NACDL - First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit

First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit

The FCJ and NACDL have committed to establish a First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit. The goal of this project is to provide qualified counsel to represent protesters when the exercise of First Amendment rights results in arrest and prosecution.

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NACDL has a long tradition of fighting to protect constitutional principles, and standing up for the individual against the government. In keeping with that tradition, the FCJ and NACDL have committed to establish a First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit. The goal of this project is to provide qualified counsel to represent protesters when the exercise of First Amendment rights results in arrest and prosecution. Specifically, NACDL supports a cadre of criminal defense lawyers who will be available to provide pro bono assistance to protesters throughout the country in the event of mass arrests. For those lawyers who volunteer, NACDL will maintain a data base of available counsel, and will provide training and support at no cost to assist these volunteers.

Lawyers Wishing to Volunteer: Please fill out the form below

Resources
  • NACDL News Release, September 19, 2017
    Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Launches Effort to Provide Pro Bono Counsel to Protesters -- Washington, DC (Sept. 19, 2017) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has a long tradition of fighting to protect constitutional principles and standing up for the individual against the government. In keeping with that tradition, the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) and NACDL have established the First Amendment Strike Force and Mass Defense Unit. Read more.
  • Webinar: Defending Protesters Facing Criminal Charges - An Overview
    Conducted by Jeff Robinson and Lee Rowland of the ACLU, this training seeks to provide lawyers with an overview of the key considerations in representing protesters facing criminal charges. Topics include: the values and tactics of representing activists; distinctions between civil disobedience and constitutionally-protected protest; free speech and protest law 101; the right to record; criminal charges frequently received by protesters; and possible constitutional defenses to protest-related charges. 
  • Webinar: Representing Protesters with Martin R. Stolar
    Martin R. Stolar is an experienced New York Criminal Defense Attorney who has represented countless protesters as part of the National Lawyers Guild’s Mass Defense Committee in New York City. Mr. Stolar shared his experience with protest lawyering and discussed key considerations when representing protesters. Mr. Stolar's written presentation is included.
See the latest state tracking report for protest related legislation

Contact

Shuli Carroll
National Affairs Assistant
Project Email: firstamendment@nacdl.org
Email: scarroll@nacdl.org
Phone: 202-465-7638

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