Support through the NFCJ have supported NACDL efforts such as:
The Return to Freedom Project
NACDL’s Return to Freedom Project helps those serving overly harsh sentences seek relief by partnering with partner organizations to recruit, train, and support pro bono volunteers to secure clemency, compassionate release, or expungement. The Project includes efforts such as the Cannibus Justice Initiative, the Exessive Sentencing Project, the Trial Penalty Project, the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project and more. Since launching, the project has:
- Recruited 2,271 volunteers from 538 firms and other organizations,
- Received over 9,838 applications for assistance,
- Placed 1,417 cases with firms,
- Filed 1,395 petitions and motions for relief with our Federal/state/local public defender partners,
- Regained freedom for over 275 individuals,
- Reduced sentences by 1,654 years, and
- Freed 37 Lifers (or life equivalent).
NACDL'S TRAINING LAWYERS IN RESPONSE TO DOBBS
NACDL is committed to helping defense attorneys navigate a wide range of pregnancy and abortion related cases. NACDL is building a hub for information, practice materials, trainings, briefs, news, and more. These resources provide counsel with the tools and education they need to defend those charged with seeking, providing, or abetting abortions, as well as prosecutions related to pregnancy outcomes or behavior while pregnant. Click here to learn more.
NACDL'S FOURTH AMENDMENT CENTER
NACDL's Fourth Amendment Center offers direct assistance to defense lawyers handling cases involving new surveillance tools, technologies and tactics that infringe on the constitutional rights of people in America. The Center is available to help members of the defense bar in bringing new Fourth Amendment challenges .Click here to learn more.
NACDL'S FULL DISCLOSURE PROJECT
The Full Disclosure Project aims to disrupt the culture of secrecy that systematically and pervasively shields law enforcement misconduct by changing police secrecy laws and empowering the defense community to track police misconduct. Click here to learn more.
PUBLIC DEFENSE SCHOLARSHIPS
As a result of generous grant funding, NACDL is able to offer scholarship assistance to public defense attorneys to attend training programs hosted by NACDL as well as other organizations. Click here to learn more.
RESTORATION OF RIGHTS WEB RESOURCES
This page provides web resources related to restoration of rights and the collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction. Click here to learn more.
NACDL files amicus briefs in federal and state courts across the nation in those cases that present issues of importance to criminal defendants, criminal defense lawyers, and/or the criminal justice system as a whole. NACDL is one of the most successful of the frequent amicus contributors to the nation’s state and federal courts, in part because NACDL draws upon the collected expertise of the nation’s criminal defense bar. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.
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Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!
DIVERSITY SUMMER LAW FELLOWSHIP
This NACDL fellowship places law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with exceptional and experienced criminal defense attorneys, and the fellows experience criminal defense practice firsthand during their eight-week placements. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.
NACDL produces groundbreaking research and reform proposals, reports, and recommendations. From body cameras to discovery reform, and from public defense to electronic surveillance, can all be found here.
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