Mr. Albanes began his time with NACDL as a volunteer attorney for Clemency Project 2014, through which he obtained the release of a nonviolent drug lifer under President Obama's historic clemency initiative. He then became an NACDL staff attorney and screened and filed additional clemency petitions until the Project's closure. John joined ranks with NACDL again upon the creation of the State Clemency Project as an advisory attorney, representing a man convicted of murder in his clemency bid before New York Governor Cuomo and advising volunteers on their own cases. He participated in several webinars and trainings in both projects. He has served on the D.C. Court of Appeals' Criminal Justice Act Panel since 2017. In April 2020, he represented a former Clemency Project 2014 client pro bono in his compassionate release bid before U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa, who granted his freedom 28 years before he was schedule to be released. Prior to Mr. Albanes' collaboration with NACDL, he served as a post-graduate legal fellow for both the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
He is a 2009 graduate of Cornell University (History) and received his J.D. in 2013 from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a note and comment editor on the Administrative Law Review, a student attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and as Vice President of the Society for Dispute Resolution. He has published two law review articles, one as a law student on the Second Chance Act and another as a practitioner on the District of Columbia's felony assault statute.
His interests include criminal justice reform, mental health, LGBT+ issues, and poker.
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.