News Release ~ 2001 Officers

NACDL Elects 2001-2002 Officers and Board Members

Election results are in for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2001-2002 Officers and Board of Directors. The following individuals will be sworn in at NACDL's annual meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2001, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The new officers are: PresidentIrwin Schwartz (Seattle WA); President-electLawrence Goldman (New York NY); First Vice President E.E. “Bo” Edwards (Nashville TN); Second Vice PresidentBarry Scheck (New York NY); TreasurerBarbara Bergman (Albuquerque NM); SecretaryMarty Pinales (Cincinnati OH).

New and reelected members of NACDL’s Board of Directors include Hal Arenstein (Cincinnati OH); Steven Benjamin (Richmond VA); Donald Bosch (Knoxville TN); David Elden (Los Angeles CA); Stephen Glassroth (Montgomery AL); Carmen Hernandez (Washington DC); Helen Leiner (Fairfax VA); J. Cheney Mason (Orlando FL); Daniel Monnat (Wichita KS); Cynthia Hujar Orr (San Antonio TX); Alan Silber (Newark NJ); John Zwerling (Alexandria VA)

Under the Association’s by laws, NACDL officers serve one-year terms. Members of the Board of Directors serve three-year terms.

Elections were conducted by Langan Associates, PC, NACDL's independent accounting and auditing firm.

President, Irwin Schwartz 

Prominent Seattle attorney Irwin Schwartz has been elected president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

Schwartz also was honored by NACDL as this year's recipient of the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to long-term planning for NACDL. The Heeney award is NACDL's most prestigious honor and is given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the organization and the legal profession.

His new position follows a succession of leadership roles with NACDL. Formerly, he served as president elect, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer, and secretary. He is also a past president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington. 

Schwartz, who specializes in white collar issues, is highly regarded for his federal criminal defense work with both companies and individuals. Before entering private practice in 1981, he was both a federal prosecutor and a federal public defender in the Western District of Washington. 

He is a 1968 graduate of Brooklyn College and received his law degree in 1971 from Stanford University.

President Elect, Larry Goldman 

Prominent New York City attorney Lawrence Goldman, of the law firm of Goldman and Hafetz, has been elected president elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

His new position follows a succession of leadership roles at NACDL. Formerly, he served as first vice president and he has been a member of the board of directors since 1991. Goldman is one of the founders and the first president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a past president of the New York Criminal Bar Association. 

Goldman had been practicing criminal law for over 25 years. In 1972, he was a consultant for the New York City Commission to Investigate Allegations of Police Corruption, better known as the Knapp Commission. Since 1990, he has been a member of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the agency that disciplines judges for impropriety. Goldman specializes in the defense of white-collar crimes and has represented major corporations, business executives, and government officials. He is also a highly-regarded author, lecturer and legal commentator. 

He is a 1963 graduate of Brandeis University and received his law degree in 1966 from Harvard University.

First Vice President, Bo Edwards 

Prominent Nashville attorney E.E. "Bo" Edwards has been elected Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

A co-chair of NACDL's Forfeiture Abuse Task Force, Edwards has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress in favor of reforming America's unfair forfeiture laws, particularly ad the apply to innocent property owners. He litigated the highly publicized Willie Jones case, which was featured on 60 Minutes in 1992. Edwards was successful in winning back the $9000 that DEA agents wrongfully seized from Jones as he prepared to board an airplane.

Edwards has practiced criminal defense law since 1973. Previously, he was on the staff of U.S. Senator Albert Gore Sr .and was an assistant district attorney in Nashville. He is also co-founder and past president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

Edwards graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1965 and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1971.

Second Vice President, Barry Scheck 

Celebrated criminal defense attorney Barry Scheck has been elected second vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

Founder of the acclaimed Innocence Project, a clinical program at Cardozo Law School, Scheck is an authority and leader in using DNA evidence to help free citizens wrongly imprisoned for crimes. He gained national prominence for his penetrating cross-examination of witnesses when he served on the O.J. Simpson defense team.

Scheck is a Professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law in New York City and is a Commissioner on New York's Forensic Science Review Board. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale University and received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Treasurer, Barbara Bergman 

Prominent Albuquerque attorney Barbara Bergman has been elected Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

Barbara is a distinguished Professor of Law at the Univ. of New Mexico School of Law where she has taught since 1987. Before entering academia full-time, she practiced law in Washington, DC, spending a portion of that time with the Public Defender Service. She teaches evidence/trial practice, criminal procedure and criminal law, lectures extensively across the country, and is regularly on the faculty of the Natl. Criminal Defense College and the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy. 

Barbara co-directs the Southwest Regional NITA Program, and has served as a team leader at the National NITA Program in Boulder, CO. She is co-author, with Nancy Hollander, of the Everytrial Criminal Defense Resource Book and the 15th Edition of Wharton’s Criminal Evidence.

Secretary, Martin Pinales 

Prominent Cincinnati attorney Martin Pinales has been elected Secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

Marty has been an Associate Professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati since 1974 and is presently also an Adjunct Professor at Northern Kentucky Univ. School of Law. He has lectured across the country to esteemed organizations and colleges, including the NCDC, Trial Practice Inst. and the Public Defender Academy. 

He serves as Co-Director of the NACDL Strike Force Committee, CJA Panel Advisor, US District Court for the Civil Justice Reform Act appointee, and a member of the Practitioners Advisory Committee of the U.S. Sentencing Committee. 

Marty’s publications include Criminal Defense Techniques, Chapter 6, “Representing a Witness Before the Grand Jury,” Matthew Bender (1990). He has been listed numerous times in The Best Lawyers of America.

Immediate Past President, Ed Mallett 

Prominent Houston attorney Edward Mallett is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for the 2001-2002 term. 

Mallett's new position follows a succession of leadership roles with NACDL. Formerly, he served as president, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer, secretary, parliamentarian and served two three-year terms on NACDL's board of directors. He is also a past president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County (Texas) Criminal Lawyers Association.

Mallet has 29 years of experience practicing criminal defense law and has represented clients in grand jury proceedings, criminal trials and appeals. Among his most notable cases is that of Damien Echols, currently on death row in Arkansas for the triple homicide of 8-year-old boys.

He is a 1967 graduate of Dartmouth College and received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1970. 

 

 

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's approximately 9,000 direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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