Access to The Champion archive is one of many exclusive member benefits. It’s normally restricted to just NACDL members. However, this content, and others like it, is available to everyone in order to educate the public on why criminal justice reform is a necessity.
Will it take one or two more generations? Will it take longer before race is no longer a major divisive social issue in America? Can we avoid tearing apart our social fabric and become one American people? Is law leading us toward greater harmony?
In one generation America has made substantial progress, and the law and lawyers deserve credit for much of it. But we lawyers know how much more remains to be done. That is especially true in the criminal justice system. We know that there are unequal patterns in law enforcement, prosecution and sentencing. We know that as a result, people of color represent a disproportionate percentage of people in prison or under supervision. Nonwhites are more likely to be charged with capital murder than whites, and murders involving white victims are more likely to result in capital charges than those involving nonwhite victims.
In New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Seattle in the last few years we have witnessed police misconduct in which people of color have been tortured, beaten, framed and killed. Cincinnati is another city that has shown us racial injustice at its worst. And yet it is only when deep-seated resentment, anger and fear flash into riots that the American public takes notice. That is a primary reason why NACDL is holding its Spring 2002 meeting in Cincinnati and why the seminar program is devoted to issues of race and culture in criminal justice.
Surrounding this issue of The Champion, you'll find information for the Cincinnati meeting. You'll see that the seminar offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and successfully confronting bias and prejudice in criminal proceedings. If you only attend one CLE this year, this is the one.
You'll also notice that this is one of the most affordable seminars that NACDL has held in recent years. Airfare and hotel rates are low, but we recognize that even low hotel rates may be a barrier to attendance. To meet that problem and encourage attendance by our members, our Cincinnati colleagues have agreed to open their homes to members who want to attend but cannot afford hotel costs. The Spring meeting also will offer an array of social events, sponsored by the Ohio Association, the Kentucky Association and the Greater Cincinnati Association.
Join us in Cincinnati for a timely and informative seminar, to meet and share your experiences with colleagues and to demonstrate our commitment to resolving the issues that tore Cincinnati apart and that threaten communities across the country.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.