News Release

NACDL Appoints Long-Serving Associate Executive Director for Policy Kyle O’Dowd as Interim Executive Director

Washington, DC (July 6, 2021) -- On February 15, 2020, at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, CA, NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer announced to NACDL’s Board of Directors, members, and staff that he would be stepping down in 2021 from his role as Executive Director of NACDL and the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ), after serving 15 years in those positions. A nationwide search for the new executive director, aided by a highly respected search firm, was subsequently undertaken.

“While the search is continuing, NACDL is thrilled to announce that Kyle O’Dowd, NACDL’s Associate Executive Director for Policy, will serve as Interim Executive Director of NACDL,” said NACDL President Chris Adams. “Kyle has broad experience both as a practitioner prior to joining NACDL and through his oversight of the entire, ever-expanding policy portfolio at NACDL for more than 20 years. His appointment is designed to ensure a seamless transition to the permanent designee.”

“I am thrilled that Kyle O’Dowd, with his vast understanding of the nation’s criminal legal system and its flaws, will seamlessly guide NACDL through this transitional period,” said Norman Reimer, adding that, “No one is more dedicated to NACDL’s mission and it will be my privilege to support him however I can.”

Kyle’s service as Interim Executive Director will commence at the end of the day on Friday, July 16, 2021.

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.