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Last August, when I was installed as NACDL’s 52nd president, it was clear that the landscape in which we practice as criminal defense lawyers had changed dramatically over the course of NACDL’s half century.
NACDL Executive Director Norman Reimer's written statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy regarding judicial recusals post-Caperton v. A.T. Massey.
Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of the petitioner.