News Release

Past President William B. Moffitt (1949 – 2009)

Washington, DC­ (April 27, 2009) Past President William B. (Bill) Moffitt passed away Friday morning, April 24. He was 60 years old.

Bill had been hospitalized several days ago for breathing difficulties when he slipped into a coma and was placed on life support earlier this week. He never regained consciousness.

Bill served as NACDL’s president from 1999 to 2000. He also served as president of the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Lawyers, now the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a NACDL affiliate organization. He was a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, the Alexandria (Va.) Bar Association, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and the International Association of Criminal Lawyers.

He is survived by his wife, Edna, and daughter Pilar.

The Association’s leadership and members extend our deepest condolences to Bill’s family and friends for their loss, as so many of our members count themselves as members of Bill’s extended family.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Howard University Law School, 2900 Van Ness St N.W., Washington, D.C. Please bring a pair of sunglasses to be worn during a special tribute to Bill.

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