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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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