Washington, DC (Jan. 19, 2017) – On his last full day in office, President Obama today announced 330 grants of commutation. Of today's 330 grants, 189 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to 1,715, of which 894 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
Clemency Project 2014 was an unprecedented and wholly independent pro bono effort by the nation's bar that has answered the Department of Justice's 2014 call for the bar to offer free assistance to potential petitioners. The Project recruited and trained nearly 4,000 volunteer lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds and completed screening of the more than 36,000 federal prisoners who requested volunteer assistance. The Project's painstaking review of these cases revealed that the overwhelming majority of those requests were by applicants who did not meet the criteria put forward by the Department of Justice in April 2014. Clemency Project 2014 submitted nearly 2,600 petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. The petitions were submitted on behalf of non-violent federal prisoners who are serving long sentences that, given changes in federal law and policy, likely would not be imposed today.
Since the inception of Clemency Project 2014, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has played a pivotal role. NACDL provided critical infrastructure and donated countless hours of staff support, along with the many members who provided pro bono service. NACDL President Barry J. Pollack said, "President Obama's actions have provided a measure of fairness to a system that had devastated the lives of so many people, their families, and their communities. The President would not have been able to accomplish this extraordinary outcome without the efforts of volunteer lawyers around the country. NACDL has been at the forefront of the unprecedented work of screening and submitting thousands of clemency petitions. As a lawyer and as president of the NACDL, I could not be more proud of NACDL, its staff, and the lawyers who volunteered their valuable time. President Obama and Clemency Project 2014 will long be remembered for promoting the cause of justice."
Gerald B. Lefcourt, President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), which was among the first to provide critical financial resources to establish Clemency Project 2014, said: "This Project embodies so much of what the FCJ is all about. It is with great pride that the Foundation beholds the incredible achievements over the past nearly three years since the inception of this singularly remarkable effort undertaken by the nation's bar. FCJ will continue to support the pursuit of fair sentencing for anyone accused of a crime, as well as other known and unknown challenges as we work together to preserve and promote the core values of America's justice system guaranteed by the Constitution."
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.
Ivan J. Dominguez, NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications, (202) 465-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.