Tom Chambers joined NACDL in August 2000 as the Director of Finance. In May 2004, he was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration and in October 2007 he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director. Tom is currently responsible for finance, administration, human resources, membership, technology, and risk management.
Tom began his career in the United States Air Force and served 22 years as a navigator, instructor navigator, cost analyst, and auditor. After leaving the Air Force, he operated a small business in Virginia for three years and later joined the Receiver for public housing in Washington, DC as its director of audit. Tom has over 15 years’ of experience performing all types of audits including financial certifications, compliance and internal control reviews, fraud investigations, and operational/performance audits.
During Tom’s tenure at NACDL the Association grew from a $2.5 million to a $6 million annual budget with a commensurate increase in complexity for budgeting, grant management, and accounting. Throughout this dramatic growth, he maintained a clean annual audit every year. He played a key role in transitioning the Association to new technology and updating the member database and website into cutting edge programs. He also oversaw the Association’s move to a new headquarters that received rave reviews from staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science from Towson University, studied accounting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, ultimately receiving a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University. He is a certified public accountant.
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.