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Vol. 11 No. 7 - July 20, 2012


To commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Foundation for Criminal Justice is hosting a gala celebration in conjunction with NACDL's 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  TICKETS TO THIS EVENT MUST BE PURCHASED BY 8:00 PM ET ON MONDAY, JULY 23rd! 

Join us as we mark this historic anniversary, honor the heroic work of defense lawyers, and reaffirm our commitment to seeing the noble idea of Gideon put into practice!

July 27, 2012
6:00 pm
Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA

At the event, NACDL President Lisa Monet Wayne will present San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Vicki Young with this year’s Robert C. Heeney Award. The Heeney Award is given annually to the member who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession. A Life Member of NACDL, Ms. Young served on the Association’s Board of Directors from 2003-09. She has chaired NACDL’s Nominating Committee, is a co-chair of NACDL’s Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, and serves on the Association’s Task Force on Problem Solving Courts, traveling extensively around the country. She received NACDL’s President’s Commendations in 2003 and 2004.

Also at the event, NACDL will honor the architect of the “John Adams Project” - Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU – with the Champion of Justice award.  Through the John Adams Project, detainees accused of capital crimes at Guantanamo Bay Cuba received appropriately qualified defense teams.  The program will also feature remarks on the legal profession’s commitment to the right to counsel from special guest ABA President Bill Robinson. 

All proceeds from this event will be used to fund NACDL projects designed to ensure that all those facing prosecution receive quality representation at every phase of a criminal case. 


Unable to get to SF? You can still donate to the FCJ Gideon’s initiative and support NACDL’s Right to Counsel Projects.  Donate HERE!

For more information about this event, please contact Malia Brink at mbrink@nacdl.org or go to www.nacdl.org/gideon.

NACDL and the Innocence Project to Participate in FBI Post-Conviction Review

On July 10, the Washington Post reported that “The Justice Department and the FBI have launched a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial because of flawed forensic evidence.” Specifically, “the investigation will include cases conducted by all FBI lab hair and fiber examiners since at least 1985.”  It is reported to be the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI, and it will involve both NACDL and the Innocence Project.

In DISROBED: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, Judge Frederic Block provides a rare and revealing look at the career, cases and wisdom of a federal court judge

On July 17, NACDLs’ NACDL Press and Thomson Reuters Westlaw announced the release of the first book of their joint publishing venture. Providing a view into the private world of a sitting judge on one of the nation’s most influential benches, and in one of the world's most famous cities, a new book by Judge Frederic Block gives a personal account of his experiences with controversial legal topics such as the death penalty, racketeering, terrorism, discrimination and foreign affairs. In DISROBED: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge (July 17, 2012; Thomson Reuters Westlaw and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; $29.95), Judge Block illuminates this sometimes mysterious branch of government, sharing a behind-the-scenes look into his life and some of the trials of a federal court judge.

Appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, Judge Block provides commentary throughout DISROBED on some of the most prominent and sensational cases that he has presided over during his nearly 20 years as a federal judge, including the Crown Heights Riots and the trials of mafia boss Peter Gotti and nightclub magnate Peter Gatien.

DISROBED takes you into the courtroom and chambers of a federal judge, offering a rare and real look at some of the least-talked-about aspects of the bench, including the difficulties of sentencing and the mental toll it takes knowing you have the power to drastically alter someone's life and liberty. The prevalence of death threats and the risks that judges and their families have to face to serve and uphold the justice system also is discussed.

Praise for DISROBED 

    • “Judge Block gives the reader an engaging, often humorous account of his life, as always, and a compelling introduction to the world of a federal judge whose decisions are subject to plenty of public scrutiny but whose decision-making process remains a mystery for most Americans.” – President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States 
    • “A pleasure cruise, first class all the way, with a superb navigator. Judge Block tells a story the public needs to read and appreciate about its great justice system. And he tells it simply and compellingly as he lived it, with facts, figures and even more, with extraordinary humor and humanity.” – Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the state of New York 
    • DISROBED is a lot like its author: honest, smart, interesting, provocative and deeply humane. It is not often we are permitted into the private world of the robed men and women who have the awesome responsibility of judging others.” – Ben Brafman, criminal defense attorney, New York 
    • DISROBED is a fascinating look at the real world of federal judges – and a revealing story about how the law works, and doesn’t, in America.” – Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court 

The book is available for purchase here.

A link to NACDL’s July 16, 2012, podcast featuring Judge Frederic Block is available here.

To read more, please click here.

Does the Constitution Even Apply at Guantanamo? Defense teams file a sealed motion seeking a ruling.

“Does the Constitution govern Gitmo?”

That is a question raised by James Connell, death penalty counsel for accused 9-11 conspirator Amar al-Baluchi, and several other 9-11 defense counsel. The defense lawyers filed a motion on July 16 arguing that because the government is seeking to execute their clients, the commissions must provide them with due process of law and the full range of constitutional protections provided any death penalty defendant.

NACDL has maintained for over a decade that the full panoply of rights, including due process, the right to confront witnesses, the right to present a defense, and the right to effective assistance of counsel, must be a part of the commissions process.

The motion, AE057 Defense Motion to Recognize That the Constitution Governs the Military Commissions, is under seal pending a security review. But according to the defense statement, it argues that the framework the Supreme Court established in Boumediene v. Bush (2008) requires that constitutional protections, including the right to due process, govern the military commissions proceedings unless the prosecution can show that the protections of a particular right would be “impractical and anomalous.”

To read more, please click here.

Fla. Supreme Court Upholds State’s Controversial Drug Law -- But decision is at odds with state’s arguments in federal court case

By a 5-2 margin, in an opinion by Justice Charles T. Canady, the Florida Supreme Court’s majority agreed in the result that Florida’s strict liability felony drug law at section 893.13, as modified by section 893.101, is constitutional – but as a concurring justice pointed out, might not be constitutional as applied in a given case. This is the same law that was struck down as facially unconstitutional by a federal court in July 2011. 

In the July 12 decision, available here, at least four out of the seven justices in the Adkins decision appear to agree that Florida’s felony drug law is facially constitutional in part because “[t]he statute does not eliminate the element of knowledge of the presence of the substance.”  A concurring justice, however, says in a separate opinion the law “continues to require the State to prove that a defendant had knowledge of the presence of the controlled substance as an element of drug-related offenses[.]” Justice Barbara J. Pariente wrote, “[I]t would be difficult to uphold the Act, which codifies felony offenses with substantial penalties, against a constitutional attack when mounted by a person who possessed a controlled substance unwittingly or without knowledge of its illicit nature.”

NACDL President Lisa M. Wayne said, “The country has been drifting away from the moral anchor of a clearly defined mens rea requirement in its criminal laws. Laws like these would run it aground. Today’s decision is disappointing and at odds with how the law is actually being applied by the state in cases like Shelton’s. We now wait for the decision of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Shelton.”

NACDL’s joint amicus brief in Adkins is available here. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, the Libertarian Law Counsel and 25 law professors also joined NACDL’s brief.

To read more, please click here.

NACDL Seeks Project Attorney

NACDL is currently accepting applications for a one-year Project Attorney. The Project Attorney is a one-year grant funded position that will assist NACDL’s Resource Counsel in developing and administering support services for criminal practitioners in a variety of practice settings throughout the United States, with an emphasis on post-conviction innocence claims. For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit http://www.nacdl.org/about/employment/projectattorney/.

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 November 1, 2012.


1. Warren K. Urbom, CALLED TO JUSTICE (Wounded Knee was only one set of monumental cases U.S. District Judge Urbom presided over during his years on the bench. This is his memoir.)

2. Carolyn Long, MAPP v. OHIO (Although she came to be known as merely “that girl with the dirty books,” Dollree Mapp was a woman who defied a police force by challenging the legality of its search-and-seizure methods. Her case went to the U.S. Supreme Court.)

3. Earl Maltz, FUGITIVE SLAVE ON TRIAL (Centers on the 1850s trial of Anthony Burns, whose status as slave or freedman was in great dispute, and the vehement backlash against trial judge Edward Loring, who was forced to leave the bench)

4. Jose Baez, PRESUMED GUILTY: CASEY ANTHONY – THE INSIDE STORY (Defense attorney Jose Baez shares his experiences regarding his representation of Casey Anthony)

5. Jack Cline, YARDBIRD USA (A dozen true crime cases with unjust outcomes, pointing to the fact that politicians have made a mess of the criminal justice system)

6. Raymond Bonner, ANATOMY OF INJUSTICE (The story of a mishandled murder case - misplaced and contaminated evidence - that put 23-year-old Edward Lee Elmore on death row)

Federal Policy Update

Crime Lab and Forensic Disciplines Reform 

NACDL has continued to pursue the vital forensic science reforms recommended in the 2009 National Academy of Science (NAS) report and NACDL’s “Principles and Recommendations to Strengthen Forensic Evidence and Its Presentation in the Courtroom”.  Currently pending in the Senate are two pieces of legislation that take different approaches to the NAS report, each with particular strengths and shortcomings.  Neither bill would fully implement the NAS report’s recommendations.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has introduced Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 132).  While this legislation would put in place certain structures to advance a culture of science within the forensic science community, it would create an Office of Forensic Science (OFC) within DoJ instead of a completely independent National Institute of Forensic Science as proposed by NAS.  Senator Nelson Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Science Committee, has introduced the Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012 (S. 3378).  This legislation focuses on coordinating and funding the research necessary to determine the validity of forensic disciplines and establish standards but does not address lab accreditation and practitioner certification.  (Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced a House companion, H.R. 6106, to the Rockefeller bill.)  Both Senate bills appear to be moving towards committee consideration before the end of the year.

SAVE The DATE-NACDL’s next National Advocacy Call on Developing Legislation is scheduled for Wednesday September 12, 2013 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EDT

Please Join NACDL, for a discussion on prison-based gerrymandering featuring Peter Wagner of the Prison Policy Initiative and Maryland Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk who sponsored the “No Representation Without Population Act” that passed the Maryland legislature in January 2010 and was subsequently signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 13, 2010. For more information click here.

Message from Professors Steven Drizin and Richard Leo on False Confessions Study

Professors Steven Drizin and Richard Leo are gathering data for a follow-up study on false confessions. They are seeking new false confession cases as part of this project. See the message below.

July 10, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In 2004, Dr. Richard A. Leo and I published an article entitled the Problem of False Confessions in the Post-DNA Age in the North Carolina Law Review. In that article, we documented and analyzed 125 proven false confessions. At the time, it was the largest data set of proven false confessions ever assembled and the only one to contain confessions that were proven false before trial and after trial. Our definition of a proven false confession was conservative and included only four ways a confession could be proven false: 1) physical impossibility (e.g., suspect confesses to committing a crime at a time when he is locked up in prison or in another location); 2) scientific evidence (usually DNA, but also other forensic testing) exonerates the suspect; 3) no crime occurred (e.g. confessing to a murder where the victim turns up alive); 4) true perpetrator identified (reliable evidence proves the identity of the actual perpetrator and there is no connection between him and the confessor). We chose a conservative definition to avoid the lengthy back and forth that has occurred in the past when academics quarreled amongst themselves or with law enforcement over the guilt of defendants whose confessions were listed as either “highly probable” or “probable” false confessions. Although such cases would have added to our numbers, we rejected them from our dataset.

We are writing you because we are writing a follow-up to the 2004 study. Already, we have collected more than 125 proven false confessions but expect our data set is going to be even larger. As in our past study, we often rely on newspaper accounts to inform us first about a possible false confession and then follow-up with lawyers, reporters, and others to build case files that enable us to prove that the confession was false. We know that these confessions are only the tip of a much larger iceberg. There are no doubt many false confession cases that do not capture the media’s attention, or are described in newspapers that are not subject to on-line and other electronic searches, or occur in juvenile courts where confidentiality still rules. Still others occur in cases where the prosecution screens out the case before charging or police determine the confession is false shortly after arrest (we want to highlight those cases where law enforcement officers do good work in continuing to investigate after a confession). Most documented false confessions have occurred in murder cases, partly due to the fact that reporters tend to cover murder cases more than other crimes. For this reason, we are especially interested in cases involving non-homicides. 

Because many of you have no doubt been involved in or asked to evaluate cases of disputed confessions or even proven false confessions, we are contacting you to see if you know of any cases that fit the definition of a proven false confession described above and which would have surfaced since our article was published in March 2004. We have already reviewed the DNA exonerations from the Innocence Project website and any additional exonerations involving false confessions from the dataset of Rob Warden and Sam Gross. If you know of any other such cases, please contact Dr. Leo at rleo@usfca.edu or me at s-drizin@law.northwestern.edu so that we can talk further about the case and determine whether to include it in our study.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Prof. Steven A. Drizin

Northwestern University School of Law

Prof. Richard A. Leo

University of San Francisco School of Law

Click here for SSRN webpage 

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Group Admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court

NACDL is sponsoring a unique opportunity for up to 12 members to participate in a group admission ceremony to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The opportunity will be available to the first 12 qualified members on a first-come, first-served basis and will take place on the morning of January 7, 2013. Members will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, must be in good standing of a state bar for a minimum of three years, and must submit their completed application materials to NACDL by November 9, 2012.

Interested members should contact Obaid Khan, NACDL's National Affairs Assistant, at (202) 465-7638 or okhan@nacdl.org for further instructions.

Grassroots Advocacy Mini-Survey

For NACDL to effectively impact public policy at the federal and state levels, membership is often asked to become engaged in the legislative process. That member involvement can prove key to an instrumental victory, and the lack thereof can doom a piece of legislation teetering on the edge of passage and irrelevance. In order to provide a pleasant and effective grassroots advocacy experience, NACDL is conducting an ultra-brief survey to gauge the current involvement level of our membership. Please take a minute to answer 9 brief questions regarding your current involvement level, past advocacy efforts, and your willingness to participate in the future. All survey results are, and will remain, anonymous. The survey can be accessed here.

Grassroots Advocacy: Members in DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV, Click Here!

NACDL is rolling out a new member engagement program in the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The goal of the program, known as NACDL’s Member Legislative Engagement & Advocacy Development Program, or Member LEAD* Program for short, is to encourage and actively assist in the building and maintaining of relationships between NACDL members and their respective elected officials.

If you live in one of the targeted states and wish to develop a productive and viable relationship with your legislators, please contact NACDL’s Manager for Grassroots Advocacy for more details be emailing him at cglen@nacdl.org.

Wrongful Conviction and Post-Conviction Relief Survey

Numerous inquiries have identified factors that contribute to wrongful convictions, including false confessions, eyewitness misidentification, and reliance on improperly analyzed evidence. However, the contributions of other factors, such as race and region, may not be as obvious. The purpose of this survey is to examine the interplay between race, region, and trial dynamics to determine the extent to which these factors contribute to wrongful convictions and their influence on access to post-conviction relief. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

Important Research Study

How do attorneys evaluate the credibility of expert witnesses in criminal cases? This is a critical question because expert testimony often plays an important role in determining the outcome of criminal cases.

NACDL and researchers at the University of North Dakota and Sam Houston State University are requesting your help with a survey to determine how attorneys make this assessment.

Your answers to the survey are completely confidential, and the survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete. The link for the survey can be found below.

Please go to the survey by clicking here.

Thank you very much for your help with the survey!

“The Criminal Docket” Weekly Podcast

On March 16, 2012, NACDL launched its new weekly podcast series, “The Criminal Docket,” hosted by Ivan J. Dominguez, NACDL’s deputy director of public affairs & communications. Each week, “The Criminal Docket” provides a rundown of the highlights in criminal justice news from the prior week, and previews what’s coming up on the criminal docket in state and federal agencies, legislatures and the courts. In addition, every episode explores important items on the criminal justice agenda, in-depth, with top leaders in the legal practice, public policy, journalism, academia, and others whose lives intersect with the criminal justice system.

In the most recent episode, Judge Frederic Block of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York spoke with Ivan about his new book released jointly by NACDL Press and Thomson Reuters Westlaw on Tuesday, July 17. The full title of the book is Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge.

Please look for a new episode of “The Criminal Docket” each week, as well as all past episodes, available free of charge at either www.nacdl.org/thecriminaldocket or in Apple’s iTunes Store.

The NACDL Edge is now available for the Android

NACDL EdgeThe National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has launched its official mobile app the NACDL Edge. With this app, "Liberty's Last Champion"™ keeps you on the leading edge of criminal defense news of interest and continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities. NACDL members can also search our Member-to-Member Directory, read the latest issue of The Champion, and access our Experts Database.

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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, nearly 1,200 NACDL members have subscribed to the Daily Criminal Justice Briefing. If you would like to join them, simply click here

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Visit: www.nacdl.org/getamember you'll find talking points on the value of membership, sample tweets and Facebook updates, and a specially coded membership application that will give your friend 3 months of NACDL member benefits FREE. 

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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 in the World is NACDL?

From June 7-9, Education Assistant Doug Reale attended the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) Annual Meeting in Naples, FL.

On June 11, 2012, NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer moderated, and NACDL Deputy Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez staffed, a Foundation for Criminal Justice panel discussion at the New York Athletic Club -- “Prosecutorial Misconduct, Legal Ethics and Fair Dealing: Does the Criminal Justice System Need Reform?” Panelists included Harvey Silverglate, Rob Cary, Gerald Goldstein, Gerald Lefcourt, and Nelson Happy.

On June 27, Director White Collar Crime Project Shana-Tara Regon gave the keynote address at the American Conference Institute’s two-day 15th Annual FCPA Boot Camp held in Chicago, IL.  Regon spoke on the issue of American business interests under the FCPA and the need for legislative intervention to protect companies acting in good faith.

Recent Amicus Curiae Briefs Posted on NACDL Website 

Florida v. Jardines , U.S. Sup. Ct., No. 11-564, decision below 73 So.3d 34 (Fla. 2011), brief filed 7/9/12. Search and Seizure—Dog Sniffs—Private Residence. Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the respondent. Argument: Acting on a tip, police conducted a warrantless “canine sniff” with a drug detection dog of the front door of the defendant’s residence and obtained a search warrant based on the dog’s alert. Marijuana was found growing in the defendant’s home. The Florida Supreme Court held that the “sniff test” was itself a search requiring probable cause. Amici argue that persons have a heightened expectation of privacy in their homes and that dog sniffs are highly intrusive, since the sniff can reveal much more than the mere presence or absence of contraband and is a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. Absent exigent circumstances, such a suspicionless search of a home is inherently unreasonable. Further, allowing suspicionless dog sniffs of houses would permit indiscriminate sweeps of residential neighborhoods, a practice some law enforcement officials have already begun to employ. Authors: Danielle Spinelli, et al., Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC; Jonathan D. Hacker, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Washington, DC; Norman L. Reimer and Mason C. Clutter, NACDL, Washington, DC.

NACDL on Twitter

NACDL has an official Twitter account, @NACDL, and now has 1,757 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 2,208 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 NACDL Letters and Member Testimony

June 18, 2012,  NACDL Letter to Senator Dick Durbin  on “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences” 

June 15, 2012, Coalition Sign-On Letter Re Leaks of Highly Classified Information 

June 11, 2012,  Coalition Sign-On Letter Re Sunset of FISA Amendments Act of 2008 

June 5, 2012, Coalition Letter on “Ensuring that Federal Prosecutors Meet Discovery Obligations” 

May 3, 2012, NACDL and NAFD Advocacy Letter on H.R. 4970, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012” 

April 23, 2012NACDL Advocacy Letter Endorsing 6 Principles for Cybersecurity Legislation 

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DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar in Las Vegas - Register Today!


Register today for NACDL & NCDD's 16th Annual DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity® Seminar "Getting the 'Not Guilty' Vote" being held at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, October 18-20, 2012.

Join us for the biggest gathering of DUI Defense Lawyers in the country, featuring the most current content, presented by an unmatched faculty; it is indeed the most appealing choice this election season! If you've experienced other local DUI seminar options and found yourself left wanting, perhaps now is the time to consider a new candidate!

This year's program-which is headlined by F. Lee Bailey, Bubba Head, and Troy McKinney - consists of one day of general session presentations, a second day of split tracks allowing you to select your area of focus, and a third with your choice of multiple workshops for small group, intense, and focused learning in the areas you need the most help.


Save $35 off your registration fee for NACDL’s Defending Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Cases Seminar in New Orleans!


Register by June 29, 2012 and receive $35 off the full seminar registration fee for NACDL's 2012 Fall Seminar “Anything But ‘The Big Easy’: Defending Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Cases” being held at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, New Orleans, LA, October 24 - 27, 2012.  

This program will provide you with the best strategies for defending those accused of sex crimes or child abuse, 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. Give your client and yourself a fighting chance of success in the most difficult of cases – join us in New Orleans. 

Register today! 


Save $100 off your registration fee for NACDL’s 8th Annual White Collar Conference “Defending the White Collar Case: In and out of Court"


Register for NACDL & Fordham Law School’s 8th Annual White Collar Conference “Defending the White Collar Casebefore July 31st and save $100 off your registration fee! 

Join us in New York, November 15-16, 2012, for the nation’s premiere White Collar CLE program produced in partnership by NACDL and the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University Law School.   Whether you are an experienced white collar veteran, or someone interested in getting into white collar defense, you do not want to miss this seminar!

Register today! 


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


NACDL is now offering EXCLUSIVE discounts of up to75% off on live and self-study CLE when you subscribe to THE LIST!   Sign-up for THE LIST now and take advantage of these huge discounts on the CLE you need at the best possible rates!

How does it work?

  • Simply Click Here to sign up for THE LIST 
  • You will immediately receive an e-mail confirming you are now a member of THE LIST 
  • You will receive up to (3) e-mails a month with special savings on live and self-study CLE
  • Access. Shop. Save – it’s that easy!

At any point, you can opt-out from THE LIST e-mails through your online member profile. 

So what are you waiting for?  Sign-up today and get on THE LIST for your access to huge savings, exclusive discounts, and more!


“K-9 Dogs & Drug Searches” DVD now available. Order today!


Order your copy of NACDL’s new DVD K-9 Dogs & Drug Searches today! Florida criminal defense practitioner Jeffrey Weiner offers a high-energy, in-depth, and inspirational presentation in this 1.5 hour program.  He addresses the history of K-9 use, current case-law, and provides a LIVE drug dog demonstration assisted by police K-9 trainer Andy Falco.  In this demonstration, you will see a drug dog in action, learn how they are trained, how they are meant to be used, and how they can be manipulated or led to alert when used incorrectly.

Regular Price DVD: $125

Order today! 

Up to 1.5 General Self-Study CLE Credits available where applicable.  Additional CLE fees may apply. 


NACDL's DVD release, "Making Sense of Science V" is now available – Order Today!


Order your copy of NACDL’s latest Forensics DVD “Making Sense of ScienceV” today. In today’s world, knowledge of the forensic sciences is essential to the success of your defense.  Get the information you need with this comprehensive 14-hour DVD, and gain a better understanding of forensic sciences so you can effectively represent your clients!  

Presentations Include:

  • The Amanda Knox Case: What Role Did DNA Transfer and Contamination Issues Play? - Prof. Bruce Budowle & Ted Simon
  • Fighting the Prosecution's "Fantasy of Forensics" - Jose Baez
  • The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in the Criminal Justice System - Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
  • Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases - Colette Tvedt & Lisa Wayne
  • DNA: From Basics to Advanced - Bicka Barlow, Simon Ford & Jennifer Friedman
  • And many More!

Regular Price DVD: $375 

Regular Price Audio: $200 

Act Nowget the forensics information you need before your next trial!  Order today! 


Up to 14 general hours of self-study CLE available where applicable.  Additional CLE fees may apply. 

Create Your Own DUI Curriculum!


Get up-to-date with the necessary DUI skills to effectively defend your clients without breaking the bank!   Now you have the opportunity to create your owncustom self-study DVD or Audio-CD package by choosing individual sessions from the past (4) NACDL DUI Seminars - over 42 different topics!    This is the perfect opportunity to gain access to a wealth of DUI information tailored by you for your own particular needs!  

Pick the sessions that interest you most and take advantage of special pricing based on quantity!   Every package comes with the written materials for each session.   

Click here to order today!


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