information, and much, much more. NACDL’s new site will bring expanded functionality, ease of use and improved searchability to your online NACDL experience. “Liberty’s Last Champion” is stepping out front to provide our members and audiences with a more effective, efficient and aesthetically pleasing Internet home for the criminal defense bar. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Michigan Campaign for Justice, ACLU and ACLU of Michigan Release Report on Michigan's Failing Indigent Defense System 

On May 18, 2011, the Michigan Campaign for Justice, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Michigan released Faces of Failing Public Defense Systems: Portraits of Michigan’s Constitutional Crisis, a report documenting Michigan’s failure to ensure that public defense attorneys have the tools they need to provide constitutionally adequate legal representation and the devastating impact of this failure.

To read the report, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

Review a Book for The Champion Magazine 

Do you want to review a book for The Champion? Here is the list of available books. Send your request to editor@nacdl.org. First come, first served. The reviews are due on September 1, 2011.

1. Peggy Bailey, MURDER IN MUNCY CREEK (a true account of the 1836 trial, conviction, and hanging of John Earls)

2. Mark Weitz, THE SLEEPY LAGOON MURDER CASE (what began as a neighborhood party during the summer of 1942 led to the largest mass murder trial in California history)

3. Sherrie Bourg Carter, HIGH OCTANE WOMEN (What causes highly driven women to burn out? What can be done to prevent it?)

4. Jim Petro, FALSE JUSTICE (eight myths that convict the innocent; reforms that can improve conviction accuracy)

5. Jenny Phillips, LETTERS FROM THE DHAMMA BROTHERS (letters from maximum security prison inmates to a psychotherapist about their struggles and triumphs as they participate in a voluntary meditation program)

6. David Oshinsky, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT ON TRIAL (historian takes new look at Furman v. Georgia and offers insights into ongoing capital punishment debate)

7. Lisa Penland, PROFESSIONALISM IN THE REAL WORLD (walks the reader through the application of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct in everyday situations)

8. Michelle Alexander, THE NEW JIM CROW (challenges the civil rights community, and everyone, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America)

9. Payne Edwards, THE ACCUSATION (novel about innocent person charged with child abuse)

10. Meredith Maran, MY LIE: A TRUE STORY OF FALSE MEMORY (the author accused her father of molesting her; eight years later she realized it was not true)

11. Elizabeth Scott, RETHINKING JUVENILE JUSTICE (outlines a new developmental model of juvenile justice that recognizes the immaturity of adolescents but also holds them accountable)

12. Robin Gaby Fisher, THE BOYS OF THE DARK: A STORY OF BETRAYAL AND REDEMPTION IN THE DEEP SOUTH (the story of two men who suffered abuses at a reform school and as adults banded together to confront their attackers)

13. S. Krimsky and T. Simoncelli, GENETIC JUSTICE (some DNA databases have expanded to include people merely arrested, regardless of whether they have been charged or convicted; the authors examine the constitutional and sociopolitical implications)

NACDL National Affairs Assistant Position Announcement 

NACDL is seeking a full-time National Affairs Assistant to support the association’s five main policy-related areas: federal and state legislation, indigent defense, white collar crime and public affairs. The National Affairs Assistant provides substantive and administrative assistance to the association’s policy department directors and counsel. This job provides an opportunity to learn more about the issues facing the criminal justice system and participate in related reform efforts. Wide-ranging duties include maintaining and updating Web pages, conducting research on legal and legislative issues, drafting and editing documents, and responding to requests for information and assistance from the public and NACDL members. The Assistant has primary responsibility for assembling and editing association’s electronic newsletter. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate who possesses strong writing, organizational, and computer skills. Demonstrated interest in criminal justice or civil liberties issues is a plus. Position open until filled but interested candidates are encouraged to apply by May 27, 2011.

NACDL's First Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award 

The NACDL Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award will recognize an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led to positive changes to reform a state criminal justice system.

The award shall be presented annually at the State Criminal Justice Network Conference or at such other time as determined by the State Legislative Affairs Committee chairs.

Nomination Guidelines 

Nominations may be made by any state affiliate, advocacy group or individual, or NACDL’s state legislative affairs director, and shall be submitted in accordance with the guidelines and deadline and include such information as determined by the State Legislative Affairs Committee chairs. Nominations shall be sought through advertising in The Champion, NACDL's Website, requests for nominations from the state affiliates and other national and local organizations that focus on criminal justice reform, and other appropriate outlets.

Eligibility and Selection 

The recipient shall be selected by the members of the NACDL State Legislative Affairs Committee.

It is not necessary that the nominee be a lawyer; non-lawyer advocates and reformers will be considered. The Chair and Vice Chair of the State Legislative Affairs Committee are not eligible to receive this award but may submit nominations.

For more information about the award process, please click here or contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at angelyn@nacdl.org. Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by June 15, 2011. 

NACDL Public Affairs Staff Unveils New Member Benefit 

NACDL is now offering a terrific and free new member benefit from NACDL’s Public Affairs and Communications Office: NACDL's Daily Criminal Justice Briefing. Each morning, Briefing Editors Jack King and Ivan Dominguez collect and compile news items of particular interest to the criminal defense bar from around the world and provide links and summaries in a daily email update. In addition, subscribers will receive breaking news stories and links to Supreme Court decisions as they happen. The goal is to provide the resources necessary to ensure that the criminal defense bar is informed and current on a wide range of criminal justice news, legal developments, analysis and commentary.

Contribute to NACDL's Brief & Motion Bank! 

One of the great benefits you get as a member of NACDL is our Brief & Motion Bank, containing almost 400 documents across over 50 topics. We hope you will also help to strengthen it for the benefit of other members. Do you have a brief or motion with which you are particularly pleased? Maybe one that involved an in-depth discussion of the case law, had an especially creative argument, or addressed an unusual situation? Just as using the NACDL Brief & Motion Bank saves you time, obviating the need to start from scratch when you’re already pressed for time, documents you donate to the bank will help your fellow NACDL members in the same way.

We encourage submissions on any topic. Please take a look at what’s there, and think about what documents you’ve written that would enhance the value of the Brief & Motion Bank for other NACDL members. If you would like more information, please contact NACDL's Resource Counsel Vanessa Antoun at vanessa@nacdl.org.

Want to Reduce Your NACDL Dues? How About Win a Free Apple iPad? 

How would you like to get a reduction of $25, $50 – up to $125 off your NACDL membership dues next time you renew? Who wouldn’t?

It’s easy. All you have to do is recruit new NACDL members! You know lots of other defense lawyers, right? Some of them are probably not NACDL members. So, just mention to them that you’re a member, or mention an article you recently read in The Champion, or something you learned from one of the NACDL listservs. Tell them about one of our great CLE events you’ve attended, or a CLE video you own. Maybe it’s the great connections you’ve made through NACDL or referrals from the free public “Find-A-Lawyer” directory. Talk about why you joined NACDL, and why you’ve remained a member. For each new member you refer, we’ll take $25 off your next membership renewal, up to $125. All they need to do is join using this form and write in your name in the “referred by” space. And – so there’s something in it for everyone – we’ll give your new member prospects a full 15 months of member benefits for the price of 12.  

The member who successfully encourages the most new members to join will win a free Apple iPad! Many of your colleagues have already recruited new members, so hurry! Members who recruit new members will be listed in The Champion each month. The contest ends August 3, 2011, with the start of NACDL's 2011 Annual Meeting & Seminar in Denver, Colorado.

If you’re not already an NACDL member, find one and ask them to invite you to join!

Questions? Contact NACDL's Membership Director Michael Connor at (202) 465-7654 or michaelc@nacdl.org.

Do You Know a Member of Congress? 

A grassroots network is an essential part of our policy success. NACDL needs your help to achieve its policy goals.

Do you know a Member of Congress? Maybe you went to law school with a congressman, or shared law office space with a senator. If so, please contact National Affairs Assistant Patrick Veasy at patrick@nacdl.org or (202) 465-7638.

All information will remain confidential.

Where in the World is NACDL? 

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Director of White Collar Crime Policy Shana-Tara Regon spoke at a Capitol Hill education event in Washington, DC, titled “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Vital Tool or an Example of Federal Over-Criminalization?” This event was hosted jointly by NACDL, the Federalist Society, and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

On Friday, April 29, 2011, Director of White Collar Crime Policy Shana-Tara Regon spoke on a panel titled “Not a Fair Fight: The Perils of Vague Criminal Statutes” at the 2011 Spring Task Force Summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force will be recommending that its Board support model legislation, based upon NACDL’s recommendations in the “Without Intent” report, that would enact default mens rea rules of interpretation and application as well as codify the rule of lenity.

From May 4-6, 2011, Associate Executive Director for Programs Gerald Lippert and Education Assistant Doug Reale attended the 20th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in Orlando, Florida. The event was sponsored by NACDL, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Editor Champion Magazine Quintin Chatman, State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer, Associate Executive Director for Policy Kyle O'Dowd, National Affairs Assistant Patrick Veasy, and Legislative & National Security Law Clerk Melissa Weeden attended a special screening of The Dhamma Brothers in Washington, DC. The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale about human potential and transformation by following the stories of prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility as they enter into an arduous and intensive 10 day meditation program. The event was co-sponsored by NACDL and Open Society Foundations.

On Friday, May 20, 2011, multiple NACDL staff members attended the 2011 Spring Board of Directors meeting at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

NACDL on Twitter 

NACDL has an official Twitter account, @NACDL, and now has 740 followers. Getting set up on Twitter is easy and free, just visit http://twitter.com/ and click "Get Started -- Join." You can even watch an instructional video by clicking the "Watch a Video" button on the top right of the welcome screen before you join. Once you've set up your account, click "Find People" on the top right hand side of the screen and search for "NACDL" (no quotation marks necessary). Then, you just need to click the "Follow" button. Thereafter, everything we post to Twitter will come through on your Home page feed, like a news wire service. You can also check out NACDL's Tweet by simply clicking http://twitter.com/NACDL.

It is suggested that you familiarize yourself with the "terms" of use to which you can link from the bottom of the screen on Twitter. Also, please note that the fact of your following NACDL on Twitter, as well as your posts, are generally visible to the public. Information about blocking people from following you, as well as all other information concerning privacy and usage issues, is available on the Twitter site. 

Please send any thoughts or recommendations about NACDL's Tweeting to NACDL's Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at ivan@nacdl.org.

NACDL on Facebook 

NACDL is on Facebook with both a Members Group and a Public Page. The NACDL Members Group now numbers 443 and the NACDL Public Page on Facebook now counts over 1,689 fans following NACDL's work. Because the NACDL Public Page now has over 1,000 fans, the Page has its own vanity URL, http://www.facebook.com/NACDL, which makes it easier to share NACDL's work with all of your friends and colleagues. Through this initiative, selected NACDL content such as press releases, CLE information and materials, information on becoming a member, and similar publicly-available NACDL content, is being distributed through Facebook.

You should be aware that, to some degree, Facebook permits you to control what information others see about you on Facebook, just go to "account" on the top right and within that "privacy settings" as you set up or adjust your account settings. Please be aware that, if you join, you will be listed on Facebook as a member of this group and your profile will be accessible in accordance with your settings and Facebook’s policies. So be sure to fully acquaint yourself with Facebook's terms of service and privacy representations as you carefully consider whether to join and, if you do, what information you post, exchange, or message through this platform.

You can use these links to get directly to NACDL on Facebook: (i) NACDL Members-Only Group, and (ii) NACDL Public Page. And if you are not on Facebook, signing up is free and easy at www.facebook.com. Please send your thoughts or recommendations about NACDL's Group and/or Page on Facebook to NACDL's Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at ivan@nacdl.org.

Recent Amicus Curiae Briefs Posted on NACDL Website 

Rosario v. Griffin, U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 10-854, case below 601 F.3d 118, reh’g denied 617 F.3d 683 (2nd Cir. 2010), brief filed 3/16/11. Ineffective Assistance of Counsel—Habeas Corpus—AEDPA—State Standards. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petition for certiorari. Argument: New York's state constitutional “meaningful representation” standard to evaluate Sixth Amendment claims of ineffective assistance of counsel results in decisions that are "contrary to, or involve an unreasonable application of, clearly established federal law" as required by the federal habeas statute. Authors: Jonathan Marcus, et al., Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. The associations’ amicus curiae brief in the court below is here.

Recent NACDL Letters and Member Testimony 

Comments to the United States Sentencing Commission by NACDL President Jim E. Lavine on "Proposed Permanent Amendments" 

Written Statement of NACDL President Jim E. Lavine Before the United States Sentencing Commission on "Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines and Issues for Comment" 

Comments to the SEC by NACDL President Jim E. Lavine on "Proposed Rules for Implementing the Whistleblower Provisions of Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934" (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) 

Written Statement of NACDL President Jim E. Lavine Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on "Reigning in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems and Proposing Solutions" 

Written Statement of Ellen S. Podgor Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, on "Reigning in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems and Proposing Solutions" 

Written Statement of Timothy O'Toole on behalf of NACDL Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on "Restoring Key Tools To Combat Fraud and Corruption After the Supreme Court's Skilling Decision" 

Upcoming Affiliate & NACDL Seminars 

June 9-12
Florida: FACDL's Annual Seminar

Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, Florida
Contact: FACDL's Incoming President Nellie King at 561-833-1084 or email Nellie@CriminalDefenseFla.com 

June 9-11
Texas: TCDLA's 24th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course

Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas
Contact: TCDLA's Executive Director Joseph Martinez at (512) 478-2514 or email jmartinez@tcdla.com 

June 9
Washington: WACDL's "Managing a Small/Solo Practice" Seminar
Chelan, Washington

Contact: WACDL's Program Assistant Alyson Segawa at (206) 623-1302 or email info@wacdl.com 

June 9-11
Washington: WACDL's Annual Seminar
Chelan, Washington

Contact: WACDL's Program Assistant Alyson Segawa at (206) 623-1302 or email info@wacdl.com 

June 10
Louisiana: LACDL's Juvenile Witnesses and Sex Crime Accusations CLE Seminar
The Atrium Hotel, Monroe, Louisiana

Contact: LACDL's Executive Director David Tatman at (225) 767-7640 or email david@tatmangroup.com 

June 12-25
Georgia: NCDC's Trial Practice Institute
Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia

Contact: NCDC's Executive Director Rosie Flanigan at (478) 746-4151 or email rosie@ncdc.net 

June 16
Pennsylvania: PACDL's White Collar Seminar "Advocating on Behalf of the Cooperating Defendant"
Post & Schell, PC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Contact: PACDL's Executive Director Debra H. McGovern at (717) 234-7403 or email pacdl@aol.com 

June 16-17
NACDL's West Coast White Collar CLE
Location: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe, NV

Contact: NACDL's Education Assistant Akvile Athanason at (202) 465-7630 or email akvile@nacdl.org. For more details, visit our meetings Website at www.nacdl.org/meetings 

June 16-18
Alabama: ACDLA’s Annual Meeting and Seminar "Justice Must Be Won XIX"
Pensacola Beach Hilton, Pensacola Beach, Florida

Contact: ACDLA's Executive Director Ann Cooper at (334) 272-0064 or email annscooper@acdla.org 

June 17-18
Arkansas: AACDL's Annual Seminar "Betting on Justice XI"
Gold Strike Casino and Resort, Tunica, Mississippi

Contact: AACDL's Executive Director Virginia Kulpanowski at (501) 412-8992 or email arkcrimlaw@yahoo.com 

June 24
Tennessee: Legislative Update & Case Law Review
Nashville, Tennessee

Contact: TACDL's Executive Director Suanne Bone at (615) 329-1338 or email suannebone@tacdl.com 

2 for 1 Memorial Day Sale on CLE DVD's - Order Today 


Before the dog days of summer arrive – chill out and catch-up on your defense strategies during NACDL’s Memorial Day sale!

Self-study CLE’s are the perfect option for the busy attorney who may not have time to travel, prefers to learn on the go, or enjoys the comfort of learning from their home or office. If that sounds like you – or if you've missed any of NACDL's recent highly-rated seminars, now is your chance to get twice as much for your dollar with our 2 for 1 sale!*

Here is just a small sampling of some of the great CLEs that are available: 

  • Drug Addiction & the Brain
  • Experts: Using Yours, Derailing Theirs
  • Cross of the Field Sobriety Test
  • Child Sexual Assault and Molestation: Understanding the Science
  • Defending Drug Cases from Start to Finish
  • Essentials of Effective Appellate Advocacy
  • The Best of the Best 2010
  • Stars of Cross-Examination
  • And Many More

Gain the valuable information you need to prepare for your next trial. Don’t let this offer pass you by – order today!

Contact Doug Reale at (202) 465-7643 or email doug@nacdl.org to place your order. Be sure to mention promo code #2f1MD to receive the 2 for 1 promotion.
*Free DVD must be of equal or lesser value.

Drug Addiction and the Brain - 20% Introductory Offer 


NACDL's newest DVD release Drug Addiction and the Brain will arm you with a deeper understanding of drug addiction, its effect on the brain, and the resulting actions of your clients. Save 20% off the purchase price when you order on or before May 31, 2011.

In this highly-rated program, Dr. Alex Stalcup will walk you through the science and provide specific details about the drug/crime relationship. Learn why decisions made by addicts are part of a disease process, are not rational application of free will, and understand why reflection, deliberation, and consideration are precluded in addictive behavior. This enlightening and captivating presentation will shed light on and expand your expertise of the science of addictive behavior and its connection to crime.

Main topics addressed:

  • Addiction Effects on Behavior Control
  • Behavior Dysregulation
  • Addicting Drugs and the Mechanisms of Action
  • Neuroadaptation, Tolerance and Withdrawal
  • The Factors Affecting Judgment in Drug Users

Dr. S. Alex Stalcup is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Addiction Medicine, and is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (A.S.A.M.).
Mention promo code 1ADF to receive your 20% discount. Offer Expires: May 31, 2011, Contact Doug Reale at (202) 465-7643 or via email: doug@nacdl.org to place your order today!

The Science of Child Sexual Assault and Molestation DVD with Dr. Rich Kaplan 


NACDL’s recent release Child Sexual Assault and Molestation: Understanding the Science will shed light on one of the most difficult cases defense counsel can encounter – sexual assault and molestation of a child.

Pediatric child abuse specialist Dr. Rich Kaplan addresses a brief history of the medical response to child sexual abuse, what medical providers don’t know, guidelines for proper medical care, classification of medical findings, and differentiating a medical history from a forensic interview that has been characterized as a medical history. He also explains in detail what the medical diagnosis of sexual abuse means.

This enlightening and captivating presentation will arm you with information, from a medical perspective, that will give you the advantage in your next sexual abuse case.

For more information on ordering contact Doug Reale at (202) 465-7643 or via email at doug@nacdl.org. Order your DVD today!

Sprint Nextel Discount for NACDL Members 

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Save Up to 26% on FedEx Office and FedEx Delivery Services 

NACDL members can already save up to 26% on select FedEx® shipping services. Now you’re entitled to save up to 20% on select FedEx OfficeSM copy and print services and 10% off other select services at more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations. It’s now even easier for you to save time and money with FedEx. Sign-up is free, and there are no shipping, copy or print minimums. For more information or to enroll in this program, please click here and enter pass code 984K22 or call 1-800-MEMBERS, your dedicated shipping program administrator at 1.800.636.2377 (8 a.m.–6 p.m. EST, M-F).

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Stay Up-To-Date on NACDL News & Issues 

NACDL ListServ 

The NACDL listserv helps facilitate, via email, all sorts of criminal defense law discussions, including recommendations for expert witnesses, advice on trial practices, insights into controlling law in specialized fields or unique jurisdictions, and many other law-related matters. Subscription is free and limited to active NACDL members. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines. So far, more than 700 members have joined.

State Criminal Justice Network ListServ 

NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network brings together NACDL members, affiliate leaders, public defenders, and others seeking to reform state criminal justice policies. In the listserv, members share lobbying strategies and information about state legislation and policies. While some of the topics might overlap with other NACDL listservs, the Network has a specific focus on state legislation. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines.

IDC ListServ 

For news items and discussion specific to indigent defense, NACDL members are invited to join the Indigent Defense Committee (IDC) listserv. For several years, members of NACDL interested in indigent defense issues around the country have participated in the IDC listserv to share information on indigent defense issues across the country, as well as to keep up-to-date on NACDL's indigent defense reform efforts. For information on subscribing, click here.

White Collar Crime ListServ 

Stay ahead of federal and state prosecutors specializing in corporate investigations and prosecutions -- for news and discussion of recent developments in the white collar arena, subscribe to NACDL's White Collar listserv. Discussions are archived on NACDL's Website. To view recent postings or to subscribe to this specialty forum, click here.

Questions, comments, or news items? 

E-mail or call Director of Public Affairs & Communications Jack King at jack@nacdl.org and (202) 465-7628 or E-mail or call Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan Dominguez at ivan@nacdl.org and (202) 465-7662.

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