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Director, Economic Crime and Procedural Justice

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) seeks a Director for Economic Crime and Procedural Justice.

About Us

NACDL is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing.  A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.  For more information about our organization, please visit www.nacdl.org. 

NACDL is pleased to provide staff with a generous compensation and benefits package.  NACDL affords the successful candidate an opportunity to work with a dedicated and talented team of experts.


The Director is responsible for multiple criminal justice initiatives – in particular, curbing unwarranted criminalization, combatting burdens on the right to trial, and supporting procedures that ensure a level playing field in the criminal justice system – through direct outreach to legislators, media campaigns, scholarship, and public education. The Director leads and coordinates NACDL’s strategic partnerships with other organizations on multiple federal and state legislative and agency initiatives designed to prevent the further erosion of civil liberties in our criminal justice system, including sentencing laws, discovery practices, adequate intent requirements, grand jury procedures and forfeiture abuse. In addition, the Director oversees and executes NACDL’s various education initiatives and programs, conducted alone or in partnership with law schools and other organizations and focusing on the defense of economic and other white collar crimes.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead a variety of education and advocacy initiatives related to a wide range of economic crime and procedural justice issues
  • Monitor and prevent further unwarranted expansion of federal criminal laws and promote various criminal justice reforms through education, lobbying, and advocacy
  • Lead and coordinate NACDL’s strategic partnerships with other organizations on multiple federal legislative and agency initiatives
  • Support member-led initiatives and coordinate and facilitate White Collar Crime Committee activities
  • Plan and execute CLE programs for white collar practitioners, policy symposia and other events
  • Draft NACDL testimony, formal comments, and amicus briefs
  • Engage in, and support, reform-related scholarship and research
  • Engage in public speaking opportunities and author articles that support Department initiatives

Experience and Qualifications

The applicant must possess the following qualifications: 

  • J.D.
  • Minimum five years of criminal defense experience, with some experience providing white collar defense to individual and/or corporate clients; relevant substitute experience, such as clerkships, employment as legislative staff and  criminal justice advocacy, will be considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform and understanding of policy issues impacting criminal defense
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with outside individuals and legal organizations and collaborate with them to achieve policy goals

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to kodowd@nacdl.org with “director position” in the subject line. Applicants are also asked to provide a realistic statement of their salary expectation. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. 

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