Resources available as 40th anniversary approaches
Washington, DC (January 1, 2003) -- In preparation for the 40th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has launched a special Web page of materials for journalists, lawyers, teachers, students, and the general public to learn about the right to counsel for the accused. The Gideon decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 18, 1963, and held that persons facing imprisonment are entitled to counsel at trial if they cannot afford an attorney.
One of the resources available on NACDL's new Web page is a lesson plan for high schools on the right to counsel, developed by a group of defenders and teachers. The Web page, www.nacdl.org/gideon, also contains background materials on Gideon, public education resources for attorneys, information about Gideon-related events, and related articles from The Champion, NACDL's award-winning journal. The January/February edition of The Champion will be devoted to articles about Gideon and the right to counsel, and will feature articles by Sen. Edward Kennedy, Gideon's Trumpet author Anthony Lewis, Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck, and others.
"After forty years, it may come as a surprise that in some parts of the country, people who cannot afford counsel do not get meaningful representation," said Kate Jones, Indigent Defense Counsel for NACDL. "We hope that by providing this information we can help students and the general public understand the importance of qualified representation in ensuring a fair justice system. The work of groups such as the Innocence Project has proven that, otherwise, innocent people can be locked away, maybe even put to death."
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!
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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.