The State Criminal Justice Network Conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and the advocacy community to network and discuss various criminal justice objectives around the country. Since the inception of the SCJN, the expanded participation of both communities has enabled NACDL to bring together individuals directly affected by the criminal justice system and stakeholders who seek reforms that will have a lasting impact on our communities.
The 21st Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference will be held as a free, in-person conference, August 11-12, 2022, in Palm Beach, FL at The Breakers Palm Beach.
NACDL is pleased to offer limited scholarships to individuals interested in attending the 21st Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference. The scholarships can be used for travel-related expenses (coach air or train fare) and hotel. The scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2022. Scholarship awards will be administered through reimbursements. If a recipient is awarded a scholarship, all accommodations (both travel and hotel) must be purchased by the individual. If you are awarded a scholarship, more information will be provided including award amount and other important information. Please direct any scholarship-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NACDL's 20th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Virtual
The 20th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference was held as a free, live virtual event on August 18-20, 2021.
NACDL's 19th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Virtual
The 2020 SCJN Conference was held as free, live virtual conference from August 17th through 19th. The conference featured panel discussions on a range of topics, including:
Combatting misinformation around bail reform;
Policing in America, examining issues of transparency and accountability, as well as predictive policing and other analytical techniques used by law enforcement;
State sentencing reform efforts, including life imprisonment and other extreme sentences;
Probation and parole reform;
Data driven policies;
Effective messaging around criminal justice reform from communications and media experts.
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NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Philadelphia, PA
NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference: Sharing Strategies and Strengthening the Movement took place August 1-2, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Participants heard from many who are driving various reform efforts at the state level. Issues discussed included pretrial reform, the trial penalty, policing and technology, juvenile justice, discovery reform, expungement and women in the criminal justice system.
- 2019 Conference Materials
- Speaker Bios
- 2019 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award Recipient
NACDL’s 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and Presidential Summit, Atlanta, Georgia
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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.
Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity took place Thursday, August 23 – Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- 2018 Conference Materials
- Speaker Bios
- Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award Recipient
What is Shattering the Shackles?
Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity examined the destructive effect that a vast network of penalties, debarments, and disabilities that arise from a criminal conviction has on the millions who have contact with the criminal justice system. It also explored the disparate impact that these consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the Summit highlighted the ground-breaking work that is helping people break free from these shackles, and provide a roadmap for national reform.
Watch the video below to see NACDL President Drew Findling and Honorary Chair Mike Epps discussing Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences.