Washington, DC (December 12, 2011) – In a special election held last month to fill a vacancy, Denver attorney Norman R. Mueller was elected to NACDL's Board of Directors at the fall board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Past President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Mueller has served on NACDL's Amicus (or friend-of-the-court brief) Committee as 10th Circuit Vice Chair. He has also served on the Amicus Committee of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar since 2004. In addition, Mueller has also been a presenter on ethics issues at NACDL CLE programs.
A former Colorado state public defender, Mueller has practiced criminal law for nearly four decades. He serves on the board of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, where he worked for the establishment of a Sixth Amendment Task Force to address the constitutionality of the Colorado statute that requires individuals charged with misdemeanors to meet with the prosecutor before counsel is appointed. In 2010, Mueller was appointed by Colorado’s governor to the Judicial Performance Commission for the Second Judicial District. He has been a member for more than 20 years of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Appellate Rules and is a chapter author for the Colorado Appellate Handbook.
Mueller is licensed to practice law in Colorado and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, as well as before the Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his B.A. from the University of Kansas, with distinction, in 1971 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974.
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