News Release

2009-2010 Officers and Newly Elected Board of Directors Members Sworn in at Annual Meeting

NACDL elected and swore in its new Officers and Board of Directors members at its annual conference in Boston, Mass. on Aug. 8, 2009. NACDL Past President Martin S. Pinales was awarded the 29th annual Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, NACDL's most prestigious honor. Renowned researcher and advocate Robert L. Spangenberg was awarded the Champion of Indigent Defense Award. U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan (S.D.N.Y.) was awarded the Judicial Recognition Award. ABC journalists Shana Druckerman and Juju Chang were awarded the Champion of Justice Journalism Award. University of Utah second year law student Nicholas C. Mills was awarded first prize in NACDL’s student diversity essay competition.

Election Results are below:

Executive Committee  

Board of Directors  

  • James A. H. Bell (Knoxville, TN)
  • Brian H. Bieber (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Ray C. Carter (Jackson, MS)
  • Anne M. Chapman (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Steven J. Feldman (Pleasantville, NJ)
  • Drew Findling (Atlanta, GA)
  • Richard K. Gilbert (Washington, DC)
  • Bonnie Hoffman (Leesburg, VA)
  • Elizabeth Kelley (Cleveland, OH)
  • George H. Newman (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Kirk B. Obear (Elkhart Lake, WI)
  • Mark A. Satawa (Southfield, MI)
  • Marvin E. Schechter (New York, NY)
  • Penelope S. Strong (Billings, MT)
  • Jeffrey E. Thoma (Fairfield, CA)
  • Jennifer Lynn Thompson (Nashville, TN)
  • Solomon L. Wisenberg (Washington, DC)

Board of Directors Members Marvin E. Schechter and Deja Vishny were selected to serve on the Executive Committee.

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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 justice system.