Kyle W. O'Dowd

NACDL Staff, Interim Executive Director

Kyle W. O'Dowd Photo

Kyle O’Dowd is the Interim Executive Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).  He has served NACDL for more than 20 years, first as Legislative Director and then Associate Executive Director for Policy.  Before joining NACDL, he was General Counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, where he lobbied Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and ran a project that raised court challenges to inflexible sentencing laws.  He practiced criminal defense at the firm Moffitt, Zwerling & Kemler in Alexandria, Virginia, for several years after graduating from Emory University School of Law and Washington University in St. Louis.  He has served on various advisory groups, including the United States Sentencing Commission’s Practitioners Advisory Group, and written numerous articles and reports on sentencing and other criminal law issues for NACDL and outside publications.

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