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NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system.
NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.
NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
A Gideon Moment Robert F. Field
Affiliate News Gerald Lippert
Death Watch Chris Adams
Evaluating forensic DNA evidence: Essential elements of a competent defense review William C. Thompson
Friend of the Court Lisa Kemler
Gideon’s Promise: The Texas Story Sen. Rodney Ellis, Hanna Liebman Dershowitz
High-profile cases and the media Kathryn Keneally
Meeting of friends Robin Shellow
Membership survey results: Just as white, eight years older and no richer Lawrence S. Goldman
NACDL News Staff
Outmanned and outgunned Jose J. Monsivais
Recent Formal Opinions Jack King
Reviews in Review Ellen S. Podgor
Stubbornness as a defense to intent and creative use of expert testimony Barry Tarlow
The citizen as enemy: Ten years after Waco, unanswered questions Jack King
Two recent decisions confirm criminal law’s ‘pathological politics’ Robert Batey
Ways to challenge the detention of your client who has been declared a material witness or the incommunicado detention of any client Richard H. Parsons, Kent V. Anderson