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NACDL is a constant and sometimes lone voice in fighting for fair criminal justice policies. Because proposals to expand police powers, criminal laws and penalties are never-ending and policymakers devote far too little attention to the fundamental role of criminal defense lawyers in our adversary system, NACDL seeks to balance the scales of justice in this constant struggle. Amid this challenging environment, no organization does more to expose injustice and ensure that our adversary system is not held hostage to short-sided policies and political opportunism than NACDL.
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Get involved in the legislative process!
Check out NACDL's Legislative Action Center to find and contact your legislators, take part in NACDL's advocacy campaigns, sign-up for legislative alerts, and see key federal criminal justice legislation NACDL is tracking!
Member and Advocate Resources
Everything you wanted to know about advocacy but were afraid to ask!
Check out the Member and Advocate Resources page to access advocacy tools and tips for building a relationship with your legislator! You can also schedule a meeting with your legislator, find a local townhall meeting schedule, and keep NACDL informed about your legislative relationships and interactions!
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Affiliate Organization Resources
As an Affiliate Organization, make sure you're getting the benefits!
Check out the Affiliate Organization Resources page to team up with NACDL on advocacy. Find out how NACDL can assist with preparing your membership for legislative relationship building, planning & executing legislative outreach events, advocacy day prep, and online advocacy issue support!
Social Media Resources
Social Media Skills for the Savvy Advocate!
Tips and suggestions on using social media for advocacy and with a small budget, presented during "Social Media Skills for the Savvy Advocate" at the 2019 SCJN conference.
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Pre-Trial Suppression & Fourth Amendment Issues
This Trial Guide is a topical and practical handbook examining the nuts and bolts of the most current Fourth Amendment & Pre-Trial Suppression issues encountered in modern criminal cases.
Defense Counsel Playbook for Eyewitness ID Cases
This Trial Guide was written to help counsel use existing case law to its strongest advantage, and to create a framework for appellate challenges urging courts to adopt leading cases.
Ultimate Cross 2.0
This special CLE compilation program includes the highest-rated presentations on Cross-Examination techniques from NACDL's most recent seminars (2017-2019).
Forensic Sciences in Criminal Cases: A Multidiscipline Primer
In order to challenge forensic evidence, experts, reports and findings commonly encountered in the courtroom, an attorney must first have a basic understanding of the forensic issues that they will be confronting.
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