Tom Chambers joined NACDL in August 2000 as the Director of Finance. In May 2004, he was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration and in October 2007 he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director. Tom is currently responsible for finance, administration, human resources, membership, technology, and risk management.
Tom began his career in the United States Air Force and served 22 years as a navigator, instructor navigator, cost analyst, and auditor. After leaving the Air Force, he operated a small business in Virginia for three years and later joined the Receiver for public housing in Washington, DC as its director of audit. Tom has over 15 years’ of experience performing all types of audits including financial certifications, compliance and internal control reviews, fraud investigations, and operational/performance audits.
During Tom’s tenure at NACDL the Association grew from a $2.5 million to a $6 million annual budget with a commensurate increase in complexity for budgeting, grant management, and accounting. Throughout this dramatic growth, he maintained a clean annual audit every year. He played a key role in transitioning the Association to new technology and updating the member database and website into cutting edge programs. He also oversaw the Association’s move to a new headquarters that received rave reviews from staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science from Towson University, studied accounting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, ultimately receiving a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University. He is a certified public accountant.
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!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
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.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
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!