News Release

2020-21 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting

Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2020) - NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting on August 15.

NACDL's newly-elected officers and directors:

Executive Committee

PresidentChristopher W. Adams (Charleston, SC) 
President-ElectMartín Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) 
First Vice PresidentNellie King (West Palm Beach, FL) 
Second Vice PresidentNanzella Whitfield (Boston, MA)
SecretaryChristopher A. Wellborn (Rock Hill, SC)

In addition, John L. Arrascada (Reno, NV) will serve as Parliamentarian. Andrew S. Birrell (Minneapolis, MN) will serve the first year of his second consecutive term as Treasurer.

Board of Directors

Melissa Bobrow (San Diego, CA)

Seth P. Chazin (Berkeley/San Francisco, CA)

Angelica Cogliano (Austin, TX)

Stephen Ross Johnson (Knoxville, TN)

Abasi Major (San Antonio, TX)

Timothy McCarthy (West Des Moines, IA)

Kathy Stilling (Brookfield, WI)

Diego Weiner (Miami, FL)

Richard Willstatter (White Plains, NY)

Directors C. Melissa “Missy” Owen and Todd S. Pugh will continue serving their terms on NACDL’s Executive Committee. Director Michael P. Heiskell will begin his term on NACDL's Executive Committee.


Ivan Dominguez, NACDL Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications, (202) 465-7662 or

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 justice system.

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