The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) was founded in 1920. Today, the ABA Criminal Justice Section has more than 20,000 members. The national headquarters of the ABA is in Chicago, Illinois. The ABA also maintains an office in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Criminal Justice Section represent a diverse group including private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, prosecutors, appellate and trial judges, law professors, law enforcement officers, correction officers, and other types of criminal justice professionals.
The Criminal Justice Section proposes solutions to problems in the criminal and juvenile justice system. The section also helps its members and presents a unified voice to the federal and state courts, Congress, the state legislatures and executive policy-making entities. The Criminal Justice Section conducts studies, publishes reports and articles, authors amicus curiae briefs, and makes recommendations concerning legislation.
The CJS has several divisions and committees including the Equal Justice Division, Corrections and Sentencing Division, the Specialized Practice Division, Professional Development Division, Communication, Membership & Services Division, and the White Collar Crime Division.
The benefits of joining the ABA Criminal Justice Section include:
The CJS has four types of memberships: Lawyers, Associate, Law Student and Student Association.
To stay in contact with current and prospective members, the Criminal Justice Section has created several social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LInkedIn.
Joining the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA provides its members with important benefits. For networking opportunities to publications and training materials, the ABA CJS helps private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, judges, prosecutors, and professors have a more united voice on issues of common concern within the criminal justice system.
To stay in contact with current and prospective members, the Criminal Justice Section has created several social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.