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This Was the Year That Was (President's Column)

By John Wesley Hall

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I came to the presidency of this fine organization with no preconceived notions of what the focus of “my year” would be. Likely because I never thought of it as “my year” — it was our year. So, I had no “programs” and no specific plans. Unusual. Why? Two reasons.

First, I never really believed that I would ever be NACDL president, so it never hit me that I would be until after I had already become president-elect. There was no real planning for “my year” because I was fascinated by my constant education about all that NACDL does for the criminal defense bar and on behalf of the Bill of Rights.

Second, NACDL already does a lot, and it did not need me giving it yet another project. Always so much still to do, so little time. The best thing I could do for NACDL was just always work to make it better. My plan was simply to allow NACDL to be all that it could be1 as the protector of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.2 

During this NACDL presidential year — August 2, 2008 to August 8, 20

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