Daniel N. Arshack (New York, NY)

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Daniel N. Arshack is a candidate for Director in NACDL's 2022 election, nominated by petition.

I am running for election to become a member of the Board of NACDL. Those who know me know that I have a demonstrated ability to address contentious and divisive issues within the NACDL family in a collegial and respectful manner. Like any family, we can disagree and argue but I have always done so in the manner in which I hope people will behave if they disagree with me. I look forward to growing NACDL’s membership and effectiveness and furthering its mission in the coming difficult years.

Some of my background:

I have practiced criminal defense and civil rights of individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in the United States and throughout the world. I graduated from Antioch School of Law in 1983 and thereafter practiced in D.C. before working in NYC as a public defender. I completed Medical Bio-Ethics training at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Einstein Medical School.

I’ve successfully defended a wide range of cases, from securities fraud and international arms- dealing to homicide, domestic violence and professional malpractice. I’ve represented thousands of clients in forty years of practice both as a Public Defender and in private practice. I have advocated for my clients in every level of several State courts and in Federal courts including the Supreme Court and in courts throughout the world.

In 1996, I co-founded The Bronx Defenders and supervised 25 lawyers and 13,000 cases/year as Attorney- in- Charge. Since 2017, I have been consulting counsel to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women and, in that capacity, have successfully represented women across the U.S. charged with murder. I was U.S. counsel on a case heard in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. I’ve taught trial advocacy in Oklahoma, Beirut, Paris, British Columbia, Budapest, the Hague, Tokyo, Sophia, Amsterdam and the Cardozo School of Law.

I served as President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I served on the Board of the NACDL and was Co-Chairman of its International Committee. I led the first NACDL training initiative to Liberia, participated as NACDL’s representative in various UN activities, organized NACDL co-sponsored trainings in British Columbia, and have participated in NACDL training on defending women charged with crimes associated with perinatal infant demise. I participated in the Task Force on Defenses (which dealt with the use of and legislative efforts to prohibit the “gay panic” defense) and I’m currently active on the Criminalization of Reproductive Rights Task Force.

I was the elected representative to the Council of the International Criminal Bar and was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association – USA. I also helped found and am the Vice- President of the Center for Restorative Justice, an organization which provides restorative justice training and interventions.

Since 2016, I’ve been President of the Center for Community Alternatives which is N.Y.’s only statewide organization focusing, as does NACDL, on redressing racism in the criminal legal system by providing alternatives to incarceration for legal system involved adults and children, reintegrative services and award winning housing for formerly incarcerated people and state and national grassroots organizing and advocacy on criminal justice issues such as Clean Slate legislation, bail reform, ban the box and mandatory minimums.

If elected to the Board, I will continue my work on the Reproductive Rights Task Force, fourth amendment issues and significant perinatal forensic issues through existing committees, reinvigorate the international law committee and continue participating on important issues which come before the Board.

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