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Our Public Affairs and Communications team works with news media across platforms to share analysis, perspectives, and insights from criminal defense attorneys. Our experts are available by phone and email; they may conduct broadcast interviews in-person or via Zoom or Skype. 

Media Contacts 

If you are a member of the media seeking an interview, email us or call us with your name, organization, topic of interest, and contact information. Please let us know if you have a deadline. 


Areas of Expertise 

NACDL – the nation’s defense bar – offers media staff and experts available to handle inquiries from journalists on national issues affecting the rights of people accused of crimes. Areas of expertise include conspiracy; the death penalty; discovery; the proliferation of drones inside the U.S.; drug law; DUI/DWI; economic crimes also known as “White Collar crimes”; the exclusionary rule; expungement and the restoration of rights; eyewitness ID; forfeiture; Fourth Amendment issues, such as search and seizure laws and privacy issues; grand jury proceedings; habeas corpus; juvenile justice; national security; overcriminalization; pregnancy-related defense and the post-Dobbs criminalization of pregnancy status and reproductive healthcare; pretrial release; public defense; racial disparity in the criminal justice system; recording interrogations; RICO; sentencing, including federal sentencing guidelines; sex offenses; the trial penalty; and more. 

Description of NACDL 

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors, and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system. 

Our Mission 

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. 

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    News Release ~ 04/28/2023

    NACDL Commends President Biden’s Commutations, Calls for Further Action – Washington, DC (April 28, 2023) – On April 28, President Biden commuted the sentences of 31 individuals convicted of drug offenses, including several for marijuana distribution, announcing the reprieve as part of a broader effort to help those who have completed federal sentences reenter society. The commutations leave their convictions in place but reduce or excuse any remaining sentences. 

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    News Release ~ 04/11/2023

    NACDL Remembers Past President Gerald S. Gold  Washington, DC (April 11, 2023) – Cleveland, Ohio attorney, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and Past President (1977-1978) Gerald S. Gold passed away on April 3, 2023 at the age of 92. Gold was a passionate and active member of NACDL, especially during his tenure as President. His dedication to criminal defense and the mission of NACDL will be sorely missed.

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    News Release ~ 03/06/2023

    Judge J. Thomas Marten Receives the  Judicial Recognition Award  from Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar –  Washington, DC (March 6, 2023) – Retired Federal District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas received the Judicial Recognition Award at NACDL’s board meeting in New Orleans on March 4, 2023. NACDL presents its Judicial Recognition Award  to acknowledge judges who demonstrate a continuing dedication to protecting democratic principles and the fundamental rights of individuals within American society.

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    News Release ~ 02/22/2023

    New Plea Bargain Task Force Report Highlights the Trial Penalty, Calls for Transparency – Washington, DC (Feb. 22, 2023) – NACDL applauds the release of a new report from the Plea Bargaining Task Force, a group convened by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.* The task force closely examines the role of plea bargaining in our criminal legal system and provides policy recommendations and goals for changes in the way plea bargaining operates.

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