Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1, et seq. ("FCPA"), prohibits American companies and their employees and agents from giving “anything of value” to “foreign officials” in order to obtain or retain business. Despite its more than 30-year history, there is vast disagreement and uncertainty about the meaning of many of the key provisions of the FCPA.
Published judicial decisions interpreting it are sparse, largely because the FCPA was not vigorously enforced until recently and that enforcement has largely focused on corporations, which generally cannot undertake the life-or-death risk inherent in aggressively defending a felony criminal case. As a result, right now the FCPA essentially means whatever the government says it means.
The FCPA is emblematic of the serious problem of overcriminalization. While it seeks to prevent and redress serious misconduct, its language and application have led to unintended consequences. Many organizations, from both the left and the right, are now calling for some much-needed commonsense reform of the statute, particularly reforms that will strengthen its mens rea requirements and bring clarity, uniformity, and fairness to its enforcement.
Read NACDL's Coalition Letter to DOJ & the SEC on "Guidance Concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" and NACDL's Congressional testimony on the need for FCPA reform. Additional resources on the FCPA are available below:
Pictured above: NACDL White Collar Crime Policy Director Shana-Tara Regon testifying before the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee on June 14, 2011, on the need for FCPA Reform.
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!
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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.
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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!