NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights. Towards this goal, NACDL works to activate the voices of members of the criminal defense bar and others in the broader community concerned about criminal justice reform to most effectively root out systemic injustice within the criminal legal system; to place all forms of inequities, including systemic racism, at the forefront of criminal justice reform; to increase participation among underrepresented members of the criminal defense bar in NACDL; and to educate and prepare criminal defense lawyers.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system. NACDL does this by identifying and advancing policy change priorities that reflect the criminal defense bar’s fundamental concerns. NACDL also works to increase public understanding of the criminal legal system inequities by sharing research, positions, assets, and other tactical and strategic resources and efforts with key coalitions that can enhance public outreach. Finally, NACDL works to create and implement projects and programs to improve policy and practice in the criminal legal system and uphold and expand constitutional rights.
NACDL is committed to building its organizational capacity to enable it to successfully achieve its mission and strategic impact goals. NACDL is committed to ongoing efforts to take advantage of modernized governance processes to ensure appropriate oversight and robust fulfillment of fiduciary responsibilities, and cultivate a highly-engaged Board of Directors that serves as the organization’s ambassadors and ensures its financial sustainability. NACDL aims to increase and support its staff to successfully implement its strategic impact goals, and to diversify and grow revenues to support those goals and ensure NACDL’s long-term sustainability. NACDL is committed to enhanced operational efficiency and effectiveness by ensuring NACDL has the facilities, technology, and financial systems needed to fulfill the strategic impact goals. Finally, NACDL is committed to strengthening its communications to build NACDL’s brand and visibility, and effectively reach all stakeholders.
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.