|2022||Pacific Juvenile Defender Center||San Francisco, CA|
|2021||Illinois State Senator Robert J. Peters, Illinois State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr., and Illinois State Representative Justice Slaughter||Springfield, IL|
|2020||Phil Cherner||Denver, CO|
|2019||Jody Kent Lavy||Washington, DC|
|2018||Second Chance Center||Aurora, CO|
|2017||Anthony Benedetti||Boston, MA|
|2016||Senator Gerald Malloy||Hartsville, SC|
|2015||Marissa McCall-Dodson||Atlanta, GA|
|2014||Maureen Cain||Denver, CO|
|2013||Peter Wagner||Northampton, MA|
|2012||Jennifer L. Zito||Meriden, CT|
|2011||Michael DiLauro||Warwick, RI|
The NACDL® Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award recognizes an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led to positive changes to reform a state criminal justice system. The award is presented at the annual State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) Conference. Check back in Spring 2023 for information on how to submit a nomination for the next Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award.
Nominations may be made by any state affiliate, advocacy group, individual, or NACDL’s state legislative affairs director and shall be submitted in accordance with the guidelines and deadline and include such information as determined by the State Legislative Affairs Committee chairs.
Nomination information should include:
- The name, email, title, address and phone number of the nominated person/group;
- The name, email, title, address and phone number of the nominating person/group;
- A summary, submitted as a Word or PDF document not to exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, including:
- The problems that exist(ed) in the relevant state criminal legal system;
- The efforts made by the nominee to improve the system (e.g., coalitions formed, legislation proposed and passed, task forces created, litigation initiated);
- A brief overview of the nominee’s career/organizational history, past involvement in state criminal justice reform;
- The ways in which the nominee’s efforts embody NACDL’s mission and values;
- How the nominee’s efforts have led to or set the groundwork for systemic change.
Supplementary materials — such as brochures, reports, or news articles — also may be included. Unlimited letters of support may be submitted.
Eligibility and Selection
The recipient shall be selected by the members of the NACDL® State Legislative Affairs Committee.
It is not necessary that the nominee be a lawyer; non-lawyer advocates and reformers will be considered. We encourage the nomination of directly impacted individuals and organizations led by directly impacted individuals. The Chair and Vice Chair of the State Legislative Affairs Committee are not eligible to receive this award but may submit nominations. The award recipient must be present at the State Criminal Justice Network Conference.
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
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The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!