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NACDL to Honor 50th Anniversary of Gideon

Washington, DC (November 28, 2011) -- At its fall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 19, 2011, NACDL’s Board of Directors adopted a resolution committing NACDL to engage in a year-long commemoration of Gideon v. Wainwright, highlighting the Association’s resolve to fulfill Gideon’s promise. NACDL will seek to honor those who represent the poor and educate the public about the importance of the right to appointed counsel in every criminal proceeding. A copy of the Resolution is linked here.

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.