I hope you, your loved ones, and your colleagues are well. While we have all been working hard on so many fronts, far too many of our clients who are in government custody remain in significant danger of infection and sickness in America’s detention facilities. That is unacceptable and NACDL is working every day on the local, state, and federal levels to spur authorities into the swift and bold action that is clearly required of them.
To see so many of you, NACDL’s members and Liberty’s Last Champions, working tirelessly on behalf of your clients in this most difficult of times has been incredibly heartening and empowering. One need look no further than to NACDL’s listserves, where you all are sharing information and court papers, or to the NACDL Coronavirus Resource, where thousands of you have visited to download motions, briefs, affidavits, court orders, and other resources, and to keep apprised of vital information to help your clients. You all inspire me every single day and make me so proud to be a part of the NACDL family.
Just yesterday, NACDL aired a free webinar for its members, available on demand here, providing assistance, specific tips, and strategies to help maximize productivity and aid clients, while maintaining mental and physical well-being. This is a part of the “Work from Home Resources” that NACDL is making available to you during this crisis. And in the next couple of days, NACDL will provide free webinars for its members on human resources issues and as well as federal assistance for lawyers in various practice settings.
In addition to serving as NACDL’s President, I have for some years served as a Trustee of the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ). In that capacity, I also want to share this video that was recorded last weekend and shared with NFCJ’s supporters. Hearing first-hand about NFCJ’s role in supporting the work of NACDL that we have all come to rely on may inspire you, too, to support the Foundation, if you don’t already.
In this challenging time, please consider helping NACDL continue to serve you and your clients during this public health crisis and into the future. Click here to donate to the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice. You can make a one-time contribution, or an ongoing monthly commitment. You have my word, every dollar makes a difference.
As I have said before, NACDL will remain in close contact with you throughout this crisis, keeping you updated about the Association’s work, its educational programs as well as its legal and policy efforts. Now more than ever, we need to come together as the criminal defense bar and support one another and the mission and vision we all hold so dear.
Best wishes for good health to you and yours,
Nina J. Ginsberg
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.