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NACDL News: The Marshall Project and Neil Barsky Receive Champion of Justice Journalism Award
The Marshall Project and Neil Barsky, its chairman and founder, received the Champion of Justice Journalism Award from NACDL on March 3, 2017. NACDL President Barry J. Pollack presented the award at the Association’s midwinter seminar and meeting in New Orleans, La.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Past President Judy Clarke Recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers
In March, the American College of Trial Lawyers presented its Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy to criminal defense attorney and NACDL Past President (1996-97) Judy Clarke. The award honors trial lawyers who have persevered in the pursuit of an important cause despite substantial personal danger, fear, unpopularity, opposition, or other extreme difficulties. The award is the highest honor conferred on a single individual by the College.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Issues Report on Public Defense Crisis in Louisiana
With support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), on March 2 NACDL released State of Crisis: Chronic Neglect and Underfunding for Louisiana’s Public Defense System, by Andrea M. Marsh, Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. NACDL and its Public Defense Committee commissioned this report “to assess the root causes of perhaps the most prolonged and severe public defense crisis in the nation.” Those causes include inadequate and unstable funding mechanisms that triggered well-publicized waitlists for public defense services, as well as less-publicized but chronic failures to safeguard the independence of the defense function and to sustain a public defense system capable of delivering legal services that meet constitutional and professional standards.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Heartened by Support for Criminal Discovery Reform in Virginia
The Virginia Senate passed SB 1563 by a vote of 39-1 on Feb. 7, 2017, but the bill was tabled (by voice vote) in a House subcommittee hearing on February 15, effectively killing it this session. NACDL had urged the Virginia House of Delegates to pass criminal discovery reform legislation to increase fairness and access to justice in the Commonwealth.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: House of Representatives Passes Email Privacy Act
On Feb. 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). This bill is a long overdue update of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a bill passed in 1986 that governs the treatment of electronic communications. The Email Privacy Act establishes that law enforcement officers must obtain a warrant to access the content of most electronic communications and cloud-stored content from third-party providers and eliminates the arbitrary rule that would allow the government to obtain emails older than 180 days with a subpoena. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the last Congress 419-0.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Betty Layne DesPortes Elected AAFS President
NACDL member Betty Layne DesPortes, the managing partner of Benjamin & DesPortes, P.C. in Richmond, Va., is the first criminal defense lawyer to be elected president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). She was sworn in on Feb. 18, 2017.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in April 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: President Obama Caps Final Week in Office with 539 More Commutations
On Jan. 17, 2017, President Obama announced 209 grants of commutation, of which 100 were cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. Just two days later, on January 19, President Obama announced 330 more grants of commutation, of which 189 were supported by the Project. The 330 grants represented the largest single set of commutation grants of Obama’s tenure as president.
By Ezra Dunkle-Polier in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: NACDL Report Documents ‘Sixth Amendment-Free’ Proceedings in South Carolina Courts
On Jan. 18, 2017, NACDL released its second report on South Carolina’s summary courts, Rush to Judgment: How South Carolina’s Summary Courts Fail to Protect Constitutional Rights. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that a person accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer, whether or not he or she can afford to hire one. In South Carolina, the bulk of criminal cases are relatively minor offenses heard in municipal and magistrate courts, collectively referred to as summary courts. As demonstrated by the NACDL reports, these courts routinely fail to inform defendants of their right to counsel and refuse to provide counsel to the poor at all stages of the criminal process. South Carolina summary courts also regularly violate the Constitution by sentencing defendants to jail simply because they cannot afford to pay fines.
By Ivan J. Dominguez in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Groups Provide Critical Immigration Advisories for Defense Lawyers After the Administration’s 1/25/17 Executive Order
Both criminal defense and immigration groups have released critical practice advisories in response to the executive orders (EO) on immigration policy issued by the president on Jan. 25, 2017. The executive orders affect, among other areas, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions and priorities, including who ICE seeks to detain and deport. Thus, it is essential for defense lawyers to stay informed of all changes and how they are being implemented through consultation with immigration experts.
By Vanessa Antoun in March 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
NACDL News: Past President John Wesley Hall Receives Al Horn Memorial Award From NORML
John Wesley Hall, a past president of NACDL, received the Al Horn Memorial Award from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) National Legal Committee on Dec. 10, 2016. He was presented with the award at NORML’s annual dinner at the Pier House in Key West, Florida. The Al Horn Memorial Award is presented annually to a NORML Legal Committee member in recognition of his or her “lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and for their extraordinary support for NORML.”
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier in January-February 2017
Category: The Champion Magazine
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