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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.
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50th Anniversary Keynote Address Charles J. Ogletree Jr.
Affiliate News Gerald Lippert
Book Review Rodney Uphoff
Champion of Justice Award Recipient Sen. Arlen Specter
Champion of Justice Award Recipient Rep. John D. Conyers Jr.
Committee Briefing Theodore Simon
Crawford and Forfeiture by Wrongdoing: Giles v. California Answers the Intent Question Steven N. Yermish
DWI Steve Rubenzer
Inside NACDL Norman L. Reimer
Judicial Recognition Award Recipient Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin
Lifetime Achievement Award -- Steven B. Bright Carmen D. Hernandez
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Steven B. Bright
Message from the Dinner Chair Rep. John D. Conyers Jr.
NACDL News Jack King
NACDL Reflections Albert J. Krieger
Origins of the National Criminal Defense Bar G. Jack King
Practice Points William V. Roppolo Jr.
President's Greeting at 50th Anniversary Dinner Carmen D. Hernandez
Reviews in Review Ellen S. Podgor
To Learn From American Lawyers Xu Xiao Ping
We Are Enforcers of the Constitution John Wesley Hall
White-Collar Crime David F. Axelrod