About the committee
The Mission of the Diversity Committee is to foster all forms of diversity within NACDL’s membership and throughout the legal profession. The Diversity Committee will accomplish this Mission in three ways. First, the Diversity Committee will pursue this Mission by welcoming all people without regard to race, culture, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, faith, physical ability, politics, or any other meaningful characteristic. Second, the Diversity Committee will achieve its Mission by focusing on increasing the inclusion of historically marginalized segments of our society. Finally, the Diversity Committee will effectuate its Mission by evolving with the changing notions of diversity. This Mission is rooted in NACDL’s commitment to being an all-inclusive community of criminal defense lawyers, and to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
To join the diversity committee as it plans further events and outreach, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Path to Justice: A Party with Meaning"
NACDL's Diversity Committee hosted an event at Austin's Victory Grill on February 23, 2022. NACDL members, local law students and community organizers for a party dedicated to promoting racial justice in Austin and throughout our country attended.
The Victory Grill
The Victory Grill is one of the most historic night clubs in the Austin area. A city that has traditionally redlined its black and brown citizens in a state with a record of systemic racism, the Victory Grill is indeed one of the true victories of the 1940s. Representing the beating heart of the criminal defense attorney, the Victory opened a safe space for people to be truly themselves in the heart of Texas. We hope you will join us there to celebrate the work those who have come before us have done and reflect on the work we have left to do.
The ramshackle structure on East 11th Street is made up of the stuff of segregationera legend. Opened in 1945 by Johnny Holmes, it’s one of only a few original Chitlin’ Circuit nightclubs remaining in the country, which means it was a spot where African- Americans could freely and safely enjoy eats, drinks and smokes while dancing the night away to some of the most sought-after blues, jazz, R&B and soul performers of the time. Louis Armstrong, Ike and Tina Turner, B.B. King, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin are among the acts who played there. Today, the joint is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to host music acts while serving as a venue for various community events.
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!