BE IT RESOLVED this 8th day of November, 2014 in Washington, D.C. the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recognizes and remembers William H. Buckman, a cherished friend and a tenacious advocate for justice and:
His extraordinary legal ability, dedication, compassion, commitment and champion of constitutional rights of all those he represented in both the civil and criminal arenas;
His enormous generosity in giving his time to both organize other criminal defense lawyers and devote himself to the mission of the NACDL, an organization he loved;
His articulate and out-spoken combined wit and wisdom which was ever present, always welcomed, frequently anticipated, and simply cannot be replaced;
His national recognition and the universal admiration for the hard won victory in State v. Soto, 324 N.J. Super. 66 (Law Div. 1996) which came after years of dedicated teamwork fighting both the New Jersey State Police and the Attorney General’s Office which landmark case, was the first successful challenge of its kind in the nation, helped end the insidious practice of racial profiling on New Jersey’s highways; and
His extraordinary work in Soto, which was but one example of his consistent, courageous and tireless advocacy he delivered for every client, everyday and the cause of justice.
Being a truly incomparable civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, friend, and beloved member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the NACDL, who through countless hours of dedication advanced the cause of NACDL, his clients and the Constitution will remain in our hearts forever, and will continue to inspire us and who truly was and will always be one of Liberty’s Last Champions.
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