News Release

New Orleans, La. Attorney Robert Toale Installed to Board of Directors of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (August 18, 2014) – New Orleans, La. Attorney Robert Toale was sworn in to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 57th annual meeting in Philadelphia on August 2.

Toale heads the Law Office of Robert S. Toale, where his practice focuses exclusively on criminal defense issues. He works on state, federal, and juvenile criminal cases throughout Southeast Louisiana. 

Toale is a Life Member of NACDL’s affiliate, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL), and was installed as LACDL president-elect in December 2012 and LACDL president in December 2013. At LACDL, Toale has focused on abolishing capital punishment in Louisiana and bringing adequate funding to indigent defense programs.

Toale is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute, and has attended multiple-day training sessions at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is certified as Capital Lead Trial Counsel by the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Toale remained in New Orleans and tried (pro bono) the first 12-person jury trial in Orleans Parish after Katrina. He has also served his community as Parliamentarian of the Alliance for Good Government, a non-profit organization that hosts forums and endorses candidates for election in Louisiana. Toale is also a board member of the Louisiana Justice PAC.

Toale has been a member of NACDL since 1986 and is presently a Life Member. He has also served as a member of NACDL’s Indigent Defense Committee.

Toale graduated from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law and completed his B.A. at Tulane University.

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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 justice system.