News Release

2023-24 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Installed at Annual Meeting

Washington, DC (Aug. 7, 2023) – NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting on August 5.

NACDL's newly-elected officers and directors:

Executive Committee

President: Michael P. Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX)
President-Elect: Christopher A. Wellborn (Rock Hill, SC)
First Vice President: Andrew S. Birrell (Minneapolis, MN)
Second Vice President: C. Melissa "Missy" Owen (Charlotte, NC)
Secretary: Stephen Ross Johnson (Knoxville, TN)

In addition, Alice Fontier (New York, NY) will serve as Parliamentarian.

Board of Directors

Jude Michael Faccidomo (Miami, FL) (Affiliate Representative)
Melanie Foote (Frankfort, KY)
Lonnie Randolph (East Chicago, IN)
Carrie L. Thompson (Colorado Springs, CO) (Affiliate Representative)

Director Katherine Newberger will begin her term on NACDL's Executive Committee.


Jessie Diamond, Public Affairs and Communications Associate, (202) 465-7647 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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