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The State of NACDL (From the President)
By Cynthia Hujar Orr
As I approach the end of my presidency, in spite of a tight
economy and the resulting budget cuts, NACDL continues to meet its core
policy objectives without sacrificing morale, quality, or resolve. What
follows is a skim across the surface of a wide and deep expanse of
criminal justice reforms.
During the past year, NACDL made substantial improvements in operations
and governance and member services. Early next year, the significant
technological advancements and arduous data migrations conducted
in-house will result in a robust electronic interface with our members.
And we have learned how to better network with each other while
preserving useful services.
In 2009 NACDL issued its Misdemeanor Report,1 which has been an
essential tool in indigent defense reforms across the nation.
Participants at the DOJ Indigent Defense Symposium mentioned the report
frequently. At this same event, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke
passionately about the right to defens
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