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Vol. 10 Issue 1 - 1/31/11

Forensic Science Reform Is Long Overdue

    As more than a decade of crime lab scandals have shown, forensic evidence presented in court is, at times, often bogus – based on speculative research, inadequate quality control, and subjective interpretations. Ensuring the scientific integrity of forensic evidence is essential to preventing wrongful convictions and exonerating the innocent.

    NACDL appreciates Sen. Patrick Leahy for introducing the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act of 2011. Two years ago, the National Research Council of the National Academies in Washington, D.C., issued a landmark report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, which set forth a road map for forensic evidence reform and renewed the call for fairness in the criminal justice system. NACDL’s own report, Principles and Recommendations to Strengthen Forensic Evidence and Its Presentation in the Courtroom, which supports the recommendations of the NRC Report, was approved and adopted by the association’s board of directors in February 2010.

    For more information, please click here.

Florida's Strict Liability Felony Drug Law Under Attack

    A diverse group of organizations and law professors concerned about the elimination of intent requirements in criminal statutes are urging a federal court to declare Florida’s law prohibiting possession, sale or delivery of controlled substances unconstitutional. NACDL, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Calvert Institute for Policy Research, and 38 professors from 27 different U.S. law schools submitted a joint amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief on Friday in support of a habeas petitioner who is serving an 18-year sentence under Florida’s strict liability felony drug law.

    For more information, please click here.

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: the 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 about to get underway. This year, NACDL members will elect 9 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

Upcoming NACDL Events and Seminars


    Register Today! NACDL's 2011 Midwinter Seminar, Modern Evidence, Modern Defenses: What it Takes to Win Your Case, will be held on February 16-19, 2011, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. 

    This program will teach you the skills necessary to effectively deal with evidence throughout the entire trial, from investigation through closing.

    Learn new techniques for presenting evidence to increasingly tech-savvy juries while brushing-up on the basics of solid lawyering.


    Register Today! NACDL & CACJ's 4th Annual Forensic Science Seminar, Making Sense of Science, will be held on March 25-26, 2011, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

    In the modern world, you need to know and understand the forensic sciences in order to effectively represent your clients. Attend this one-of-a-kind CLE seminar and leave with a better understanding of forensic evidence and technology to use in the arsenal of tools to win your next case.

New Seminar for Post-Conviction Lawyers - Free for Approved Applicants


    Register Today! NACDL's Post-Conviction Seminar, Righting Wrongful Convictions: Challenging Flawed Forensics, will be held on April 7, 2011, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

    NACDL presents this exciting new program, in collaboration with the Innocence Network and supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, specifically for lawyers who handle post-conviction claims. The program will feature innovative techniques for investigating, litigating and winning post-conviction innocence cases. This program is FREE for approved applicants.

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 the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 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!

Forensic Science Training for Capital Defenders - Free for Approved Applicants 

     The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and Law (NCSTL) is offering a 3-day training seminar on forensic science for capital defense attorneys on June 6-8, 2011, at the Center for American and International Law (CAILAW) in Plano, Texas. The training is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and will be FREE to approved applicants, including allowable expenses for attendance, travel and most meals.

    The training is intended for defense attorneys who actively try capital cases and potential topics include crime scene reconstruction, collection and packaging of evidence, firearms, forensic odontology, forensic pathology, pattern evidence including latent prints, DNA, digital evidence, forensic science research, as well as breakout sessions on forensic anthropology, questioned documents, forensic entomology and forensic psychiatry. On the final day there will be a mock trial where practitioners demonstrate strategies for questioning and presenting forensic experts in court.

    There are a limited amount of spots available to attend and all interested applicants must apply by April 1, 2011.

NACDL State Criminal Justice Network Conference Call Series

    NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) has initiated a conference call series with criminal defense lawyers and activists across the country to discuss a variety of criminal justice issues. In light of the recent rhetoric about denying a child born in the United States the right of citizenship and the recent anti-immigration legislation passed in Arizona last year, which is now being contemplated in other states, the next National Advocacy Conversations on Developing Legislation/Litigation will focus on immigration detention and unaccompanied children. The call will be held on February 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

    Participating on the call will be Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Advocacy Director Megan McKenna and KIND's Washington DC Pro Bono Coordinator Paul Lee. KIND works to protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. Megan McKenna will discuss KIND's recent advocacy efforts regarding legislation and policies that affect immigrant children, such as the upcoming reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and appropriations for unaccompanied children’s services. Paul Lee will discuss the juvenile immigration detention system and its intersection with the juvenile delinquency system.

    If you are interested in joining the call, please send an email to scjn@nacdl.org.

NACDL Members Admitted to Bar of U.S. Supreme Court

    On January 12, 2011, nine NACDL members traveled to Washington, DC, and were sworn in to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. NACDL President Jim Lavine made the admission motions in open court before Chief Justice John Roberts.

    The Court’s new practitioners are:

    • Eric Bernstein, NY
    • Michael DelSignore, MA
    • Evan Fray-Witzer, MA
    • Sharon Fray-Witzer, MA
    • Jeffrey Hammerschmidt, CA
    • Edward Earl Key, NY
    • Daniel Perlman, CA
    • Douglas Romero, CO
    • James K. Weick, Jr., FL
    NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer was also admitted. Another swearing-in ceremony for additional members will be organized for next year. Please stay tuned for more details.

ABA Task Force on Comprehensive Representation Survey

    NACDL is working together with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Task Force on Comprehensive Representation to explore the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, which held that a lawyer for an individual charged with crime has a constitutional obligation to advise the client that a guilty plea carries a risk that he will be deported. The Padilla decision, and its potential for expansion, represents a unique challenge to the criminal defense bar because it calls upon defense lawyers to cultivate expertise in other legal arenas and serve clients in new and expanding ways. NACDL, NLADA and the ABA Task Force are working together to brainstorm potential hurdles to the full implementation of Padilla, possible solutions and best practices. As a starting place to this project, the ABA Task Force recently released an exploratory survey for criminal defense attorneys to determine the current understanding of the scope of criminal defense representation.

    To take the survey, which only takes a few minutes, please click here.

    If you have any questions about the survey or project, please contact Christopher Gowen from the American Bar Association at gowenc@staff.abanet.org.

Research on Criminal Prosecution of Defense Lawyers for Acts During Representation: Short Survey

    This survey, prepared by Professor Lonny Hoffman at the University of Houston Law Center, concerns the criminal prosecution of lawyers for acts taken on a client’s behalf. It is part of Professor Hoffman’s research for a law review article he is writing on the subject. About 25 years ago, a similar survey was sent to members of the NACDL and published in The Champion. The results from that older survey are discussed in William Genego, “Reports from the Field: Prosecutorial Practices Comprising Effective Criminal Defense,” The Champion May 1986: 7-18. With this new survey, he hopes to update Genego’s earlier findings and shed light on current practices. The survey is short and it should take only a couple of minutes to complete.

    To take the survey, please click here.

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 nominated person/group.
    • 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 March 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.

Contribute to NACDL's Briefs & Motions Bank!

    One of the great benefits you get as a member of NACDL is our Briefs & Motions 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 motionwith which you are particularly pleased? Maybe one that involved an in-depth discussion of the case law, had an especially creative argument, or addressed anunusual situation? Just as using the NACDL Briefs & Motions 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 Briefs & Motions 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 persuade other defense lawyers to become members of NACDL! 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 articleyou recently read in The Champion, or something you learned from one of the NACDLlistservs. 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) 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?

    From January 16-22, 2011, Executive Director Norman Reimer, Assistant Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan Dominguez, Associate Executive Director for Programs Gerald Lippert, Director of White Collar Crime Policy Shana Regon, and Special Assistant to the Executive Director Daniel Weir attended NACDL's 31st Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar in Aspen, Colorado.

    From January 19-22, 2011, State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee Retreat entitled Strengthening County, State & Federal Partnerships for Disaster Recovery and for Safely Lowering Jail and Prison Populations in New Orleans, Louisiana. The retreat featured panels on the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, bail reform, effectively lowering jail and prison populations through County and State partnerships, youth development and delinquency and more.

NACDL on Twitter

    Several months ago, NACDL officially launched its Twitter account @NACDL. NACDL now has 471 followers on twitter. 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 Assistant Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at ivan@nacdl.org.

NACDL on Facebook

    Last year, NACDL went live on Facebook with both a Members Group and a Public Page. The NACDL Members Group now numbers 430 and the NACDL Public Page on Facebook now counts over 1,590 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 Assistant Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at ivan@nacdl.org.

Recent Amicus Curiae Briefs Posted on NACDL Website

    Bullcoming v. New Mexico, U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 09-10876, decision below 226 P.3d 1 (N.M. 2010), brief filed 12/6/10, argument 3/2/11. Confrontation Clause—Hearsay—DWI/Blood alcohol testing—Gas chromatography. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in support of petitioner. Argument: At the petitioner’s trial for driving while intoxicated, the prosecution called an analyst who took no part in the testing of petitioner’s blood for alcohol content; the New Mexico Supreme Court held that blood alcohol analysis was a simple test in which the presence of the actual analyst was not necessary to interpret the results. This often-technical brief argues that blood alcohol testing using gas chromatography (GC) for analyzing blood alcohol involves exercise of the analyst’s judgment in interpreting results that presents a risk of error that can be discovered only through cross-examination of the analyst who ran the test; a proper cross-examination would include questions that only the actual analyst could answer.Authors: Barbara E. Bergman, Univ. of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, et al.

    Turner v. Rogers (Turner v. Price), U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 10-10, cert. granted 11/1/10, brief filed 1/11/11. Argument 3/23/11. Right to Counsel—Indigents—Contempt—Child support nonpayment proceedings. Amicus curiae brief the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Brennan Center for Justice, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Southern Center for Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union is support of petitioner. Argument: Providing counsel to an indigent individual facing jail time in a civil contempt hearing is essential to prevention of wrongful incarceration. Indigent contemnors lack the courtroom skills to effectively represent themselves in complex proceedings; presence of counsel helps to ensure that only willful contemnors are incarcerated. The Supreme Court should provide clear guidance to the states that the Constitution requires appointment of counsel whenever personal liberty is threatened; appointment of counsel for alleged contemnors will ensure due process and help prevent wrongful incarcerations without imposing a significant burden upon the states. Authors:Stephen J. McConnell, Meghan Rohling Kelly, Christina S. Keddie and David S. Caroline, Dechert LLP, Philadelphia, PA.

    United States v. Rubashkin, 2nd Cir., Nos. 10-2487 & 10-3580, brief filed 1/13/11. Recusal of trial judge —Ex parte contact with prosecutors—Judicial participation in law enforcement activity and the plea bargaining process. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Eight Law Professors in support of appellant. Argument: Per Morrison v. Olson (1988), a judge should not preside over a trial in which she was intimately involved with the prosecution in the events leading up to trial and should have disqualified herself from hearing defendant-appellant’s new trial motion when her pretrial participation in the prosecution belatedly came to light after defendant’s trial. Author: Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA.

Recent NACDL Letters and Member Testimony

Upcoming Affiliate & NACDL Seminars

    February 16-19

    NACDL's Midwinter Meeting & Seminar
    Location: Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
    Contact: NACDL's Education Assistant Akvile Athanason at (202) 872-8600 x230 or email akvile@nacdl.org.

    February 18-21
    California: CACJ & CPDA's Annual Capital Case Defense Seminar
    Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California
    Contact: CACJ's Administrative Director Gail Jones at 916-643-1800 or email gjones@cacj.org

    March 1

    Texas: NACDL, TCDLA & Others - Indigent Defense Summit
    Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas
    Contact: TCDLA's Executive Director Joseph Martinez at (512) 478-2514 or email jmartinez@tcdla.com

    March 3-4
    Texas: TCDLA's Cross Examination Seminar
    Houston Crowne Plaza, Houston, Texas 
    Contact: TCDLA's Executive Director Joseph Martinez at (512) 478-2514 or email jmartinez@tcdla.com

    March 4
    Washington: WACDL's “Confessions & Statements” Seminar
    Tacoma, Washington
    Contact: WACDL's Program Assistant Alyson Segawa at (206) 623-1302 or email info@wacdl.com

    March 10-11
    Ohio: OACDL's Advanced OVI Seminar
    Westin Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
    Contact: OACDL’s Executive Director Susan Carr at (614) 418-1824 or email susan@oacdl.org

    March 25-26
    NACDL & CACJ's 4th Annual Forensic Science Seminar
    Location: The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
    Contact: NACDL's Education Assistant Akvile Athanason at (202) 872-8600 x230 or email akvile@nacdl.org.

Storytelling & Persuasion DVD is Now Available; Learn Effective Communication Strategies You Can Put to Practice Today!


    Purchase your copy of NACDL’s compelling DVD release, Effective Communication for Defense Lawyers: Storytelling & Persuasion today. The ability to effectively convey a story to a judge or jury is an essential skill that defense lawyers must master. The presentations included in this powerful DVD compilation will help you learn, improve, and enhance your communication skills and persuasive techniques to be more effective and influential. 

    A few of the presentations include:

    • Storytelling & the Art of Persuasion – Tyrone Moncriffe
    • The Constitutional Right to Tell Your Client’s Story – Bill Nettles
    • Taking Persuasion to New Heights Using Technology – Natasha Silas
    • Selling a Not Guilty With Non-Verbal Communication – Eric Oliver

    Get the necessary information and insight that you can immediately apply in your practice, with the opportunity to earn up to 10 general CLE credits in states where self-study is permitted. 

    Contact: Doug Reale at (202) 872-8600 x272 or email doug@nacdl.org for questions or purchase details.

Defending Sex Cases DVD - 20% Off With Introductory Offer! Order Your Copy Today!


    Defending sexual assault cases can be grueling and even daunting—but it doesn’t have to be.

    In our newest DVD release, “Confronting the Mob Mentality: Defending Sex Cases”NACDL has compiled a wide array of presentations given by some of the best litigators and communicators in the country. 

    Topics include:

    • Online Investigations of Complaining Witnesses
    • Computer Forensics in Predator Cases
    • Fresh Complaint Evidence, Handling the Media in High Profile Sex Cases
    • Ethically Defending Sex Assault Allegations
    • Where to start and how to effectively cross a child witness
    • And more!

    This influential DVD will enlighten you to the best strategies for defending clients accused of sex related crimes, and explain in specific detail how to avoid or minimize the impact of the mob mentality you will inevitably face when representing a client charged with these harsh allegations.

    Contact: Doug Reale at (202) 872-8600 x272 or email doug@nacdl.org for questions or purchase details.

New 2009 NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing Manual Now Available
    NACDL has recently acquired the 2009 updated version of the NHTSA DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Manual. Produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this manual is what most officers who conduct SFST tests are trained on. Obtaining this manual is a must for an attorney with a DUI or DWI case that involved a field sobriety test. With this manual, you’ll be able to effectively cross on officer on the field sobriety test procedure.

    The SFST manual is available in hard copy book or as a PDF delivered on a standard CD. Two versions of the manual are available: the “Student Manual”, which officers learn from during training, and the “Instructor Manual” which instructors use to run the course.

    Don’t head into court unprepared! Order your personal copy of this manual today and educate yourself on SFSTs. For more information and pricing please contact Doug Reale at doug@nacdl.org or call (202) 872-8600 x272.

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


    A novel suppression argument wins here, a new trend threatens the unsuspecting defender there--and timely knowledge is important to us all. If you're an NACDL member and want to join our news list to keep up on the day's latest criminal justice developments, click here for information. If you are a newshound yourself, so much the better--your eyes and ears can help keep us all informed.

    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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