I hope this message finds you, your loved ones, and your colleagues doing well and heeding all applicable precautions in this most difficult time. The risks to the health of our clients and those close to us is uppermost in our minds. But we also recognize that the near total shutdown also brings untold financial and emotional stress. As a membership organization that embodies the unique spirit of camaraderie that binds the criminal defense bar, NACDL is striving to do everything we can to support you throughout this public health crisis.
By now, many of you are aware of NACDL’s ever-growing coronavirus resource. Since the middle of March, NACDL has been gathering, and you – Liberty’s Last Champions – have been sending, extraordinarily helpful content for this resource. In addition to NACDL’s statements, principles, and messages concerning the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. criminal justice system, this resource offers scores of motions, pleadings, rulings, letters, platforms, and dynamic databases tracking developments in the nation’s jails, prisons, courts, and legislatures. The coronavirus resource page also includes important links concerning the availability of financial support for workers and small businesses who have been hit hard by the shutdown. NACDL will continue to work diligently on this resource throughout the current crisis. I invite you to submit relevant material directly to NACDL Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications Ivan Dominguez at email@example.com.
As we know that most of the nation is under stay-at-home orders, going to one’s office for many is no longer a part of the daily routine. Rather, many of us, including NACDL’s professional staff, are working from home. NACDL wants to be sure you do not miss out on even a single issue of The Champion magazine. To accomplish that, NACDL is making a full color PDF of the entire March issue available to members on the website. All you need to do is click that link and log in to nacdl.org using your member credentials. It is important to point out that this issue of The Champion was completed and in production prior to the pandemic sweeping the nation.
In keeping with NACDL’s commitment to offer the best in legal education for the criminal defense bar and recognizing the hardship and disruption this pandemic has caused to all aspects of our lives, NACDL is offering a three-week series of free online and on-demand continuing legal education programs to you, NACDL’s members. This week, through April 10, the available programs are “Practical Considerations for Cross-Examining Adult Complainants in Sexual Assault Cases” (presented by Jason Downs of Baltimore, MD) and “Radical Jury Tools for Difficult, Challenging, Troublesome Trials” (presented by SunWolf of Santa Clara, CA). All you need to do to watch these webinars, as well as those each week for the next two weeks, is log in and register.
COVID-19 Federal Compassionate Release Project
Yesterday, working together with FAMM and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, NACDL announced the launch of an emergency COVID-19 initiative of the groups’ joint Compassionate Release Clearinghouse. To date, hundreds of attorneys have stepped up to volunteer to save the lives of at-risk individuals through this effort. Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, more than 400 individuals in federal prison have requested the assistance of the Compassionate Release Clearinghouse, and requests are coming in every day. While the coronavirus epidemic is a medical emergency, lawyers too can help save lives. I ask that you join us in this urgent effort by volunteering.
The virus has forced the entire nation to come together as one enormous extended community. All of us have to do our part to stop the spread of the infection and to mitigate its impact on the most vulnerable among us. Perhaps when we are on the other side of this, the renewed sense of community will be just the thing we need to once and for all restore rationality and humanity to our criminal justice system.
Stay well and safe.
Norman L. Reimer
Executive Director, NACDL
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!