2011 Board of Directors Resolutions

Resolutions adopted by NACDL's Board of Directors or Membership are posted online. Resolutions adopted prior to the year 2000 are posted as they are available. For more information on resolutions adopted prior to 2000, please contact NACDL.

Anticipating of the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

NACDL, in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, reaffirms its commitment to seeing the noble ideal of Gideon put into practice. .........

Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty in the State of Illinois

NACDL calls upon Patrick Quinn, the Governor of the State of Illinois, to sign Senate Bill 3539 into law and abolish the death penalty in the State of Illinois.

Urging Legislatures and Governors to Refrain from Passing Anti-Immigration Laws

NACDL urges state and local jurisdictions to refrain from passing a law similar to Arizona Senate Bill 1070 or any other law that targets individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin and endangers the protection of constitutional rights; ..........

Regarding Reform of the Hyde Amendment

NACDL supports legislation that would allow an acquitted defendant in a federal criminal case the opportunity to recover his or her attorney’s fees and expenses without a finding of government misconduct; and

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that NACDL urges the United States Congress to swiftly and fully enact such legislation.

Authorizing a Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers authorizes a Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award, to be conferred according to the following guidelines. ............

Calling for Abolition of the Death Penalty in the State of Illinois

NACDL calls upon Patrick Quinn, the Governor of the State of Illinois, to sign Senate Bill 3539 into law and abolish the death penalty in the State of Illinois.

Adopting Model State Legislation Reforming the Use of Asset Forfeiture

NACDL adopts the attached model as its model legislation for reform of asset forfeiture laws.

Discouraging Campaign Attacks in Judicial Elections

NACDL calls upon all candidates for judicial office to refrain from personal attacks that undermine judicial independence, impugn the integrity of the judicial branch, or denigrate fundamental constitutional rights, and to pledge publicly to adhere to this request.

Approving Model Legislation to Disclose Favorable Information to the Accused

NACDL will seek to advance the measures and principles embodied in the model reform legislation.

Guiding NACDL's Efforts in the Capital Punishment Area

The Committee proposes the following:

1. NACDL should allocate resources to establish an additional NACDL Death Penalty Counsel. This Counsel should, in collaboration with the National Consortium for Capital Defense Training, conduct the BJA-supported bring-your-own-case training and should also provide follow-up resource support to the defense teams after the trainings...............

On Law Enforcement Access to Third Party Records

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers hereby adopts the principle that law enforcement access to the content of private electronic communications should require a warrant supported by probable cause; ..........

Authorizing Indigent Defense Litigation and Reform Funding

NACDL makes the commitment to provide up to $45,000 for systemic litigation during the period of Fiscal Year 2012 through Fiscal Year 2014.

The NACDL will budget the sum of $15,000 as a line item for litigation for each of Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, and 2014. ...........

Adopting Special Election Procedures

the following procedures shall govern the special election to be held at the NACDL Fall meeting in Las Vegas: ........

Continuing Opposition to the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay

NACDL shall continue to provide expertise, consultation, and support to the military and civilian lawyers representing defendants who are charged in the military commissions at Guantanamo...