January-February 2024

January-February 2024 Cover

Which practice standards and guidelines apply in cross-cultural forensic mental health assessments?


Articles in this Issue

  1. Affiliate News

    What events are NACDL affiliates hosting this month? Find out here.

    Jessica Stepan

  2. America’s Changing Solitary Confinement Landscape

    Many states have passed legislation limiting or prohibiting solitary confinement for certain groups, including pregnant women and young people. Although the pace of change has been slow in the solitary confinement landscape, it is moving in the right direction.

    Richard Blaustein

  3. Client Issues & Ethics: ABA Tightens Restrictions on Advance Fees for Legal Services

    The American Bar Association published an ethics opinion in 2023 that clarifies the proper methods for handling advance fees, including when to treat them as earned.

    Jeffery Leon

  4. From the President: Trying Times: When Defense Counsel Stand Against Coercive Plea Bargains

    That Pressure Almost All Defendants to Plead Guilty

    Criminal defense lawyers should think about how their representation changes depending upon whether the prosecutor’s evidence is overwhelming, whether they believe the client is guilty but the prosecutor’s case is shaky, or they believe the client is innocent of the charges.

    Michael P. Heiskell and Jon May

  5. NACDL News: Chicago Attorney Todd S. Pugh Sworn In as Treasurer of NACDL

    NACDL News for January/February 2024

    Jessie Diamond, Kate Holden, and Jonathan Hutson

  6. NACDL News: Two Elected to Serve on NACDL Board of Directors

    NACDL News for January/February 2024

    Jessie Diamond, Kate Holden, and Jonathan Hutson

  7. Practice Standards and Guidelines That Apply to Cross-Cultural Forensic Mental Health Assessments

    Mental health professionals who are conducting an assessment need culture-related awareness. Particularly when the goal is for the assessment to produce a defensible report and defensible opinion testimony, defense counsel should be aware that the cross-cultural assessment may require attention to issues of acculturation and language that require the expert to have specialized knowledge.

    John T. Philipsborn, M.Ed., JD, MAS

  8. The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Character Evidence

    Rene Valladares and Hannah Nelson provide a framework for character evidence, an overview of the exceptions and nuances to the general prohibition of character evidence, and an understanding of how the pertinent evidence rules interact with one another.

    Rene Valladares and Hannah Nelson

  9. Using Administrative Law and Federal Habeas Corpus Remedies

    When the BOP Unlawfully Executes a Client’s Sentence Under the First Step Act

    Federal defenders Stephen Sady and Elizabeth Daily offer pointers on enforcing the First Step Act time credits through administrative law and habeas corpus. They provide practitioners with practical ways to begin negotiating, then litigating when necessary, against the BOP’s failure to fully implement the First Step Act’s provisions.

    Stephen Sady and Elizabeth Daily