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Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Jim Shellow
Nov 03, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Jim Shellow

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Jim Shellow – Washington, DC (Nov. 3, 2022) – Milwaukee, Wis., attorney and Past President (1975-76) of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) James Myers

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Proposes Solutions to Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions Due to Illegal Use of Incarcerated Informants – 
Oct 14, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Proposes Solutions to Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions Due to Illegal Use of Incarcerated Informants – 

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Proposes Solutions to Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions Due to Illegal Use of Incarcerated Informants – Washington, DC (Oct. 14, 2022) – On October 13, the Justice Department’s Civil

NACDL Applauds Historic Presidential Pardons to Address Failed War on Drugs
Oct 06, 2022

NACDL Applauds Historic Presidential Pardons to Address Failed War on Drugs

NACDL Applauds Historic Presidential Pardons to Address Failed War on Drugs –  Washington, DC (Oct. 6, 2022) –  President Biden made an unprecedented announcement on October 6, 2022, in response to the years of failed legislation

Nation’s Defense Bar Renews Demand for Rikers Remedy
Sep 29, 2022

Nation’s Defense Bar Renews Demand for Rikers Remedy

Nation’s Defense Bar Renews Demand for Rikers Remedy – Washington, DC (Sept. 29, 2022) – Today, NACDL and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) delivered a renewed and urgent request to the New Yo

Baylor Law Honors NACDL President Elect Michael Heiskell with Lawyer of the Year Award – Washington, DC (Sept. 15, 2022)
Sep 15, 2022

Baylor Law Honors NACDL President Elect Michael Heiskell with Lawyer of the Year Award – Washington, DC (Sept. 15, 2022)

Baylor Law Honors NACDL President Elect Michael Heiskell with Lawyer of the Year Award – Washington, DC (Sept. 15, 2022) – NACDL President Elect Michael Heiskell received Baylor School of Law's 2022 Lawyer of the Year Award at a cerem

NACDL Fourth Amendment Center Welcomes Two New Attorneys – Washington, DC (Sept. 13, 2022) –
Sep 13, 2022

NACDL Fourth Amendment Center Welcomes Two New Attorneys – Washington, DC (Sept. 13, 2022) –

NACDL Fourth Amendment Center Welcomes Two New Attorneys – Washington, DC (Sept. 13, 2022) – NACDL’s Fourth Amendment Center welcomes two new additions to the team: Senior Litigator Sidney Thaxter and Training and Resource Counsel C

National Criminal Defense Bar Partners with Community Groups to Offer Marylanders Free Advice on How to Clear Criminal Records
Sep 09, 2022

National Criminal Defense Bar Partners with Community Groups to Offer Marylanders Free Advice on How to Clear Criminal Records

National Criminal Defense Bar Partners with Community Groups to Offer Marylanders Free Advice on How to Clear Criminal Records – Washington, DC (Sept. 9, 2022) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is partnering w

– Brown County, WI (Aug. 23, 2022)
Aug 23, 2022

– Brown County, WI (Aug. 23, 2022)

Legal Groups File Lawsuit Against the State of Wisconsin for Extreme, Unconstitutional Delays in Representation for Indigent Defendants – Brown County, WI (Aug. 23, 2022) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Wis

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to Legal Ethics Expert Ellen Yaroshefsky – Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2022)
Aug 18, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to Legal Ethics Expert Ellen Yaroshefsky – Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2022)

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to Legal Ethics Expert Ellen Yaroshefsky – Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2022) – On August 13, legal ethics professor Ellen Yaroshefsky was awarded the Nati

Martin Weinberg Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022)
Aug 17, 2022

Martin Weinberg Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022)

Martin Weinberg Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022) – Criminal defense attorney Martin G. Weinberg was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Austin, TX Attorney E. G. Morris Receives Prestigious 2022 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022)
Aug 17, 2022

Austin, TX Attorney E. G. Morris Receives Prestigious 2022 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022)

Austin, TX Attorney E. G. Morris Receives Prestigious 2022 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2022) – Attorney E. G. "Gerry" Morris of Austin, TX received the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Aw

2022-23 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Installed at Annual Meeting 
Aug 15, 2022

2022-23 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Installed at Annual Meeting 

2022-23 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Installed at Annual Meeting – Washington, DC (Aug. 15, 2022) - NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and

West Palm Beach, Florida Attorney Nellie L. King Installed as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar 
Aug 15, 2022

West Palm Beach, Florida Attorney Nellie L. King Installed as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar 

West Palm Beach, Florida Attorney Nellie L. King Installed as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 15, 2022) – Florida Attorney Nellie L. King was sworn in as the 64th President of the National

The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center Receives the 2022 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award From Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 12, 2022) –
Aug 12, 2022

The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center Receives the 2022 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award From Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 12, 2022) –

The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center Receives the 2022 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award From Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar – Washington, DC (Aug. 12, 2022) – The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) was presen

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Frank Maloney 
Jul 13, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Frank Maloney 

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers Past President Frank Maloney – Washington, DC (July 13, 2022) – Texas attorney, longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and Past President (1987-88) Fr

NACDL Statement on Dobbs, the Criminalization of Pregnancy and Reproductive Health, and the Human Toll of Overcriminalization – Washington, DC (June 24, 2022) – 
Jun 24, 2022

NACDL Statement on Dobbs, the Criminalization of Pregnancy and Reproductive Health, and the Human Toll of Overcriminalization – Washington, DC (June 24, 2022) – 

NACDL Statement on Dobbs, the Criminalization of Pregnancy and Reproductive Health, and the Human Toll of Overcriminalization – Washington, DC (June 24, 2022) – Today, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the S

Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Juneteenth National Independence Day
Jun 17, 2022

Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Juneteenth National Independence Day

Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Juneteenth National Independence Day – Washington, DC (June 17, 2022) – On Sunday, the nation will celebrate its 155th Juneteenth National Independence Day. This day commemorates the effective en

Joint IACDL and NACDL Statement Concerning the Presumption of Innocence, the Presumption of Pretrial Release, and Fundamental Fairness in Our Criminal Legal System –
Jun 10, 2022

Joint IACDL and NACDL Statement Concerning the Presumption of Innocence, the Presumption of Pretrial Release, and Fundamental Fairness in Our Criminal Legal System –

Joint IACDL and NACDL Statement Concerning the Presumption of Innocence, the Presumption of Pretrial Release, and Fundamental Fairness in Our Criminal Legal System – Washington, DC (June 10, 2022) – During a press conference held on

Nation’s Defense Bar Condemns Supreme Court Decision Undermining the Right of Habeas Corpus
May 31, 2022

Nation’s Defense Bar Condemns Supreme Court Decision Undermining the Right of Habeas Corpus

Nation’s Defense Bar Condemns Supreme Court Decision Undermining the Right of Habeas Corpus – Washington, DC (May 31, 2022) – Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion undermining the capacity of federal cour

On the Second Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder, Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Renewed Focus on Reform – Washington, DC (May 25, 2022) –
May 25, 2022

On the Second Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder, Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Renewed Focus on Reform – Washington, DC (May 25, 2022) –

On the Second Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder, Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Renewed Focus on Reform – Washington, DC (May 25, 2022) – Two years ago, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Praises Recent Biden Administration Commutations, Pardons, and Reentry Initiatives, Calls on White House to Increase Clemency Grants 
Apr 26, 2022

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Praises Recent Biden Administration Commutations, Pardons, and Reentry Initiatives, Calls on White House to Increase Clemency Grants 

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Praises Recent Biden Administration Commutations, Pardons, and Reentry Initiatives, Calls on White House to Increase Clemency Grants – Washington, DC (April 26, 2022) – Today, the Biden ad

NACDL President on the Supreme Court’s Failure to Address Naked Racial Prejudice – Washington, DC (April 20, 2022)
Apr 20, 2022

NACDL President on the Supreme Court’s Failure to Address Naked Racial Prejudice – Washington, DC (April 20, 2022)

NACDL President on the Supreme Court’s Failure to Address Naked Racial Prejudice – Washington, DC (April 20, 2022) – NACDL President Martín Sabelli issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s failure to

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court 
Apr 07, 2022

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court 

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court  – Washington, DC (April 7, 2022) – NACDL celebrates the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson based on her unassailable q

NACDL Mourns Loss of Former Board Member John Kenneth Zwerling (“JZ”)
Mar 29, 2022

NACDL Mourns Loss of Former Board Member John Kenneth Zwerling (“JZ”)

NACDL Mourns Loss of Former Board Member John Kenneth Zwerling ("JZ") – Washington, DC (March 29, 2022) – John Kenneth Zwerling ("JZ") passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 27, 2022. For those that knew John, and fo

Statement on Meaningful Diversity in the Judiciary – Why the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson Marks a Sea Change
Mar 21, 2022

Statement on Meaningful Diversity in the Judiciary – Why the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson Marks a Sea Change

Statement on Meaningful Diversity in the Judiciary – Why the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson Marks a Sea Change – Washington, DC (March 21, 2022) – NACDL celebrates the historic nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Su

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Executive Director Lisa M. Wayne on Public Defense Day and the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson -- Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) –
Mar 18, 2022

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Executive Director Lisa M. Wayne on Public Defense Day and the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson -- Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) –

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Executive Director Lisa M. Wayne on Public Defense Day and the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson -- Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) –On Public Defense Day 2022, NACDL Executive Director Lisa M. Wayn

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Again Calls on DOJ Leadership to Address Inhumane Conditions at Rikers Island – Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) –
Mar 18, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Again Calls on DOJ Leadership to Address Inhumane Conditions at Rikers Island – Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) –

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Again Calls on DOJ Leadership to Address Inhumane Conditions at Rikers Island – Washington, DC (March 18, 2022) – On Monday, March 14, NACDL and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NY

NACDL President Elect Nellie L. King Awarded the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s 2022 Harriette S. Glasner Award -- Washington, DC (March 17, 2022)
Mar 17, 2022

NACDL President Elect Nellie L. King Awarded the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s 2022 Harriette S. Glasner Award -- Washington, DC (March 17, 2022)

NACDL President Elect Nellie L. King Awarded the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s 2022 Harriette S. Glasner Award -- Washington, DC (March 17, 2022) - On March 13, 2022, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Advocacy Award to Jason Hernandez 
Mar 08, 2022

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Advocacy Award to Jason Hernandez 

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Advocacy Award to Jason Hernandez – Washington, DC (March 8, 2022) – On Friday, February 25, Jason Hernandez was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense La

Defense Attorney and Criminal Law Professor JaneAnne Murray Receives NACDL’s Champion of Justice Legal Award -- Washington, DC (March 7, 2022)
Mar 07, 2022

Defense Attorney and Criminal Law Professor JaneAnne Murray Receives NACDL’s Champion of Justice Legal Award -- Washington, DC (March 7, 2022)

Defense Attorney and Criminal Law Professor JaneAnne Murray Receives NACDL’s Champion of Justice Legal Award -- Washington, DC (March 7, 2022) – JaneAnne Murray was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Cham

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Nomination of First Black Woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court – Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2022) –
Feb 25, 2022

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Nomination of First Black Woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court – Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2022) –

The Nation’s Defense Bar Celebrates Historic Nomination of First Black Woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court – Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2022) – NACDL celebrates the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the firs

NACDL Remembers Past President Robert "Fogie" Fogelnest
Feb 08, 2022

NACDL Remembers Past President Robert "Fogie" Fogelnest

NACDL Remembers Past President Robert "Fogie" Fogelnest – Washington, DC (Feb. 8, 2022) – Robert Fogelnest, known to his friends as "Fogie," passed peacefully at his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on February 6,

NACDL Condemns the Continued Use of Dangerous “No Knock” Warrants, Calls to End the Practice – Washington, DC (Feb. 7, 2022) – 
Feb 07, 2022

NACDL Condemns the Continued Use of Dangerous “No Knock” Warrants, Calls to End the Practice – Washington, DC (Feb. 7, 2022) – 

NACDL Condemns the Continued Use of Dangerous "No Knock" Warrants, Calls to End the Practice – Washington, DC (Feb. 7, 2022) – In the wake of the killing of Amir Locke by Minneapolis police last week, NACDL leaders and staff iss

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Mourns Tucson Attorney and NACDL Death Penalty Committee Chair Natman Schaye -- Washington, DC (Jan. 31, 2022)
Jan 31, 2022

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Mourns Tucson Attorney and NACDL Death Penalty Committee Chair Natman Schaye -- Washington, DC (Jan. 31, 2022)

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Mourns Tucson Attorney and NACDL Death Penalty Committee Chair Natman Schaye -- Washington, DC (Jan. 31, 2022) - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is extremely saddened by the loss of Tucso

Virginia Redemption Project Secures Release, Continues Work In Hopes For More -- Washington, DC (Jan. 19, 2022)
Jan 19, 2022

Virginia Redemption Project Secures Release, Continues Work In Hopes For More -- Washington, DC (Jan. 19, 2022)

Virginia Redemption Project Secures Release, Continues Work In Hopes For More -- Washington, DC (Jan. 19, 2022) – Last week, one of NACDL’s Return to Freedom efforts, the Virginia Redemption Project, secured its first conditional pardon grant.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Welcomes BOP Rule Allowing for the Release of Thousands Under the First Step Act
Jan 13, 2022

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Welcomes BOP Rule Allowing for the Release of Thousands Under the First Step Act

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Welcomes BOP Rule Allowing for the Release of Thousands Under the First Step Act – Washington, DC (Jan. 13, 2022) – Thousands will be released from federal prisons over the next weeks thank

NACDL Condemns Inhumane Conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn
Jan 07, 2022

NACDL Condemns Inhumane Conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn

NACDL Condemns Inhumane Conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn – Washington, DC (Jan. 7, 2022) – The Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center subjects people awaiting trial to inhumane and dangerous pandemic conditions.

NACDL Calls on Members to Protect People Accused of Crimes and their Communities from COVID, and Join Fight to Oppose the Trial Penalty –​ Washington, DC (Dec. 23, 2021) –
Dec 23, 2021

NACDL Calls on Members to Protect People Accused of Crimes and their Communities from COVID, and Join Fight to Oppose the Trial Penalty –​ Washington, DC (Dec. 23, 2021) –

NACDL Calls on Members to Protect People Accused of Crimes and their Communities from COVID, and Join Fight to Oppose the Trial Penalty –​ Washington, DC (Dec. 23, 2021) – Two days ago, the Commissioner of New York’s Department of

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Commends Biden Administration’s Decision to Reconsider Returning Individuals to Prison after COVID-19 Pandemic – Washington, DC (Dec. 21, 2021) – 
Dec 21, 2021

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Commends Biden Administration’s Decision to Reconsider Returning Individuals to Prison after COVID-19 Pandemic – Washington, DC (Dec. 21, 2021) – 

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Commends Biden Administration’s Decision to Reconsider Returning Individuals to Prison after COVID-19 Pandemic – Washington, DC (Dec. 21, 2021) – NACDL recognizes the Department

Heritage Foundation and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: More Progress Needed to Safeguard the Intent Requirement in Federal Criminal Law
Dec 13, 2021

Heritage Foundation and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: More Progress Needed to Safeguard the Intent Requirement in Federal Criminal Law

Heritage Foundation and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: More Progress Needed to Safeguard the Intent Requirement in Federal Criminal Law -- Washington, DC (Dec. 13, 2021) -- The Heritage Foundation and the National Association

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Opposes Dehumanizing Racist Language Used in the Trial of the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
Nov 30, 2021

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Opposes Dehumanizing Racist Language Used in the Trial of the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Opposes Dehumanizing Racist Language Used in the Trial of the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery -- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Martín Antonio Sabelli issued the following statement on behalf

Rittenhouse Verdict Highlights Need to Revive Trials to Ensure Justice for All American and Redress Racial Injustice in the Criminal Legal System
Nov 21, 2021

Rittenhouse Verdict Highlights Need to Revive Trials to Ensure Justice for All American and Redress Racial Injustice in the Criminal Legal System

Rittenhouse Verdict Highlights Need to Revive Trials to Ensure Justice for All American and Redress Racial Injustice in the Criminal Legal System – Washington, DC (Nov. 21, 2021) – "Americans are deeply divided over the acq

NACDL Media Advisory -- Abortion in America: How Legislative Overreach Is Turning Reproductive Rights into Criminal Wrongs
Nov 17, 2021

NACDL Media Advisory -- Abortion in America: How Legislative Overreach Is Turning Reproductive Rights into Criminal Wrongs

NACDL Media Advisory -- Abortion in America: How Legislative Overreach Is Turning Reproductive Rights into Criminal Wrongs -- NACDL is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute webinar, Abortion in America: How Legislative Overreach Is Turning R

From the Courtroom to the Streets: Renowned Trial Lawyer, Reform Advocate, and Teacher Lisa Monet Wayne Named Executive Director of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar
Oct 25, 2021

From the Courtroom to the Streets: Renowned Trial Lawyer, Reform Advocate, and Teacher Lisa Monet Wayne Named Executive Director of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (Oct. 25, 2021) – On Saturday, October 23, 2021, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) voted to appoint NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ) President and NACDL Past President L

Knoxville, TN, Attorney Stephen Ross Johnson Sworn in as Treasurer of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar --  Washington, DC (Oct. 15, 2021) –
Oct 15, 2021

Knoxville, TN, Attorney Stephen Ross Johnson Sworn in as Treasurer of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar --  Washington, DC (Oct. 15, 2021) –

Knoxville, TN, Attorney Stephen Ross Johnson Sworn in as Treasurer of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar --  Washington, DC (Oct. 15, 2021) – Stephen Ross Johnson was sworn in as Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense L

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Former Executive Director Norman L. Reimer -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) –
Oct 12, 2021

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Former Executive Director Norman L. Reimer -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) –

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Former Executive Director Norman L. Reimer -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) awarded NACDL Former Executive Dir

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to President and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC Nkechi Taifa -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)
Oct 12, 2021

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to President and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC Nkechi Taifa -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to President and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC Nkechi Taifa -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) – Nkechi Taifa was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Presents Carrie Johnson with its Champion of Justice Journalism Award -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)
Oct 12, 2021

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Presents Carrie Johnson with its Champion of Justice Journalism Award -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)

Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Presents Carrie Johnson with its Champion of Justice Journalism Award -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) – On Thursday, October 7, 2021, at the 20th Anniversary Gala of the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice

Lava Records CEO Jason Flom Receives Champion of Justice Philanthropy Award from the Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- ​Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2021)
Oct 12, 2021

Lava Records CEO Jason Flom Receives Champion of Justice Philanthropy Award from the Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- ​Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2021)

Lava Records CEO Jason Flom Receives Champion of Justice Philanthropy Award from the Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- ​Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2021) —  On October 7, 2021, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL

The International Legal Foundation and the Legal Aid Society of Puerto Rico’s Juvenile Justice Program Receive Champion of Public Defense Awards from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)
Oct 12, 2021

The International Legal Foundation and the Legal Aid Society of Puerto Rico’s Juvenile Justice Program Receive Champion of Public Defense Awards from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021)

The International Legal Foundation and the Legal Aid Society of Puerto Rico’s Juvenile Justice Program Receive Champion of Public Defense Awards from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 12, 2021) — At the NACDL Found

NACDLPress Publishes Just in the Nick of Time, by Denver, Colorado Defense Attorney David B. Savitz -- Washington, DC
Sep 28, 2021

NACDLPress Publishes Just in the Nick of Time, by Denver, Colorado Defense Attorney David B. Savitz -- Washington, DC

NACDLPress Publishes Just in the Nick of Time, by Denver, Colorado Defense Attorney David B. Savitz -- Washington, DC (Sept. 28, 2021) - Today, NACDL’s publishing unit, NACDLPress, released Just in the Nick of Time, a timely story about the intersec

NACDL Releases Major Task Force Report on Data-Driven Policing, Racism, and Bias in the Criminal Legal System
Sep 14, 2021

NACDL Releases Major Task Force Report on Data-Driven Policing, Racism, and Bias in the Criminal Legal System

NACDL Releases Major Task Force Report on Data-Driven Policing, Racism, and Bias in the Criminal Legal System -- Washington, DC (Sept. 14, 2021) –  The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released its latest report &nd

Illinois State Senator Robert J. Peters, Illinois State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and Illinois State Representative Justin Slaughter Receive the 2021 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar
Aug 19, 2021

Illinois State Senator Robert J. Peters, Illinois State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and Illinois State Representative Justin Slaughter Receive the 2021 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Illinois State Senator Robert J. Peters, Illinois State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and Illinois State Representative Justin Slaughter Receive the 2021 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

FAMM, NACDL and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Launch CARES Act Home Confinement Clearinghouse -- Washington, DC (Aug. 19, 2021) –
Aug 19, 2021

FAMM, NACDL and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Launch CARES Act Home Confinement Clearinghouse -- Washington, DC (Aug. 19, 2021) –

FAMM, NACDL and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Launch CARES Act Home Confinement Clearinghouse -- Washington, DC (Aug. 19, 2021) – FAMM, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and the Washington Lawyers’ Commit

New Report from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Highlights the Threat of Abortion Criminalization -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021)
Aug 18, 2021

New Report from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Highlights the Threat of Abortion Criminalization -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021)

New Report from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Highlights the Threat of Abortion Criminalization -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released a ground-breaking report today outlining

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Welcomes Handful of Clemency Grants and Expresses Disappointment in Four Years of Missed Opportunities by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021
Aug 18, 2021

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Welcomes Handful of Clemency Grants and Expresses Disappointment in Four Years of Missed Opportunities by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Welcomes Handful of Clemency Grants and Expresses Disappointment in Four Years of Missed Opportunities by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -- Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2021) – Yesterday evening, New York Governor

Washington, DC, Attorney Barry J. Pollack Receives Prestigious 2021 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021)
Jul 27, 2021

Washington, DC, Attorney Barry J. Pollack Receives Prestigious 2021 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021)

Washington, DC, Attorney Barry J. Pollack Receives Prestigious 2021 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021) – Attorney Barry J. Pollack received the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award from the National As

NACDL Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021)
Jul 27, 2021

NACDL Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021)

NACDL Presents Champion of Justice Legal Award to the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender -- Washington, DC (July 27, 2021) - At its annual meeting on July 24, 2021, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) presented

San Francisco, CA, Lawyer Martín Antonio Sabelli Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar — 
Jul 26, 2021

San Francisco, CA, Lawyer Martín Antonio Sabelli Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar — 

San Francisco, CA, Lawyer Martín Antonio Sabelli Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar — Washington, DC (July 26, 2021) — Martín Antonio Sabelli was sworn in as President of the National Association of Crimin

2021-22 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)
Jul 26, 2021

2021-22 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)

2021-22 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (July 26, 2021) - NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting o

Biden Administration Poised to Return Thousands to Federal Prison Following COVID-era Home Confinement -- NACDL Calls on President Biden to Commute the Sentences of People Living in CARES Act Home Confinement -- Washington, DC (July 20, 2021)
Jul 20, 2021

Biden Administration Poised to Return Thousands to Federal Prison Following COVID-era Home Confinement -- NACDL Calls on President Biden to Commute the Sentences of People Living in CARES Act Home Confinement -- Washington, DC (July 20, 2021)

Biden Administration Poised to Return Thousands to Federal Prison Following COVID-era Home Confinement -- NACDL Calls on President Biden to Commute the Sentences of People Living in CARES Act Home Confinement -- Washington, DC (July 20, 2021) &n

NACDL Appoints Long-Serving Associate Executive Director for Policy Kyle O’Dowd as Interim Executive Director -- Washington, DC (July 6, 2021
Jul 08, 2021

NACDL Appoints Long-Serving Associate Executive Director for Policy Kyle O’Dowd as Interim Executive Director -- Washington, DC (July 6, 2021

NACDL Appoints Long-Serving Associate Executive Director for Policy Kyle O’Dowd as Interim Executive Director -- Washington, DC (July 6, 2021) -- On February 15, 2020, at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Midwinter Me

New NACDL Report Shines Light on the “S” Visa Program -- Washington, DC (June 29, 2021)
Jun 29, 2021

New NACDL Report Shines Light on the “S” Visa Program -- Washington, DC (June 29, 2021)

New NACDL Report Shines Light on the "S" Visa Program -- Washington, DC (June 29, 2021) -- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today released an important new report – Shining a Light on the "S" Visa: A Long History of Unful

Washington, DC (June 19, 2021)
Jun 19, 2021

Washington, DC (June 19, 2021)

NACDL Statement on Juneteenth National Independence Day -- Washington, DC (June 19, 2021) – Today, the nation marks Juneteenth National Independence Day. The statement below is from NACDL President Christopher W. Adams: "NACDL, which had already rec

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Receives 2021 Alfred McKenzie Award for Compassionate Release Clearinghouse
Jun 16, 2021

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Receives 2021 Alfred McKenzie Award for Compassionate Release Clearinghouse

Washington, DC (June 16, 2021) – Today, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) was awarded the Alfred McKenzie Award during the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs’ 2021 Wiley A. Branton

National and Georgia Criminal Defense Bars Condemn Georgia’s So-Called Election Integrity Act -- Groups Call Out Brazen Use of Overcriminalization to Undermine Exercise of the Fundamental Constitutional Right to Vote, Strongly Urging Repeal. --
Jun 14, 2021

National and Georgia Criminal Defense Bars Condemn Georgia’s So-Called Election Integrity Act -- Groups Call Out Brazen Use of Overcriminalization to Undermine Exercise of the Fundamental Constitutional Right to Vote, Strongly Urging Repeal. --

National and Georgia Criminal Defense Bars Condemn Georgia’s So-Called Election Integrity Act -- Groups Call Out Brazen Use of Overcriminalization to Undermine Exercise of the Fundamental Constitutional Right to Vote, Strongly Urging Repeal. --

Norman L. Reimer Stepping Down as Executive Director of NACDL and the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice
Jun 07, 2021

Norman L. Reimer Stepping Down as Executive Director of NACDL and the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice

Reimer to be Honored at NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice Gala in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 7, 2021. -- Washington, DC (June 7, 2021) – On February 15, 2020, at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Midwint

NACDL Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of George Floyd
May 25, 2021

NACDL Statement on the Anniversary of the Death of George Floyd

Washington, DC (May 25, 2021) – Today, the nation marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. The statement below is from NACDL President Christopher W. Adams:

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Veto of Legislation Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses 
Apr 20, 2021

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Veto of Legislation Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses 

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Veto of Legislation Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses – Washington, DC (April 20, 2021) – The National Association of Cr

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Publish Groundbreaking Report on Trial Penalty in New York 
Mar 26, 2021

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Publish Groundbreaking Report on Trial Penalty in New York 

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Publish Groundbreaking Report on Trial Penalty in New York — Washington, DC (March 26, 2021) — Today, the New York State Asso

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Abolition of the Death Penalty in Virginia -- Washington, DC (March 24, 2021)
Mar 24, 2021

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Abolition of the Death Penalty in Virginia -- Washington, DC (March 24, 2021)

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Abolition of the Death Penalty in Virginia -- Washington, DC (March 24, 2021) – Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the 23rd state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to abolish or overt

Last Prisoner Project and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Establish
Mar 23, 2021

Last Prisoner Project and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Establish

Last Prisoner Project and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Establish Cannabis Justice Initiative — Washington, DC (March 23, 2021) — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Last Prisoner Project (LPP)

NACDL Statement of Support for Myanmar Attorneys and the Rule of Law -- Washington, DC (Mar. 16, 2021) – 
Mar 16, 2021

NACDL Statement of Support for Myanmar Attorneys and the Rule of Law -- Washington, DC (Mar. 16, 2021) – 

NACDL Statement of Support for Myanmar Attorneys and the Rule of Law -- Washington, DC (Mar. 16, 2021) – Attorneys in Myanmar are reported to be under attack. Yesterday, the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) Human Rights Committee issued

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Call on Gov. Murphy to Sign S3456, Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses -- Washington, DC (Mar. 11, 2021)
Mar 11, 2021

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Call on Gov. Murphy to Sign S3456, Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses -- Washington, DC (Mar. 11, 2021)

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Call on Gov. Murphy to Sign S3456, Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses -- Washington, DC (Mar. 11, 2021) – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Ch

NACDL’s Corrections Committee Launches Online Resource Tracking the State of Prison and Jail Communications Systems -- Committee also releases manual on navigating the federal prison system. --
Mar 08, 2021

NACDL’s Corrections Committee Launches Online Resource Tracking the State of Prison and Jail Communications Systems -- Committee also releases manual on navigating the federal prison system. --

NACDL’s Corrections Committee Launches Online Resource Tracking the State of Prison and Jail Communications Systems -- Committee also releases manual on navigating the federal prison system. --Washington, DC (March 8, 2021) – Today, the N

White House Commutes Sentences of Individuals Punished for Exercising Their Sixth Amendment Right to Trial
Jan 20, 2021

White House Commutes Sentences of Individuals Punished for Exercising Their Sixth Amendment Right to Trial

White House Commutes Sentences of Individuals Punished for Exercising Their Sixth Amendment Right to Trial – Washington, DC (Jan. 20, 2021) – In the early morning hours today, President Trump granted commutations to 14 deserving individuals wh

Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse Celebrates Milestones and Continues Recruiting Volunteer Attorneys 
Dec 22, 2020

Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse Celebrates Milestones and Continues Recruiting Volunteer Attorneys 

Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse Celebrates Milestones and Continues Recruiting Volunteer Attorneys – Washington, DC (Dec. 22, 2020) – As of today, the Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse, a collaborative pro bono

District of Columbia Compassionate Release Project Frees Over a Dozen and Continues Important Work 
Dec 22, 2020

District of Columbia Compassionate Release Project Frees Over a Dozen and Continues Important Work 

District of Columbia Compassionate Release Project Frees Over a Dozen and Continues Important Work – Washington, DC (Dec. 22, 2020) – The District of Columbia Compassionate Release Project is a coalition of advocates including NACDL, the

New Report Calls on Federal Bureau of Prisons to Stop Monitoring Confidential Legal Emails 
Dec 11, 2020

New Report Calls on Federal Bureau of Prisons to Stop Monitoring Confidential Legal Emails 

New Report Calls on Federal Bureau of Prisons to Stop Monitoring Confidential Legal Emails –Washington, DC (Dec. 11, 2020) – Today, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Samuelson Law, Technology &

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Releases Model “Second Look” Legislation and Report; Calls for Common-Sense Sentencing Reform
Dec 10, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Releases Model “Second Look” Legislation and Report; Calls for Common-Sense Sentencing Reform

Washington, DC (Dec. 10, 2020) – Today, NACDL released its model "Second Look" sentencing legislation and accompanying report -- Second Look = Second Chance: The NACDL Model "Second Look" Legislation. 

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Adds to Previous Petitions Awaiting Action by the White House 
Dec 04, 2020

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Adds to Previous Petitions Awaiting Action by the White House 

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Adds to Previous Petitions Awaiting Action by the White House – Washington, DC (Dec. 4, 2020) – This week, NACDL’s Trial Penalty Clemency Project submitted five more fede

Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Lawyer, and Public Health Law Organizations Call for Criminal Legal and Detention Systems as COVID-19 Vaccination Priority 
Dec 03, 2020

Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Lawyer, and Public Health Law Organizations Call for Criminal Legal and Detention Systems as COVID-19 Vaccination Priority 

Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Lawyer, and Public Health Law Organizations Call for Criminal Legal and Detention Systems as COVID-19 Vaccination Priority – Washington, DC (Dec. 3, 2020) – Today, the National Association of Criminal Def

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits Second Set of Petitions to White House -- Washington, DC (Nov. 20, 2020)
Nov 20, 2020

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits Second Set of Petitions to White House -- Washington, DC (Nov. 20, 2020)

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits Second Set of Petitions to White House -- Washington, DC (Nov. 20, 2020) – As of this week, NACDL’s Trial Penalty Clemency Project submitted four more federal clemency petitions to the Office of the

Pennsylvania Attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon Receives Prestigious 2020 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 26, 2020) 
Oct 26, 2020

Pennsylvania Attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon Receives Prestigious 2020 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 26, 2020) 

Pennsylvania Attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon Receives Prestigious 2020 Heeney Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Oct. 26, 2020) – On Saturday, October 24, Attorney Theodore "Ted" Simon of Ph

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits First Set of Petitions to White House --
Oct 13, 2020

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits First Set of Petitions to White House --

NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project Submits First Set of Petitions to White House -- Washington, DC (Oct. 13, 2020) – On October 2, 2020, NACDL’s Trial Penalty Clemency Project submitted its first set of federal clemency petitions to the Offi

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Launches Full Disclosure Project to Enable Defenders to Overcome Law Enforcement Secrecy Laws and Expose Misconduct
Sep 23, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Launches Full Disclosure Project to Enable Defenders to Overcome Law Enforcement Secrecy Laws and Expose Misconduct

Washington, DC (Sept. 23, 2020) – In the midst of a critically important national conversation about systemic racism, social justice, and police accountability, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today announces the launch

Bryan Stevenson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nation's Criminal Defense Bar 
Sep 21, 2020

Bryan Stevenson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nation's Criminal Defense Bar 

Bryan Stevenson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nation's Criminal Defense Bar — Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), was awarded the National Association of Criminal Defense Law

Phil Cherner Receives the 2020 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar
Aug 18, 2020

Phil Cherner Receives the 2020 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (Aug. 18, 2020) – On August 18, 2020, Phil Cherner, Board Chair of Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, was presented with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) Champion of Sta

Charleston, SC, Lawyer Christopher W. Adams Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2020)
Aug 17, 2020

Charleston, SC, Lawyer Christopher W. Adams Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2020)

Charleston, SC, Lawyer Christopher W. Adams Sworn In as President of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar -- Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2020) -- Christopher W. Adams of Charleston, SC, was sworn in as President of the National Association of Criminal De

2020-21 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting
Aug 17, 2020

2020-21 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting

2020-21 Officers and Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Members of the NACDL Board of Directors Sworn in at Annual Meeting -- Washington, DC (Aug. 17, 2020) - NACDL installed newly-elected officers and directors at its Annual Board and Membership Meeting o

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes New Title IX Regulations, Calls the Restoration of Due Process on Campus ‘Essential’
Aug 12, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes New Title IX Regulations, Calls the Restoration of Due Process on Campus ‘Essential’

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Welcomes New Title IX Regulations, Calls the Restoration of Due Process on Campus ‘Essential’ -- Washington, DC (Aug. 12, 2020) – New regulations released in May relating to the implementation of

Coalition Launches Virginia Redemption Initiative, Expanding NACDL’s Return to Freedom Project
Aug 06, 2020

Coalition Launches Virginia Redemption Initiative, Expanding NACDL’s Return to Freedom Project

Washington, DC (Aug. 6, 2020) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL), the ACLU of Virginia, Justice Forward Virginia, and the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), toda

Senate COVID-19 Legislation Inadequate to Address Grave Crisis in Federal and State Prisons and Jails
Jul 28, 2020

Senate COVID-19 Legislation Inadequate to Address Grave Crisis in Federal and State Prisons and Jails

Washington, DC (July 28, 2020) –  Last night, Senate Republicans unveiled new coronavirus legislation that  fails to include the critical measures needed to address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in federal and state correctional facilities.

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Alarmed by ‘Rush to Resume Normal Court Operations’ During Escalating Pandemic
Jul 24, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Alarmed by ‘Rush to Resume Normal Court Operations’ During Escalating Pandemic

Washington, DC (July 24, 2020) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released a critically-important statement of principles and report in early June -- Criminal Court Reopening and Public Health in the COVID-19 Era. 

Leading Advocacy Groups Call for Bold and Dramatic Criminal Justice Reform During Special Legislative Session in Virginia
Jul 23, 2020

Leading Advocacy Groups Call for Bold and Dramatic Criminal Justice Reform During Special Legislative Session in Virginia

Washington, DC (July 23, 2020) – Beginning August 18, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly will convene a special legislative session during which it is expected to address numerous proposals for meaningful criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Re-emphasizes the Grave Risk of COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons, Calls for Immediate Action
Jul 15, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Re-emphasizes the Grave Risk of COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons, Calls for Immediate Action

Washington, DC (July 15, 2020) -- It has now been over four months since the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) issued its first warning that the incarcerated people, staff, and communities inside and surrounding the nation’s p

It's Time to Replace Arrests with a Public Health Response to COVID-19 --
Jun 18, 2020

It's Time to Replace Arrests with a Public Health Response to COVID-19 --

It's Time to Replace Arrests with a Public Health Response to COVID-19 -- Washington, DC (June 18, 2020) -- On May 27, 2020, our organizations -- a multidisciplinary team of national law enforcement, public health and criminal legal organizations and

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York
Jun 17, 2020

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York

NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Disappointed in Small Number of Commutations in New York -- The NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project Calls on Governor Cuomo to Increase and Regularize Grants; ‘The Robust Exercise of Executive Clemency Power

The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL Launch Documentary about the Trial Penalty
Jun 09, 2020

The Vanishing Trial: FAMM, NACDL Launch Documentary about the Trial Penalty

Vanita Gupta, Brittany Barnett, Clark Neily, and Norman Reimer to participate in panel discussion about the film.

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar: Jury Trials Not Safe Until COVID-19 Pandemic Under Control
Jun 04, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar: Jury Trials Not Safe Until COVID-19 Pandemic Under Control

NACDL Issues Statement of Principles and Report – “Criminal Court Reopening and Public Health in the COVID-19 Era”

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Seeking Release of Medically Vulnerable Individuals from Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif.
Jun 01, 2020

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Seeking Release of Medically Vulnerable Individuals from Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Seeking Release of Medically Vulnerable Individuals from Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, Calif. -- Washington, DC (June 1, 2020) -- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), joined by California Attor

NACDL President Nina J. Ginsberg Demands Law Enforcement Reforms to Address Systemic Injustice and Promote Healing
May 31, 2020

NACDL President Nina J. Ginsberg Demands Law Enforcement Reforms to Address Systemic Injustice and Promote Healing

NACDL President Nina J. Ginsberg Demands Law Enforcement Reforms to Address Systemic Injustice and Promote Healing

National Groups Issue Guidance for Incorporating Public Health Approaches into the Criminal Justice Response to COVID-19 and Beyond
May 27, 2020

National Groups Issue Guidance for Incorporating Public Health Approaches into the Criminal Justice Response to COVID-19 and Beyond

Washington, DC (May 27, 2020) – A group of national organizations, including the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Center for HIV Law & Policy, today released a set of principles

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Decries Criminalization as Response to COVID-19, Warns of Disparate Impact --
May 11, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Decries Criminalization as Response to COVID-19, Warns of Disparate Impact --

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Decries Criminalization as Response to COVID-19, Warns of Disparate Impact -- Washington, DC (May 11, 2020) – On Saturday, May 9, 2020, NACDL’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted the “NACDL Supplem

FAMM, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, NACDL Launch Emergency Compassionate Release Effort
Apr 06, 2020

FAMM, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, NACDL Launch Emergency Compassionate Release Effort

In a massive pro bono effort, our groups are recruiting, training, and supporting lawyers who agree to represent individuals in federal prisons eligible for compassionate release and those at special risk due to COVID-19.

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Repeal of the Death Penalty in Colorado
Mar 23, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Repeal of the Death Penalty in Colorado

Washington, DC (March 23, 2020) – This afternoon, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law a bill repealing the death penalty in Colorado, making Colorado the 22nd state in the United States, in addition to the District of Columbia, to abolish

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Prompt Implementation of Comprehensive, Concrete, and Transparent COVID-19 Coronavirus Readiness Plans for Nation’s Prisons, Jails, and Other Detention Facilities
Mar 04, 2020

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Calls for Prompt Implementation of Comprehensive, Concrete, and Transparent COVID-19 Coronavirus Readiness Plans for Nation’s Prisons, Jails, and Other Detention Facilities

Washington, DC (March 4, 2020) – The modern American way of criminal justice — mass incarceration on a scale exceeding both the absolute and per capita incarceration numbers of virtually every nation on earth — has set the stage for pote

Comprehensive NACDL Statement on President Trump’s Relentless Attacks on the Judiciary and the Judicial Process
Feb 26, 2020

Comprehensive NACDL Statement on President Trump’s Relentless Attacks on the Judiciary and the Judicial Process

Washington, DC (Feb. 26, 2020) – U.S. President Donald Trump has engaged in a pattern of relentless, escalating, and unprecedented attacks on the judiciary, judicial independence, and the judicial process itself. The National Association of Criminal

California Innocence Project Director and Co-Founder Justin Brooks Receives NACDL Champion of Justice Award
Feb 19, 2020

California Innocence Project Director and Co-Founder Justin Brooks Receives NACDL Champion of Justice Award

Washington, DC (Feb. 19, 2020) – On Friday, February 14, 2020, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) conferred its Champion of Justice Award to Justin Brooks, Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project (CIP).

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