Mission and Vision
NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.
NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights. Towards this goal, NACDL works to activate the voices of members of the criminal defense bar and others in the broader community concerned about criminal justice reform to most effectively root out systemic injustice within the criminal legal system; to place all forms of inequities, including systemic racism, at the forefront of criminal justice reform; to increase participation among underrepresented members of the criminal defense bar in NACDL; and to educate and prepare criminal defense lawyers.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system. NACDL does this by identifying and advancing policy change priorities that reflect the criminal defense bar’s fundamental concerns. NACDL also works to increase public understanding of the criminal legal system inequities by sharing research, positions, assets, and other tactical and strategic resources and efforts with key coalitions that can enhance public outreach. Finally, NACDL works to create and implement projects and programs to improve policy and practice in the criminal legal system and uphold and expand constitutional rights.
NACDL is committed to building its organizational capacity to enable it to successfully achieve its mission and strategic impact goals. NACDL is committed to ongoing efforts to take advantage of modernized governance processes to ensure appropriate oversight and robust fulfillment of fiduciary responsibilities, and cultivate a highly-engaged Board of Directors that serves as the organization’s ambassadors and ensures its financial sustainability. NACDL aims to increase and support its staff to successfully implement its strategic impact goals, and to diversify and grow revenues to support those goals and ensure NACDL’s long-term sustainability. NACDL is committed to enhanced operational efficiency and effectiveness by ensuring NACDL has the facilities, technology, and financial systems needed to fulfill the strategic impact goals. Finally, NACDL is committed to strengthening its communications to build NACDL’s brand and visibility, and effectively reach all stakeholders.
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!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
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!