I write to you today as Chair of NACDL’s Nominating Committee and NACDL’s Immediate Past President in order to share some useful and important information with you, NACDL members.
Free Online CLE for NACDL Members
In the coming days, NACDL will announce a three-week series of free online CLE programs, exclusively available to NACDL members. NACDL recognizes the tremendous hardships and disruptions that the COVID-19 crisis has caused everyone in the NACDL family, and we hope that this series will at least be able to help some of our members' practice, professional, and continuing education needs. The subjects, timing, and more details will be announced soon, so stay tuned! (You can also see the full CLE calendar, which will include this free series, at www.nacdl.org/meetings.
Government Assistance for Small Businesses
NACDL’s leadership and staff are keenly aware of the challenges that small businesses, including law practices, are facing during the current crisis. Here are some links that might be helpful to you:
Department of the Treasury: Assistance for Small Businesses ("The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.")
U.S. Small Business Administration: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources ("Relief Options and Additional Resources")
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Responding to Coronavirus ("The latest resources, guidance and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families.")
Election Deadline Extension
First, for those of you interested in serving on NACDL’s Board of Directors or as an Officer, I write as the chair of NACDL's Nominating Committee to announce that the deadline for submitting candidacy materials to the Nominating Committee is extended until April 17 at 5:00 pm ET. This extension recognizes the extraordinary disruptions in our lives, practices, and other pursuits that have resulted from the COVID-19 crisis. Information on the NACDL election is available at www.nacdl.org/elections.
Coronavirus Resources Page
To further NACDL’s focus on service and support for the criminal defense community throughout the coronavirus emergency, NACDL has launched a public resource section of the NACDL website addressing the intersection of the criminal justice system and the coronavirus pandemic. This NACDL resource is available at www.nacdl.org/content/coronavirusresources.
Thank you for your membership in this NACDL family.
NACDL Immediate Past President
Chair, Nominating Committee
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.