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Vol. 11 Issue 2 - 2/27/2012

Policy Statement on Pretrial Access to Counsel

Representation at the initial appearance before judicial officers is critically important. It promotes a successful attorney-client relationship by permitting counsel to participate in judicial consideration at the moment a person’s liberty is decided and ensures that clients do not enter guilty pleas without the benefit of counsel. Despite the constitutional guarantee of counsel for persons accused of felony and misdemeanor crimes, states have not uniformly interpreted that right to require representation at the initial judicial appearance. Indeed, only 10 states uniformly provide counsel at the first bail and pretrial release judicial determination that typically is conducted within 24-48 hours of arrest. In contrast, 10 states continue to deny counsel at the initial bail hearing. The remaining 30 states decide representation at the pretrial release hearing on a county-by-county basis. The Board unanimously approved NACDL’s policy on guaranteeing legal counsel at every defendant’s initial detention hearing. The policy is here.

White Paper on Government Access to Electronic Surveillance and Third Party Records

Widespread use of personal computers, cell phones, personal satellite navigation systems, and other “smart” handheld and tablet electronic communication devices have fundamentally altered the way people work, communicate, and socialize. Although the average person may assume data held by their service providers is private, unfortunately, changes in technology have outpaced the law and much of this information is accessible to law enforcement and other government agencies without a warrant based on probable cause. It is this uncertainty over whether users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in electronic communications that is the biggest challenge in determining whether Fourth Amendment protections apply to the communications. It is the position of the Board of Directors that the Fourth Amendment protects private data, regardless of how it is stored or transmitted, provided an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of that data. NACDL’s White Paper is here.

New Directors Installed

President Lisa Wayne administered the oath of office to two new members of the Board on February 19 to fill vacant unexpired terms. Congratulations to Norman Mueller, of Denver, CO, and Andrew Birrell of Minneapolis, MN. Josh A. Cohen was elected and will take office on April 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Federal Policy Update

NACDL President Gives Testimony
NACDL President Lisa Wayne testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on February 16 against proposed changes to the advisory system of federal sentencing guidelines. In opposition to legislation that would dangerously expand federal money laundering and forfeiture laws, Chair of NACDL’s Forfeiture Committee David Smith testified at a hearing before the House Crime Subcommittee on February 8.

Rights of Criminal Defendants
NACDL’s assiduous Rules Committee, co-chaired by Peter Goldberger of Pennsylvania and Bill Genego of California, had a busy month ensuring that proposed amendments to the rules of criminal procedure (Rule 11 and 12), rules of appellate procedure and rules of evidence do not adversely affect the rights of criminal defendants.

LACEY Act Reform
Inspired by the recent and well-publicized Gibson Guitar controversy, the White Collar department has been working with Senate staff to draft legislation to reform the Lacey Act. As a result of this effort, on February 2, 2012, Senator Rand Paul, joined by Senators Coburn, DeMint, Enzi, Lee, and Risch, introduced the “Freedom from Overcriminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012,” also known as the FOCUS Act. This bold legislation confronts the ever-growing crisis of overcriminalization in the federal criminal law by scaling back the overly broad and vague Lacey Act. Specifically, the FOCUS Act removes all references to “foreign law” in the Lacey Act and replaces its criminal penalties with a civil fine regime. NACDL applauds this bill and White Collar staff are working right now to educate the Hill about the dangers of the Lacey Act in order to garner additional sponsors for this reform legislation and successfully move it through the legislative process. For more information, please click here

National Task Force Held Hearings in Miami On the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction

NACDL's Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction held  its second hearing to undertake an inquiry into how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction are actually working, in state and federal systems on Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, 2012, in Miami, Florida. 

Approximately two dozen witnesses in Miami included representatives from community organizations, defense lawyers, researchers, civil rights advocates and treatment providers, as well as invidivudals with convictions who themselves confronted barriers to re-entry. The Task Force is particularly interested in Florida due to their recent changes in clemency rules and subsequent backlog of applications. 

For more information, please click here.

The Task Force on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction Cleveland Hearing

The Task Force on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction will hold a hearing in Cleveland on April 26-27, 2012. The Task Force recently has held hearings in Chicago and Miami. For more information about the Task Force, please visit the website here.

House of Representatives Correct to Reject Flawed ‘Public Corruption’ Amendment to STOCK Act

On February 9, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted legislation without the “public corruption” amendment included in the Senate version on a voice vote without debate. While the attention of the media and the public have been focused largely on the insider trading provisions of the primary piece of legislation, the STOCK Act, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor boldly and correctly rejected that amendment, which would have turned bad legislation into even worse law. 

According to NACDL President Lisa Wayne, “There are over 4,450 federal criminal laws on the books and tens of thousands more in the regulations. It’s actions like these – the unconsidered rushing through of harsh criminal law solutions to vague or undefined problems – that got our nation to this terrible place.”

For more information, please click here

Justice Kogan Honored with Champion of Justice Legal Award

The Board also honored former Florida Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan with the Champion of Justice Legal Award in recognition of his lifetime support of indigent defense and abolition of the death penalty, and bestowed an Honorary Life Membership on former NACDL Life Member and Florida Circuit Judge Raag Singhal.

The State Criminal Justice Network San Francisco Conference 

The State Criminal Justice Network will host a conference in San Francisco on July 25-27, 2012. For updated information, please click here.

Announcement of 2012 NACDL Election and Applicable Procedures

The 2012 election process for NACDL’s Board of Directors and Officer positions is about to get underway. In 2012, NACDL members will elect 13 members of the Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Effective in 2012, the Treasurer will serve a two-year term and will be inegilible to run for other Officer or Director positions during that term.

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 dweir@nacdl.org.

NACDL's Daily Criminal Justice Briefing 

NACDL now offers a terrific and free 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 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.

So far 1,150 NACDL members have subscribed to the Daily Criminal Justice Briefing. If you would like to join them, simply click here

NACDL's White Collar Criminal Defense College

The NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson is a “boot-camp” program for practitioners wishing to gain key advocacy skills and learn substantive white collar law. The program will cover client retention, investigation in a white collar case, handling searches and grand jury subpoenas, and dealing with parallel proceedings. Participants will have the experience of negotiating a plea, making proffers, and examining which experts to hire and how to protect the client in this process. Interactive sessions with top white collar practitioners will allow the participants to learn trial skills such as opening statements, cross-examination, jury instructions, closing arguments, and sentencing – all in the context of a white collar matter. The seminar will be held at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida on March 15-20, 2012.

For more information, contact Meetings Manager Tamara Kalacevic at (202) 465 7641 or tkalacevic@nacdl.org or 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 qchatman@nacdl.org. First come, first served. The reviews are due on June 1, 2012.

  1. Daniel Medwed, PROSECUTION COMPLEX (How does the justice system fall short of the ideal of a fair trial? What can courts change to prevent the innocent from being wrongly imprisoned?)
  2. Jorja Leap, JUMPED IN (gives voice to the people who understand the gang problem best – the gang members and the people who try to arrest them, control them, and help them)
  3. Michael Berryhill, THE TRIALS OF EROY BROWN (the murder case that shook the Texas prison system)
  4. Batt Humphreys, DEAD WEIGHT (based on a true story, the author recreates 1910 Charleston, S.C., and an episode of injustice)

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Contribute to the NACDL Brief & Motion Bank today!

One of the great benefits you get as a member of NACDL is the 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 unique or exceptional brief or motion? 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, so you don’t have to start from scratch when you are 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 or to contribute to the Brief & Motion Bank, please contact NACDL's Resource Counsel Vanessa Antoun at vantoun@nacdl.org.

Where is NACDL?

On January 31 and February 8, Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross gave testimony before the Maryland Legislature in opposition to proposed legislation that would deny indigent defendants the right to counsel at the time they are first brought before a judicial officer and restrictions are placed on their liberty.

Also, on February 4, Executive Director Norman Reimer and Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross moderated panels at the Indigent Defense Summit, which was co-sponsored by NACDL in partnership with the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants in New Orleans. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the gathering, acknowledged NACDL's reform efforts in support of indigent defense and pledged that the Department of Justice would devote increased resources to support indigent defense throughout the country. His remarks can be found here

NACDL's Task Force on Restorations of Rights and Status After Conviction held its second hearing in Miami, FL on February 16th and 17th. Executive Director Norman Reimer, State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer and National Affairs Assistant Obaid Khan attended the hearing. 

From February 17-20, NACDL held its mid-winter board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In attendance were Executive Director Norman Reimer, Education Assistant Akvile Athanason, Sales & Marketing Director James Bergmann, National Security Counsel Mason Clutter, Manager for Meetings & Education Tamara Kalacevic, Associate Executive Director for Programs Gerald Lippert, Education Assistant Doug Reale and Special Assistant to the Executive Director Daniel Weir.

National Criminal Defense College's Theories and Themes Seminar

The National Criminal Defense College is holding its Theories and Themes seminar in Atlanta, GA, April 13-15, 2012. This 2.5 day seminar focuses on the Theory of Defense and the themes that are carried throughout a trial, and represents the cutting edge of criminal trial skills. Discounts are available for past Trial Practice Institute participants, see website for details and application:http://ncdc.net/tts/index.html 

NACDL on Twitter

NACDL has an official Twitter account, @NACDL, and now has 1,453 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 have 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 Twitter presence to NACDL's Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at idominguez@nacdl.org.

NACDL on Facebook

NACDL is on Facebook. Recently, Facebook changed the way member groups operate, so to keep up with all of NACDL's updates, please be sure to "like" the NACDL Public Page (http://www.facebook.com/NACDL), which now counts 2,016 fans following NACDL's work. 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 this link to get directly to NACDL's 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 presence on Facebook to NACDL's Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at idominguez@nacdl.org.

Recent Amicus Curiae Briefs Posted on NACDL Website

Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States, U.S. Sup. Ct., Nos. 11-5683 & 11-5721 (consolidated cases), decision below 635 F.3d 336 (7th Cir. 2011), argument 4/17/12. Federal Sentencing—Crack-Powder Disparity—Fair Sentencing Act—General Savings Statute. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Federal Defenders in support of petititoners. Argument: It was error for the sentencing courts in these cases to not sentence the defendants pursuant to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, where the defendants were sentenced after the effective date of the FSA. The General Savings Statute, 1 U.S.C. §109, does not prevent the application of the Fair Sentencing Act to pending proceedings, because the application of an ameliorated penalty does not come within the technical abatement rule. Technical abatement occurs because at common law, abatement by repeal included a statute’s repeal and reenactment with different penalties, and is the complete deprivation of the power to prosecute— the scenario Sec. 109 was written to prevent. Application of the FSA’s penalties to ongoing prosecutions does not create a technical abatement at common law; therefore the General Savings provision of Sec. 109 does not apply. Authors: Jeffrey T. Greene and Clayton G. Northouse, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC, Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, Northwestern Univ. Supreme Court Practicum, Chicago, IL, and S. David Mitchell, Univ. of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO.

Pickering v. Colorado, U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 11-870, case below, ___ P.3d ___, 2011 WL 4014400 (Colo. 9/12/11), brief filed 02/13/12. Defense – Self-Defense – Intent – Due Process. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petition for certiorari. Argument: Element-negating defenses, such as self-defense, often negate the mens rea needed to sustain a conviction, and due process should require the prosecution to disprove the defense beyond a reasonable doubt. Authors: Timothy O’Toole and Jeffrey Hahn, Miller & Chevalier Chtd, Washington, DC.

United States v. Burwell, D.C. Cir. (en banc), No. 06-3070, 642 F.3d 1062 vacated 10/12/11, argued en banc 1/30/12. Mens Rea—Strict Liability—Scienter—Machineguns. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of appellant. Argument: United States v. Harris, 959 F.2d 246 (D.C. Cir. 1992) is no longer good law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. O’Brien, 130 S.Ct. 2169 (2010), which held that the “machinegun” provision of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(B)(ii) is not a “sentencing enhancement” but an element of the offense of “using or carrying” a machinegun in connection with a crime of violence; although Sec. 924 is silent as to whether knowledge that the firearm is capable of fully-automatic fire is a prerequisite for conviction under the statute, the court must presume mens rea is required where a statutory provision triggers a 30-year mandatory minimum sentence. Authors: Paul F. Enzinna and Evan N. Turgeon, Brown Rudnick LLP, Washington, DC.

United States v. Vasquez, U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 11-199, decision below 635 F.3d 889 (7th Cir. 2011), brief filed 1/30/12. Appeals—Harmless Error—Sixth Amendment/Right to Trial by Jury. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petition for certiorari and urging reversal. Argument: “Harmless error” review must assess the effect of the error on the verdict, upon review of the entire record, and with the burden of proving harmlessness on the government ; the appellate court must assess the strength of the evidence with due consideration of the defendant’s Sixth Amendment jury trial right and the jury’s role as the factfinder. Author: John D. Cline, San Francisco, CA.

Recent NACDL Letters and Member Testimony

Coalition Letter on Guidance Concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 

Written Statement of NACDL President Lisa Wayne before the US Sentencing Commission on "Public Hearing on Federal Sentencing Options After Booker 

Written Statement of David Smith before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on "Combating Transnational Organized Crime: International Money Laundering as a Threat to our Financial Systems." 

NACDL Letter on Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Act of 2012 

New Training for Post-Conviction Lawyers - FREE for Approved Applicants

Register Today! NACDL's Post-Conviction Seminar, Examining Forensic Pathology: Distinguishing Medicine from Myth, will be held on March 29, 2012 at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri. 

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 innocence claims. As in previous years, we focus on challenging the forensic evidence often encountered in cases of wrongful conviction – this time closely examining the field of forensic pathology. This program is FREE for approved applicants. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply or visit www.nacdl.org/meetings 

Dr. Cyril Wecht, acclaimed forensic expert to be featured at Making Sense of Science Seminar in Las Vegas!


Register now to attend NACDL & CACJ's 5th Annual Making Sense of Science Seminar: Forensic Science & the Law being held March 23-24, 2012, at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas!

You don't want to miss your chance to hear from Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. -- one of the country's leading forensic pathologists.

A nationally acclaimed forensic expert, Dr. Wecht is the President of the medical staff at Saint Francis Central Hospital's Department of Pathology in Pittsburgh. He has performed approximately 17,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations. Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases.

This year's Forensic seminar will also feature lawyers involved in the Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox trials who will discuss the forensic evidence in these cases.

You do not want to miss this great opportunity! This two-day program is sure to captivate you with a wide array of topics that will leave you with a better understanding of forensic sciences so you can effectively represent your clients.

Register today! 


Get ready for NACDL's Battle of the Experts Seminar!


Registration is now open for NACDL's Spring Seminar: Battle of the Experts: Beating Theirs, Winning with Yours, being held April 25-28, 2012, at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

Victories occur at all stages of the trial. When a case involves experts, victory will come to the winner of The Battle of the Experts. A staple of civil litigation for years, the presence of experts in criminal cases is an increasingly common occurrence. Frequently dealing with specific fields and disciplines, the subject matter of a given expert can be intimidating for defense counsel. Defending against experts and presenting them as part of your client's case is an essential skill all criminal defense attorneys need.

This program will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively handle an expert without the worry of having to become an expert yourself.

Register Today! 


2nd Annual West Coast White Collar Conference: “Turning the Tables on Government”


Register today for NACDL's 2nd Annual West Coast White Collar Conference: "Turning the Tables on the Government", June 7 - 8, 2012. You don't want to miss this enlightening seminar being held in beautiful Lake Tahoe, NV, at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort.

Co-Chairs Jan Nielson Little and Timothy P. O'Toole have put together an incredible program to address the hottest topics in your practice - from defending intent to negotiations with the government - this program is sure to enhance your expertise on the most pertinent topics and common issues that occur in white collar cases. 


Join NACDL’s “The List” for exclusive access to live and self-study CLE savings!


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GPS Cases: Battling 21st Century Surveillance - Order Yours today!


NACDL member and contributing amicus brief author Susan J. Walsh presents this 1-hour program CLE program which foreshadowed the SCOTUS decision handed down in US v. Jones.

The presentation: "GPS Cases: Battling 21st Century Surveillance" surveys the state of the law the week after SCOTUS heard oral argument in this watershed Fourth Amendment case.

In this timely DVD program Ms. Walsh analyzes the "beeper cases;" the two earlier Supreme Court tracking cases decided in the 1980's; the evolution and mechanics of the current GPS technology in comparison to that 20 years ago and the current landscape of the constitutional issue under state constitutions, as well as, the current federal circuit split.

The presentation includes practical tips on the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure governing the warrant application for GPS tracking; discovery, suppression and open issues ripe for challenge in an advancing digital age including the chilling effect to our First Amendment Rights associated with a technologically maturing society.

Order your copy today! For questions or to place your order by phone contact Doug Reale at (202) 465-7643 or via e-mail to dreale@nacdl.org. This program has also been made available for you to vie online through WestLegalEd, click here to learn more.


NACDL’s Newest DVD: Challenging Charges of Sexual Assault – Order your copy today!


With the mob mentality becoming more prominent in modern society, effectively defending sexual assault cases is increasingly difficult. This comprehensive 12-hour DVD will equip you with the best strategies for defending those accused of sex crimes, shed light on modern science to effectively dispute the prosecution's claims of wrongdoing, and minimize the influence and impact of the media on your client's chances of an acquittal.

Presentations include:

  • Cross of the Medical Expert in Sexual Assault Case - Bill James 
  • Representing Juveniles Accused of Sex Offenses - Brad Meryhew 
  • Mitigating the Offender: The Impact of Early Childhood Sex Abuse: Jeff Robinson 
  • Dealing with Child Witnesses - Dr. Sherrie Bourg Barter 
  • Ethically Representing the Accused Sex Offender - John Wesley Hall 
  • SANE Examination - Cathleen Bennett & Stephanie Page 
  • Defending the Professional Accused of a Sex Crime - John Arrascada 
  • Litigating False Accusations of Rape - William W. Taylor, III 
  • Beyond Registration: Collateral Consequences of Sex Crimes Conviction - Nellie King 
  • The Rape Shield Statute: Exceptions, 412, and 412 (c), and Developing Your Cross Examination - Cynthia Roseberry 
  • Picking a Jury - Denise De la Rue
  • Online Evidence and Technology in Porn Cases - Dr. Michael Brannon 


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NACDL Members Save on Verizon Wireless fees and accessories!


NACDL members can now save up to 22% off on Verizon Wireless monthly access fees and 25% off eligible wireless accessories from NPP! This new member benefit allows you to enjoy discounts on corporate Verizon accounts, as well as, adding new lines to your friend and family plans. Minimum of 5 lines required.

Take advantage of this great offer from NPP and learn how your NACDL membership adds up to savings for you!


Sprint Nextel Discount for NACDL Members

It pays to be a member of NACDL! Sprint Nextel is pleased to offer a wireless discount program to members of the 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

DUI Listserve 

The focus of this listserve is DWI / DUI issues. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines.

Eyewitness Identification 

The focus of this listserve is eyewitness identification. In addition to open participation by NACDL members, NLADA members are invited guests to this listserve. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines.

Forensic Evidence Listserve 

The focus of this listserve is issues surrounding forensics. In addition to open participation by NACDL members, NLADA members are invited guests to this listserve. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines.

The Young & New Lawyers Listserve 

For criminal defense lawyers who are new to the profession, or just starting out in private practice. Generally, lawyers under 40 years of age, or in their first five years of practice. 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 a place for attorneys getting their start - in whatever way - to get to know each other and to learn from more experienced colleagues. It is a forum where you can ask questions about all those things you need to know that they don't teach in law school. Click here to learn how to subscribe and to review the listserv policies and guidelines.

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The NACDL listserv helps facil 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.

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