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Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ)

About the NACJ


  • Founded: 1989
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Mission and History

The Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ) was established in 1989. NACJ seeks to protect federal and state constitutional rights and to improve the quality and administration of justice for those accused of crimes.

NACJ supports criminal justice attorneys in Nevada by providing continuing education, fostering community engagement, and encouraging zealous advocacy. The NACJ serves as the voice of Nevada criminal defense attorneys to the state legislature, and provides a forum for members of the criminal bar in Nevada to share information and support each other.

The organization provides top quality continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and scholarships. Many criminal defense attorneys in Nevada, practicing in both state and federal court, belong to this organization.



Board of Directors

Paola M Armeni
Board Member
Las Vegas, NV
Lance J Hendron
Board Member
Las Vegas, NV
Mace J Yampolsky
Board Member
Las Vegas, NV

Contact the NACJ

Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ)
PO Box 95542
Las Vegas, NV 89193

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Nevada

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Nevada which includes both NACJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NACJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NACJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the NACJ. This information is provided within a larger directory of lawyers in Nevada.

Use this directory to find a Nevada criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County

Criminal Defense Lawyers by City

More about the NACJ

Benefits of Membership in the NACJ

Membership in the organization is open to all attorneys in the State of Nevada who practice criminal defense including both private attorneys and public defenders. The benefits of joining the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice include:

  • invitations to attend quality CLE courses and seminars focused on criminal defense for free or at a reduced cost;
  • access to "Unreasonable Doubt" which is a monthly newsletter published by NACJ;
  • access to NACJ's list-serve;
  • opportunities to network at meetings and regularly scheduled socials;
  • support from NACJ to members who are threaten while representing a client with disciplinary action or contempt;
  • a voice in the Nevada Legislature to advocate the positions of the organization; and
  • eligibility for scholarships to NCDC or other trial academies.

NACJ is a member affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice publishes a newsletter called "Unreasonable Doubt" which features NACJ events, news, updates, and articles. For any Nevada attorney interested in criminal defense this monthly digest is essential to staying informed.

Membership Levels in the NACJ

NACJ provides several different membership levels including:

  • President's Club: $1,000-$2500 
  • Patron: $500 
  • Sustaining Member: $250 
  • Private Attorney ( w/ 3+ years practicing): $200 
  • Government/New Attorney: $100
  • Rural Practitioner: $100 
  • Student: $20 

Awards from the NACJ

Each year the NACJ presents the "Defender of the Year" award at the Annual Dinner. The award goes to a criminal defense attorney who "exemplifies the characteristics of zealous advocacy for his or her clients, fights against injustices no matter where it may lead, continual and consistent commitment to the betterment of the law and the legal profession and a passion and commitment to the pursuit of justice."

Past awardees include:

  • John Lambrose (2011)
  • Dominic Gentile (2010)
  • Amy Coffee (2009)
  • Scott Freeman (2008)
  • Phil Kohn (2007)
  • Alzora Jackson (2006)
  • Jordan Savage (2005)
  • JoNell Thomas (2004)
  • John Watkins (2003)

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