NACDL governance is memorialized in its bylaws, policies, resolutions, committee charters, and other actions of its board of directors and executive committee. NACDL's governance documents reflect the association's commitments to its mission, to providing premiere continuing legal education in a safe and professional environment, to being a safe and professional work environment, and to fully transparent and ethical governance.
Minutes and Resolutions
Minutes are kept of all meetings of NACDL's Membership and of NACDL's Board of Directors. Upon adoption at the following meeting, minutes are available on NACDL's website to members.
The Board of Directors will frequently adopt resolutions relating to governance or significant policy issues. Those resolutions are made available on NACDL's website as soon as possible after adoption.
Board Meeting Minutes
Membership Meeting Minutes
Codes of Conduct
NACDL's Board of Directors has a Code of Conduct, a Conflict of Interest policy, a whistleblower policy, a Personal Conduct policy, and a conduct policy for people affiliated with NACDL at NACDL events.
Code of Conduct and Personal Conduct Policy
Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons
The Personal Conduct Policy establishes an Internal Complaint Committee. The roster and contact information of members of the Internal Complaint Committee can be found at www.nacdl.org/committees.
Committee Charters and Protocols
NACDL's many standing and ad hoc committees are involved in nearly all of NACDL's governance and policy issues. The standing committees are the Audit, Budget, Bylaws, Elections, Investment, Nominating and Executive Committees. Other committees are appointed by the president on an ad hoc basis to respond to policy-related issues as the need arises. In some circumstances, charters or operating procedures are required of committees.
Amicus Committee Misstion Statement
Audit Committee Charter
CLE Institute Governance
NACDL's CLE Institute exists to develop and execute NACDL’s CLE curriculum in a manner that maintains the integrity of its programs and status as the premiere CLE provider for the criminal defense bar. The Institute will ensure the viability, efficiency, continuity, quality, and profitability of NACDL seminars by overseeing, planning, and implementing cutting-edge programming to foster excellence and high ethical standards in criminal defense practice.
CLE Institute Protocols
CLE Co-sponsorship Protocols
NACDL membership categories are set by NACDL's board of directors, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1 of NACDL's bylaws. The list of current membership categories is available via the page linked below.
Elections and Selection of Affiliate Representatives
NACDL's leadership comprises its officers and other members of the board of directors. NACDL's board includes directly elected directors as well as representatives of NACDL's affiliate associations.
Affiliate Association Board Representation
Other Governance Documents
Other NACDL governance documents include the following.
Statements of NACDL Positions & Policy
Powers & Duties of Elected Officers of the Association
Contributions to Outside Organizations
Board Access Fund Policy
NACDL has also embraded a commitment to provide opportunities for programming, events, and iniviatives that focus on issues of importance to women.
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