Who is eligible to become an NACDL Life Member?
Any NACDL member who is a practicing lawyer in good standing and is currently active.
Prosecutors are ineligible to be NACDL Members, and if as a Life Member you subsequently become a prosecutor, any dues paid will be held in escrow, until such time as you return to the criminal defense profession and reinstate your membership.
What is the current membership dues rate for Life Members?
Life Member dues are 5 installment payments of $1,300 or a one-time payment of $6,500.
What are my options for paying the $1,300 installments?
The basic option is $1,300 each year for five years payable by credit card or check.Once the initial installment is paid, members can provide a credit card for automatic quarterly or semi-annual payments.
What if I have recently renewed my NACDL membership?
Any dues recently paid will be credited towards the full one-time payment of $6,500, or the first installment payment of $1,300. Example: $1,300 installment less $329 annual Regular Member dues equals a prorated payment of $971. Call the membership department for details on how pro-rating will affect you.
What dues obligations remain after the full $6,500 Life Member payment is complete?
You will never pay NACDL membership dues again
Your NACDL membership dues will never increase – GUARANTEED!
What benefits do I receive as a Life Member if I convert my membership now?
You will never pay NACDL membership dues again
You will lock in your rate against any future increases in the dues rate for Life Membership.
Your practice gains additional exposure with an expanded profile in the online membership directory, linked to your listing in both the Member-To-Member and the free, public Find-A-Lawyer directories.
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Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.
You will receive an elegant crystal sculpture engraved with the NACDL logo, your name, and the words Life Member.
At conferences and seminars you receive recognition on your badge as a Life Member.
Other Life Members are more likely to refer cases to you within your jurisdiction and field of expertise.
To get started, download the application here or call Member Services at 202-872-4001.