In 2021, NACDL and other members of the Virginia Pretrial Justice Coalition advocated for the passage of HB 2110/SB 1391, legislation to create a comprehensive pretrial data collection system. NACDL provided verbal testimony in support of the legislation and facilitated contact with Virginia state legislators through a campaign on NACDL's Legislative Action Center.
On March 21, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed HB 2110/SB 1391 into law, establishing an unparalleled level of transparency and accountability in Virginia's criminal justice system and arming policymakers, researchers, and advocates with key information about issues that are plaguing Virginia's system.
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!
Letters & Testimony
Comments to Deputy Director of VSCC on Proposed Legislation to Release Pretrial Data (January 2021)
Letter to VA Crime Commission Chairs on Releasing Data from Pretrial Data Project (December 2020)
Letter to VA State Crime Commission on Issues with the Pretrial Data Project’s Report (October 2020)
Letter to Virginia General Assembly on Pretrial Reform (Jan 2019)