Affiliate Organizations

NACDL has 95 affiliated organizations spanning the United States, its territories, and the globe.

Affiliated organizations are recognized as such because their mission, goals, and structure mirror those of NACDL, and they are like-minded in their pursuit of ensuring justice and due process for persons accused of crime, improving the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession, and promoting the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.

The Council of Affiliates. Your Voice.
The Council of Affiliates is comprised of (4) affiliate representatives who serve on NACDL's Board of Directors. Council members are elected by the local leadership of affiliated organizations and are responsible for representing the interests of all 95 NACDL Affiliates to its Board. The Council is primarily tasked with coordinating information and maintaining the relationship between NACDL and its county, city, state-wide, and international Affiliates.

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As a result of two unexpected vacancies on the Council of Affiliates (and NACDL Board of Directors), a special election will be held to fill the vacancies for the remainder of their current terms (expiring in August 2024).  

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Election and Voting:
The election will be held over a 30-day period. Each NACDL Affiliate shall be entitled to cast one ballot in the election. Ballots may be cast electronically by an official representative of the affiliated organization, namely the executive director, an executive officer, or by an individual member of that affiliated organization designated by one of its officers. A non-officer designee must provide written documentation from an executive officer of their respective affiliate at the time of voting which authorizes them to cast the ballot on behalf of the organization. 

Ballots will be distributed to each Affiliate organization on January 9, 2023. Ballots must be returned to and received by NACDL by February 8, 2023. Please submit all ballots to Jessica Stepan via email to

NACDL General Election Rules & Policy:
Standing Board Policy prohibits any electioneering by candidates, or other individuals on behalf of a candidate. Please view the Standing Board Policy on Elections here

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The current Council is broken-up by region. 

Please identify your Affiliate representative below:

Vikram Kapil
(Co-Chair) - Class of 2023
South Boston, VA
Phone: (336) 337-6166

Northeast Representative: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, Puerto Rico, RI, and VT


Amanda Clark Palmer
Class of 2023
Atlanta, GA
Phone: (404) 262-2225 

Midwest Representative: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI


Western Representative: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MP, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY


Southeast Representative: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV


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