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NACDL is the nation’s preeminent community serving the criminal defense profession. At a time when everyone is looking at their budget surgically, NACDL provides real value to criminal defense lawyers.

NACDL members are among America’s best-connected, most knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys. Here are a few of the ways you can benefit:

Opportunities to Connect

  • Network, share information and discuss strategy with other attorneys through our new member discussion groups at  NACDLConnect!.  
  • NACDL's Member-to-Member Directory provides full contact information for all members, accessible exclusively to members from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • NACDL's free, public Find-A-Lawyer Directory makes it easy for prospective clients to find you - and links them directly to your website!
  • Members who help recruit new members to NACDL earn a $25 dues credit for each member they recruit, up to $100. Recruiting five new members in a 12-month period earns a full year of membership, absolutely free!
  • If you are ever subpoenaed, cited for contempt, hit with a bar grievance or a motion to disqualify you from a case arising from representation of a criminal client, NACDL's Lawyers Assistance Strike Force will help provide counsel and representation to you at no cost.   

Opportunities to Learn

  • NACDL's acclaimed magazine  The Champion keeps you up-to-date on the latest trends and decisions that affect your work in criminal defense. You'll also have exclusive access to the full online archive of The Champion. 
  • Get the information you need each day in our Daily Criminal Justice Briefing, comprising stories on criminal defense from journals and media outlets across the country.   
  • Membership in NACDL saves you time on research by providing access to our Resource Counsel and a searchable Brief & Motion Bank that contains almost 400 documents on over 50 topics – and more are being added every day.
  • You can attend NACDL's top-notch CLE events at discounted rates. If you don't have time to attend, NACDL offers video and audio recordings of all its CLE seminars at an attractive discount for members when you order online from the NACDL Store.

Opportunities to Save

  • NACDL maintains partnerships with a whole host of companies and services that defense attorneys use every day, and most offer substantial discounts to NACDL members. Some members make back their dues just on the discounts. See the full list of savings.   

Opportunities to Influence Public Policy

  • Your membership in NACDL is good for the profession and it’s the right thing to do. NACDL is an effective advocate, in the legislatures and in the courts, for public defense and fairer sentencing practices, and for helping to end overcriminalization and the death penalty.

Want to know more?  Call the membership hotline at 202-872-4001 or write to assist@nacdl.org.

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Please Note:  Annual Dues may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense for federal income tax purposes.  NADCL estimates that 1% of your total membership dues are allocable to lobbying activities of the Association and therefore not deductible for income tax purposes as ordinary and necessary business expense.  $90 of annual dues applies to a one-year subscription to The Champion.  Contributions to the Foundation for Criminal Justice are fully tax-deductible.   


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