SCJN Newsletter

January 8, 2013; Vol. 1 No. 1

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Dear Friends,
Happy New Year and welcome to the Inaugural Edition of the State Criminal Justice Network Newsletter, featuring our newly designed logo. We hope through this vehicle to keep you informed about key NACDL initiatives designed to effectuate change in the criminal justice system on the state level and the activities of the Network members.

This newsletter will be just one of the many resources available to you as a member of NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. For more information about the Network, please visit our website at
How do I post to the SCJN listserve?
If you are receiving this message, you are a member of the State Criminal Justice Network Listserve. You can post messages to this listserve at If you know of anyone interested in joining the listserve, please have them contact Angelyn C. Frazer at
National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation

NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) conference calls, entitled National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL), periodically features an expert on an issue area and are designed to inform criminal defense lawyers and advocates across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues.  Key to the calls is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions. 

Our next call is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2013, and is entitled Death Penalty: The Dawn of Reform. Please join us to learn about ongoing campaigns in several jurisdictions seeking to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday January 16, 2013 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm.

To RSVP please send an email to

In addition, if you have ideas for future calls, please send an email to

Groundbreaking Report Offers Solutions to America's Indigent Defense Crisis as Nation Marks 50 Years of Gideon v. Wainwright
As the nation enters the 50th anniversary year of Gideon, the landmark Supreme Court decision clarifying that the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel applies regardless of whether a defendant can afford to pay an attorney, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants (ABA/SCLAID), with invaluable support provided by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), today release a critically important new report, National Indigent Defense Reform: The Solution is Multifaceted.
Spitfire Strategies Hosts Webinar on Gideon Advocacy Efforts

Spitfire Strategies is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, January 23 at 1:00 pm ET, to facilitate planning among organizations, partners and individual public defenders across the country on how to leverage Gideon v. Wainwright's 50th anniversary for reform efforts through strategic messaging and advocacy.

Meeting Name: Gideon @ 50: Leveraging the Anniversary for Advocacy

Summary: Join us to learn how your organization or individual public defender office can take advantage of the Gideon v. Wainwright 50th Anniversary to leverage outreach opportunities, including Gideon books and films, using effective messaging and advocacy.

When:  Wednesday, January, 23 from 1 - 2:00 PM ET/ 10 - 11:00 AM PT

Registration: Click here (webinar link and call-in information will be provided after registering). For more information please contact Sarah McLean at

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Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction

NACDL has two major projects addressing post-conviction issues.

The Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction was established in late 2011 to undertake an inquiry into how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction are actually working, in state and federal systems, and develop comprehensive proposals for reform. The Task Force has held hearings in Chicago, Miami, Cleveland and San Francisco and will host hearings in Washington, DC in February and New York in May. For more information about the Task Force including the Mission Statement, member list and hearing locations, please visit

The Washington, DC Hearings of the Task force will be held February 21-22 in the DC office of NACDL. To RSVP for our hearings in Washington, DC please email Elsa Ohman at

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is pleased to offer as both a resource for its members and as a service to the general public, a collection of individual downloadable documents that profile the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to relief from the numerous civil rights and other consequences of criminal conviction. 

To view the website please visit

To view the full press release please visit restorationrights-press release 

Save the Date- 12th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

San Francisco, California

Thursday July 25-Friday 26, 2013

Issues include:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Death Penalty
  • Indigent Defense
  • Drug Law Reform/Medical Marijuana
  • Pre-Trial/Bail Reform

Updates will be posted to the website at

NACDL Seeking Interesting Overcriminalization Legislation
NACDL is gathering interesting criminal justice legislation (particularly legislation that would make for a good exhibit under the heading "overcriminalization") that passed in state houses this past legislative session. If any bills passed in your jurisdiction, please forward to Ivan J. Dominguez, NACDL's Director of Public Affairs and Communications, at
Social and Criminal Justice Calendar of Events
We are gathering information from criminal justice and civil rights organizations about their conferences and events taking place this year. If you would like your event listed in our calendar, please send details to Elsa Ohman at
Angelyn Frazer
State Legislative Affairs Director
(202) 465-7642

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