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Looking Back, Moving Ahead
By Martin Pinales
President's Column columns.
Time passes quickly. Serving as NACDL’s president for the past year has
been a wonderful experience, but it is already time to move on. My
successor, Carmen Hernandez, is a great leader and motivator, and I am
sure you will give her the same support you gave me. I thank my family
and law partners for their understanding and patience while I worked
with my other “family” and other full-time job at NACDL.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the events that transpired during the
past 12 months and look at the challenges that lie ahead.
My year started with the search for a new executive director. With
Norman L. Reimer at the helm, NACDL will go to levels it has never
reached. His coming on board was the biggest and best thing that
happened during my term.
One of the most important issues we addressed this year was the need to
reform traditional police eyewitness identification procedures.
Traditional lineups, in which all suspects stand in one room, are
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