March 2020

March 2020 Cover

What should attorneys do when faced with the government’s subpoena and seizure of client files?


Articles in this Issue

  1. A Road Map for Lawyers and Law Firms Responding to Searches, Seizures, and Subpoenas of Client Files

    Defense attorney Elliot Abrams discusses a Fourth Circuit case that rejects the use of filter or taint teams after a law office search. He uses this case to develop a road map for lawyers to follow to protect client confidences in response to subpoenas or seizures of client files by the government.

    Elliot Abrams

  2. Affiliate News

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

    Gerald Lippert

  3. Alcohol Breath Test: Correcting for Bias

    The alcohol breath test causes two types of bias, writes professors Michael P. Hlastala and Joseph C. Anderson. They propose two changes to eliminate the bias.

    Michael P. Hlastala and Joseph C. Anderson

  4. Comprehensive NACDL Statement on Attacks on the Judiciary and the Judicial Process

    Criminal defense lawyers defend the accused, but they also must safeguard the independence of the judiciary.


  5. From the President: The Death Penalty: Who Lives, Who Dies?

    The imposition of the death penalty is on the decline. However, 40 execution dates have been scheduled by seven states and the federal government for 2020.

    Nina J. Ginsberg

  6. Inside NACDL: NACDL’s Midwinter Infusion of New Talent

    The success of NACDL’s work depends on the organization’s ability to field a first-rate team. NACDL recently elected two new board members and filled several staff positions.

    Norman L. Reimer

  7. NACDL News: California Innocence Project Co-Founder Justin Brooks Receives Champion of Justice Award

    NACDL News for March 2020

    Ivan J. Dominguez, Kate Holden, and Madeline K. Sklar

  8. Remembering John Cleary: NACDL’s First Public Defense Board Member

    Chuck Sevilla shares memories of John Cleary, NACDL’s first public defense board member.

    Charles Sevilla

  9. Shots in the Back — Are They ‘Legal’?: An Explanation for Self-Defense

    A man breaks into a house. The homeowner shoots the intruder in the back, killing him. The state charges the homeowner with homicide, and the homeowner claims self-defense. Is it possible that the homeowner used lethal force justifiably even though the fatal entrance wound was in the back?

    Gary Marbut

  10. Social Media Research — A ‘Must’ When Selecting a Jury

    It is not a good idea for a lawyer to ignore online information about anyone involved in a case. Social media research can provide lawyers with a truer sense of a prospective juror than the information the juror discloses on a written juror questionnaire or in open court.

    Carolyn S. Koch