News Release

2021-22 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting

Washington, DC (July 26, 2021) - NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting on July 24.

NACDL's newly-elected officers and directors:

Executive Committee

PresidentMartín Antonio Sabelli (San Francisco, CA) 
President-ElectNellie L. King (West Palm Beach, FL) 
First Vice PresidentMichael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
Second Vice PresidentChristopher A. Wellborn (Rock Hill, SC)
SecretaryAndrew S. Birrell (Minneapolis, MN)

In addition, Kobie Flowers (Washington, DC) will serve as Parliamentarian.

Board of Directors

Huda Ajlani Macri (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Benjamin Au (Los Angeles, CA)
Jonathan Brayman (Chicago, IL)
Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube (Houston, TX)
Adrian Lobo (Las Vegas, NV) (Affiliate Representative)
Lorna McClusky (Memphis, TN) (Affiliate Representative)
Shazzie Naseem (Kansas City, MO)
C. Melissa "Missy" Owen (Charlotte, NC)
Robert Patillo (Atlanta, GA)
Sonya Pfeiffer (Charlotte, NC)
Gabriel Reyes (Dallas, TX)
Carmen Roe (Houston, TX)
Justin Rosas (Medford, OR)
Tony Thedford (Chicago, IL)
Ian Wallach (Los Angeles, CA)

Director C. Melissa "Missy" Owen will continue serving her term on NACDL’s Executive Committee. Directors Huda Ajlani Macri and Eric Davis will begin their terms on NACDL's Executive Committee.


Kate Holden, NACDL Public Affairs and Communications Associate, (202) 465-7624 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 legal system.

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