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Vol. 10 Issue 4 - 4/27/11

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At Guantanamo, Detainees Are Presumed Guilty

    NACDL agrees with Attorney General Eric Holder’s assessment on April 4, 2011, that the federal courts have proven to be an unparalleled instrument for trying terrorism cases. The federal courts have handled numerous terrorism cases with just, reliable results without security breaches and federal prosecutors have the tools for prosecuting persons believed to be terrorists, including over 40 specific terrorism statutes and nearly 100 other federal laws.

    But when the attorney general spoke of “bring[ing] the conspirators to justice,” he was ignoring the constitutional and common law mandate that the accused are innocent until proven guilty. That principle is the bedrock upon which our system of justice is founded.

    The military commission system is not about seeking justice as much as it is about obtaining convictions. At Guantanamo, the detainees are presumed guilty by virtue of their detention, and are hamstrung in defending themselves. 

    To read the entire statement and for more information, please click here.

NACDL Condemns Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer in Bahrain

    NACDL strongly condemns the late-night arrest of prominent human rights and criminal defense lawyer Mohammed al-Tajer on April 15, as reported by Human Rights Watch. Masked men are also said to have seized Mr. al-Tajer's personal computers, mobile phones and documents. NACDL urges the Bahrain government to release Mr. al-Tajer immediately along with his personal effects, which may contain attorney-client privileged information.

    Mohammed al-Tajer is well-known for his representation of opposition party members arrested in security sweeps. Last fall, he was lead defense counsel for a team of criminal defense lawyers representing 23 opposition leaders and activists arrested and charged under Bahrain’s antiterrorism laws. Charges against the detainees were eventually dropped, but some of the defendants have been rearrested in recent sweeps.

    For more information, please click here.

U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposed Amendments Update

    On March 21, 2011, NACDL submitted extensive commentary on the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s proposed amendments for this cycle, which included amendments implementing the Fair Sentencing Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and amendments to the mitigating role, minimal participant, firearms, supervised release, and illegal reentry guidelines.

    On April 6, 2011, the Commission voted on these amendments, approving many of the positive changes backed by NACDL, as follows:

    • The Commission removed some restrictive language from the Mitigating Role and Minimal Participant application notes. Specifically, it deleted the language discouraging reliance on the defendant’s bare assertion and that the downward adjustment “be used infrequently.”
    • In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress directed the Commission to promulgate an application note specifying that the amount of fraudulent bills submitted is prima facie evidence of the amount of intended loss. The Commission voted to include language in this new application note that such evidence may be rebutted.
    • Related to healthcare fraud, the Commission voted to add a new application note to the mitigating role guideline addressing the disconnect between loss amount and culpability. The new application note will also include a healthcare fraud example.
    • The Commission also adopted a new application note discouraging the imposition of supervised release for aliens likely to be deported after imprisonment. In addition, the Commission adopted amendments to the illegal reentry guidelines to reduce the enhancement for priors that are too old for criminal history points.

    The Commission also announced a hearing on June 1, 2011, to consider retroactivity of the Fair Sentencing Act and voted to seek public comment on the issue.

    Although significant reform of the Guidelines is still needed, NACDL applauds these positive changes. NACDL President Jim Lavine’s written testimony and full commentary are available below.

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

John Gross Named NACDL Indigent Defense Counsel

    NACDL is pleased to announce that attorney John P. Gross of Syracuse, New York, has joined the association’s national office as Indigent Defense Counsel. As the staff attorney leading NACDL’s ongoing indigent defense reform efforts, Mr. Gross will help the association devise legislative and litigation strategies, working closely with NACDL’s leadership, committees, affiliates and pro bono outside counsel, as well as liaising with other legal and professional organizations.

Special Washington, DC Screening of The Dhamma Brothers

    The Justice Roundtable Conversations on Justice Series
     presents a special screening ofThe Dhamma Brothers on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Washington, DC. Hosted by NACDL and Open Society Foundations (OSF), 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. A special panel will take place after the screening and will include Dr. Ron Cavanaugh, Director of Treatment, Alabama Department of Corrections (invited); Dr. Jenny Phillips, Producer/Director, The Dhamma Brothers; Ben Turner, Vipassana Prison Trust; Charles Ice, featured in The Dhamma Brothers (invited); and David Oryang, featured in The Dhamma Brothers.

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 ChampionMagazine, 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.

Coming Soon! A Dedicated Listserv for New and Young Lawyers!

    In response to numerous requests, NACDL is launching 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 forty years of age or younger and 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 and offer advice and share 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. Keep your eyes open for this new listserv!

NACDL Manager for Grassroots Advocacy Position Announcement

    NACDL is seeking applicants for the post of Manager for Grassroots Advocacy. The Manager for Grassroots Advocacy is responsible for expanding and enhancing NACDL’s efforts to engage and mobilize individuals and groups in support of NACDL’s legislative priorities. The manager will be expected to support NACDL’s core criminal justice reform initiatives. 

    As a member of NACDL’s national affairs department, the manager will coordinate with NACDL policy staff to ensure effective and integrated approach to grassroots advocacy in all NACDL policy areas -- federal, state, indigent defense, and white-collar crime. The manager will also establish and maintain contacts with other field departments and ensure campaign coordination where possible.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ relevant experience
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
    • Commitment to criminal justice reform
    • Ability to use website tools and social media for grassroots campaigns

Campaign for Justice Campaign Director Position Announcement

    The Campaign for Justice (the “Campaign”) is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to run a nationally significant campaign to improve Michigan’s delivery of public defense services to indigent persons accused of criminal wrongdoing. The Campaign seeks to ensure that all such persons are represented by attorneys who have training, supervision and resources sufficient to comply with the United States and Michigan Constitutions. NACDL works with the Campaign in a coalition to support Michigan indigent defense reform.

2011 Champion of Indigent Defense Award

    The NACDL Champion of Indigent Defense Award recognizes an individual for exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, county, state, or national indigent defense system. Although the outstanding representation of every indigent defendant is one of NACDL’s foremost goals, this award is intended to highlight efforts toward positive systemic changes through legislation, litigation or other methods and not the outstanding representation of individual clients.

    The Champion of Indigent Defense Award is awarded annually at an NACDL quarterly meeting.

    Nomination Guidelines
    Nominations may be made by any individual or group and must include:

    • The name, title, address and phone number of the nominating person/group.

    A summary, not to exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, of:

    1. The problems that exist(ed) in the relevant indigent defense system.
    2. The efforts made by the nominee to improve the system (e.g., coalitions formed, legislation proposed, task forces created, litigation initiated).
    3. The number of years the nominee has been involved in efforts to improve indigent defense and a brief history of the nominee’s legal career.
    4. Any changes that have been made in the system as a result of the nominee’s efforts.

    Any supplementary materials — such as brochures, reports, or news articles — also may be included. Unlimited letters of support may be submitted. Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by May 1, 2011, and sent to: NACDL Champion of Indigent Defense Award, Attn: Patrick Veasy, 1660 L Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 or patrick@nacdl.org (subject line: Champion of Indigent Defense Award).

    Eligibility and Selection
    The recipient shall be selected by the co-chairs of the NACDL Indigent Defense Committee upon the recommendation of the Indigent Defense Award Subcommittee. It is not necessary that the nominee be a lawyer; non-lawyer advocates and reformers will be considered. The Co-chairs of the Indigent Defense Committee and the members of the Indigent Defense Award Subcommittee are not eligible to receive this award but may submit nominations.

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.

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.

Announcement of 2011 NACDL Election and Applicable Procedures

    The 2011 election process for NACDL’s Board of Directors and Officer positions is underway. This year, NACDL members will elect nine members of the Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

    All rules governing the conduct of NACDL elections 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.

    For more information, click here.

Notice of Proposed Bylaws Change

    Pursuant to Article XIII, Section 1 of the Bylaws, this shall serve as notice of a proposed amendment 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. The membership will vote on proposed changes to NACDL's Bylaws at the Annual Membership Meeting on August 6, 2011, in Denver, Colorado.

    The reason for the proposed change is described in the Action Report.

NACDL Schedules Inaugural West Coast White Collar Seminar in Beautiful Lake Tahoe!


    NACDL’s 1st Annual White Collar Seminar on the West Coast, Turning the Tables on the 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!

    This is a fantastic opportunity to earn vital CLE credits, all in beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Seminar will occur during the prime Spring season in Tahoe, which means the activities are endless, including: golf, hiking, swimming, sailing on the Hyatt's private Catamaran, casino gambling, children's arcade, and more. Because of the multitude and wide-variety of outdoor and indoor activities available at this destination, NACDL encourages registrants to consider bringing your family and extending your stay.

    Featured Speakers include:

    • Rusty Hardin
    • Dennis Riordan
    • Michele Roberts
    • Reid Weingarten
    • And many more renowned presenters…

    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 

Register Today for NACDL's Annual Meeting - Peak to Peak The Summit of Cross!


    Take your courtroom skills to new heights by mastering the art of cross-examination at NACDL’s Annual Meeting in Denver, August 3-6, 2011. In many ways, cross is the most fun part of trial practice, but it is even better when you have the necessary skills to take it to the next level. 

    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.

    A few of the sessions you’ll find available:

    • Reaching New Heights in Cross-Examination 
    • Cross-Examining Police Officer in Confession Cases 
    • Crossing Crime Scene Investigators 
    • Cross-Examining Kids 
    • Cross-Examination When Race is an Issue 
    • And More! 

    Peak your courtroom performance—join us in Denver, and markedly improve your cross-examination skills!

The 20th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

     The 20th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be held on May 4-6, 2011, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa in Orlando, Florida. The event is sponsored by NACDL, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

    With 20 years of cutting edge law and practice pointers on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, this year's conference will cover the latest on sentencing in drug offenses, firearms offenses, fraud and theft, immigration offenses, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, securities cases, child pornography and the Adam Walsh Act, departures and variances, relevant conduct, sentencing alternatives and reentry, Chapter 3 adjustments, plea bargaining, Bureau of Prisons issues, updates on federal sentencing laws, and much more!

NACDL's 10th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

     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 herePlease 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) 872-8600 x242.

Contribute to NACDL's Brief & Motion Bank!

    One of the great benefits you get as a member of NACDL is our Brief and 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 thecase 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 and 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 thegreat 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) 872-8600 x254 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) 872-8600 x238.

    All information will remain confidential.

Where in the World is NACDL?

    On April 7, 2011, Executive Director Norman Reimer, Resource Counsel Vanessa Antoun, Education Assistant Akvile Athanason, Education Assistant Doug Reale, and National Affairs Assistant Patrick Veasy attended NACDL's Post-Conviction Seminar,Righting Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Flawed Forensics,in Cincinnati, Ohio.

NACDL on Twitter

    NACDL has an official Twitter account, @NACDL, and now has 665 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 clickinghttp://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 444 and the NACDL Public Page on Facebook now counts over 1,668 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

    United States v. MacDonald, 4th Circuit, No. 08-8525, brief filed 6/15/10, vacated and remanded 4/19/11. Habeas Corpus – Actual Innocence – Newly Discovered Evidence.Amicus curiae brief of the Innocence Project, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, the New England Innocence Project, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner-appellant Jeffrey R. MacDonald. In 1979, Jeffrey R. MacDonald was convicted in the Eastern District of North Carolina of the 1970 murders of his wife and their two young daughters in the family’s Fort Bragg home. MacDonald – who has steadfastly maintained that he is innocent of those horrific crimes – ultimately failed to have his convictions overturned on direct appeal and has since filed numerous motions for post-conviction relief. Argument: The district court erred when it (1) ignored uncontroverted evidence that the trial AUSA intimidated a defense witness and lied about it to the trial judge, and (2) holding that additional prefiling authorization was required to allow the petitioner to introduce exculpatory DNA evidence. The evidence as a whole establishes that no reasonable fact finder would have found him guilty under 28 U.S.C. §2244(b)(2)(B)(ii) or any other standard. Authors: Andrew Good, Philip Cormier and Harvey Silverglate, Goodwin Proctor LLP, Boston, MA, et al4th Circuit Decision 04/19/2011.

    White & Case LLP v. United States, U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 10-1147, decision below, In re Grand Jury Subpoenas, 627 F.3d 1143 (9th Cir. 2010), brief filed 4/21/11. Grand Jury Subpoenas—Parallel Proceedings—Protective Orders. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey in support of the petition for certiorariArgument: Grand jury investigations of business entities and civil actions against the grand jury target often proceed concurrently. The question in the case is whether a grand jury subpoena trumps a protective order issued by a judge in the civil case. There is a three-way split among federal circuit courts of appeal regarding the dilemma, but only the Ninth Circuit has adopted a per se rule which requires that civil protective orders give way to a grand jury subpoena with no judicial balancing of the interests involved. The Court should grantcertiorari to clarify the circumstances in which judicial balancing is appropriate. Authors: Ross H. Garber, Charles L. Howard and Michelle L. Querijero, Shipman & Goodman LLP, Hartford, CT.

Recent NACDL Letters and Member Testimony

Upcoming Affiliate & NACDL Seminars

    May 6-7

    Arizona: AACJ's 24th Annual DUI Seminar 
    Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, Tucson, Arizona
    Contact: AACJ’s Executive Director Ellen Salvesen at 480-812-1700 or email defense@aacj.org

    May 17
    Tennessee: Davidson County General Sessions Training 
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Contact: TACDL's Executive Director Suanne Bone at (615) 329-1338 or email suannebone@tacdl.com

    May 18-19
    New Hampshire: Intensive DRE and FST Training with Anthony Palacios 
    Manchester or Concord (depending on numbers), New Hampshire
    Contact: NHACDL's Executive Director Katherine Cooper at (603) 624-7777 or email katherine@nhacdl.org

    May 19-20
    NACDL's Spring Board of Directors Meeting
    Location: Mayflower Hotel/NACDL Office 
    Contact: NACDL's Education Assistant Akvile Athanason at (202) 872-8600 x230 or email akvile@nacdl.org.

    May 20
    New Hampshire: NHACDL's DUI Seminar "From Roadside to Bedside"
    Manchester, New Hampshire
    Contact: NHACDL's Executive Director Katherine Cooper at (603) 624-7777 or email katherine@nhacdl.org

    May 20, 21
    Tennessee: TACDL's Capital Defense Training 
    University of TN College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Contact: TACDL's Executive Director Suanne Bone at (615) 329-1338 or email suannebone@tacdl.com 

Three VALUABLE DWI Resources at One-Great Price! Become a Field Sobriety Expert!




    In NACDL’s newest must-have DVD program Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases, Steven Oberman addresses the science behind the absorption, distribution & elimination of alcohol in the human body, and issues with blood-alcohol concentration measurement. This one-of-a-kind program also covers the measurement of alcohol in the human body with breath testing—including fuel cell devices, infrared devices, and factors affecting breath test analyses, and much more.

    Another fundamental NACDL resource is our Cross of the Field Sobriety Test DVD, also presented by leading DUI defense lawyer Steven Oberman. This demonstrative one-hour DVD takes you through each step of the standardized field sobriety and shows you how to use the tests to prove your client’s innocence. Learn how to win your next DUI case with best-in-practice cross-examination techniques that specifically highlight the shortcomings of field sobriety tests. 

    NACDL has the latest NHTSA DWI SFST Manual (revised 2009) available for purchase - an invaluable resource for any DUI practitioner. This informative publication provides a detailed overview for administering the DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Training Program. We invite you to add the most current version of the DWI SFST Manual to your personal collection and stay on top of the important testing standards when cross-examining the officer in your next case. 

    We’ve packaged these three great learning tools for the low price of $400 – a $50.00 savings when you purchase all three together. Don’t miss the opportunity to add these valuable DUI resources to your private library. If you have questions about either of these products, please contact Doug Reale at doug@nacdl.org or (202) 872-8600 x272. 

    Order today and win even your most difficult DUI case!

Gain Insight into the Science of Child Sexual Assault and Molestation, NACDL's Newest DVD with Dr. Rich Kaplan


    NACDL’s newest release Child Sexual Assault and Molestation: Understanding the Science will shed light on one of the most difficult cases defense counsels 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) 872-8600 x272 or email doug@nacdl.org and order your copy today!

Sprint Nextel Discount for NACDL Members

    Sprint Nextel

    It pays to be a member of NACDL! Sprint Nextel is pleased to offer a wireless discount program to members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). As a NACDL member, you are eligible to receive discounts on your Sprint Nextel wireless services. Whether you are a new or existing Sprint or Nextel customer, you can take advantage of these savings.

    Start saving now! Visit us online to learn more about Sprint's discount, products and services at www.sprint.com/nacdl.

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).

    *FedEx shipping discounts are off standard list rates and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Shipping discounts are exclusive of any FedEx surcharges, premiums or special handling fees and are not available to package consolidators. Eligibility for discounts subject to FedEx credit approval. Eligible services subject to change. Base discounts on FedEx Express® are 15%-21%. An additional 5% discount is available for eligible FedEx Express shipments when you ship online at fedex.com. Discounts are subject to change.

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.

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