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September-October 2017 , Page 12 

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NACDL News: NACDL Launches Effort to Provide Pro Bono Counsel to Protesters

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Alexandra Funk, and Ian Nawalinski

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On September 19, 2017, the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) and NACDL established the First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit. The goal of this project is to provide qualified counsel to represent protesters when the exercise of First Amendment rights results in arrest and prosecution. Specifically, NACDL supports a cadre of criminal defense lawyers who will be available to provide pro bono assistance to protesters throughout the country in the event of mass arrests. For those lawyers who volunteer, NACDL will maintain a database of available counsel and provide training and support at no cost.

“One of the things that spurred the creation of this Strike Force is the fact that there are now demonstrations everywhere; it’s a very volatile time,” said FCJ President Gerald B. Lefcourt. “What concerns us is that people have to know that their right to protest — and that’s wherever they come from, right wing, left wing, what have you — is protected. There is

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