NACDL is a constant and sometimes lone voice in fighting for fair criminal justice policies. Because proposals to expand police powers, criminal laws and penalties are never-ending and policymakers devote far too little attention to the fundamental role of criminal defense lawyers in our adversary system, NACDL seeks to balance the scales of justice in this constant struggle. Amid this challenging environment, no organization does more to ensure that our adversary system is not held hostage to short-sided, regressive policies and political opportunism than NACDL.
NACDL's Legislative Action Center allows you to find and contact your legislators, take part in NACDL's advocacy campaigns, sign-up for legislative alerts, and see priority federal criminal justice legislation!
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This collection of resources includes tools and tips for building relationships with your legislators, scheduling meetings with elected officials, conducting outreach, speaking with reporters, and more.
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Learn How to Use Social Media for Advocacy
Tips and suggestions on using social media for advocacy and with a small budget, presented during "Social Media Skills for the Savvy Advocate" at the 2021 SCJN conference.
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A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.