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December 21, 2012; Vol. 11 No. 12

2013 NACDL Election
enews_ballotIn 2013, NACDL members will elect 13 members of the Board of Directors, as well as President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary. If you are interested in running for a Board or Officer position, please submit an application to NACDL’s Nominating Committee by January 28, 2013 at 5pm Eastern Time. All rules governing the conduct of NACDL elections as well as instructions for submitting applications to the Nominating Committee are available at www.nacdl.org/elections.
NACDL Unveils New Advocacy Web Resource

Now available to NACDL members and affiliate organizations is an extensive online advocacy resource center. The advocacy resource center contains helpful documents and how-to guides on topics ranging from writing persuasive op-eds, to having successful meetings with elected officials, to attending political fundraisers, and everything in between.

The brand new advocacy resource center also allows NACDL members to schedule meetings with their elected officials, among other interactive functions.

Also included in the resource center is a legislative calendar for the upcoming 113th Congress and a townhall meeting schedule.

To experience NACDL’s new online advocacy resource center, go to www.nacdl.org/grassroots

For any advocacy related questions, comments or concerns, please contact Christopher Glen, NACDL’s Manager for Grassroots Advocacy, at cglen@nacdl.org.

Apply Now for White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson in Gulfport, Fla. – January 9-13, 2013

The NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson is a “boot-camp” program for practitioners wishing to gain key advocacy skills and learn substantive white collar law. This program offers 22.75 General / 2.0 Ethics CLE credits. The program will cover client retention, investigation in a white collar case, handling searches and grand jury subpoenas, and dealing with parallel proceedings. Participants will have the experience of negotiating a plea, making proffers, and examining which experts to hire and how to protect the client in this process. Interactive sessions with top white collar practitioners will allow the participants to learn trial skills such as opening statements, cross-examination, jury instructions, closing arguments, and sentencing – all in the context of a white collar matter.

For further information, contact Ellen Podgor at epodgor@law.stetson.edu. Please note that enrollment is limited. And for complete information on how to apply, the agenda and faculty, accommodations, and more, please click here.

NACDL Midwinter Seminar, Reasonable Doubt & Actual Innocence, Washington, DC – February 20-23, 2013

This unique CLE program will occur during an unprecedented simultaneous meeting of NACDL and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The theme of the CLE, “Reasonable Doubt and Actual Innocence: Winning Your Case with Cutting-Edge Science,” will supplement NACDL's historical training on the confrontation of expert testimony by teaching attendees how to effectively use scientific evidence to prove their case. 

On Day One, NACDL's best trial lawyers will explain how to present a scientific defense from beginning to end - from discovery to verdict - and will introduce the factors specific to science for jury voir dire, discovery, and jury instructions that have been approved by recent ABA resolutions. On Day Two, NACDL will draw from the 4000 forensic scientists meeting across the street at AAFS to teach multiple aspects of cutting-edge science, including techniques and data routinely ignored by the government.

For more information on the seminar and to see the full agenda, please visit the Midwinter Seminar Website.

Bylaw Amendment
On October 27, 2012, at a regularly scheduled meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Board of Directors voted to refer a bylaws amendment to the membership. The amendment would change the definition of New Members in Article IV, Section V. For more information and the Action Report of the Bylaws Committee, click here.

In Other News

Deadline Approaching for Student Diversity Essay Competition
For a full description and contest rules, click here.

Deadline Approaching for Student Diversity Fellowship Program
For a full description and application information, click here.

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